Misogyny has been a constant and shocking feature of so many reactions to Hilary Clinton’s candidacy. Some of us have been waiting for racist reactions to Obama to come onto the national stage. The wait may be over. (Note: in comments Jender points out that we’ve documented some of the racism already. I try to explain in response in what way I feel it is only just now becoming comparable to the sexist villification of HRC.)
At the same time, the recent post on White Feminism has reminded us of a problem that many people think points to serious problems in the feminist world. And one of the worries it raises concerns the ability of white feminists to spot racism in themselves or in others. So it is with some trepidation I embark on the topic of racism in the American political scene.
And, in case you don’t know about a current cause celebre, you might want to look at a video of Jeremiah Wright:
NPR interviewed various black ministers today about whether the attacks on Jeremiah Wright are attacks on the Black Church. Everyone who responded recognized that Black prophetic/liberation theology is a significant component of the black religious world. Ministers from that segment do preach about injustice and oppression.
One black minister from Washington, DC, articulated what seems to likely to be true: the attacks on Wright are a rejection of Black theology as he and many others practice it, and the dominant message the attacks carry is: Blacks need to stop complaining and keep quiet.
Well, here’s one of the segments from the same show that is cited against him:
Obama has strongly disassociated himself from Wright. He says Wright’s implication in the above video that he (Obama) is a hypocritical politician was the last staw. And it must be said that Obama’s campaign has largely been about leading the US beyond its racial divisions.
I don’t see how feminists can be silent about this, but at the same time, I sure don’t feel capable of speaking of black experience.
What do you think?