A true nation

by Michael O. Allen on March 11, 2008

I am losing hope.

For us as a country, whether we could ever truly become a nation. Will we always remain divided?

I know what the lure of history holds for Sen. Hillary Clinton, (D-NY). At one time I wanted it for her, too, that she becomes the first female president of the United States.

But Hillary Clinton’s message must be rejected now. Rejected not because she’s a woman, but because she is divisive and obsessed with power. Rejected because she has used racial fears to attract votes.

I know now she will get this nomination. I’m just waiting to see how.

Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard University, re-examines Sen. Clinton’s the “red phone” ad:

I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.
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Finally, Hillary Clinton appears, wearing a business suit at 3 a.m., answering the phone. The message: our loved ones are in grave danger and only Mrs. Clinton can save them. An Obama presidency would be dangerous — and not just because of his lack of experience. In my reading, the ad, in the insidious language of symbolism, says that Mr. Obama is himself the danger, the outsider within.

Did the message get through? Well, consider this: people who voted early went overwhelmingly for Mr. Obama; those who made up their minds during the three days after the ad was broadcast voted heavily for Mrs. Clinton.

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Donna March 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

The first female president is out there but it should NOT be Hillary. She has proved with this campaign that she is too petty, power hungry, and hateful to hold such an important office.

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