An Apology

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.




6 Responses to “An Apology”

  1. Katharine says:

    Bill, you’re an honorable man. Thank you for this post.

    I maintain that there should be neither sexism nor racism going on in this campaign; it’s hurtful that both still go on. Unfortunately, the sexism and racism apparent in the campaign are mere shadows of what still goes on in daily life, despite all of the advances in civil rights that have been made.

    Those interested may find a list of links to most, if not all, of Keith Olbermann’s special comments, as his on-air editorials are called, here:

    The only other special comment about Clinton, other than the very recent one concerning Clinton and RFK’s assasination, that I recall was this one:

  2. Katharine says:

    And of course I meant to write too that homophobia should not still be going on at this point. I’m still longing for the day when my brother can legally marry his partner and I can be his best woman.

  3. bhmhomeboy says:

    Apology accepted. End of story.

  4. Bill says:

    Sincere thanks to both of you.

  5. joy steele says:

    I don’t think any of us who read you regularly would, for one split second, believe you had an ounce of rascism in you.
    Keep on keepin’ on ~

  6. Bill says:

    Thank you Joy. I really appreciate that.

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