“There have been signals coming out of the Clinton campaign that have racial overtones that indeed disturb me. … I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign … that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting.” -Rep. Rob Andrews (D - NJ) (June 3, 2008)
Sharpton told the New York Times that the Clintons are making an effort to "repair whatever damage they felt may have been done in ’08" and that the couple knows that "that there are some who have lingering questions, if not antipathy, towards them."
As early as January, Bill Clinton got his wife into hot water for a remark he made about the Obama "fairy tale," which former Clinton advisor Donna Brazile famously evoked as racist; and as race became an increasingly pivotal issue on the trail, the suggestion hung like a specter over Clinton's campaign until the end. -Ruby Cramer, BuzzFeed
Democrat, Liberal, Racism, Smears, Politics
Geraldine A. Ferraro, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1984 who was on the Clinton finance committee, resigned from the campaign after being criticized by Mr. Obama’s advisers, among others, for her recent comments that “if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position” as a leading presidential contender.
Democrat, Racism, Politics
Continuing a pattern seen in other Southern states, Obama won fewer than three in 10 white men and did no better among white women. Outside the South, Obama has tended to win far more votes from white men than white women, who have been one of Clinton's strongest groups in nearly every primary so far.
Democrat, Racism, Politics, Bigotry
Sen. Barack Obama topped Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Mississippi primary. Despite overwhelming support in the African-American community for Obama, exit polls showed that he lost ground with white voters in what turned out to be the most racially polarized vote so far.
Democrat, Racism, Smears, Politics
Bill Clinton helped sink his wife's chances for an endorsement from Ted Kennedy by belittling Barack Obama as nothing but a race-based candidate.
"A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee," the former president told the liberal lion from Massachusetts, according to the gossipy new campaign book, "Game Change."
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Racism, Oops, Politics, Tolerance
A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband, and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.
Democrat, Racism, Politics
"Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," Clinton had said in accusing Obama of distorting his stance on the war.
The most senior black in the Democratic congressional leadership, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, told The New York Times on Friday that he may end his neutrality in his state's January 26 primary because of recent remarks by the Clintons, including the "fairy tale" comment.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Character, Racism, Oops, Politics, Tolerance, Diversity
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's prominent place in the media spotlight and Hillary Clinton's intense drive to win the votes of working-class whites has created a racial divide within the Democratic Party.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Obama, Racism, Oops, Tolerance, Diversity
Hillary Clinton's strategists are delighted at what they consider Barack Obama's latest stumble in the hypersensitive world of racial politics. Obama is drawing a new round of criticism for his comments on a Philadelphia radio sports program yesterday in which he said his grandmother is a "typical white person" who has fears about black men.