Ayers/Dorhn and the politics of race

Ethel C. Fenig
OMG!  I agree with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn!  Sort of.  Abdon M. Pallasch,  reports in the Chicago Sun-Times on a speech that dynamite duo gave to a small gathering on Memorial Day, proclaiming racism (is) not dead.
 
I agree--but we have different reasons.
 
Their reasons.
 
Fifty-seven percent of white voters did not vote for Obama," Dohrn said. Referring to hers and Ayers new book, Race Course: Against White Supremacy, she said, "That was the impetus for writing this book. We've got a big job to do to change those numbers."
 
However, Ms. Dohrn neglects to mention the percentage of blacks who did not vote for the white John McCain.  Was she too embarrassed to accuse them of racism?
 
"Michelle Obama has become the queen, not just of America, but of the world,” Ayers said. “Just a few months ago, she was being dragged through the media in what one New York Times person called ‘Round Two of the sulfurous national game of Kill the Witch.’ She was the 'Black Nationalist' who was 'dangerous' and 'frightening, unlike her husband who was cool.'”
 
Hmmm, Hilary Rodham Clinton,  Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) and even Laura Bush were also subjected to a "sulfurous national game of Kill the W(B)itch" by all segments of the national media and--oh, what not a surprise--this national game has not abated; these accomplished women are not queens of the world.  But they're so accomplished, whether or not you agree with their politics, they don't care.  And frankly, I don't think Ms. Obama does either.
 
And speaking of bigotry, whatever her other considerable accomplishments,  did the ethnic background and gender of President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy play an important role in her selection?  Why, I do believe it was of primary importance.
 
 The New York Times quotes a speech nominee Sonia Sotomayor gave in 2001
 
declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”

In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases."

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor,

Hmmm, imagine the uproar if say, Judge Antonin Scalia had said "I would hope that a wise white man of Italian descent, with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than  a black and/or Hispanic and/or woman."  Or if any of the other sitting judges had been quoted saying something similar.  And just where was the Ayers/Dohrn duo during the scandalous hearings to accept Clarence Thomas, who was not "the right kind of black"?

So yeah, Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Ayers, you're right, racism is alive and well in this country.  And the fact that you two wealthy white folks got away with murder and are now smugly--and safely criticizing--is proof of that. 

OMG!  I agree with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn!  Sort of.  Abdon M. Pallasch,  reports in the Chicago Sun-Times on a speech that dynamite duo gave to a small gathering on Memorial Day, proclaiming racism (is) not dead.
 
I agree--but we have different reasons.
 
Their reasons.
 
Fifty-seven percent of white voters did not vote for Obama," Dohrn said. Referring to hers and Ayers new book, Race Course: Against White Supremacy, she said, "That was the impetus for writing this book. We've got a big job to do to change those numbers."
 
However, Ms. Dohrn neglects to mention the percentage of blacks who did not vote for the white John McCain.  Was she too embarrassed to accuse them of racism?
 
"Michelle Obama has become the queen, not just of America, but of the world,” Ayers said. “Just a few months ago, she was being dragged through the media in what one New York Times person called ‘Round Two of the sulfurous national game of Kill the Witch.’ She was the 'Black Nationalist' who was 'dangerous' and 'frightening, unlike her husband who was cool.'”
 
Hmmm, Hilary Rodham Clinton,  Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) and even Laura Bush were also subjected to a "sulfurous national game of Kill the W(B)itch" by all segments of the national media and--oh, what not a surprise--this national game has not abated; these accomplished women are not queens of the world.  But they're so accomplished, whether or not you agree with their politics, they don't care.  And frankly, I don't think Ms. Obama does either.
 
And speaking of bigotry, whatever her other considerable accomplishments,  did the ethnic background and gender of President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy play an important role in her selection?  Why, I do believe it was of primary importance.
 
 The New York Times quotes a speech nominee Sonia Sotomayor gave in 2001
 
declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”

In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases."

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor,

Hmmm, imagine the uproar if say, Judge Antonin Scalia had said "I would hope that a wise white man of Italian descent, with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than  a black and/or Hispanic and/or woman."  Or if any of the other sitting judges had been quoted saying something similar.  And just where was the Ayers/Dohrn duo during the scandalous hearings to accept Clarence Thomas, who was not "the right kind of black"?

So yeah, Ms. Dohrn and Mr. Ayers, you're right, racism is alive and well in this country.  And the fact that you two wealthy white folks got away with murder and are now smugly--and safely criticizing--is proof of that.