Sunday, August 10, 2008

The John Edwards Saga Has Legs....Long Ones!....And What Makes Reille Hunter Any Different Than Sheneneh Jenkins From The Streets?

I always find it extremely interesting when rich and powerful white men screw up on a national and international level. It is humorous how quickly their advocates start talking about how folks are human, all people make mistakes, and that these matters are private. I also find it interesting how black folks react to these high profile scandals with a cynicism and acceptance that proves that we as a social group are not equal and never will be equal in American society's eyes.

Reverend Jesse "Baby Daddy" Jackson became a running political joke in the eyes of white America and many black Americans with a barely tolerated voice and absolutely no hopes of any political power, but John Edwards shouldn't count his career dead in the water? And President Bill Clinton gets to pout and screw over Barack Obama after black Americans were his most vocal supporters when he was caught sticking cigars in some star-struck intern's private parts?

If Barack Obama was not the nominee and he was the third place finisher, now private citizen and this kind of story broke about him, would folks really be talking about it in the same way they are discussing Edwards? Everyone and their mama knows that the answer would be a resounding Hell Nawh!!!! Could you imagine if Reille Hunter or Andrew Young was black? Payoffs and private houses to all the parties in involved, they would be talking about criminal charges if this was Barack Obama. Yet, it's John Edwards and it's a private matter. It doesn't matter that he lied, it doesn't matter that he is still lying, he's white, rich, and powerful and lives by clearly different rules.

Further, I am stunned at how quickly the world is always willing to give white women a free pass. The more I think about that fact, the madder I get. Both Elizabeth Edwards and Hillary Clinton went into national Presidential campaigns knowing that their husbands had potential explosive sexual skeletons in their respective closets. And we are feeling sorry for them?!!!! Would these same white folks extend the same sympathy and pity if the wronged, but knowledgeable woman was Michelle Obama? I sincerely doubt it. Folks would be talking about how arrogant BOTH the Obamas were.

Everyone is wrong in this case, from John Edwards, his wife, and his mistress, to his buddies who helped him maintain his love affair and those who tried to help him cover it up. Yet, while everyone is shouting what a bastard John Edwards is, all the white women involved are victims. Say what? The last thing both Elizabeth Edwards and Reille Hunter are is passive victims in this case. Elizabeth Edwards stopped being a victim when she told her husband to go on with his campaign and Reille Hunter chased after Edwards, so she was NEVER a victim, she was just another woman putting her needs and desires before anyone else's.

And what exactly is the difference between what John Edwards' mistress did and what black women get criticized for all the damn time? This woman had an affair with a married man and produced a child of wedlock with an unnamed father with no job and no means of income relying on others to foot the bills. And folks are talking about it's a private matter!!!! Who's zooming who here? Did folks forget last month during the CNN Black In America specials when they were blasting black women for out-of-wedlock births and for absent black fathers? Why isn't that a private matter? Why are the social and sexual behaviors of black women open to NATIONAL discussion, but the very same social and sexual behaviors of white women are sacred and private?

This is a double standard, that I am no longer willing to accept. That damn dog just don't hunt no more!


Tash August 10, 2008 at 9:47 PM  

This is the discourse our young men and women need to see/hear.

Faith August 11, 2008 at 4:26 AM  

You're right. And what's interesting is reading some Black blogs where some women are saying it's just sex and we shouldn't make a big deal out of this. Ha! The guy ran for POTUS knowing this was gonna blow up in his face. There's waaay too much at stake for the Edwards ego stroke to be in play here. And his baby mama is in her 40's so she got pregnant on purpose. And he could've had a vasectomy.

page August 11, 2008 at 8:44 AM  

listening to talk radio out of Durham and Greensboro, these white people down here are calling John Edwards everything but a child of God. If black or white people see in the streets around here, they would start "chunking" rocks at him. Especially this was during the time when his wife was batteling cancer.........whoooooo. Even the men on the radio are mad, saying at the very least he should have hired a hooker instead of having an affair

Naima August 11, 2008 at 9:58 AM  

Well she has her WW priviledge going for her.
But the difference I see is that the problem people have w/ women in the hood doing this is that they do on the tax payer dollars. Yeah Edward friends have been giving her money, but women from the hood go to the government asking for food, housing and then many still don't raise their kids properly and the cycle continues.
People don't care that Diddy and Angelina and Brad have a bunch of kids and are not married, b/c they take care of their kids and other peoples kids and don't ask anybody for anything.

GoldenAh August 11, 2008 at 3:21 PM  

I'm still thinking about why Reille (weird name) Hunter resembles Ann Coulter.

BLKSeaGoat August 11, 2008 at 4:12 PM  


I knew you were gonna go awf!!! I posted a similar sentiment on my blog but not as in depth as yours. I also think that Lizzie was in it to win it because she wanted to be first lady so badly...

BLKSeaGoat August 11, 2008 at 4:17 PM  


You must be woefully ignorant of the amount of tax breaks the wealthy are afforded so that they can breed awful children and then throw money at them.

So what if Sheneneh is on welfare and Rielle, the two-legged hoe isn't. She got some PAC welfare and some Major Fundraising Contributor welfare. The amount of money America spends on bailing out the wealthy and priveleged is 100 times more thant the 1.5% of the federal budgect devoted to state block grants that fund welfare programs... all of them.

The fact of the matter is that money alone does not guarantee that people will act in accordance with their wealth; only that the ones who have money can afford more options.

I won't even get into the structural DA's that feed the "cycle" you mentioned.

urbanglamgyrl August 11, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

I agree, there is such a double standard when it comes to these sorts of issues. It just saddens me that so many of us Blacks still believe that "white is right". And if this had been a black man and a black woman, all hell would have broken loose.

Jazzy August 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

DAAAAYYYYUUUMMMM! Preach! Excellent commentary. Black women are not afforded the same type of private privileges as other races. We are held up as the example of what depravity and lack of self discipline will cause. WW are giving passes day in and day out for trifling shyte and are treated as hapless victims when they are often the mitigating factor in their own demise.

Phelps August 12, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

Actually, it is only white Democrats that get this treatment. Jack Ryan was drug over the coals and kicked out of his race for just doing kinky thing with his wife (Jerry Ryan, Seven of Nine), not even with another woman.

BLKSeaGoat August 12, 2008 at 6:27 PM  


You have got to be as delusional as Naima.

No... it's WHITE PEOPLE who get differential treatment in the media regarding this kind of stuff. Ryan became a sacrificail lamb in a state where he only would have won because of the amount of his own money he put into the race. Jack's wife made their sex allegations public record and yes, he was a cheater too.

Jack was also destroyed by members of his own party because in true white people fashion you all like to turn on and cannibalize each other when it suits you.

But it doesn't stop there. Republicans have engaged in all kinds of immoral sexual deviancy and still remain in Congress, Larry Craig, that nasty Senator from LA, David Vitter who was a member of the DC Madame's exclusive PROSTITUTION club are still in politics and they are die-hard GOP idiots.

I can name white politicians from BOTH parties who regulalrly engage in reprehensible behavior that they are SELDOM challeneged on because you people enjoy deodorizing your pasts to get away from your own hypocritical stench.

How many Republican Senators are being charged with non-witch hunt ethics violations? What about Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat who was raked over the coals for hiring that 22 year old slut? Out goes your premise.

You'd have to be a pretty low-brow ignoramus to think otherwise.

Professor Tracey August 12, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

@Phelps -

That's not quite true, in fact, most of what you said is completely false. First, Ryan was not a democrat, but a Republican.

Second, that was a divorce case and his wife argued that she had been FORCED to do those things. And since he was painting himself as a stand-up guy, the fact that he was regularly running to sex clubs and then pushing his wife around to go with him was a damn problem.

And third, if he had not engaged in the dirty tactic of hiring someone to follow around his opponent (BARACK OBAMA) with a video camera 24 hours a day, then the Obama campaign would not have engaged in the equally dirty tactic of exposing his divorce records.

Ryan had no business running in the first place.

Phelps August 13, 2008 at 12:39 PM  

Jack was also destroyed by members of his own party because in true white people fashion you all like to turn on and cannibalize each other when it suits you.

Riiiiiiiiiight. Because black people never turn on each other for things like, oh, voting Republican.

Professor Tracey August 13, 2008 at 2:38 PM  

Sorry Phelps, I don't care if black folks are republican. Truth is most black folks are really conservative, I'm surprised that more of us are not republican. We need to stop being suckers for the Democrats and become Independents in my book. I love your dissenting voice on the blog, keep coming by!!!!

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