A Great Start (not)

February 1, 2007

This would be funny if it wasn’t real.

Senator Joseph Biden, who is silly enough to think he has a chance against Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama in the Democratic primary, started off his campaign by pointing out, among other things, that he thinks that Obama is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Yes, that’s actually what he said.

According to the New York Times, Jesse Jackson, who ran against Biden in the 1988 Democratic primary “pointed out that he had run against Mr. Biden for the 1988 Democratic nomination, and had lasted far longer and drawn more votes than did Mr. Biden.”

Obama noted that he “didn’t take it personally and I don’t think he intended to offend.” But good old Barak noted also that the “way he constructed the statement was probably a little unfortunate.”

Unfortunate, huh? I would say probably a little racist. And a little stupid.


Can I just say…

June 23, 2006

…how uncomfortable I am with the fact that almost everyone who waits on me (Starbucks, hotel, convention center) is a person of color? I notice this at every conference I go to and I hate it. Things are still so not fair in this country. And it makes me feel freaking guilty. And angry. And helpless. I overcompensate by being very friendly, which of course is soooo not adequate. Nor is giving extra tips.

And I’m glad UUs are talking about it, but I will be even happier when our denomination is not mostly white, relatively well-off people.

Off to the next plenary. I’m kind of excited to see what happens.