Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is Obama trying to lose?

What else to conclude from this radio interview?
"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."
Well, maybe some people's grandmothers are a little more "typical" than others. But considering that Obama's grandmother raised a daughter -- her only child -- whom high-school acquaintances describe as a youthful "iconoclast" and an "atheist," I'm wondering if she's much less "typical" than Obama describes her. In fact, I've got a pretty strong feeling that Obama's just citing the grandmother this way as a sort of convenient family anecdote. She's not going to diss her own grandson, so he can say anything he wants about her.
On the other hand, maybe the purpose of dissing old white women is (a) to assure young white "progressives" how much more enlightened they are than their elders, and/or (b) to take an indirect shot at Hillary.

1 comment:

  1. I agree thta Grandma is far from typical.

    Grandma is thrown under the bus.
    When Jesse says it it ok, but when Grandma says it is not OK.

    Jesse “There is nothing more painful to me…than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relief.”

    Obama about Grandma: "she is a typical white person...fear of black men who passed by her on the street"

    If the above is acceptable is it acceptable to say that typical black people eat lots of fried chicken? It is sad. I find any stereotyping unfortunate.