“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.