BEN SMITH’S BLOG AT POLITICO.COM
April 07, 2008
Spike Lee: Hillary, ‘Massuh Clinton’ ‘would lie on a stack of Bibles’
The filmmaker Spike Lee, in New York Magazine, weighs in on the presidential race:
What do you think of Obama?
I’m riding my man Obama. I think he’s a visionary. Actually, Barack told me the first date he took Michelle to was Do the Right Thing. I said, “Thank God I made it. Otherwise you would have taken her to Soul Man. Michelle would have been like, ‘What’s wrong with this brother?’ ”
Does this mean you’re down on the Clintons?
The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles. Snipers? That’s not misspeaking; that’s some pure bulls***. I voted for Clinton twice, but that’s over with. These old black politicians say, “Ooh, Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good!” Hoo! Charlie Rangel, David Dinkins—they have to understand this is a new day. People ain’t feelin’ that stuff. It’s like a tide, and the people who get in the way are just gonna get swept out into the ocean.
By Ben Smith 11:57 AM
Posted By: micahelinphilly | April 07, 2008 at 11:56 AM
Posted By: Petra | April 07, 2008 at 11:58 AM
Spike Lee is the man BUT! He could have been a little more articulate…IMO
Posted By: Chanell | April 07, 2008 at 11:59 AM
I’ve long felt that Spike Lee is an arrogant egotistical SOB. But on this topic, I say, RIGHT ON, and TELL IT LIKE IT IS BRO!
Hehe, that was a little tough.
Posted By: MonitaJB | April 07, 2008 at 12:00 PM
wow — real classy.
yes, the clinton’s are slave owners, and respected black politicians are domesticated house slaves.
that languague really helps unite the democrats and the country. but it’s clinton and her supporters that are racists.
Posted By: tim | April 07, 2008 at 12:01 PM
This is clearly off message to have any prominent black speak out in behalf of Obama. Someone get Lee back in the broom closet with Sharpton and Jackson. STAT.
Posted By: Mark Simmons | April 07, 2008 at 12:02 PM
Hummm, I am totally in agreement with Spike Lee……Must be damn cold in hell right now….I knew Global warming was a Lie.
Posted By: Carlisleboy | April 07, 2008 at 12:08 PM
Those who criticize Spike’s comments should study history more. Or read more. They are parrelled from the classic novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’.
Posted By: Retnep | April 07, 2008 at 12:10 PM
AMEN brother, Amen. Serial LIARS the Clintons are. How come no one asks Chelsea why she sat QUIETLY as her mother told the sniper story? Chelsea KNOWS it was a lie A WHOPPER,because she was there. She must know first hand what incredible liars her parents both are.
Posted By: KMG | April 07, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Spike is right on, but I would add that the Clintons are equal opportunity massuhs. Look how they villified Richardson when he failed to say yessuhm.
Posted By: carmen | April 07, 2008 at 12:21 PM
It might not have been PC, but what Spike said in essence is that: (1) he supports Obama candidacy and was happy that he could give Micheele and Barack a topic of discourse during their courtship. (2) the Clinton’s are factually dishonest (we know this to be true on a number of occasions) and that even under subpeona they would craft a story to suit their purposes and agenda until proven otherwise and (3) that old-line Black political leaders feel some type responsibility to uphold the house of Clinton because they were much better to them than any other Democratic leaders in recent history (also subjectively true). Outside of the personalized attack in Spike delivery, I don’t see any reason to doubt the accuracy of his statements.
Posted By: Eyeswideopen | April 07, 2008 at 12:23 PM
Meanwhile. Unreported by this Blog. Bloomberg news raises issue of Clinton tax deductions for “maintenance services.” Clearly, it “pays” to be a maid at the Clinton household: “Among other details the couple listed $250,000 in cleaning and maintenance expenses on their home for 2003 and 2004 for which they took a partial deduction for their separate home offices.” http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aQKAq1WjTDjI&refer=home
Posted By: Earl | April 07, 2008 at 12:24 PM
Its about time that African Anericans stopped putting up with the Clintons and all Democratic politicians that continually take their support for granted. Name one thing that Clinton did for African Americans? Remember Clinton signed Welfare reform that made working people take two different jobs at McDonald’s because he eliminated support for low income working people. But he passed NAFTA to help his corporate buddies ship jobs overseas to make record profits. The only people Bill and Hillary care about are Bill and Hillary. Look at the record not what comes out out their mouth during an election.
Posted By: Richard | April 07, 2008 at 12:25 PM
Spike lee is the man!
Posted By: great19899 | April 07, 2008 at 12:25 PM
He shouldn’t have made a pubic statement like that… but he is right about what he said. People already know it’s true so he didn’t need to say it.
Posted By: louis | April 07, 2008 at 12:28 PM
oh my did he really say it that bluntly ???? cough cough its true its true.
Posted By: TEDDY | April 07, 2008 at 12:28 PM
It is true. The Clintons are congenital liars (David Geffen will attest to this too) and they did nothing for any group. They are mediocrity at its finest.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 12:28 PM
Posted By: Dom | April 07, 2008 at 12:28 PM
Hillary Clinton 2006: In her speech Monday, Clinton, who has never served in the House, told the audience that “when you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about.”
Posted By: Penn-Poll | April 07, 2008 at 12:30 PM
BLACK HAVE EVERY BIT AS MUCH RIGHT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS HALF BLACK — AS WOMEN HAVE TO VOTE FOR HILLARY BECAUSE SHE IS TOTALLY FEMINIST-SEXIST — although I would prefer America move beyond both types of discrimination.
Posted By: EDFromNH | April 07, 2008 at 12:37 PM
those Clintons have gone too far. the lies have got to stop… i bet if you dig a little deeper we will see that their involved with this Columbian deal, that her advisor backs. his stepping down is just abother lie and cover up. She wants the nation to think shes so against fair trade and Nafta that she denounced Penn. Im sure he’s the fall guy for the Cintons investments. Their millions of dollars should be investigated.
Posted By: Flo Nightingale | April 07, 2008 at 12:39 PM
As a middle aged, middle class white woman, I agree 100 percent with Spike Lee in his assessment.
Posted By: vwcat | April 07, 2008 at 12:43 PM
Thanks Spike, for telling it like it is. The Clinton’s black support is going down the drain the more Hillary stays in the race.
Posted By: Michael | April 07, 2008 at 12:45 PM
Republicans have been saying for years that the Clintons take black support for granted. In SC, a lot of blacks began to realize that.
Posted By: Mark | April 07, 2008 at 12:49 PM
He is just speaking the truth. WAKE UP HILLRAISERS you are being used.
Posted By: joe st louis | April 07, 2008 at 12:50 PM
Probably the best summary I’ve heard of the choice we have in this primary. The Clinton’s were the best choice we had for the 90s. But in case anyone isn’t aware, this is no longer the 90s. We can choose the conservative DLC establishment Democrat, or we can choose the netroots Democrat who has effectively created the new fundraising base of the party, is about to redraw a more robust electoral map to victory, and who is generating the most excitement. Obama is ushering in a new era where progressives walk tall.
Posted By: jgeeting | April 07, 2008 at 12:50 PM
LOL! Spike should leave some comments on Politico. Ben can you have him as a guest blogger? He’s evaluating this the same I and most of my African American family and friends feel. SAY IT LOUD! I’M AMERICAN AND I’M PROUD!
Posted By: Erik | April 07, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Amen to that
Posted By: jarno Hussein | April 07, 2008 at 12:57 PM
In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” gave up his student deferment, left college in Virginia and voluntarily joined the Marines. In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines, volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.) The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the Navy’s premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the commander in chief’s medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B. Johnson after his 1966 surgery. For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded him three letters of commendation. What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not many years after the two branches began to become integrated. While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/sailor, received five deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for being a prospective father. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until 1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections. Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system? Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely talk about their love of the country? After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America’s biggest cities. This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retiring pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, who has been in the news for comments he made over the last three decades. Since these comments became public we have heard criticisms, condemnations, denouncements and rejections of his comments and him. We’ve seen on television, in a seemingly endless loop, sound bites of a select few of Rev. Wright’s many sermons. Some of the Wright’s comments are inexcusable and inappropriate and should be condemned, but in calling him “unpatriotic,” let us not forget that this is a man who gave up six of the most productive years of his life to serve his country. How many of Wright’s detractors, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly to name but a few, volunteered for service, and did so under the often tumultuous circumstances of a newly integrated armed forces and a society in the midst of a civil rights struggle? Not many. While words do count, so do actions. Let us not forget that, for whatever Rev. Wright may have said over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated his patriotism. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-oped0404wrightapr03,0,92000.story in honor of “christian
Posted By: bill | April 07, 2008 at 12:59 PM
This is exactly what Spike is trying to do here people. No one is commenting on the fact that Hillary CLinton lied about her experience. They are counting on the fact that race is going to be the topic of discussion and not looking at the true issue and its not race, but race is very prevalent in todays society.
Posted By: Hello!!! | April 07, 2008 at 01:01 PM
What is wrong with the people in this country? The Clintons are obviously liars. They don’t tell the truth until they are forced. Hillary lied continuously and even when Sinbad admitted she was lying she still denied it by saying that he was a comedian. I can’t see people blaming Obama everytime some body says something bad about Clinton. Obama is not responsible for all of the crazy folk or their crazy comments. But the above comments seem to be true about her lying on a stack of bibles. I want suppot a candidate lying about a small thing like this. Imagine what she will lie about in the future if she became president.
Posted By: penning | April 07, 2008 at 01:01 PM
Heh. But under no circumstance are we to believe that Black people are voting for him just because he’s Black… Being Black I can tell you that is absolute bull dung. My relatives have very good policy driven reasons to vote for him, like he’ll inspre Black people to achieve, which has nothing to do with him being Black. Or “I like his wife,” then a realtive shrieked “she’s a real Black woman!” It is so anti-intellectual it is pathetic. Although I do know people that readily admit they just want to vote for a “Black” person. I can respect a person that admits it.
Posted By: theworldisnotenough | April 07, 2008 at 01:04 PM
As an African American I know what you are saying brother, but you could have used another analogy. We have enough issues to deal with as individuals trying to understand each other. Also, why do people feel that Obama is responsible for everything that another black man says? You will find many black people using terms that are not likeable by other blacks or white and vice versa. I think we need to focus on what Obama has tried to convey in his speech on race and whatever comes out of his mouth. He has no control over other people, just as you and I have no control over other people on this blog, so why charge it to Obama, I don’t think that is fair at all.
Posted By: Angelene Frederick | April 07, 2008 at 01:05 PM
Spike for once you are talking like an AMERICAN . I’ve got a old pick-up complete with gun rack for you brother .
Posted By: nat turner | April 07, 2008 at 01:06 PM
I’ve never been a fan of Lee, but his comments are absolutely accurate. The Clintons have long shown themselves to be rank opportunists who will cozy up to anyone, as long as that person is useful to them. The moment that usefulness ends, the person is discarded. The same with groups. When Bill badly needed the black vote to win the White House, he and Hillary masqueraded as the best friends that blacks ever had. Now, that a black man and the black vote is standing between Hillary and her goal, the Clintons have resorted to every shameless trick to inject race into the campaign in an effort to hobble Obama.
Posted By: richard hincha | April 07, 2008 at 01:07 PM
Obviously, seeing the sort of statements the the Clinton supporters make,(Ed Rendell) many questions surround Clinton’s candidacy.
Posted By: TEE | April 07, 2008 at 01:08 PM
Hey sarcasm off who ever told you that white people were entertained by Spike Lee’s movies? They lied to ya man
Posted By: There is One God and Obama is His Name | April 07, 2008 at 01:10 PM
I am a Native American and find Spike Lee as a funny guy. The Massuh is a bit to much. But I understand why he said it. But African Americans have a chance to vote like they have been doing for years. Bill got the minority vote like Obama is getting now. It’s the moronic Media that is twisting this into a race issue that now won’t go away.. White people, don’t get mad at Blacks, get mad at your own WHITE MEDIA for spinning this into a race bait and fetch race..
Posted By: RED SKY | April 07, 2008 at 01:11 PM
Spike, don’t forget Stephanie Tubbs…”I’m committed to Mussah Clinton!” all she is missing is the knotted scraf wrapped around her head…Mammy.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 01:19 PM
Spike, just did the right thing! (sorry bout that pun).
Posted By: Calvin | April 07, 2008 at 01:24 PM
From reading these comments, it seems like the white mans biggest fear is an outspoken black man. Don’t be afraid, because our next president will be a black man. hahaha
Posted By: Genius | April 07, 2008 at 01:24 PM
Speaking truth to power! Preach on, brother Lee!
Posted By: thebronze | April 07, 2008 at 01:26 PM
Hey Carmen, WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A CANDIDATE ASK TO VOTE FOR HER BECAUSE IT TAKES HER LONGER TO GET READY IN THE MORNING? GENDER CARD AGAIN!!! SEXISM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: rafael Hussein | April 07, 2008 at 01:39 PM
Vanessa, what has Senator Obama ever done or said that is racist? I would like to know, and I don’t mean to sound nasty. It’s just that, I know some people who harbor prejudices. Some of them I consider friends. Does that make me a racist?
Posted By: Tony | April 07, 2008 at 01:43 PM
what does massuh mean?
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 01:50 PM
At least Spike noticed that the Clintonestas and Democrats like them are nothing more then liberal plantation owners keeping the blacks dependant on the government. We can only pray he opens his eyes a little further and eventually votes for empowerment for all Americans and votes Republican.
Posted By: Right-minded Frank | April 07, 2008 at 01:50 PM
Dem2008 says “you can grab any black artist and they’ll say that….because they want a 1/2 black president”…. That’s the CRAP Hill-Billy supporters are thinking, that Obama’s in because of Black Pride. Well, there’s apparently a lot of that Black Pride in a lot more whites, blacks, Asians, etc. combined that Hillary is BEHIND in the popular votes, delegates, money raised, states won. Face it: Hill-Billy is losing votes of all colors.
Posted By: Jim | April 07, 2008 at 01:53 PM
You all know Spike Lee has been angry for years!!! I agree with his comments on Rangel and David Dinkins!!! They want more money for themselves. They both live in neighborhoods that separate themselves from the average African American!!!
Posted By: djw | April 07, 2008 at 01:57 PM
I’m an Obama supporter. I also am a black man. For those of you who are trying to use this “massuh clinton” comment to say that Spike is criticizing Hillary then you need to read it again. He’s actually criticizing black political leaders who follow the Clintons around blindly. I don’t agree wholeheartedly with that criticism, but he’s free to express it. This is America. However, he did criticize Clinton herself but only for the Sniper lie, and she totally deserves that one.
Posted By: Gary | April 07, 2008 at 02:16 PM
RIGHT ON! Spike Lee, you can tell a brother from Brooklyn, the place of the well grounded, my roots!! Lee is surely correct on both counts here and pretty soon we’ll be throwing life rafters out to the ocean for all those field n—–s who are gurgling and sputtering and choking they made a mistake and come save them!!! OBAMA ’08!!!!!
Posted By: RuthieM | April 07, 2008 at 02:26 PM
Ben, wow you twisted what he said for a headline. He is saying what everyone I know is saying about the Clintons. They lie and they would do so on a stack of bibles. Not exactly news. As for the last part, he isn’t attacking Hillary. He is going after the people who support her out of some debt to Bill. And I agree, they can either move out of the way or get ran over, regardless of race.
Posted By: TNDem | April 07, 2008 at 02:32 PM
Hillary Lied about her years in the White House, the records show. Hillary Lied about Whitewater,Travelgate,FBIgate,Troopergate,Rose Law Firm tax lawyer Vince Foster get’s killed right before the FBI indictment, Bosniagate, Naftagate,Head of Campaign Strategygate with Nafta. Head of her Campaign Mrs Williams work for a lending Group that bilked homeowners out of Millions. Now they support the Sheiks of Dubai and Abu Dabai that funnel MILLIONS to know terrorist organizations in the Middle East for Protection, security and favors.. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,265925,00.html Fired more campaign supporters because of wrong doings. And White women and hillbilly’s think she can do no wrong. This is comedy, GET ‘EM SPIKE!
Posted By: RED SKY | April 07, 2008 at 02:32 PM
Is Spike Lee black?
Posted By: cal | April 07, 2008 at 02:36 PM
Why is it that only Obama’s supporters words become his words? The last time I checked he was a grown man who can speak for himself.
Posted By: Sandra | April 07, 2008 at 02:37 PM
Some of you people are just silly. I guess it takes an African American to know that “Massuh” comments were directed at African American politicians, so why are so many white people in here up in arms over the comment? Unfortunately, what he said was true. Apparently, he just didn’t say it to your liking. Get over it.
Posted By: Link | April 07, 2008 at 02:37 PM
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 02:40 PM
Spike Lee’s comments are situated in a historical discourse that examines the interplay between systemic effects of slavery and internalized racism. Before making these emotional, knee-jerk, reactive comments, you would do well to educate yourself in the discourse before passing judgement. When you understand the context, FULLY, you understand the social commentary that Lee makes. His choice of words seems a non point. The thrust of any artistic movement or artist is freedom of expression. — The tit for tat that consistently reigns on these blogs is so unproductive. Pick up a book sometime and don’t be surprised to find that everything you learned from your K-12 teachers wasn’t the “God’s honest truth”. Wake up and Grow Up.
Posted By: Educate Yourselves | April 07, 2008 at 02:41 PM
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 02:42 PM
In addition to still being a terrific filmmaker (that bank heist movie a cpl yrs ago w/ jodie foster is great) he is dead on accurate.
Posted By: natenyc | April 07, 2008 at 02:43 PM
Posted By: scadenhead | April 07, 2008 at 02:45 PM
For the love of God please tell me what does massuh mean? I am not American and google isnt helping.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 02:46 PM
Soon massuh will become the “m” word?
Posted By: cal | April 07, 2008 at 02:50 PM
I’m feeling you Spike, right on! JH Houston,Tx
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 02:53 PM
African Child, you have to understand that black Americans have been raised as victims. They’re taught that they are not as good as the whites, and can’t compete with them. Your ancestors captured and sold their ancestors, so they have good reason to be ****ed. Unfortunately, they’ve been taken advantage of by black leaders as well as everyone else who thought they could make a buck off of them. Without a strong father figure in the home, they’re doomed. And, way too many don’t have that.
Posted By: Sam | April 07, 2008 at 02:53 PM
Spike, why aren’t we seeing more prominent, young, accomplished, black people speak out. Where’s: Denzel Washington, Jay Z, Sean Diddy, Emmit Smith, Tiki Barber, etc. etc. Barack does reflect a new day, a new vision. He excites young people because we yearn for a “color” free society where we’re all equal. Where is everyone, why aren’t they speaking out and helping to close the deal here?
Posted By: JohnA | April 07, 2008 at 02:57 PM
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 02:46 PM, get a hold of the TV movie Roots. Massuh is what the slaves called their masters.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 03:01 PM
JohnA, why aren’t we seeing more prominent, young, accomplished, white people speak out? You’ve got the whole Hollywood crowd who donated millions to the Clintons. Where is their outrage at having been duped by such liars? Shame on Hollywood.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 03:05 PM
SPIKE LEE IS NOT A SURROGATE OF OBAMA………………………. SPIKE LEE HAS BEEN OUTSPOKEN FOR YEARS……………………………………………………………………………………. DON’T EXPECT OBAMA, TO SPEAK OUT AGAIST EVERY NEGATIVE COMMENT OR OPINION, ANOTHER BLACK PERSON, HAS ABOUT CLINTON………………………………………………………………………………….. GROW UP PEOPLE, THIS IS AN ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT, NOT A JOKE!
Posted By: DeniseGA | April 07, 2008 at 03:10 PM
Lee is talking about black politicians so uncritically voting for Clinton. So mussah is in that context. How is he being racist?
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 03:18 PM
Let’s remind all the HILL-BILLIES here that if this were one of the (three left) Hollywood stars still supporting Hill-Billy’s campaign talking smack about Obama, the Hill-Billies would be really quiet right now. They would be reading all the PA polls instead, which all show Obama gaining and tying Hill-Billy Clinton.
Posted By: Jim | April 07, 2008 at 03:21 PM
I think it’s great that people like Obama can have an influence on film makers like Spike Lee. Lee’s always been a bit fanatical in his choice of words, maybe Obama in the White House will even out his temper and give him a balanced perspective. And can I remind you paranoid racists out there that Obama is half white – any argument that he is racist is laughable. He’d have to hate himself. Obama 08!
Posted By: Jungleboy | April 07, 2008 at 03:46 PM
I agree. Anyone who says that Obama is racist or not a patriot is simply showing their own ignorance. The only thing they accomplish is making themselves look like a fool and alienating anyone who already wasn’t that ignorant. Now if you want to argue policy, then we can have a discussion.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 03:50 PM
You go Spike Lee. Gobama.
Posted By: Cascadian | April 07, 2008 at 04:04 PM
Why are all the ARCHIE BUNKER wannabees keeping Spewing the news about Obama old Pastor? The Media got your heads spinning with pig dung. Rev Wright in my own NATIVE AMERICAN words, the Rev got ahead of himself since 9-11. In his old age and media hyped wisdom, took what was on many Americans and Europeans minds and ranted it into his own words.. Yes it was dumb of him to do it and tape it. But a racist he is not!! Crazy Yes.. Angry Loud mouth, Yep! Anti-American with the freedom of speech, NO.. Racist calling out a person whom seems racist, is like calling a cat, hey cat.. The Media hyped it again and called him a racist and anti-American. How conveinient… They want this to be ugly and get their highest ratings in years.. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! Then all the Racist show up from their caves, like they need more racist rants to co-inside with their racist veiws. There you go. Rev Wright should fit well with White Racist society idea’s or better yet, to all those who opposed the war, Rev Wright is your man of action since he served this country well. He gave God’s word to Obama. Obama took the Christian word and nothing else to his soul. Rev Wright until 9-11 did he start to spew DISPLACED ANGER, not HATE.. But racist only see hate, so they can feel hate when they want to see it.. What a silly bunch you are.. It’s like Catholic’s all knew for 40 plus years that the Priest were molesting children, but keep going to the same churches even now.
Posted By: RED SKY | April 07, 2008 at 04:13 PM
I agree with Spike that the Clintons will lie at any time. goooooo Spike Obama rocks..
Posted By: NWBurnout | April 07, 2008 at 04:16 PM
I think that most whites and some Blacks miss the point Spike Lee is trying to make. I don’t think HE is making it about race. I think (in my opinion) what he is trying to say that older Black politicians play to this allegiance to the Clintons much like some slaves during slavery times. I don’t think he is calling anyone a racist or can one infer that he is a racist. I think that when anyone mentions that Obama is Black or makes any reference to it, it’s pulling race into this election. I don’t know what rocks people have been under, but race is in this election. Any time a Black American runs for public office it’s about race. Skin color is not anything we can hide, take off, or ignore. It is who we are, whether the masses want to realize it or not. You can hate Spike Lee for his comment, but all in all, it’s his opinion. Just like you have yours. Stop being so judgemental. If you don’t like Obama, exercise your right to vote and vote for someone else. In the end you will be doing yourself a disservice because no matter what you say, he is the best candidate to lead this country into a more positive situation both domestically and internationally.
Posted By: annonymous | April 07, 2008 at 04:19 PM
Sydney – the last thing the Clintons would want is to be judged by their character. They never did anything for any of their consituents, simply enriching themselves through their powerful positions. They lie constantly. They have treated women abhorrantly. They have led to the deaths of thousands of Mexicans simply trying to find their way to a better way of life in order to score cheap political points and in no way make our country safer. Do I need to go on? Obama on the other hand is brilliant and has dedicated his life to serving others. More than words, Sydney. For everyone who keeps talking about Obama’s so-called lies, I want an itemized list of them. I’m sure they’ve been debunked but you simply don’t care to provide that part of the story so I will.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 04:21 PM
HILL-ARIOUS! So true Spike. As a young black woman I have seen my parents and others of the negroid persuasion say the same thing. Black people who are not doing research… but are voting for the Clintons’ ??cause Clinton been good to black folks” is frustrating. Thankfully, the younger generation is doing their homework!!!
Posted By: Tahari Austin | April 07, 2008 at 04:23 PM
I feel sorry for the poor saps who think that anybody is “bringing race into this”. These are the same idiots who think that racism doesn’t exist just because it’s underground. No one has set race relations back. In fact. They’re getting better, because it’s being talked about. If you ain’t about progression, the fall back! This is white guilt in reverse lol. No one faults white people for having predjudices, but it makes it three times worse when they act as if they don’t have any. Spike Lee’s movies were all about politics in some way, so the unlearned need to fall back. He isn’t going to pull any punches, and he definitely isn’t gonna sugar coat his speech to save anyone’s feelings. Dead on man, dead on.
Posted By: Queixada | April 07, 2008 at 04:24 PM
All the white people here pretending to be black can stop perpetrating. People with half a brain can spot you a mile away..
Posted By: Queixada | April 07, 2008 at 04:32 PM
I agree with what Spike Lee said, its the truth. But he could have said it better. It makes for a good quote in the media. They are going to try to see if his quote ruffles some feathers.
Posted By: Will n louisville | April 07, 2008 at 04:36 PM
I must say I agree with Spike on this one.
Posted By: Lady Hussein | April 07, 2008 at 04:40 PM
She signed a pledge – no delegates in FL or MI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wX99qUo3Ow&feature=related
Posted By: mom | April 07, 2008 at 04:42 PM
I feel the same way as Spike Lee, I never thought I’d say that.
Posted By: Daniel | April 07, 2008 at 04:54 PM
Could we tone it dowm a bit. I support Obama but could be keep the emotions under raps. I will take the will and vote of all Americans to elect Obama. He needs to ride the tide social justice and fair play for all. Never have I seen this amount of white voters in support of a non-white candidate. People America has grown.
Posted By: chris | April 07, 2008 at 04:56 PM
“Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good!” Have a white person say these words and he/she has Sharpton and Jackson crawling all over him/her for racism. Black guy Spike says it and it is fine. Double standards all around.
Posted By: Silas Warner | April 07, 2008 at 05:18 PM
Spike and Jeremiah speak the sad but obvious truth: Massuh Clinton is doing the black people the way he did Monica and the way he does anyone who gets in his way, he RIDES EM DIRTY. Throw in Missus Hillary and its nothin but a THREESOME. They be RIDIN DIRTY and SWITCHIN OFF.
Posted By: NOMOHILLARY | April 07, 2008 at 05:22 PM
Judge the Clintons by their characters? Bwahhhhhh! Even King would role his eyes on this one.
Posted By: morally bankrupt | April 07, 2008 at 05:59 PM
Spike: I have bad news for you. You voted for Clinton twice and now see that it was just pure BS. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That automatically makes you… a republican. Welcome to the club! We all agree with you. Clinton was pure BS.
Posted By: franky | April 07, 2008 at 06:23 PM
Some people keep saying they will not support Obama because someone black said blah blah blah. Some of you hypocritical (white people)people are an inch away from being full blown racist anyway, if anytime someone black says something offensive it equates to statements like ” I for one WILL not support Obama” . Well dont. WITH OR WITHOUT THE PRESIDENCY CHANGE IS ALREADY HERE. SO DEAL WITH IT ANY WAY YOU MUST.
Posted By: tracksta | April 07, 2008 at 06:55 PM
Awesome! Alright Spike!
Posted By: AG | April 07, 2008 at 06:59 PM
Yo. Well, I would have to agree with the brother. P.S. What does “Massuh” mean?
Posted By: sophia*nyc | April 07, 2008 at 07:54 PM
Newsflash folks…Spike Lee is a MOVIE DIRECTOR. Why are you people now blaming Obama for Spike’s comments? Sheesh….get a grip for God’s sake!
Posted By: Gilberto Gil | April 07, 2008 at 08:40 PM
Spike Lee is being funny, provocative, in his words as he is in his films. Sheesh. He likes getting rises out of people. All the people here saying that this is “Obama injecting race into the campaign” or whatever are really grasping at straws, for reasons we all know. (Seen the polls today? Seen the superdelegate count? Seen the Mark Penn fiasco?) Thanks, Ben for sharing this moment of entertainment and thanks, all of you intrepid posters, for adding your own humorous notes.
Posted By: lostintranslation | April 07, 2008 at 08:42 PM
Spike cracks me up – always. He’s hilarious.
Posted By: rikyrah | April 07, 2008 at 08:58 PM
to Massuh_Spike You say 99% of blacks are voting for Obam a anyway huh. We are supposed to allow your selfish azz people to destroy this country before realizing it’s time for Them to leave political office. Screw that shyt. You’re mad because people choose not to let you all fukc this country up any further and just stand by. Thats the real issue, you people believe this country is yours, to completely fuk up and destroy if necessary. If its to be fixed, it must be shown to the world THAT YOU FIXED IT. You people believe that no job , political office, or position of status is to be given to a minority until the prestige and power are all being orchestrated by some man behind a curtain. They will release the presidency when they have a secret government already in place. Then the presidency is equivalent to a figurehead position, ie queen of england
Posted By: tracksta | April 07, 2008 at 09:20 PM
thank you Spike Lee! You forgot about Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters and Stephnie Jones-Tubbs those wash women will do anything for Massuh and nim. You know some black people still think they are on a COTTON PLANTATION…
Posted By: AlligatorShuz | April 07, 2008 at 09:37 PM
As a black 54 year old woman I am amazed and saddened, although not surprised, to see so many white people that still don’t have a clue. I’m not playing “the victim” because I live a good life in the greatest country in the world but anybody that thinks it is easy to be black in America is living in their own narrow-minded reality, not the real world, and to have the audacity to be so angry is alarming. Try walking a mile in my shoes and see if you’re singing the same song. Your ignorance is astounding.
Posted By: Rademi | April 07, 2008 at 09:43 PM
Spike Lee you hit it on the nail!
Posted By: ceci | April 07, 2008 at 10:10 PM
This is not a race issue, not by a long shot. Spike is right about the BS. It is the dawn of a new era. Senator Obama comes in with a clean slate and a vision of change. How much progress he makes remains to be seen. However this is clearly a step in the right direction. We are now in our twentieth year of governance by two families. Should we make it twenty eight. I don’t think so. We’re in close proximity but we are not Cuba. Let freedom change.
Posted By: NYC | April 07, 2008 at 10:41 PM
When black people act on their self interest, its because their black. But when white people act in their self interest, its patriotic/normal. Shut up.
Posted By: Queixada | April 07, 2008 at 10:44 PM
“Ben is such a tool…his last five posts are SPIKE LEE (angry black man)…(high profile)Clinton Boycott…Obama can’t win over white men…Denver Hookers?…and that “shadowy” SEIU…Wonder who he’s rooting for? Seems like anybody but Obama. Lame.” Can we please stop ragging on Ben. Honestly, EVERY post he makes he’s supposedly picked a side. He makes one about Clinton messing up or being wrong, he’s an Obama-lover. He makes a post about something Obama said being controversial or Obama making a mistake and suddenly he’s Clinton’s personal aide. In all honesty Ive seen Ben make just about as many posts supporting Hillary as he has Barrack. So enough with blaming Ben Smith for news you don’t like. And for the record, so this doesn’t look like some Clinton supporter defending their candidate, I’m voting for Obama. I just don’t like people blaming the reporters for the bad news.
Posted By: | April 07, 2008 at 10:49 PM
Totally agree with you, Spike. The day of Bill Clinton as the big, white massa man is over. I’d would go you one step further: these two Clintons would lie to God’s face.
Posted By: Dayahka | April 07, 2008 at 11:23 PM
Clinton Body Count: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Crete/3450/deaths.html The life you save may be your own. Liars, thieves, and conspirators!!!
Posted By: Gary | April 07, 2008 at 11:25 PM
I am a 55 year old white man in Mississippi and I totally agree with Spike Lee. It bewilders me that so many peole do not see through the Clintons. Hillary is worse about lying than Bill. I am definitely in Obama’s corner.
Posted By: Larry | April 08, 2008 at 12:18 AM
AmeriKKKans spend too much time on Black and White! The same AmeriKKKans call themselves Christians, attend church, and pretend that they are 100% perfect!
Posted By: Tupac | April 08, 2008 at 12:30 AM
Blacks can say things like that about other blacks, just like blacks can use the “N” word. That’s just how it is. But he’s right on about the Clintons. I voted for Lying Bill twice, too, but I will never vote for Hillary. Bill was a personable SOB, but she just leaves me cold.
Posted By: Jayne1955 | April 08, 2008 at 12:46 AM
People Stop allowing these racist people to waste your time. Stop denouncing/condeming your social circle upon their request. I am no more responsible for my twin brothers statements than he is for mine. I came across a post by some women who stated “do catholics leave the church when they find out a priest has been sticking his dyck inside childrens azz and or mouths . To hell with the sanatized word molestation. Say it like it is, so the kids (victims) can understand. Sling that trash right back in there faces, they got way more **** under the rug than anyone in this country.
Posted By: tracksta | April 08, 2008 at 01:10 AM
Dear Kathy, You white savages were living in caves and feeding on rodents when Africans built the Pyramids and many more engineering marvels in Sudan (Mero?) and Ethiopia or Abyssinia (Axumite Empire). Read a little bit of history and visit some African countries before you open you filthy and ignorant mouth. Blacks started civilization some 9000 years ago but as witnessed through out history, nothing is permanent, hence they live off of “food stumps”. However, their eventual return to their historic place is only a matter of time. In the meantime, just to jolt your fuzzy memory a bit, there wasn’t a country called US, Britain or France when the Abyssinians were one of the four great powers of the world along with China and Persia, pioneering the way from barbarism to civilization. In case you don’t know, they are the only African (black) power to ever defeat a modern European colonial power (Italy) and send shock waves through you lil whiteys neck of the wood. Not just that; after the the American civil war was over, both the unionist and confederate ruthless and racist generals like William T. Sherman and William Wing ?Old Blizzards? Loring enlisted in the Khedive of Egypt army and invaded Ethiopia to only be annihilated by a black army.
In effect Ethiopia, an African country, fought three continental armies of North American led by Colonel Loring, Asia Minor led by the Ottomans and quasi-African-Arab-European Egypt led by Ismael Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt. The plans of the Khedive to conquer the ?Barbarian Habashis? and take their Blue Nile Basin was childish in itself as the Ethiopians with little arms that they possessed, had a more sophisticated and intelligent plan that sent the pitiful invaders running to the shoreline of Mistewa (Massawa) where they were having real fits of nervous breakdowns.
Of course blacks have a proud and heroic history. Just because they didn’t come to Europe and America recently, to burn and plunder whites’ wealth, and enslave, rape and hang some of you from the tree as you have done to blacks in your murderous recent past, that doesn’t mean that blacks are any less intelligent than whites. If anything, it proves that blacks don’t have your kind of “intelligence,” which simply is an innate visceral reaction of a racist and murderous grid. Cheers!
Posted By: Remember Adewa | April 08, 2008 at 01:38 AM
vince f is a trip (in a good way)! all i can say is PREACH, spike, PREACH!!! OBAMA ’08!
Posted By: sickofhermess | April 08, 2008 at 01:54 AM
Race has been a part of this campaign especially leading up to the voting in the heavily black populated areas(by the media and citizens alike never letting us forget about Race in America). Why is most people so afraid of a black president? History will still be history. You can’t erase history with the first black president! Are the citizens of the US really afraid that they will have to put President Obama in the American History book oppose to the notation only in the Black History Book in February (The official Black History month). Needless to say the shortest month of the year. Furthermore, only one month for Black History. We have 12 months, why not split it 50/50 or take it away and call it American History and include all Americans regardless of color. I personally take offense to Black History. Regardless of person’s color, history is history. Or is it “his story?” February, Black History Month and Barak Obama record breaking fundraising month (oh so sweet). Isn’t that ironic? March, not so bad either. Oh, my . . . we must change history! Why is the US so afraid of a black president? Here’s to you Rachel and likes of Rachel . . . Why do you think African American need to be vindicated? Ok, lets assume we need to be vindicated. It will take 100 black presidents doing the right thing (not just for black and white but for all races). Posted By: rachel | April 07, 2008 at 12:32 PM
Posted By: PeaceLily | April 08, 2008 at 02:37 AM
Spike is not the only one callin’ em like he sees em! Hillary has done her share! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVaEuE90ifg
Posted By: myshell | April 08, 2008 at 08:37 AM
e-mail: bsmith@politico. com
Truth-tellers unite! Spike is on-target, just like Olbermann. Truth hurts a bit.
Posted By: knixphan | April 08, 2008 at 01:22 PM
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