Ferrarro’s practiced race-baiting since 1988

March 12, 2008

Kos points to a Ben Smith posting on Politico that puts Geraldine Ferraro’s recent racist comment in historical perspective:

“If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said.

Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.”

Smith goes on to place the quote in its original context in the article, but the context only makes Ferraro sound worse. Her views were echoed at the time by…Ronald Reagan.

Remind me again why Clinton hasn’t condemned this?

Update:  Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central picks up Ferraro’s latest retort to those who criticize her statements: “They’re attacking me because I’m white!”

<sigh>, Geraldine, bigotry from privileged white folks who call themselves “liberals” really has no place in a presidential campaign. If the media and the public actually “took it easy” on black presidential candidates as you say, why does that sort of attitude not translate into “taking it easy” on black defendants in our courts? Or black students in our schools, or black athletes who resist “safe” public images, or black cultural figures who get pigeonholed into representing “their” race, or…do you get the idea yet?

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