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Sharpton to Clinton: Please leave the stage

May 9, 2008

NEW YORK – Rev. Al Sharpton called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Democratic presidential race, likening her to an entertainer who doesn’t know when to leave the stage.

rtr20b1t.jpg“Not dropping out would mean ruining the party,” the civil rights leader told New York 1 television on Thursday night. “I think Barack Obama’s the nominee. I think he’s won. The majority of Democrats have already decided.”

Sharpton, a failed Democratic candidate in 2004, has yet to endorse any candidate for the November election though he has been actively courted by Obama and Clinton.

He has natural ties to both Democratic candidates: his National Action Network is based in New York City and Clinton is a U.S. senator from New York state. And he has also championed causes for African Americans, and if elected Obama, a senator from Illinois, would be America’s first black president.

But his latest words suggest an endorsement might not be necessary in the nomination battle.

“As you know, I’ve been in the ministry of civil rights all my life, but had dealings with entertainers because of James Brown,” Sharpton said. “The worst thing in the world is when an entertainer doesn’t know when the show is over. The audience is gone, the lights are down, you’re getting ready to cut the mics off and you are still on the stage singing. It’s over, it’s all right, it’s over. Come sing another day, but this show is over for Sen. Clinton.”  

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Uh, Jerry,

I am also white. I request you get off it and rise above this.

I really don’t see any vitriolic hatred towards whites in anyone’s protests to Hillary’s comments.

No one is asking anyone to pay for the sins of their ancestors.

As a white person, I would like to think we are beyond this and clearly we’re not…and that was the desired impact of the comments, to polarize and divide.

Look beyond the hype, if you are a democrat be a democrat and unite behind the nominee whoever they are. I promise I will.

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive
 

Sharpton telling Hillary to get off the stage. He should have gotten off the stage after Tawana Brawley but did he Noooo unfortunately no such luck.

 

Hillary run as an independent and show everyone.

 

Michelle Obama’s Writings Display Disturbing Racism

Americans must ask: ‘Do we really want this woman in the White House’?

By Pat Shannan

Just what kind of “change” is Barack Obama offering and just how much influence has his wife, Michelle had over him in their married life the past two decades? It appears that Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama does not look into a crowd of Obama supporters and see Americans. She sees black people and white people, eternally conflicted with one another.

In her senior thesis at Princeton University, Michelle LaVaughn, the future wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, stated that America was a nation founded on “crime and hatred.” Moreover, she stated that whites in America were “ineradicably racist.”

The 1985 thesis, entitled Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community, was written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn. Michelle Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society, never becoming a full participant.”

Not only does she see separate black and white societies in America, but emphatically elevates black over white in her world. As first lady, would she insist the White House be painted black? That’s been a standard joke in this venue since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but this next ominous quote from her thesis suggests that she would in fact urge her husband toward just such an extreme position.

“There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost.”

She seems to justify those feelings with what she claims to see on the other side of the issue: “Predominantly white universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the white students, comprising the bulk of their enrollments.”

Michelle added in her thesis that to “whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, [I] will always be black first.” However, it was reported by a fellow black classmate, “if those ‘whites at Princeton ‘ really saw Michelle as one who always would ‘be black first,’ it seems that she gave them that impression.”

Michelle Obama’s poll of black alumni concludes that other black former students at Princeton do not share her obsession with blackness. But rather than celebrate, she is horrified that black alumni identify with our common American culture more than they value the color of their skins.

“I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that black Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the black community. However, these findings do not support this possibility,” she wrote.

Most black alumni ignored her racist questionnaire. Only 89 students responded, out of 400 who were asked for input.

The thesis provides a trove of Mrs. Obama’s thoughts and world view seen through a race-based prism. For a potential first lady, this is a very divisive view that would do untold damage to race relations in this country in a Barack Hussein Obama administration.

During this presidential election year in which the term “transparency” has been frequently bandied about, candidates have buried a number of potentially revealing documents and papers. In Hillary Rodham Clinton’s case, there’s been a clamoring for tax records, White House memos and other material the candidate’s team has chosen to keep from release.

The 96-page, 1985 Princeton thesis, restricted from release by the school’s Mudd Library, has also been the subject of recent scrutiny. Commentator Jonah Goldberg remarked on National Review Online, “A
reader in the know informs me that Michelle Obama’s thesis is unavailable until Nov. 5, 2008, at the Princeton library. I wonder why.”

“Why a restricted thesis?” asked Pastor Louis Lapides on his website,
Thinking Outside the Blog. “Is the concern based on what’s in the thesis? Will Michelle Obama appear to be too black for white America or not black enough for black America?”

Will an Obama administration really offer constructive “change” or just an intellectually refined racism?

Pat Shannan is the assistant editor of American Free Press. He has been working in the alternative news business for more than 30 years.

Pay close attention to the 5th paragraph and you will see who is the true racist

Posted by Carl McQueen | Report as abusive
 

It’s amazing how people keep repeating the absurd statement that Hillary is the stronger candidate. The last time I checked, she was behind in the popular votes and the delegates count. She started as the front-runner candidate, but she couldn’t run a smart campaign and she lost the lead. Tell me how will you run the country effectively if with all the Bill Clintons around you your campaign still falters.

And to those haters who think blacks got Obama to where he is today. They need to give credit where credit is due. Obama ran an intelligent campaign. He did not have the support of most blacks until he won the white votes in Iowa. He beat Hillary on her own turf. Those intelligent white voters in Iowa made Obama the candidate not black folks….Think about it and stop the racial mugging!!!

Posted by Luckdress | Report as abusive
 

Correction Luckdress the media got Obama where he is

Posted by Carl McQueen | Report as abusive
 

I want to say some clear things here about Racism. Many of the comments posted has said that the only clear reason why Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama is because of a hidden racist feeling. Right off the bat, I voted for Hillary. And I am not racist. I am asian, Southeast Asian as a matter of fact. Southeast Asian, I will say, socially, are more leaned towards African Americans than white because many African American understand the pain and plight that many southeast asians had to endure during their own wars (supression, and treated badly by many peoples in government). And In America, it is a fact that African Americans were not always treated fairly. Thus, many southeast asians feels a bond with African Americans. However, to suggest that Hillary Clinton supporters won’t vote for Obama because of a racist feeling, that is just plain stupidity. Many of the media and many bloggers won’t say the obvious reason why Hillary Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama: We feel he is not ready and on John McCain we know he has crossed party lines and knows how the government works. Of course, there are always talk of trying new things bringing in new politics. That of course inspiring, but if you must talk about it, you must bring in substance. Ask any in the media, they will tell you, that Obama lacks substance. Fact has shown, there was a bias for Obama in the media and he has succeeded in most part, that no one can deny. Before Super Tuesday, we knew nothing about Obama because many in the media wouldn’t talk about Obama in a negative tone and then it all blew up. It is selfish to say for the mainstream media to write off the controversy of Obama because this is not the general election.

Also, we must give our respect for Hillary Clinton for paving the way for women to have an easier ability to become president of the united states. 100 years ago, women in this country were being supressed for being women. Currently, in other parts of the world, women don’t even have rights.

Hillary Clinton supporters not only look at Hillary as a great candidate, we do our research. We do plenty of our research of both candidates and we simply feel that she is ready to be president. Remember, the presidency is the hardest job in the world. Everything is on your shoulder.

Lastly, I want to remind all those that wrote comments and readers to stay by your vote and take responsibility for the candidate you vote for. Example, do not point the other way if your candidate faults. Man/women up and take responsibility on your part for hiring that person to be the president. Recently, many blame Bush on the war and the recession. I don’t blame him. I blame the voters that put him int he office because those voters made the decision to vote for him. And also, to only blame hillary for the war is ludicrous. You must blame all those other politician and their voters for voting the same way. I voted for Hillary in this election and I trust that if she becomes president, she will end the war and be a great president. I am not ready to vote for Barack Obama, he hasn’t yet suggested any substance to his claim of new politics. The controversies that have stirred with him are self-inflicted (bitter, church, etc.) Do not blame hillary for that, many of Obama supporters have and they had to basis to blame her for that. A reporter asked her a question on how she will deal with that, she replied.

And as for the new voters etc. that Obama is bringing into the election, it is great to see. But we must also emphasize that they know what they are wishing for. Many would say many young voters are energized about Obama, but many young voters do not face consequences that comes with their wishes. I hope that these young voters will take responsibility. I remember in the 2000 election, many young voters voted for change and new kind of politics and we end up here now. So, like I said earlier stand by your vote, if your candidate faults, man/woman up and take responsibility.

Posted by Nate | Report as abusive
 

Hillary, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and many have said that you should run as an independent. I agree. Obama is not going to win in November. McCain is weak. The electorate is going to stay home in November because what’s the point. But, I believe that the electorate would get behind you because nobody feels safe with the other two. McCain will sink himself with his out-of-touch health plan that everyone can see through. Obama will sink himself because his inexperience is blaring and his arrogance is annoying. People are going to be looking for someone who can actually do the job. The party hasn’t done you any favors and has actually been working against you behind the scenes. You’ve had enough turncoat friends in the party…you owe them nothing.
Senator Leiberman has survived and done well as an independent after that idiot Gore snobbed him by endorsing Kerry. You would carry every constituency you now have with you even as an independent and lets face it, McCain or Obama can’t win without them. There is more than one way to skin a cat. Whatever you do, don’t accept the 2nd spot on the democratic ticket, because it will be a losing ticket. Those who supported you will not vote for a ticket with Obama in the number one position…people are pretty clear about that…and no, we won’t change our minds…You will never get the black vote, so forget about it and identify with the white working class as an independent…they will be there for you…the racial divide is what it is…the blatant racism against you is appalling…it won’t change…they couldn’t get beyond color and that is really unfortunate…it will probably take a few hundred years more…until they can let go of the victim mentality and stand up and take responsibility for themselves as we all have to, then they will remain locked in that victim mentality. Only leaders, like Bill Cosby, and others within the black community who stepped out of that victim mentality and claimed their equality, can lead their own community out of it. The Rev. Wrights of the world just perpetuate the victim mentality. Become a maverick and lead us out of this mess…we will be right behind you! The Democratic Party and the DNC is a mess and is so corrupt that it is impossible to get a fair shake from them. They are being held hostage by the black community and can’t make an objective decision because of the racism cry that would ensue…they would rather throw the election away that to talk honestly with a black man. This inability to talk honestly is the strangle hold that is choking the life out of the party. They will not be there for you, so you have nothing to lose. Leiberman did it and survived and won another term and so can you. Place yourself above the party crap and show them that you are a candidate that will not be jerked around and used, but can be the leader of a bipartisan movement that will take the reigns…women, white working class, hispanics and seniors and catholics will all be with you. Somebody has to start calling a spade, a spade, and name it what it is…racism! They will call you a racist anyway, so what do you have to lose…maybe the black community will grow from the wake-up call and start to emerge from the victim mentality…or maybe not…there is nothing you can do about it…choose the right moment to pull out of this primary and immediately start running as an independent….don’t let any time lapse…keep the light on ourself, declare that you are a victim of racism and run as an independent. The blogs support this!

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive
 

“The majority of democrats have already decided.” What PLANET are you from? If it were not for caucuses, disproportinate delegate allotment and not counting 2 whole LARGE states, Obama would have lost! And if the Wright controversy would have come out during the January and February voting, he would have been out PERIOD!
Obama may have the “math” to win the nomination, but Hillary has the “math” to win the General Election. And it is Hillary, NOT Obama, that is qualified and a uniter. Obama is the most polarizing candidate in memory. And the most unqualified! And NO way he will unite those of us that see him for what he is! This is not about Hillary. This is about Obama. He loses in November and rightfully so. He is not qualified to run the largest and most powerful nation in the world nor call himself a “uniter” of all. He needs a dictionary. Maybe Wright will loan him one.

Posted by Core Democrat | Report as abusive
 

It is actually Al Sharpton who needs to get off the stage; we’ve had to listen to him whine for far too long and he never says anything new or interesting. I’m afraid that if Obama gets elected we’re going to have to hear Sharpton 24/7!

Posted by Linda Smith | Report as abusive
 

Susan,
That was brilliant!!! I won’t speak for others but I will say you have voiced everything I have felt about the situation. You have hit on every talking point I have had for the last few months including Hill running as an independent. You obviously have a sharp and constantly thinking mind…normally I would add my few cents worth but you threw in an entire dollar!!! way to go, I hope to read more from you.

Posted by Jerry | Report as abusive
 

Wait until the repubs get Obama’s wife in their sites. They don’t need to go after him, once her racist thesis from Princeton gets out there in full force he is finished. They will keep Wright on the forefront and use her thesis to hit home what many of us know…if he is elected..it will be the first time in this century that an openly racist president and first lady will be voted into office, Even though the majority of blacks approve reverse racism, whites do not…as far as I know..blacks are still a minority…MCclone will get the job and we will be screwed if Obama becomes the nominee. I am not going to take any time going into Obama’s lack of qualifications…run as an independent Hillary…once the dust is settled, you will be the only one left standing to be our next president.

Posted by mark | Report as abusive
 

Dude!

I’d like to buy a clue for $500, please!! This isn’t a popularity contest. This isn’t for class president. It’s for President of the US of A (dude)!! Hillary has the required demographic groups to carry the battleground states in the general election (Hispanics, Jewish, white women, blue-collar workers, Catholic, elderly, lower income and the Reagan Democrats, not to mention that she’s carried the big battleground states, mostly by a 10 point margine because of this (Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, California and Arizona to name a few), and the winner in the general election has won in Pennsylavania, Ohio, and Florida–something Barack won’t be able to do. There’s NO WAY Barack will be on the map with McCain in the general election. If you think so, you’re deluding yourself!! No wonder the democrats lose–the democratic nominee is a popularity contest and not about who is most electible and most qualified. As far as “the math” goes, it’s totally BOGUS!! Mostly caucus wins for Barack (perceived reality–such a miniscule part of the whole state is represented), and to not count Florida and Michigan is RIDICULOUS!! What is the Obama camp so afraid of? If the Democratic nominee process was done the right way, Hillary would have won a long time ago. Hillary or bust!!! You GO, girl!!!!!!

 

I was just wondering who is funding Rev Wright’s media tour. Has anybody dug into that? My suspicion is that we would find out it has links to Hillary’s campaign, which would not be so surprising for a big liar and deceitful person like her.
Go Obama Go!

Posted by Rahu | Report as abusive
 

HILARY SHOW IS OVER PLEASE LEAVE THE STAGE, do not destroy the democratic party and this country any more. For all of those who say that Hilary will win againsts Mccain, wait and see when all the young generation voters INCLUDING YOUNG REPUBLICANS and INDIPENDENTS flock around the smartest most HONEST politician AMERICA has ever seen named Barack Obama. OBAMKA will kick Republican butt in Nov by getting OVER 75% votes from PEOPLE BELOW 40. Obama will get huge support from INDIPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS Which Bilary will never get in her life. Its time for Change, Its time for Honesty, Wisdom and it is Time for a new Leadership now.

Obama 2008

Posted by Shane | Report as abusive
 

You know you Americans are looking dumber and dumber everyday.You just can’t get over race in order to elect a very qualified candidate who happens to be black. And yes White America you are “responsible” for your forefathers acts because you are “reaping the benefits from it”. OBAMA has won fair and square. A black person has to work twice as hard as a white person in USA, and it is definetly showing now. If OBAMA had been white Billary would have dropped out a long time ago and supported him. If Bush had been black he would not have been in that White House. An ignorant Whiteman like him in the Whitehouse for 8yrs!!No way a blackman would of had that priviledge. Only Whites have been president in USA and look at the state the USA is in now. And you are so racist and afraid that you don’t want to vote for the qualified candidate who happens to have darker skin. (By the way this message is not for those White Americans who have had the honesty and intelligence to vote for OBAMA.Without the Whitevote along with the Black vote he wouldn’t be where he is. So there are White Americans who really want to see a change and are not holding the color of OBAMA’S skin against him..)I am in Switzerland by the way..The whole world is watching you…WAKE UP AMERICA….

Posted by Denise | Report as abusive
 

well said denise! I hurt sometimes when I read these blogs. we still have a long way to go. (deep breath).

Posted by dan | Report as abusive
 

As I read these board messages, it disturbs me as an African American female. I am deeply saddened by the hatred that I read, and it touches me to the core, because when I looked at the candidates, race was not even a factor, and i think that applies to most people that I know black and white. We are one of the most powerful and wealthy countries in the world, and yet we still base our decisions on race. How much sense does that really make. When I looked at both candidates, my first thought was, who is being the most sincere, who do I believe can do the job, who can put my faith back into politics, who isn’t reaping benefits from my tax dollars, who has an open mind and is firm in their beliefs. This is something that we need to take into account, because the rest of the world is watching us, and if they think we are using skin color (and I leave out sexism, because TONS of other countries have female leaders) as a basis for our decisions, then we are in a sad place. People, black and white, male and female, all fought and died so that we could “have the pursuit of liberty”. My final question is, how many people have applied for a job that you had no “experience” in and succeeded even when most people doubted you? Keep that in mind,I think we as AMERICANS need to open our minds, and turn off our emotions a little and choose the candidate that really wants to help this country move in a positive direction so that out children can really be proud TO BE AN AMERICAN.

Posted by Melanie | Report as abusive
 

Haha. Very, very funny. I want her to drop out, too! I just don’t want her to be forced out and I want every state that followed the rules to be included. I strongly feel like she should campaign in a more positive manner though, so as to not damage the party.

Posted by Miss Me | Report as abusive
 

Hillary is preaching racism and thi sgeneral election is a fools talk don’t lose now an dsay you can win later we have to be puredy retarded to beleive that along wiht this land in mexico I have for sell

Posted by mik dee | Report as abusive
 

HOW can Clinton be president when she can’t even manage her own campaign funds she is 20 MILLION IN DEBT WHAT IS THAT YOU HILL FOLLOWERS? She will place this country in debt

Posted by mik dee | Report as abusive
 

This is completely ridiculous. I don’t get how Democrats are saying that if Obama wins that they will vote Republican. Hillary pulls the race card, that she can win more a greater percentage of the white vote and we should all suddenly for vote Hillary? I’m a 21 year old black woman who rarely ever deals with racism in my personal life, but sure it happens. I’m also not a sterotype, I do not live in the ghetto, do not talk half english, I go to college, have never been pregnant and have never received any form of public assistance. However, I can still recognize racism when I see it and makes me sick to my stomach when white people (and no, I’m by no means racist) say that blacks should stop whining about being treating unfairly when we can’t even win a presidental election because those same whites who claim we’re treated as equals won’t vote for Obama simply because he’s black. Please say what you mean and don’t mask behind being politically incorrect. We know what you mean and what you say. Its unneccessary to say it after we’ve turned our backs. Say and out loud and say it proud so we can have a real conversation for once. “I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE’S A BLACK MAN AND I DO NOT THINK ITS MY EQUAL AND I WOULD RATHER SEE A WHITE WOMAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY THAN A BLACK MAN IN THE YEAR 2008, 200 YEARS AFTER SLAVERY ENDS”. Man, I’ve been needing to address that for quite some time!

Posted by Vawn | Report as abusive
 

I am a Barack Obama supporter and I want Clinton to stay in the race. I don’t want anyone saying she was forced out. I am dissappointed but not surprsised that she resorted to playing the race card. Hey she started this race playing the gender card.

Hillay Clinton by aturday Night Live

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/v ideo/play.shtml?mea=250052

Posted by MrUniteUs | Report as abusive
 

So where, in any of these blogs, does it state that a particular individual will NOT vote for Obama because he is black? I’m missing something…I’m not voting for him because he has not convinced me that he CAN run our country. To me he seems very green, immature, and sways his beliefs to go with which ever way the wind blows. I just don’t get that warm fuzzy feeling…PLUS we do not know much about his wife, except for the few alarming issues she has with racisim. Yes, the red flags are flying high! If he would say something that had substance to it, I would vote for him regardless of color! I am REALLY tired of having it shoved up my arse that JUST BECAUSE I am not voting for him I am racist. Recheck your own issues before trying to start ones for those of us that do not have any.

Posted by Dawn | Report as abusive
 

WOW…Some of you bloggers sure have exposed yourselves!LoL I actually have NO problems with the Clinton’s.I think Bill did a good job in office.But, that doesnt mean Hillary will.People use common sense and stop being racist.For years and years blacks have been trampled on by this Country.And to “Carl McQueen”…That paragraph does not prove anything.(you kind of people are hilarious)!She basically said that she would take care of her people as a priority.Whats wrong with that?I noticed that (racist )whites are getting threatened by OBAMA and pulling the race card.You should be…See the only difference in the past elections is that a large population of blacks did not vote.You better bet your last piece of land that the majority of all the black communities will be voting for OBAMA.

Peace

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive
 

It is not fair to simply say Hilary is the better candidate and not Obama and that African-Americans are displaying racism against her because she’s white. How proposterous does that sound when African-Americans are a people that have experienced unwanted racism for hundreds of years. It’s not fair to say Hilary is the better and most marketable candidate because of the color of her skin. America finally has a chance to redeem itself from the negative ideology that the world has about us. We need to give the potential first black president a chance. After all, he is pulling in the lead fair and square. And it’s not fair for Clinton supporters to want to vote for McCain versus Obama because if Clinton was pulling ahead and won the democratic nomination, I would damn sure vote and support her. We as Americans really need to get it together and realize that it is a new day and not every president we elect has to have similiar ideologies and white skin. America needs a drastic change. A change that eliminates dirty politics and politics that keep its people in the dark on so many issues. Take a stand for the best change America.

Posted by fdatwash23 | Report as abusive
 

And another thing, Michelle Obama’s thesis on black alumni hailing from Princeton only reflects her personal experience as an African-American women who like so many others liker her have experienced disenfranchising and discrimination in this country. African-Americans have gradually been put in a position to have a mentalality that being black is a disgrace to this country. So when she askes black alumni from Princeton to identify with the black community more, she is simply saying that we must first love and appreciate ourselves despite all of the abuse and racism that we have experienced, so that we can grow and move on. It’s not right for blacks to forget where we have come from because it keeps us clueless of why we experience some of the discriminations that we experience today even though some of the discriminations are more subtle than others. Blacks will always stand out in this country, no matter what we do. And if no other nationality in this world is willing to stand up for our equality, then we must do it for ourselves, and we must do that by sticking together as a minority in this country until everyone else decides that black people are worthy of achieving in this nation just like everybody else. So again her comments are not racist, they are simply a reflection of the disenfranchising that blacks experience in this nation.

Posted by fdatwash23 | Report as abusive
 

Ok. My point was missed, again. Let’s try THIS another way…What Has Obama Stated Or What Has He Done To Make Him The Better Candidate To Run Our Country?

Posted by Dawn | Report as abusive
 

wHY ALL THE FUSS OVER Obama’s flag pin. Most say he is un-

Why all the fussover Obama’s lapel pin. Most say he is un-American. Will those who are “all-American” not vote for him simply because of race?

Posted by smiley | Report as abusive
 

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