Thursday, October 16, 2008

Michelle Obama Invokes Racial Loyalty in the Closing Weeks of the Campaign

As the presidential race tightens in the final weeks leading up to election day, Michelle Obama has invoked Pan African racial solidarity in a bid to solidify and galvanise African American Obama voters.

In an interview with African Press International, an independent and widely respected blog, Ms. Obama said that API should support her husband because of issues of racial solidarity.

According to the respected pan African blog "Accusing API of colluding with American internet bloggers in an effort to bring down her husband, Mrs Obama said she decided to call API because of what she termed, API’s help to spread rumours created by American bloggers and other racist media outlets in their efforts to damage a black man’s name, saying she hopes African Media was mature enough to be in the front to give unwavering support to her husband, a man Africans should identify themselves with. "

The report undermines Obama's bid to Americans to 'put race aside " and weigh his candidacy on its ideological merits. It in effect employs different appeals to different ethnic constituencies , one line being an appeal to repudiate racism and the other an appeal to racial solidarity.

Ms. Obama was addressing questions about her husband's citizenship. In the direct quotation on the API site, Ms. Obama veers back and forth between a defense "on the merits" against reports questioning her husband's citizenship and calls for ethnic loyalty.

API quotes Michelle Obama in the following paragraph of hteir article on the subject. "“African Press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view,” and she went to state that, “it is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a step father. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband’s face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by His step father. The important thing here is where my husband’s heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that My husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner; says Michelle Obama on telephone to API.”

s an international news agency headquartered in Norway with 19 correspondents in North, East, West and South Africa as well as in the United Kingdom. It is widely respected for its political independence and even handedness.

API in the same article asks probing questions about the arrest and deportation from Kenya of Jerome Corsi, an American journalist who traveled to that country to do research into Barack Obama's ties to Raila Odinga and the Orange Democratic Movement in Kenya. Violent protests led by Odinga supporters led to the deaths of over a thousand people in Kenya in the early part of this year.Obama campaigned for Odinga while a US Senator. Odinga claims that Obama, (whose father is of Odinga's Luo tribe) is his cousin.

Raila Odinga is now President of Kenya in a power sharing agreement worked out with UN support and the intervention of US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. It is an obvious question what role Raila Odinga played in the arrest and deportation of Jerome Corsi.

According to API, Mrs. Obama did not take kindly to questions about the Jerome Corsi's deportation. Her response to API was detailed as follows in their article on Michelle Obama and the controversies emanating from Kenya.

"When API asked Mrs Obama to comment on why Dr Corsi was arrested by the Kenyan government and whether she thought Kenya’s Prime Minister Mr Raila Odinga was involved in Dr Corsi’s arrest, she got irritated and and simply told API not to dig that which will support evil people who are out to stop her husband from getting the presidency.

When asked who she was referring to as the evil people, she stated that she was not going to elaborate much on that but that many conservative white people and even some African Americans were against her husband, but that this group of blacks were simply doing so because of envy."

The API article has made a number of things clear. First, Michelle Obama definitely is a player in the campaign. She seems to have settled on the role of bringing out the African American vote not on grounds of the issues but of racial solidarity. Her nervousness opens the legitimate questions about friends in the Kenyan government possibly helping to silence an American journalist.

API, a news agency that reports in areas where political violence is the norm was clearly not impressed with the scolding it got from Ms. Obama, or the promise of inauguration invitations that she tossed out like cheap trinkets.

According to API "Mrs Obama asked API to write a good story about her husband and that will earn API an invitation to the inauguration ceremony when, as she put it , her husband will be installed as the next President of the United States of America next year."

It should be noted that much of the world admires the robustness of political debate in America. Kenyans have weathered an election campaign in which over a thousand Kenyans were killed and eight hundred churches burned. To them, the bloodlessness and open dissent in America are an enviable treasure. The cornerstone of America's peace is a sense of common nationality and purpose that transcends ethnic subdivisions. In Kenya, by contrast, tribal loyalties to political parties has crippled the viability of multiparty democracy as votes are split among tribal lines.

The elements of discourse introduced into America's political debate by Michelle Obama are that of ethnic solidarity trumping rational discussion. Her insistence that some questions play into the hands of the enemy have more than a tinge of paranoia underlying her basic approach to electoral politics.

Ms Obama has invited scrutiny of her participation in the campaign. Although a deference to the spouses of candidates has been a political tradition in America. It is Ms Obama who has abrogated this traditional understanding in a manner that is injurious to our democracy. The task of highlighting her role in the campaign is a distasteful necessity. The arrest of Jerome Scorsi in Kenya, preceeded by Barack Obama's involvement in the Odinga campaign has blurred the boundaries of American politics. If Obama is elected, it will mean four more years of tangled international webs and paranoid calls for unconditional ethnic loyalty. America deserves better. Sphere: Related Content


CKAinRedStateUSA said...

Wait a minute! Invokes "racial loyalty"?

That's a racist statement, because in calling their hand on their racism, you've crossed the PC racist line, the one which says we can be racist, but ANYTHING you say, even the slightest remonstrance, is racist.

Should Obama win, it'll be off to the re-education camps for you.

BTW: Thanks for the post.

Bob Vanderet said...

Byron York of National review has exposed this interview as completely phony.

Anonymous said...

API’s help to spread rumours created by American bloggers and other racist media outlets in their efforts to damage a black man’s name, saying she hopes African Media was mature enough to be in the front to give unwavering support to her husband

Hadn't heard anything about the other parts, but I'm not really surprised. This bit that I've pasted above kinda sumarizes everything: African Media is expected to give *unwavering support* to a black man because he is black. Note that (1) there doesn't appear to be an reference to Obama's positions as a reason to support him, and (2) *unwavering support* = no questions. Questions = racist. *sigh* crossing my fingers and saying lots of prayers that they *don't* end up in the White House, 'cause Obama's policies on lotsa issues scare me to bits.

Anonymous said...

WOW, this story is picking up steam

WND has now picked up the story, MAJOR OCTOBER SURPRISE

phil said...

This was a hoax. It never happened.