Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Backlash Over Clinton Racial Messages

From the Washington Post:

"But an important development in the 2008 Democratic battle may be the building backlash among African Americans over comments from associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that could be construed as jabs at Sen. Barack Obama's race. These officials, including Clinton aides and prominent surrogates, have raised questions or dropped references about Obama's position on sentencing guidelines for crack vs. powder cocaine offenses; on his handgun control record; and on his admitted use of drugs as a youth. The context was always Obama's 'electability.' But the Illinois senator's campaign advisers said some African American leaders detect a pattern, and they believe it could erode Clinton's strong base of black support."

The post includes quotes from Tom Joyner during an interview with Barack, "Yeah, man, they are coming after you now. . . .," Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson, "That leaves open as to how far the Clinton campaign. . . .will go to stereotype Obama in a sinister light in a nation where black drug use and criminality is exaggerated in the media," and the Black Star News of New York "So the Clinton campaign decided to use the race card."

Full story is here.

1 comment:

rikyrah said...

Since I've been blogging about this, the Washington Post is late to the story.