Friday, March 14, 2008

At least it’s not all about race

Which of these should be considered divisive, ridiculous and wrong-headed?

1) “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position”

2) “[Clarence] Thomas … affirmative action got him into Yale”

3) “If Clarence Thomas was a white man, he would not be in this position”

4) “Obama … affirmative action got him into Harvard”

Geraldine Ferraro said the first and second statements.

The first got her booted out of the Clinton campaign. The Obama campaign called her remarks divisive. Obama himself called them ridiculous and wrong-headed.

The second merely “made the audience pause” at the speech where she delivered it.

If she said the third statement, would we see a reaction anything like we did when she said the first?

If she said the fourth statement, would we see a reaction anything like she got when she said the second statement?

Here we thought that the lesson from Ferraro kerfuffle was that you couldn’t claim a black man’s success is due to his race.

But we were wrong. Clarence Thomas is fair game.

So at least it’s not all about race. In fact, apparently it’s not about black and white at all. Sometimes it’s just about a red America and a blue America.

(h/t Real Clear Politics)



UPDATE: Well, it apparently wouldn’t be divisive to speculate on Obama being an affirmative action beneficiary at Harvard. Good!

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