2008 Presidential Election, Race and Racism
Selected Update for Week of March 16, 2008
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Editor's Note: I missed
the week of February 28 and the Week of March 9
because my sister and I went to Roatan, Honduras to celebrate my 60th birthday
at a wellness spa. I don't why I had the urge to go to Honduras rather Mexico of
Belize. But I was drawn to the small island off the mainland of Honduras.. .
where I met the Garifuna. The story of their origin that was told to us - was
that captured Africans rebelled by acting crazy- dressing up in women's
clothing, painting their face white. The colonialist were so disturbed by their
behavior that they put the men, women and children on a boat and set them up on
the island of Roatan. A somewhat different story is on the internet - black
Caribbean align themselves with the French against the English.
the English eventually won - they shipped all the black carib to the island of
Roatan. Whatever, their origin they are a fascinating African descendent
culture: Caribbean fishing and farming traditions with a
mixture of South American and African music, dance, and spirituality. The island
now has a large population of "Spanish" (we would call Hispanics) and a small,
but significant population of White Americans who, as usual, are taking the best
beach fronts and excluding the indigenous population: the Garifunas and the
Spanish. At any rate, if you want a neat, inexpensive vacation off the beaten
path - think Roatan, Honduras. It is only 2.5 hours direct flight from Houston.
Mar 13, 2008 - Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton|
Ferraro for making an ugly and bigoted comment that
Barack Obama is "lucky" to be black,
and that he would not be where he is today
"if he were a white man" or "a woman." Make
that ugly, bigoted. Ms. Ferraro's comment
are offensive and shrewd. Her remarks
raise the wide-spread white sentiment that
less-qualified black people are getting jobs
that should go to hard-working and
experienced white people. Her words are a
barely coded play for the bigot vote.
Furthermore, her reference to "woman" read
that "white woman" her remark links Obama
with the oppression of white women.
Geraldine Ferraro, made herself the victim:
"I really think they're attacking me
because I'm white," she said. "How's that?
Hillary Clinton for not swiftly, soundly
rejecting and denouncing the comments of
Ferraro and firing her immediately from her