Ralph Nader Tells Obama He’s Doing Black Wrong

Fool:

Nader was asked if Obama is any different than Democrats he has criticized in the past, considering Obama’s pledge to reject campaign contributions from registered lobbyists.

“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.”

The Obama campaign had only a brief response, calling the remarks disappointing.

Asked to clarify whether he thought Obama does try to “talk white,” Nader said: “Of course.

“I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law, and is going to be liberated by the law,” Nader said. “Haven’t heard a thing.”

I must say, I find Nader’s eccentric use of grammar quite charming. And he’s got some interesting ideas for what a successful black presidential candidate should be doing. Perhaps, though, he would be better off trying to become a successful white presidential candidate. That’s challenge enough — for him.

6 Responses to “Ralph Nader Tells Obama He’s Doing Black Wrong”

  1. Mark says:

    ““I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law, and is going to be liberated by the law.”

    ….Because Nader is qualified to speak about what a “black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be.” That’s not condescending at all, no sir. Oh wait- yeah, it is.

  2. Chief says:

    Too bad you can’t get paid for writing this stuff. You are GOOD.

  3. Kathy says:

    Too bad you can’t get paid for writing this stuff. You are GOOD.

    MICHAEL?!! 🙂

  4. steve conn says:

    When Obama threw Rev. Wright under the bus, was it because what he was saying wasn’t true or was it because he was offending potential white supporters by (yes!) “talking black?” Now that Obama is pro-gun, pro-death penalty, pro-nuke, pro-ethanol, is it because he is looking out for
    minorities or pandering to potential white supporters?Be careful. If you speak about it, you could be treated like Ralph Nader.

  5. mavvericks66 says:

    I understand Mr. Nader’s argument but, why in the hell would a Presidential candidate be running around the poor black ghetto??? Because he is Black and that is where all the Black people live??? Because he needs to concern himself with all the poor Black people? We all know that the Blacks who will vote for him are impoverished and he is ignoring them??
    I think if you want to eliminate ghettos in your city you need start with city counsil then work on your mayor then look to your Govenor.
    Preditory(pay-day) loans, rent-to-own stores and lead paint are taken care of by local goverment via funds from the federal gov….perhaps more people need to hold their local gov. accountable!!
    In closing I am more concerned with a war in another country, gas prices, supreme court nominees, abortion rights,this poor economy, and the world view of the U.S……and least of all am I worried about being Black and living in the ghetto(NOT)
    Good Day
    From An American who happens to be BLACK

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