A couple of days ago I wote a post I called “Worst Person in the World” in reference to Keith Olbermann’s response to Senator Clinton’s reference to Robert Kennedy’s death in June of 1968. I compared Olbermann’s criticism of Senator Clinton over that reference in a very unfavorable light to a comment he had made several weeks earlier calling for Senator Clinton to be locked in a closet.
While I appreciate that no commenters I have called me out on the insensitivity of the post, I have deleted it. (And I want to acknowledge Katharine’s and bhmhomeboy’s disagreement with me and appreciate their positive candor in disagreeing with me on the issues that the post attempted to address.)
However, there is a much bigger issue involved here than my unfavorable opinion of Keith Olbermann. The wonderful Melissa McEwan at Shakesville yesterday referred her readers to a very thoughtful post about Senator Clinton’s comments from an African American man. And I read the post and several others from persons of color and realized that the reference to assassination in the context of Senator Obama’s candidacy is something that I could not appreciate from my position of white privilege. And I do not want there to be any doubt that I want to be sensitive to issues of race. I apologize without qualification if my post sounded like a white guy who doesn’t care if Senator Obama is put in danger. I did not intend to imply that in any way. (Nor do I think Senator Clinton had similar intent. But I can only speak for me.)
I reject completely any racism toward Senator Obama or any other candidate or person of color. I reject completely any sexism directed toward Senator Clinton or any other woman, candidate or otherwise. I reject completely any homophobia toward any person, candidate or otherwise. Period. End of conversation.