Obama Surrogate: Obama Is First Black Leader Who Is Not A “Victim

What this man has done, Barack Obama, is, he, for the first time I think, as a black leader in America, has come to the American people not as a victim, but rather as a leader.
— Obama-backing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo

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I wonder how:

Martin Luther King Jr
Malcolm X
Jesse Jackson
Bill Cosby
Fredrick Douglass

and other black leader feels about these comments.

I don’t think she meant these comments to be horribly offensive but I do think it was an “off the script” moment that gives insight into the thoughts of many white liberal elites who support Obama. It’s comments like this that show there’s this underlying stereotype that, even among liberal elitles, that black people as a whole are more focused on playing the victim then lifting themselves up in America.

I agree with Barack Obama, as many people do, that there’s a diversity of feelings in the African American community. Of course there is. But the Deus Ex Machina phenomena that surrounds Obama is rooted in the fundamental prejudice and stereotype that afflicts the African American community. Or rather, when people claim that Obama is special because of his abilities and his race, they also infer that the stereotypes around African Americans is true.

It’s not Obama’s fault and certainly McCaskill didn’t intend to offend with her VERY poorly choosen words, but it just goes to show that many people who support Obama to “promote race relations” are also entrenching the prejudicial mindset.

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8 thoughts on “Obama Surrogate: Obama Is First Black Leader Who Is Not A “Victim

  1. Like I said before, the difference between Obama and Clinton supporters is that Obama supporters see the glass half-full, and Clinton supporters see it half-empty. You spend a large portion of your writing on Obama bashing, and not on promoting your own candidates’ accomplishments and readiness to be President. Obama supporters spend it on promoting Obama and talking about his big endorsement, speech, or accomplishment.
    You can not sit here and lie to me, and tell me that a majority of your Clinton or Obama Blogs are about Clinton’s great qualities. You spend all this time taking down Obama, only to damage the democratic party.And if you are one of those “Her or I’m not voting” or “If she doesn’t win I’m voting for McCain” then you are simply not a true democrat, or are not serving your civic duty in a democratic society.

  2. While I don’t share ddorsey’s sentiment I do think that McCaskill could have chosen her words a little more wisely and I speak from experience of someone who has put their foot in their mouth on several important occasions. I don’t think that King, Malcolm X, Jackson, Cosby, etc. saw themselves as victims and I don’t think that Obama does either, no matter how the country views them. I think they saw an opportunity to fight for something they believed in and they happened to be the right man at the right time with the right idea (*Obama questionable* you can debate me on that later). Of course Obama supporters have to see the glass half-full, he’s still filling the dam thing up for the first time and only has room to go up. Now both candidates surely have their faults and skeletons which should be a wash for the most part but their are a lot of “half-full” people that are so blind sided by Obama’s charm and fresh candidate feel that they can’t see past it. To those with an objective mind, it makes you just shake your head at how easily people follow the pide piper. It’s true that more time should be spent concentrating on the positive things that a candidate has done and let them speak for themselves which I do believe Hiliary supporters have been doing for months, but it’s very frustrating to sit back and watch people give credit to a man that hasn’t done anything substantial in comparison to either Hiliary or McCain. Hell, people may not like the Republicans right now but at least we would know what the hell we would be getting with McCain (a liberal republican, wow someone in the middle of the road which is where the majority of America sits, what a novel concept); Obama can talk all he wants but we’re taking a shot in dark with him as president. You can’t deny that Obama is a gamble any way you look at it. That said, I do believe that the Democrats should take the Presidency and Obama might do a good job, but to say that the constructive criticism that he is receiving, which you dub “bashing”, is completely called for and a must. Maybe if he had a past that could be promoted you would talk about that on pro-Obama sites but that guy is just like cotton candy or a nice souflet: looks good and sweet from the outside but there’s just no substance. (FYP you can delete this later) I’m sure if someone responds it will be with some defense about the good he’s done and they’ll probably look up one of the few times he actually voted on something but you know what, there are plenty of celebrities that have spent time and money bettering this country and around the world but that doesn’t mean I want their executively inexperienced asses running this country.

  3. Like I said before, the difference between Obama and Clinton supporters is that Obama supporters see the glass half-full, and Clinton supporters see it half-empty. You spend a large portion of your writing on Obama bashing, and not on promoting your own candidates’ accomplishments and readiness to be President. Obama supporters spend it on promoting Obama and talking about his big endorsement, speech, or accomplishment.

    DDorsey,

    I can’t believe you made that comment with a straight face.

    Obama campaign manager calls Hillary a liar,untrustworthy, and poor in character (all in one statement!)
    http://thepage.time.com/2008/03/23/obama-shes-just-trying-to-tear-me-down-and-thats-not-the-kind-of-politics-weve-been-about/

    Obama supporters on Daily Kos plot making Hillary unelectable
    http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/3/24/8500/37615

    Obama calls Hillary “Divisive”
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080130/D8UGGRN00.html

    Obama surrogate calls Bill Clinton McCarthy-esque
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080322/obama_clinton_080322/20080322?hub=Politics

    Actually, here’s a collection of comments:

    “Disingenuous”

    “Too polarizing to win”

    ‘Divisive’

    “Untruthful”

    “Dishonest”

    ‘Calculating’

    “Saying and doing whatever it takes to win”

    “Attempting to deceive the American people”

    “One of the most secretive politicians in America”

    “Literally willing to do anything to win”

    “Playing politics with war”

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/3/16/18538/8961

  4. DDorsey

    And by the way…if Obama/Obama surrogates don’t want me blogging about them doing or saying dumb things they should stop doing and/or saying dumb things. Maybe you should focus on the offensive statements McCaskill made and stop changing the subject

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