Monday, January 28, 2008

Toni Takes it Back

Forget Ted Kennedy, and all the other high-power endorsements of Obama...author Toni Morrison is set to endorse Barack Obama today. Perhaps she took a look at the behavior of the man she called "the first black President" last week and decided to bestow that title on a guy who might actually achieve all parts of that description...leaving Bill Clinton, what? The "first Uncle Tom President?"
[link] ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison -- who famously declared Bill Clinton to be the nation's "first black president" -- is endorsing Barack Obama for president today, an Obama campaign source tells ABC News.

This comes as Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., also announces his support for Obama on Monday, at a rally in Washington.

In an October 1998 essay in The New Yorker, Morrison wrote: "Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black president. Blacker than any actual person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime."

It is interesting to note the full context of Morrison's original quote. IT's NOT the throwaway platitude that's been suggested. It's part of a complex analysis that is as much about Clinton's weaknesses, mistakes and, while it lasted, downfall. Read for yourself

UPDATE: Morrison's letter can be read here.
...this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.

1 comment:

Rickey Henderson said...

Perhaps the endorsement is a reaction to that Jesse Jackson quote Bill Clinton made that the media is harping on? Bleh.

Rickey doesn't know what's more disgusting, Bill Clinton's alleged attempt to "blacken" Obama or the media's ravenous desire for a heated race war. More than any other political cycle before, Rickey's aware of the media as a completely self interested & alien entity that has only its own best interests in mind. They get off on shit like this.