Monday, March 24, 2008

Obama: Typical white person

So, what did Barack Obama mean with this statement on a morning radio show [emphasis added]:
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know - there's a reaction in her that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. ..."
What a poor choice of words. Here are just a few of the sites that have cited the quote: this also has a response from the Obama campaign:
UPDATE: We gave the Obama campaign a chance to respond to this post. "Barack Obama said specifically that he didn't believe his grandmother harbored any racial animosity, but that her fears were understandable and typical of those often shared by her generation," said Obama's PA spokesman Sean Smith, who added that Grandma is 86-years-old. He might have meant that specifically, but that isn't what he said, especially as he spoke of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in the present tense. The Clinton campaign has not yet returned our request for comment on Obama's remarks. We aren't holding our breath for a Clinton comment.
YouTube not CNN though (although apparently Larry King talked about it on his show)
United Press International

I'm sure Obama can explain this away but he should be a little more careful when choosing his words.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It meant that Obama is racist. He wanted to lynch IMUS for similar remarks along with the other white guilt people were after IMUS. Puff Daddy even jumped on the IMUS ship saying only blacks can call blacks names.