Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain and His Slave Roots

image Well, well, well, it seems senator McCain has some black roots.  According the  South Florida Times, the black members of the McCain family do not accept the blood is thicker than water adage and will be voting for Obama this election. What's this you say black relatives?

That's right, just like many American families, the McCains owned slaves.   His black relatives are either the result of the illicit union of the McCains and the slaves that they owned, or descendants of the McCain family slaves.  John McCain's very blood is a legacy of the cruel institution that to this day continues to play a role in the disenfranchisement of African Americans.  

Though this is an ugly legacy for anyone to face, many families that have both a black and white branch have come together to try and heal the wounds of the past.   The McCain family reunites every two years at the Teoc community of Carroll County, Miss., with one notable absence.  Any guesses as to who cannot be bothered to show his face?  John McCain even went as far as to claim in 2000, that he had no black relatives.

“Why he hasn’t come is anybody’s guess,” said Charles McCain Jr., 60, a distant cousin of John McCain who is black. “I think the best I can come up with, is that he doesn’t have time, or he has just distanced himself, or it doesn’t mean that much to him.”

If this man cannot acknowledge his links with his African American ancestry, is it any wonder that he seems to have no problem participating in race baiting in his bid to be elected president? 

Since many of his supporters are determined to cast Obama as an 'other' because of his mixed raced heritage, perhaps there is a fear of rejection on the part of McCain.  What would happen to the support he receives from his neo-white sheet wearing clan if they found out that their great white hope was not as white as they thought?  They are after all counting on John McCain to defend their whiteness.   

John McCain would have us believe that he is not a racist because of his adopted Bangledeshi daughter; however loving one individual who has brown skin does not stop an individual from hating the rest of brown peoples.  His daughter cannot function as his anti-racist I.D card, and in fact using her body in this way only serves to highlight his degree of contempt for the non white peoples of this world. 

This election is not a simple contest between to adversaries professing opposing viewpoints.  Though Obama is a centrist with a platform that could hardly be called transformative, the degree of the vituperative commentary is directly a result of white fear. For John McCain a black man is not welcome to run his country, nor is he welcome in his family. 

Photo: Lillie McCain, left, and her husband, Jack Dickers, right, pose with Joe McCain, center, during this year’s family reunion. The Photo was taken by ELGIN JONES 

H/T Black Political Thought.


Editors Note: The birth place of McCains daughter was erroneous in the original post and this has been changed to reflect the truth.


frau sally benz said...

I'm surprised it took this long for this story to be reported on. McCain's family has been here for generations (he has indicated as such many times), so it's not too surprising that the family were slave-owners.

It's also a sad day when something like this doesn't upset me more than it should.

It's McCain! Why WOULD he give a rats ass about his distant black relatives? We didn't find out about his first wife and the children he had with her until a few months ago, he doesn't care about blacks in general, and I haven't heard him really talk about his family aside from chances when he gets to proclaim that he's got strong family values.

So, yes, it's unfortunate, but, no, sadly I didn't expect anything more from McCain.


Do his nutty supporters in Strongsville, Ohio and Clearwater, Florida know about this?

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Joe McCain that race-baited an audience in VA? If it is, at least he has the guts to recognize and associate with his black relatives.

His adopted daughter is Bangledeshi, but Renee's point stands. For a firsthand look how they regard her in the family, you should check out the pictures in People magazine. In every single one she is in, she is made to kneel or squat or something, clearly setting her apart from the rest of the pretty picture of an All-American (read: white, affluent) family. She is at best an afterthought whose more prominent visage in the photos would have "mucked" up the image and message of this propaganda puff piece.

Macon D said...

Wow, that's surprising, thanks for bringing this, er, darkness to light. No surprise, though, that John McCain has no interest whatsoever in this side of the family.

I wonder how much the Palin's embrace the indigenous side of Todd's family. Hmmmmmmm... We sure don't hear much about it.

Anonymous said...

Why is it CNN is not showing McCains black roots?

Anonymous said...

First, of all, this is completely double standard... Obama is half white, and basically was ashamed of his white grandmother, and he isn't called racist? Why? And now this comes out of John McCain, and this makes him racist for not not showing that he is proud of it? This is ridiculous and unfair. And if they "are" all lead people to believe that it's okay for Obama to be that way and not McCain.

Renee said...

@anon...Obama has never publicly denied a single member of his white family whereas McCain has refused to acknowledge his black family members in any way. He has never once attended any of the family reunions while even as I type this Obama is on his way to Hawaii to visit his ailing WHITE GRANDMOTHER... If you are going to post a dissenting comment at least try to base it in some kind of fact. sheesh

Anonymous said...

CNN reported it this morning, where I learned of it for the time. It is irrelevant today that he has black ancestry and ancestors that owned slaves. What is RELEVANT is that he denies it, which to me reflects shame and embarrassment. Ok, so his ancestors owned slaves. They are who he should be ashamed of, but denying that it ever happend is cowardly and dishonest. Just another reason...

Anonymous said...

just because you don't go to a family reunion doesn't mean that don't care about them. there are a lot of family reunions in my family and they've been going on for years, three different familial lineages, and my family wouldn't know them from adam.

also as a white person who thinks that the mere idea of owning another human being is an outlandish idea, and i feel that if i was born into a family 5 generations earlier who owned other human beings, that i would be the type of person to free them, to give them my food, to give them everything they wanted, because i couldn't understand the idea of owning another human being.

but black people MUST realize that if whites did come from families that owned slaves (i hate that word ... it is "owning a human") it isn't our fault and to most of us the entire idea of this is utterly distasteful.

it's one of the top 10 most awful things about humanity.

if you are religious, then please tell me why "thou shalt not own another human life" or "thou shalt not purchase another human being" isn't one of the 10 commandments. sounds pretty important to me. but it was left out of the 10 commandments.

do you know why?? because the bible is a made up book and it is self-serving and the 10 commandment were written by man. if there really was a god, then wouldn't he make purchasing human lives a MAJOR NO NO???????

syinly said...

In May my grandmother's niece was joking about are you going to vote for your cousin. They talked about the McCain's who owned the land they were share coppers on along with other relatives. I thought they were confused, but then a month later I read about in one of the black weekly papers in St. Louis. Everything in the article lined up with what I heard in my grandmothers living room. I am glad you are getting the word out. Mc Cain has doesn't know how many houses he has but my grandma who worked in the fields only has one.