Ferarro’s comments were not racist. Please hear me out.
It’s likely true that if Jesse Jackson were white he’d have been ostracized a long time ago for his radical views and past actions. It’s also true that Obama is riding a wave of emotion related to the notion of a black president. That’s a fact independent of his qualifications. If you find that offensive then you’ve over-tuned your sensitivity to the point of being illogical.
I disagree with Ferarro regarding whether Obama is qualified to be president, however. I’m an Obama supporter, so I think he is absolutely the most qualified. But that doesn’t make her statements any less true, and it definitely doesn’t make them racist.
To see what I mean, imagine a soccer game where an announcer makes the following comment:
The only reason this team is getting so many cheers is because they’re playing at home and they have a ton of fans here.
That’s an opinion about quality, but not about the reason for the quality. He’s saying the team is actually just mediocre, and that the only reason the crowd is going wild is because they’re local fans. But that’s totally different from saying the team sucks because they’re Swedish.
That’s what people are missing: she didn’t say anything of the sort.
Keep in mind that this is the same woman who’s openly said that she was only Mondale’s candidate for vice president in 84′ because she was a woman, and she said that as a proven feminist. That’s not sexism for the same reasons her comments about Obama are not racist; they’re simply observations about how support bases can help people look exceptional when in fact they may not be.
Think, people. Don’t leap to conclusions based on emotional reactions. This one “felt” like racism but even a cursory analysis shows that it just wasn’t.: