Monday, March 31, 2008

Progressives for Obama pt. 2: Alice Walker

I am a supporter of Obama because I believe he is the right person to lead the country at this time. He offers a rare opportunity for the country and the world to start over, and to do better. It is a deep sadness to me that many of my feminist white women friends cannot see him. Cannot see what he carries in his being. Cannot hear the fresh choices toward Movement he offers. That they can believe that millions of Americans –black, white, yellow, red and brown - choose Obama over Clinton only because he is a man, and black, feels tragic to me.

An endorsement from someone who has something to say about all the crappy identity politics going on. Here is the letter in full.


Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

A side note: Has anyone been following the Root? It seems like they are still finding their feet. Some stories are quite good, but others, not so much. They've given Alice Walker's daughter, Rebecca, a blog that has got to be the drippiest thing I've ever read, a place where she drones on about her endless anxieties over her child. I did learn that she gave birth about a block from my apartment.

Back to business: Koko, I'm not sure how you choose the endorsements you post, but I don't really get them. Bill Richardson's endorsement means a lot more to me than Alice Walker (almost wrote Alice Waters) or Barbara Ehrenreich, whose positions are a bit more predictable. Maybe I'm just more pragmatic? The three directions of the Goddess doesn't do it for me. And I haven't been able to stand Barbara Ehrenreich since I was in the unfortunate position of hearing her speak in person on 9/11, hours after the towers fell. She could not have been more insensitive and clearly just liked the sound of her own voice. (I realize this is a personal aside that won't resonate for anyone else, but it was an unforgettable experience made more painful by the fact that I had gone out of my way to get tickets to her speech that had originally been scheduled for that day as part of her book tour on Nickeled and Dimed. The speech was cancelled and instead she gave the above-mentioned impromptu address.) Anyway, I guess I'm wondering who you are addressing this endorsements at? Who is left to be convinced by these folks?

Koko the Clown said...

Nancy D - These endorsements are for the information of the blog-reading public. They're also intended to make you feel more comfortable about supporting Obama when we get to the general election (wink, wink.)

And I personally don't love Ehrenreich either, also because of a bad personally experience. But I do respect the voices of Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher, and Danny Glover, and Alice Walker -- and their endorsements personally mean more to me than does that of Bill Richardson. Just a disagreement, I guess.

Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

Thanks for the answer. I kind of felt bad about my comment after I posted it; it's just that Ehrenreich does get under my skin.

Wink, wink: I do think Obama will be on the ticket in the general. Winks are almost unnecessary now.