Nader touches on something real in his rant about Obama.

“There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American,” Nader said. “Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”

Asked to clarify whether he thought Obama does try to “talk white,” Nader said: “Of course.

“I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law, and is going to be liberated by the law,” Nader said. “Haven’t heard a thing

While I don’t agree that Obama is trying to “act white” or appeal to “white guilt”, I do agree with Nader that Obama is distancing himself from critical issues that are devastating the black community .. which is negatively impacted by far more than just “missing fathers.”

My problem with Obama is that he appears more concerned with his staged perception than he is about the issues Nader talks about.

I recognize there is good argument about Obama doing what he thinks he has to do to be the president, but there is also the truth that these issues get ignored by the Democratic Party. Democrats won’t touch the proven, documented, and factual injustice of the JUST-US system and the devastation on the so-called “war on drugs” which is in fact nothing more than a war on black people. They won’t touch it out of fear of being called “soft on crime.”

Bill Clinton ran from that fear so hard that he became the greatest incarcertaion president in American history .. and democrats said nothing .. not a peep. Yet they were quick to point out that George Bush was the execution governor. Thanks to Bill Clinton, America is the greatest prison nation on planet earth, far outpacing ALL the totalitarian nations we just love to look down our noses at.

Of course there will be those democrats who will focus their hate on Nader, but won’t have a damn thing to say about the ISSUES he’s talking about. No one expects Obama to be the Black President, but if he’s too timid to address the issues devastating the black community, what good is having a black president?

I don’t agree with Nader entirely, but he is one of the few white politicians in America who has the credibility to state such an opinion.


  1. ridingchick

    Mr. Coal, If you will go back and read my postings, you will see that I NEVER suggested that you vote for anyone. AND NO…My guns are not blazing. It’s unfortunate you can’t seem to see that.

    I wish you the best, and I will leave you to your devices… Arrogance and all!

    Obama ’08

  2. BlackAsCoal

    Dear Ms. ridingchick,

    It is you who harped on “ilk” and focused on differences .. I simply spoke the language you spoke in and still speak in.

    I tried to help you out by suggesting that you don’t have a clue who you’re talking to, thus you should not make uneducated assumptions about what I don’t understand. Sitting right next to me is my 17 year-old bi-racial son who will live his life, for all practical purposes, as a black man .. no differently than Obama. Were Obama not a US Senator running for president, but simply a guy going to work everyday, he would not be considered “bi-racial”, he’d be just another black man, no different than me or my son.

    When the police look at my son all they see is a light-skinned black man .. which is all they would see looking at Obama.

    There is nothing more special or different about my son than there is about any of his brothers or sisters who are not bi-racial. The only difference is his mother, who is white, could never figure out what to do with his hair. Other than that, no difference.

    As far as Mr. Obama .. reading comprehension is a good thing, a wonderful thing. You obviously failed to interpret that I said ..

    a. I support Obama
    b. Nader isn’t important, the issues he spoke of are
    c. I don’t expect Obama to be the Black President

    The issue of a racist and unjust criminal system have gone on far too long and I have absolutely no confidence whatsoever that the Democratic Party will address it without being pushed to do so .. and if you have any sense of history then you would know democrats have never done anything they weren’t pushed to do, nor have blacks gained any rights they did not demand.

    You jumped into this conversation guns a’blazin’, feeling pompous enough to attempt to dress me down about what you think I should think and do.

    get real .. I’m not “tearing anyone down”, I’m talking about ISSUES that I think Obama should be paying attention to .. on a political board. That seems strange to you.

    Your entire “argument” is that I should leave your love puppy alone, because he’s bi-racial .. and so are you. That makes absolutely no sense to me. I see you chose not to address the issues .. I wonder why.

    So not to belabor this, you and your “ilk” can address politics in any manner you see fit. I couldn’t care less .. but I will critique politicians, even those I support, when and how I see fit. That’s real simple.

    I like it here, don’t intend to upset anyone .. if you can stick to ISSUES and not try to tell me what I should do or what I don’t know, it would be best for both of us .. don’t you think?

    And yes, I do control my own destiny .. life is what you make it.

  3. ridingchick

    Sandra, I am not trying to take Black as Coal (now that’s an interesting name)to task, but, he has no idea what it is like to grow up bi-racial. I have lived with this everyday of my life and will until I die.

    It just so happens that I can strongly identify with Mr. Obama because of me being bi-racial. I too, have parents of 2 different races. There are a lot of Americans, including myself, are hoping Mr. Obama will be the uniter of this country. He is willing to effect change, but he can’t do it alone. He needs all of us! Don’t you agree?

    Now on to Mr. Coal: First of all, Mr. Coal, I happen to see the world very different from you. That is why I can identify with Mr. Obama. You will never understand what it is like to grow up bi-racial. If that makes me a Card Carrying Supporter of Mr. Obama, then SO BE IT! I and people like me are looking to unite this country not divide it.

    As I stated before, Mr. Obama is hoping to become president of the United States of America and not just BLACK AMERICA. I’m sure you can understand that, can’t you? By the way, I AM A BORN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    For you information, party affiliation has nothing to do with right and wrong. I frankly could care less what ilk you are affiliated with. My only point is to give Mr. Obama a chance. His mission is not to cure all of America’s issues.

    Many of the same issues we face today are from the policies this government has put forth to it’s citizens over the chronicles of time.

    To here’s a man that is willing to try to make changes that will benefit all citizens of this country. This is more than I can say about the republicans and Ralph Nader.

    I’m sure you know, Mr. Coal, you are free to vote for whomever you choose and I suggest that you do so. I say it’s time for a change. Given the chance with our help as voters, I believe we can turn this country around.

    I never stated or implied that Ralph Nader’s comments about the Black Population were not important. They are very important, however, they are just as important now as they were centuries ago. Even more so perhaps. My point is merely this, we cannot solve issues if we are constantly tearing each other down because of visible differences.

    By the way, I was not screaming at you, just mearly emphasizing important points. It’s unfortunate you have processed the information in that fashion.
    It states in the e-mail book of etiquette, if you use all caps, you are considered screaming. I did not do that.

    I would never refer to anyone’s comments as being un-Adult and entertaining as you have stated. I respect the right to anyone’s opinion even if I do not agree with it. I don’t have to insult anyone to listen to their responses.

    I feel as though my question is a very fair question. It merely warranted an answer to which you did not respond. That’s ok. I have to leave you to your own decives.

    One more thing, Mr. Coal…Far as your station in life or who you are or who you think you are, keep in mind that YOU do not control your own destiny!

    All the arrogance and credentials in the world will never change that!

    Obama ’08

  4. Sandra Price

    Come on Riding Chick, you are too hard on our new blogger.Most of the women who supported Hillary Clinton did it for their women’s rights. The problem is whether they will bother with a man in her place. WE all want this racial mess cleared up and it can be done but it won’t be easy. BlackAsCoal is a very reasonable person on all subjects; I’ve known him before he ended up here. Of course he is concerned if Obama backs down on his promises; I am too! The pressure from the Congress is terrible and has turned some wonderful candidates into puppets. Reagan’s last term is a perfect example of a strong man losing his agenda.

    Obama is motivated by hope. How long has it been since any Candidate ran on the hope for the voters? Obama can get the nation together I know this from my hours of reading and watching his speeches. I listen to the turkeys who are trying to trip him up due to his misconceptions of the bible. There isn’t a single evangelical who is currently in D.C. trying to spoil the election that Jesus would allow to enter heaven. They are hired by the Republican National Committee to knock down Obama. It has turned the whole damn GOP into a bunch of facist racists. I’m scared to death they might just pull McCain into the oval office.