Bill Clinton "every bit as black" As Barak Obama
Former Atlanta mayor and Georgia congressman, Andrew Young chimes
in on the current Democratic Primary Clinton vs. Obama debate.
First off, I’d like to say that I respect Andrew Young for his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. As one of Martin Luther King’s top organizers, he was on the front lines of the fight. He was even in Memphis, TN with King on the day he was assassinated. That being said, the comments he make here demonstrate how party allegiance has become paramount for some of our black leaders and politicians. Bill and Hillary are the most powerful and influential entity of the Democratic Party, that’s why Young is supporting Hillary, not because of Barak’s lack of a “support network”. If Barak got the nomination, he would have the same support network as Hillary, the rest of the Democratic Party. He tells the black audience that Hillary is also a good choice because Bill is behind her and Bill is “every bit as black as Barak”. This ridiculous statement is an elaboration of the idea of Bill Clinton having been “the first black President”. What extraordinary qualities qualify Bill Clinton, a white man, to hold this title? If you just look at the reasons cited for Bill’s alleged ‘blackness’ and you’ll see that if Clinton weren’t a prominent Democrat, he would be considered just another white guy.
Though it may have been a joke, one reason Young gives for Clinton’s blackness is that Clinton has been with black women, probably more than Barak he says. What kind of statement is this for a former civil rights leader? A powerful white man sleeping with black women… Isn’t that what slave owners did? Probably even more than Clinton, so by Young’s logic they must have been even ‘blacker’ than Bill. Also, imagine if a Republican was found to be sleeping with black women, would he be awarded with honorary blackness.
And as far as Bill and Hillary moonwalking in South Africa… Come on now! [And that one wasn’t even a joke.]
How about Toni Morrison, the female author and first prominent black figure to make the claim? In her 1998 New Yorker essay, Morrison wrote that Clinton was the first black president because he “displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.” Wow!… that sums up blackness for Morrison, huh? By that definition, me and half the black people I know aren’t “black”, or atleast not Morrison’s “black”.
Some people cite Clinton’s appointment of blacks during his administration as proof of Clinton’s blackness. By that standard, George W. Bush is the blackest man in America. He has appointed more blacks and overall minorities to the highest levels in his administration than any before in the nation’s history.
Aside from Clinton’s politics, his personal attitude on race is actually quite questionable. Former Clinton bodyguard, Larry Patterson claims hearing Bill and Hillary use the word “nigger” on several occasions. Dolly Kyle Browning, Bill’s high school sweetheart and one of his mistresses up until the early 90s, also confirms Bill’s casual use of the ‘n-word’. In an interview with Newsmax, she reports “He has used the ‘N’ word before. Bill would make snide remarks about blacks behind their backs.” People do sometime have ulterior motives for slandering high profile figures, so I don’t give too much credibilty to these accounts alone. But what does give the charges credibility is Bill’s brother Roger Clinton. While under surveillance in 1984 for dealing cocaine, the Arkansas State Troopers caught Roger on tape in a casual conversation. In part of the tape Roger is telling a story: “Some junior high nigger kicked Steve’s ass while he was trying to help his brothers out; junior high or sophomore in high school. Whatever it was, Steve had the nigger down. However it was, it was Steve’s fault. He had the nigger down, he let him up. The nigger blindsided him.” [NewsMax, 17 July 2000] This doesn’t prove the charges against Bill, but does give them a lot more credence. Views on race do tend to be shared among close family members.
Again, imagine a Republican with these kind of skeletons. Would he be held to the same standard? It’s amazing how a (D) gets white politicians a pass on any criticism with regard to race, and can even propel them to perpetual ‘blackness’. Hey, even if you are a former Klansman you can sit in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Case and point: Robert “Sheets” Byrd.