Ralph Nader Accuses Barack Obama of Talking White … The Great White Hype or is it White Guilt?
And now for something completely different. It appears that Nader will be a thorn in the side of Democrats again in Election 2008. Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader is accusing Democratic Barack Obama of talking white. Ralph Nader never at a loss for words or beating around the bush has come out and basically said what many have privately thought, what change does Obama really represent? It’s only a matter of time before Nader is branded a racist.
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to “talk white” and appealing to “white guilt” during his run for the White House.
There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American,” Nader said. “Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”
Nader further went on to say that Obama is simply campaigning to “white guilt”. That and the fact that ever since the Trinity Church and Reverend Wright controversy, Obama has had to provide the impression that he is something other than the “black” candidate. One thing is for certain, what Republicans are afraid to say, Nader is not.
Nader said he is not impressed with Obama and that he does not see him campaigning often enough in low-income, predominantly minority communities where there is a “shocking” amount of economic exploitation.
He pointed to issues like predatory lending, shortages of health care and municipal resources, environmental issues and others.
“He wants to show that he is not a threatening . . . another politically threatening African-American politician,” Nader said. “He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he’s coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it’s corporate or whether it’s simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up.”