2008 DNC: About That Roll Call Vote and Hillary Clinton


Stockholm syndrome (Exhibit A) is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which they have been placed. Victims become emotionally attached to their victimizers, and even defend their captors after they are freed.

It wasn’t that long ago that Blacks were captured, enslaved, and brought to America.

For those Blacks that made it through the Middle Passage, the years that followed were filled with back breaking labor, misery, agony, and unspeakable mistreatment, including rape, torture, and death, all at the hands of their owners.

Then came the 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865 and abolished and prohibited slavery, followed by the 14th Amendment in 1868 which granted citizenship to all people “born or naturalized in the United States,” and included the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. The 15th Amendment was supposed to end voting rights discrimination on the basis of race, color, or previous condition of slavery, but Southern Democratic legislators found other means to deny the vote to Blacks, through violence, intimidation, and Jim Crow laws. Enter the The National Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Signed into law by the same race responsible for the initial capture and enslavement of Blacks, we became emotionally attached to our victimizers and signed up in droves to join their Party while singing their praises and even defending our captors after we were freed.

That tradition of madness continues today.

But trust me when I tell you that I won’t be joining in the chorus of Blacks praising Hillary Clinton for ending a roll call vote that shouldn’t have been called in the first place had she conceded when it was clear she didn’t have a chance in hell of getting the nomination.

That would put me in The Cabin and make me an Uncle Tom of sorts–one of those Black people whose political views and allegiances are detrimental to Blacks as a group.

We’ve already got too many of those as it is.

Just keeping it real.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • yeahisaidit

    …and you are nothing if not pro-black right jazzy…? just keeping it real…whatever…

  • Rusty

    This is the first time I checked your blog in a while and I’m only popping in for a reality check.

    You are so predictable. As far as whether there should have been a roll call vote or if she should have had her name put in nomination, you should check your history and compare Hillary’s actions to Jerry Brown and Jesse Jackson.

  • Tee

    Wow Jasmyne,

    I was really starting to think when I first read your blog that you were going to be different. But I see you are the same as some of the conservative pundits. Are you not satisfied at all? You of all people ought to know that the type of sexist bullying that Hillary experienced is indicative of what happens when women step forward to make change. Look at Black history and see how many black women got bullied out of the movement. For once do your homework and for God’s sake let go of all the childishness surrounding the election. It seems that no matter what Hillary did she was not going to satisfy people like you. Obama has made history, but let’s remember that no matter what you seem to think–he needed Bill and Hilliary to coronate him. So why don’t you elevate your mind and your discussion on your site. Why don’t you get a message to Obama and tell him to take a real stand on the issues and make some definitive statements about his policies. Tell him that some black folks don’t want to read his website to know where he stands, we want to hear it from his own mouth. Cause honestly I’m one black college-educated black woman who is NOT impressed with him or McCain right now. If I want to be motivated I’ll go to church. I want some answers and strategies before all I have left is change–in my pockets!–Peace!

  • art

    The roll call should have happened, and continued till the end, electing Barack by “acclamation” is what was a farce.