Longtime "People's Advocate", Ralph Nader has criticized Barack Obama for "talking white."
Perhaps Mr. Nader should examine his own propensity to "talk white" in regards to his status as a Lebanese American. The product of immigrant parents from Lebanon, Nader was raised in a traditional home with cultural ties to his native land. So Ralphie......don't talk the talk until you have walked the walk.
Ralph Nader: Barack Obama wants to ‘talk white’
By David Edwards Uncategorized Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Ralph Nader says the only thing different about Barack Obama is that he is “half African-American.” The Independent presidential candidate also accused his Democratic rival of attempting to “talk white.”
“There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American,” Nader said in an interview with a Denver newspaper Monday. “Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos.
Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards.”
In response, Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told the paper, “We are obviously disappointed with these very backward-looking remarks.”
Rocky Mountain News has more details of their interview with Ralph Nader here. A partial transcript of the interview is here.