Politico: Labor confronts race issue

Politico

Labor confronts race issue

Since Barack Obama gave a dramatic speech on the subject of race this spring, the issue has lingered over the election, a quiet, awkward factor that the candidates, their campaigns and their surrogates have brushed aside or would rather not talk about at all.

But there’s one place the “national conversation” Obama suggested in March is taking place: among white, Rust Belt union workers, who generally voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary. Their leaders have led a large-scale, direct and under-the-radar conversation about some members’ discomfort with a black Democratic nominee.

“I think a lot of people expected when he made that speech about a national conversation about race that it would be formalized,” Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in a telephone interview from Ohio. “In the labor movements and unions and the way they are composed, it just became a reality.

“Some of our own people had never experienced anything like this before, so the dialogue did take place, the conversation did take place,” he said.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 in Philadelphia, for instance, mailed out a plastic MP3 player to members that featured 60 minutes of local union workers and leaders offering testimonials on Obama’s commitment to labor. 

“This election is not a personality contest, nor should it be about race. So let’s talk about that and get it out of the way right now. The fact that Sen. McCain is white and Sen. Obama is black should not matter. Though I know for some of you it does. You are not alone,” says Local 98 head John Dougherty, through a thick Philadelphia accent. “Don’t let the color of a man’s skin prevent you from doing the right thing. I know Barack Obama. I know him to be a man of great character and conviction.”

Other unions have sent out DVDs to members with the same message.

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Awesome-sauce: White racists and antisemites for Obama

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Awesome-sauce: White racists and antisemites for Obama

Courtesy of Andrew, here is the chaiman of the American Nazi Party on Obama:

White people are faced with either a negro or a total nutter who happens to have a pale face. Personally I’d prefer the negro. National Socialists are not mindless haters. Here, I see a white man, who is almost dead, who declares he wants to fight endless wars around the globe to make the world safe for Judeo-capitalist exploitation, who supports the invasion of America by illegals–basically a continuation of the last eight years of Emperor Bush. Then, we have a black man, who loves his own kind, belongs to a Black-Nationalist religion, is married to a black women–when usually negroes who have ‘made it’ immediately land a white spouse as a kind of prize–that’s the kind of negro that I can respect. Any time that a prominent person embraces their racial heritage in a positive manner, it’s good for all racially minded folks. Besides, America cares nothing for the interests of the white American worker, while having a love affair with just about every non-white on planet Earth. It’d be poetic justice to have a non-white as titular chief over this decaying modern Sodom and Gomorrah.

I think the racists like us! Oh, no wait…

Finding out Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for president was one of the saddest days in black history. Another legacy of black death is about to begin, just like it began back in the ’60s with probably the greatest traitor to black people in modern-day history, Martin Luther King.

Hmm, OK then…

Think Progress: The Party of Race

Think Progress (Matthew Yglesias, 10/30/08)

The Party of Race

Well, obviously you could read just about anything as a coded racist appeal. And I think a case could be made that you’d be right to. The simple fact of the matter is that the politics of economic conservatism in the United States have a lot to do with the politics of race. I always think it’s worth recalling the practical constituency for libertarian economic policies as seen in the 1964 elections:

350px_electoralcollege1964svg.pngNow that’s not to say that the politics of American conservatism are exclusively about race. Lots and lots of people in places like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Maine, etc. where there were no racial tensions in 1964 (no black people in those states) voted for Barry Goldwater. It just wasn’t a majority. And next week lots of people are going to vote for John McCain because they believe his opponent favors the murder of innocent unborn children, whereas a President McCain could plausibly appoint Supreme Court justices who would dramatically curtail said slaughter. There are lots of things in play. But voting behavior is very tied up with race and with attitudes about race even when it’s two white candidates facing off against each other.

Huffington Post: Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

Huffington Post (10/30/08)

Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

The 2008 election has been marked in recent months by an endless round of negative ads and robo-calls attacking Barack Obama’s patriotism, honesty, integrity, faith, experience.

Watch a slideshow of the most hate-filled flyers and mailers in the 2008 campaign:

The negative personal attacks of the current campaign stands out, compared to dirty tricks used in recent elections like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads in 2004 and the rumors spread about John McCain’s adopted daughter in 2000, because they’re being voiced by the Republican candidate and his running mate, rather than their surrogates or sympathetic groups.

Racism Review: White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

Racism Review

White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

The world of U.S. racism and U.S. politics has its very weird aspects.Esquire magazine reports on their recent interviews with several leaders of white supremacist groups.
Here is the infamous Tom Metzger, director of the White Aryan Resistance:

The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.

So, a white-racist thinker hates transnational firms more than an African American Senator or President, but must portray him as a “black racist” in order to come to his view. This seems pretty schizophrenic, if typical of much white supremacist thinking. Then the Esquire story quotes the head of the Imperial Klans and a few other white supremacist leaders who offer mixed reviews of the campaign. A couple seem glad that Obama is about to be elected, as in their view that will fuel the white supremacist movement and move whites into their organizations.

I was interviewed by a Canadian reporter this morning, who had talked with David Duke, former Klan leader and Louisiana state representative, and Duke told him he thought half of all whites would be upset that Obama is elected and thus move toward the white supremacist camp.

And the media are doing stories about the “end of racism” and on “no racial effects” in this campaign? Really?

What do you think?

Esquire: Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama

Esquire

Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama

How do racists, anti-Semites and all-purpose hate-mongers view the possibility of America’s first black president? Not necessarily the way you think they would.

 

If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack Obama by nearly ten percentage points, but the McCain and Obama camps probably haven’t factored in the following fact: In an informal Esquire survey, three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama, while McCain is the clear favorite among black nationalists. (Sure, our methodology suffered from an extraordinarily low sample size–limited to four white supremacists and one black nationalist–but just because it wouldn’t fly with Gallup doesn’t mean there ain’t a kernel of truth in there.) This is just one of many surprising views that emerged after we talked to extremists about this historic electoral showdown between a 46-year-old black man and a 71-year-old white man.

Tom Metzger

Who: Director, White Aryan Resistance

Likes: White people, karaoke, environmentalists

Dislikes: Race-mixing, Jews, the federal government, capitalism

Career Highlights: Was Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan in the 70s; won the Democratic primary during his bid for Congress in 1980; appeared on the episode of Geraldo Rivera’s show in 1988 when Rivera’s nose was broken in a brawl.

“The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.”

 

Media Matters: Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

Media Matters

Cunningham on Obama Sr.: “That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave”

On the October 28 broadcast of his Cincinnati-based radio show, Bill Cunningham stated of Sen. Barack Obama’s childhood: “[I]magine at the age of 1 or 2 seeing your father for the last time. See, his father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave.”

Cunningham went on to say: “And so he was raised in that environment by a communist mother who hooks up with a guy named Barry Soetoro, who is a radical Muslim, and they quickly fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, which is where Barry Obama was raised as a little boy. And then he was rejected again by his mother at the age of 10 and sent to Honolulu. And that’s all fine, he had nothing to do with it, he was a victim. … But it’s who he is.” In fact, Obama’s stepfather was named Lolo Soetoro, and contrary to Cunningham’s claim that Soetoro was “a radical Muslim,”The New York Times has described him as “a nominal Muslim who hung prayer beads over his bed but enjoyed bacon, which Islam forbids,” and the Chicago Tribune described him as “much more of a free spirit than a devout Muslim.”

Talkers Magazine lists Cunningham among its “Heavy Hundred,” which it describes as the “100 most important radio talk show hosts in America.” Cunningham’s weekend show, Live on Sunday Night, it’s Bill Cunningham, is syndicated nationally by Premiere Radio Networks.