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Ralph Nader calls newly elected Barack Obama an Uncle Tom

Original post made by Sharon on Nov 5, 2008

What is going on with Ralph Nader and the Green party,

Watch this Web Link and ask yourself, what is the source of such bigotry by the far left?

Comments (14)

Posted by The Real Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:57 am

Ironic that Sharon, who has been bashing Obama non-stop in these forums for almost a year, is now outraged by the "bigotry" of that idiot Nader. Does the chutzpah and hypocrisy of the right-wing know any bounds? Not apparently as far as Sharon is concerned

Posted by tj, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

If you watch the clip you see that the interviewer gave Nader a chance to walk back from his racist slur.

But Nader arrogantly defends his slur and becomes angry and indignant.

Truly amazing, we have witnessed the end of Naders political and public live, and at one time he ran for President, now he and his party are pariahs world wide.

Posted by Carolyn, a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

He did not say Obama was an Uncle Tom. Listen to the question in the link above. It is a question, not a statement. Why the misleading headline? Boredom set in already? Who adds the headlines?

Posted by bike, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:31 pm

from wiki

"Uncle Tom is a pejorative for a black person who is perceived by others as behaving in a subservient manner to White American authority figures, or as seeking ingratiation with them by way of unnecessary accommodation. The term Uncle Tom comes from the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, although there is debate over whether the character himself is deserving of the pejorative attributed to him. The term "Uncle Tom" was never meant to degrade blacks, but Stowe's novel changed the meaning.[1]

It is commonly used to describe black people whose political views or allegiances are considered by their critics as detrimental to blacks as a group."

If you watch the tape it is clear that Nader meant this as an insult to Obama, he was given the chance to retract, he did not, his public life is toast----

Posted by Mary, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm


Please don't forget to use this alias too!

Posted by Carolyn, a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Just to clarify that Ralph Nader ran as an independent. The Green Party candidate was Cynthia McKinney.

Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Nader is not a leftist. He has been a Republican stalking horse since 2000. No Nader, no president Bush.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Not only that, he is also suspected to have played a role in the grassy knoll conspiracy in Dallas! Coincidence?

Did he also work undercover for Haliburton?

Posted by Just a thought, a resident of Monroe Park
on Nov 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Well one thing is for sure. Barack Obama is not your run of the mill African American.

He is the son of an African who only briefly lived in the US, mostly as a university student, and of a white mother.

I know people here who have a very similar background (one African parent and one white parent) and they have very little in common with the African Americans that I also know here.

Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm

"Not only that, he is also suspected to have played a role in the grassy knoll conspiracy in Dallas! Coincidence?"

Definitively debunked. Nader had an airtight alibi. He was on a roadside east of Dallas at the time, having his Corvair towed. But your second point has merit: anybody who works for Bush works for Cheney, who works for Halliburton (Check your spelling).

Posted by nanny, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 5, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Nader ran on the Green ticket in 2000 and 2004, he is still affiliated but ran as an independent this year, for what good that did him.

There is a lot of racism and anti semitism on the far left, actually there is a lot of anti human stuff as in save the planet not the people.

The Nazis where environmentalists, save the Black Forest and the animals etc, they also did not care much about people, just eugenics like current version

Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 5, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Who cares what Nader said. Obama is our next president and it's great to feel excited about our country again!

Posted by ignorant pundits, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Nader was marginalized by the press and Democrats in 2000 because he spoke the truth. He still does. Nader didn't cost Gore the election, Gore did! He let himself be handled in the run-up to the election, and it was Gore's people who asked the Supreme's to intervene. I was a Gore supporter. The media is part of the corporate machine that Nader critiques; of course they will try to hurt him. Given the full context of Nader's statement, the reporters in that video really appear ignorant, outrageously judgmental, and condescending. There is no more truthful critique of our two party system than Nader's critique. I do wish Obama well, and so does Nader. I really wish we could get rid of ignorant pundits who are just out there looking for ratings.

Posted by SkepticAl, a resident of Ventura
on Nov 5, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Nader has plenty of "truth" in him, things worth saying and hearing. Too bad he marginalizes himself with stuff like this - not worth saying or hearing, especially with this timing. And tilting at presidential election windmills has done no discernable good for any cause he claims to hold dear.

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