ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro is the latest foot soldier to make
a fool of herself in the Clinton cause, this by speculating, If Obama was [sic]
a white man he would not be in this position.
Hillary Clinton Revisited and Reviled
A Racist? A Manipulative Machiavellian Monster? Or Both?
By Lloyd Williams
She is a monster . . . she is stooping to anything.Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winner, on Hillary Clinton
Theres a reason why, over the course of this long Presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has gone from the presumptive Democratic nominee to a much-reviled figure very capable of selfishly sabotaging her partys chances of prevailing in the general election come November. And that reason, quite simply, is that she no longer looks like a leader but more like a sleazy race-baiter intent on securing the White House by any means necessary, even if that might leave the U.S. bitterly divided and Balkanized along ethnic lines.
By repeatedly resorting to disgustingly underhanded tactics, she has revealed herself to be incapable of rallying the country around her in the way that Barack Obama has captured the imagination of the younger generation. Thus, she pales, pardon the expression, in comparison to her relatively-elegant opponent, a solid statesman who has studiously avoided stooping to her offensive approach of making skin color an issue.
Ever since she lost the Iowa caucuses, Hillarys henchmens shenanigans have been shameless. Lets review a few. In the first of several kamikaze-style self-sacrifices, her national co-chairman Jack Shaheen, just before the New Hampshire primary, insinuated that Senator Obama was a former drug dealer. Those words carried considerable weight because Shaheens wife, Jeanne, is the states ex-governor. Yes, he later resigned from the Clinton campaign, but only after the damage was already done.
Next, another big Hillary supporter, former Senator Bob Kerrey, tried to scare voters by resurrecting the lie that Obama was a Muslim who had been brainwashed as a child at a radical madrassah. Kerrey even went so far as to suggest that Barack might be an Islamic Manchurian Candidate pre-programmed to hide his true anti-American agenda until after becoming President. Ultimately, Kerrey recanted his bigoted comments, too, but not before they had served their strategic purpose.
Black billionaire and BET founder Bob Johnson was the pawn asked to fall on his own sword prior to the contest in South Carolina. At a rally in Columbia, he insinuated that Obama had been selling drugs while a community organizer in Chicago.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton, seeing that his wife was well behind in the prediction polls, went out of his way to downplay her impending loss by pointing out that South Carolinas [Democratic] population was predominantly African-American, as if Baracks only support came from the black community. That insensitive remark was still fresh in the collective memory of Obamas omni-colored coalition of supporters who brought tears to my eyes when they started chanting, Race doesnt matter! in unison as their candidate concluded his victory speech on election night.
Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro is the latest foot soldier to make a fool of herself in the Clinton cause, this by speculating, If Obama was [sic] a white man he would not be in this position. Ferraro has proven to be not only perhaps the least articulate but undoubtedly the most inveterately-racist Hillary advocate to date, refusing to retract her words even after being repudiated by her queen.
Personally, Im fed up with the Clintons. Im taking Bills blackness back. As for his wife, shes been exposed as the Machiavellian monster Samantha Power pegged her for. What else would you call a cold, calculating witch who would ask friend after friend to ruin their reputations by making racist statements on her behalf knowing full well she was just going to stab them in the back?
I suppose I shouldve given more credence to the words of New York Times Magazine Editor Edward Klein who, in his book The Truth about Hillary warned us a few years ago that she is more frightening than you can imagine because shes willing to lie, bully, cheat, and manipulate people in her quest for power. Now, I wouldnt put any dirty tricks past her in the fight for delegates en route to what will undoubtedly be an ugly Democratic convention.
Lloyd Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic and a member of the NJ, NY, CT, PA, MA & US Supreme Court bars.
posted 23 March 2008
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#10 – Covenant: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis
#12 – Don’t Ever Tell by Brandon Massey
#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange
#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree
#15 – Homemade Loves by J. California Cooper
#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper
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#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King
#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey
#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe
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#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
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#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History by Ahati N. N. Toure
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#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell
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By Charles C. Mann
Im a big fan of Charles Manns previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Its exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that its anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, Im proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, globalized entity.
Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple. We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.
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By Randall Kennedy
Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama . . .
The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism. Recalling some of the criticisms of Americas past made by Mr. Obamas former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved. His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him boy, and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedys father relished Muhammad Alis quip that the Vietcong had never called him nigger. The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.
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