Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for the Democrat nomination deliberately appealed to white supremacy, fear and anxiety, charged longtime Barack Obama colleague and Weatherman terrorist William Ayers and wife, Bernardine Dohrn.
In a co-authored article in the socialist Monthly Review magazine, the two radicals argued last year’s national elections had “racist” undertones and that President Obama’s ascent to power can be used to “build a new society.”
“[Hillary] Clinton flagrantly appealed to white voters’ identity as ‘workers’ or ‘women’–offering white people any reason to vote against Obama without saying he’s black–and followed the ancient and dismal road of racial discourse that appeals to white supremacy, fear and anxiety,” wrote Ayers and Dohrn.
The two referenced a New York Times opinion piece by feminist activist Gloria Steinem, “Women are Never Front-Runners,” written on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. Steinem argued the gender barrier had not yet been broken and asked, “Why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one?”
Ayers and Dohrn charged Steinem had asserted a “superior victim status on the part of white, powerful women.”
The duo went on to claim the 2008 presidential elections had racist undertones.
“The invisible race talk was about ‘blue collar’ or ‘working class’ or ‘mainstream’ or ‘small town’ or ‘hockey mom’ or ‘Joe the plumber,’ but we were meant to think ‘white,'” they wrote.
Continued Ayers and Dohrn: “All the talk of Senator Barack Obama’s exotic background, all the references to him as ‘unknown, ‘untested,’ a ‘stranger,’ or a ‘symbolic candidate,’ or ‘alien,’ a ‘wildcard,”‘or an ‘elitist.’ . . . The discourse was all about race, us and them, understood by everyone in the United States even when the words African American, black or white are not spoken.”
[Editors Note: “What Race Has to Do With It,” by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, can be read here.]