Nader on race
sokol at jhu.edu
Fri Aug 18 08:53:25 PDT 2000
At 06:52 PM 8/17/00 -0400, Doug quoted:
>By contrast, Ralph Nader is actually addressing some of the big
>issues affecting people of color. In tackling thorny topics such as
>corporate globalization, environmental abuse and child poverty, Nader
>often speaks to problems that have their most devastating affects in
>communities of color. However, he almost never points to the racial
>dimensions of these issues. His silence is rendered more conspicuous
>by the sudden Republican and Democrat attention to the topic.
>Considering the fact that Nader works to appeal to an audience of
>"progressives," many of whom are people of color, his colorblindness,
>is also strategically shortsighted.
Or perhaps he does not believe in triangulation as Clinton does. Better
yet, perhaps he grew up from the idiotic 1970s-style of tough,
confrontational talk and theatrical protest but little or no results.
It seems that for the 21st race warriors, speaking in tongues about race
means more than "actually adressing some of the big issues affecting people
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