Obama in a dress is really off to a great start, spending a lot of money on planning her presidential campaign, while strongly hinting that anyone who isn’t on board is a racist.
Sen. Kamala Harris accused critics of “identity politics” of weaponizing the term to diminish issues of race, gender and sexual orientation, pressing Democrats on Friday to address those issues head on.
“I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics,’” Harris told the progressive gathering Netroots Nation, wading into a messaging debate roiling Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. “Because let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try and shut us up.”
You know who criticized identity politics? Bernie Sanders. The guy likeliest to make the pitch that black Hillary Clinton isn’t any more of an answer than Hillary Clinton with hot sauce in her purse.
But it’s identity politics that is actually used to divide and distract. From things like Harris’ blatant political ambitions. Or her lies about segregation.
But Harris took aim at the Democratic Party, too, saying “the folks who helped build the Democratic Party and have been the backbone of the Democratic Party have not always been given equal voice in the Democratic Party.”
And who might those folks be?
“We’ve all heard how critical black women were to Doug Jones’ victory,” she said of Democrats’ success in the Alabama Senate race. “But that didn’t just magically happen. It happened because black women have been putting in the work, going door to door, organizing even when the cameras were focused elsewhere.”
And what might the message be?
Noting that black women are far more likely than white women to die of pregnancy-related causes, Harris said, “It’s time to respect [black women’s] leadership. It’s time we addressed the issues that they uniquely face.”
I doubt Harris faces the same risks that a black woman in Harlem or a white woman in Appalachia does.
She’s a wealthy mixed-race Canadian raised politician who, like Obama, has trouble connecting with actual black people because she’s never truly been part of the black community.
But sure. Let’s “respect” her leadership. And have her opponents get out of the way because her victory would be so “historic”. And if you don’t vote for her, you’re racist.