Thursday, June 19, 2008
Two Women Profiled at Obama Rally
That's right, the media is all a-buzz with news that two women who showed up with a group at an Obama rally were initially invited by Obama campaign volunteers to sit behind the podium and then were abruptly disinvited.
Well, as one can imagine the story's giant legs prompted an Obama campaign official to immediately denounce the rudderless volunteers but...there's still one tiny little problem.
[Hebba] Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer, said a member of her group was told by a volunteer that she could not invite Aref because of "a sensitive political climate."
Aref said the volunteers told members of both parties in separate discussions that women wearing hijabs, the traditional Muslim head scarves, weren't included in the invitation and couldn't sit behind the [sacred] podium.
Aref wants to hear the apology directly from Mr. Obama.
"He needs to take the matter seriously and send a strong message against any kind of discrimination," Aref said.Of course, we all remember the immortal battle cry of a staffer during a Michelle jamboree, "Get some more white folks up front, damn it!"
Now it seems women with headscarves need not apply. Way, way too ethnic for staffers and Obama's brand spanking new image.
Just a few days ago, The New York Times reports, Obama's "campaign...barred cameras from a large gathering of African-American civic leaders Mr. Obama attended."
Ditto in providing the "names of religious figures with whom Mr. Obama met in Chicago" who were later told to sneak out the back door as they left.
Well, so much for the "promises of openness." Yep, kinna hard to hear Obama's message of "unity among races" for folks like Aref who had this to say on the subject:
As he's saying it, I'm thinking, 'Well, wait a minute, I was obviously ... profiled and discriminated against an hour ago.'"Who may be asking themselves, WTF? Here's the answer to some of your questions via Savage Politics.