Everyday I’m reminded how lucky I am to be a woman of color, a Latina, a Puerto Rican. I’m so lucky apparently that white women want to be women of color to get big book deals. When people of color question how such things can happen, how can so many real stories of the struggles of people of color get passed by, silenced ? If the answer we dare to speak is racism, well then we are racist against white people. Remind me how lucky I am again?
Enter Geraldine Ferraro who stepped down from her honorary post in the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign because she reminded Barack Obama (and all people of color in powerful positions) just how lucky he is:
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
When Ferraro, once a historic vice-presidential nominee herself, was called out she pulled out the cry me a river white woman race card a little further out of her culo:
“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up.
“Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white.
Ah yes. I think somewhere today I was called a racist for calling out white privilege. In fact I think that happens nearly everyday, just as I’m lucky enough everyday to get emails telling me to go back where I came from, to get letters from my abuela in Puerto Rico weighing in on the candidates for President that she cannot by law vote for even though she is subject to U.S. laws.
The thing is if Obama had said something reminding everyone that he was black (because it’s not apparent I guess) he would be called a race baiter. When a white woman, especially a white woman in power does it, it’s brave.
Apparently Geraldine Ferraro took a page from Gloria Steinem’s playbook.
What’s most disturbing about this, is that it keeps happening over and over again from the Clinton camp, not directly from Hillary herself, but from those on her side which seriously makes me not take her campaign too seriously.
Via / Culture Kitchen