New York Gov. Claims Republicans Are Racists

New York Governor David Paterson, a Democrat who is the state’s first black governor, accused the GOP of using racial code words during the convention. “There are overtones of potential racial coding in the campaign,” Paterson said. “The Republican party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black’ in a sense that it would be a negative,” Paterson said. “But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican convention. A ‘community organizer,’ they kept saying it, they kept laughing, like what does this mean?” Patterson went on to explain, “It means that an individual who could have gone to Wall Street and made a lot of money, and then run for office because he could buy media time, chose to go back and work in programs in a neighborhood where he thought he could make a difference and became an elected official based on his involvement right in his own community.” So now we have to put ‘community organizer’ in that list of words that white people should not use when referring to blacks, especially those running for high office. The Obama surrogates have used race through out this campaign. Including accusing VP candidate Joe Biden of using racial overtones when calling Obama “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” back in January 07. This accusation by Paterson has to be the weakest attempt at race baiting yet. It was clear they were responding to Obama making light of Sarah Palins experience as mayor of a small town. During Palin’s speech she said, “Since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.” The reason they kept laughing is because offering ‘community organizer’ on your resume to be president of the United States is laughable. Yet the Obama campaign keeps talking about it, and now they say because he ran such a great campaign that that should be used as experience as well. But, didn’t David Axelrod run that campaign?
Alan Cosgrove

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