My man P6 hipped me to a raging conversation about a meeting that former United States president Bill Clinton had in his Harlem offices with a group of bloggers. It seems the controversy stems from several issues…and that this has grown into a controversy is interesting for several reasons:
1) Would Bill Clinton meeting with white liberal bloggers be newsworthy beyond the implications for Hillary Clinton (following the primary defeat of Joe Lieberman by Ned Lamont)? Since Hil and Joe and Bill have all supported the nation’s illegal war in Iraq, this outreach effort may be what P6 rightly sees as an effort to reach a core constituency.
2) Location, location, location. The meeting was held in Harlem and there were no Black bloggers in attendance. There were no brown, yellow, red, tanned or otherwise coloured bloggers in attendance. What does that mean? P6 says Slick Willie was the only Black person in the room.
3) What is present state of cyber-segregation? Is this something that is real? When it comes to politics – do you have to be white to be an influential blogger? Who reads black bloggers and aren’t these selections simply a matter of taste and personal identification?
4) What does Bill Clinton want from white bloggers that cannot be delivered by black, brown, yellow, red and tanned bloggers? Do these groups have different constituencies and different cyber-impacts?
I don’t have answers to all of these questions. Some I answered over at P6. Others I will leave who care about such matters. I am no fan of the Clintons. It may have been the saxophone gig with Arsenio or withholding soldiers from intervening in Rwanda or any of a host of other things, but whatever it was, it wasn’t the dress, the sexual relations or the marijuana.