For many people on the left, especially my fellow white liberals, looking into the mirror is either uncomfortable, or an experience akin to amnesia. The prospect of a Trump presidency shields self-reflection, and even the fact that Donald Trump donated money to Hillary's Senate campaigns is meaningless to the Clinton faithful. However, imagine if Barack Obama had fabricated a story about surviving sniper fire, only to say that he misspoke.
Imagine Obama in 2008, or Michelle Obama years from now during a presidential campaign, stating the following quote spoken by Hillary Clinton:
"I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia," she said last week. "There was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn't go, so send the First Lady.
"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
But her account has been challenged, first by Sinbad, the comedian, who traveled with her, and then by news organizations, most notably the Washington Post, which awarded her four "Pinnochios" which it gives for major "whoppers."
What are the chances Obama could have endured recalling a war story that never happened? What are the chances Michelle Obama in a future presidential run could "remember landing under sniper fire" with "heads down" running to a car, and then simply say that she misspoke?
Also, how do you "certainly remember" something, and then claim to misspeak?
The Atlantic has a recap of at least eight controversies and scandals involving Hillary Clinton. Do you think a person of color in America's political system could have overcome or circumvented this list of controversy?
That's called white privilege at its height, because at the highest echelons of power, the entire American political system would have descended upon Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
Furthermore, although Bernie Sanders has also benefited from white privilege, could he have survived politically from fabricating a story about dodging Bosnian snipers?
On that note, could Bernie have run Clinton's 3 a m. ad containing a "racist sub-message" against Obama, or accepted prison lobbyist donations without backlash? No, but that's also due in large part to Clinton's political machine.
Bernie's white privilege is tied to being a Democratic-Socialist, and still successfully educating people on why he's more like FDR than anything Fox News could conjure up. In this case, a black politician would have a much harder time overcoming the Fox News socialist myth that Bernie Sanders is currently battling, and has almost overcome.
In terms of egregious white privilege, Hillary Clinton is able to circumvent endless scandal, and perpetual evolution on key issues, in part because she's white.
For example, imagine Michelle Obama becomes a Senator, and then runs for the presidency during an FBI investigation. An article in The Hill titled FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation not letting up explains why Hillary's inevitability myth is bolstered in part by being white, since American politics wouldn't allow a person of color to withstand such overt obstacles:
Six months after it began, the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server shows no signs of slowing down.
Former FBI officials said the length of the probe is not unusual and speculated that a decision on whether to file charges against Clinton or her top aides could come later this year, during the heat of the general election campaign.
"I don't know that there's any magical cutoff date," said Ron Hosko, the FBI's former assistant director of the criminal investigative division and a 30-year veteran of the bureau.
For Democrats, the extended investigation has become a source of some anxiety, with Republicans gleefully raising the prospect of the Democratic presidential front-runner being indicted.
"It does give pause to Democrats who are concerned that there may be another shoe to drop down the road," said Andrew Smith, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire.
If Michelle Obama emulated Clinton's controversial path towards a presidential run, could she have withstood endless scandal and even an FBI investigation?
If Barack Obama had the FBI investigating his private server in 2008, would he have become president?
I had the pleasure recently of discussing this topic with Benjamin Dixon on The Benjamin Dixon Show.
The same dynamics, by the way, exist in sports. In 2003, Rush Limbaugh made a ridiculous claim that Donovan McNaab was overrated because the media wanted a black quarterback to succeed, even though McNaab was better than most other white quarterbacks of his era, and yet still received infinitely more media scrutiny. Before Dough Williams became Super Bowl MVP in 1987, leading the Reskins to a championship, there was a stigma among many white fans and commentators that perhaps a black quarterback couldn't win the biggest game of the year. For the record, the contribution of Doug Williams to sports and American society was profound and shattered a longstanding racist paradigm in American sports.
Like sports, American politics is a team game where the rival must be defeated at all costs. Unlike sports, however, Hillary Clinton gets to make up the rules, primarily because her supporters simply don't care about issues like FBI investigations or prison lobbyists.
Lately, though, Hillary Clinton is being forced to care about these issues, and nothing illustrates this new chapter in progressive politics better than the recent Black Lives Matter protest of a Clinton fundraising event. A Washington Post article titled Hillary Clinton on 'superpredator' remarks: 'I shouldn't have used those words' highlights the heroic protest of civil rights activist Ashley Williams:
"Looking back, I shouldn't have used those words, and I wouldn't use them today," Hillary Clinton told me in a statement when I asked her what she would have said to Ashley Williams, the activist who interrupted Clinton at a Charleston, S.C., fundraiser Wednesday night.
Unfurling a banner that read "We have to bring them to heel," Williams wanted the Democratic presidential candidate to "explain for the record" why she "called black youth 'superpredators'."
Before Williams was escorted out of the event, she asked, "How come you didn't address that in the prior debate?" Clinton replied, "You know what? Nobody's ever asked me before. You're the first person to ask me and I'm happy to address it." Clinton never got the chance to. Williams was gone.
Ashley Williams, the woman who protested the event, is a hero not only for confronting Hillary Clinton, but also for enduring a condescending reaction from the former Secretary of State. Had Bernie Sanders reacted in that manner towards Ms. Williams, his campaign would have ended then and there.
So yes, Hillary Clinton indeed acknowledged calling black youth "super predators," yet not one ounce of outrage was ever heard from the white liberals who'd rather spread Facebook memes about Republicans than look inward; within the confines of the progressive bunker that sanctions 3 a. m. ads against America's first black president and defends prison lobbyist donations.
Finally, Bernie Sanders was arrested in 1963 as an activist for Civil Rights. Like the Chicago Tribune states, "A Chicago Tribune photo that has emerged of a young Bernie Sanders being arrested at a 1963 South Side protest has created a buzz nationally -- and even worldwide." Here's the video in The Chicago Tribune of the arrest and more explanation on Bernie's involvement in the Civil Rights movement.
Sure, Bernie is white and benefited from being white, but he went to jail, while around the same time Hillary Clinton was a "high-school Young Republican and 'Goldwater Girl.'" Also, remember to correlate Clinton's prison lobbyist donors and "super predator" statements to where her political career began in terms of ideology.