February 28, 2008
African-American superdelegates said Thursday that theyâ€™ll stand up against threats, intimidation and â€œUncle Tomâ€ smears rather than switch their support from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama.
â€œAfrican-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,â€ said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving â€œnasty letters, phone calls, threats theyâ€™ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.
â€œThis is the politics of the 1950s,â€ he complained. â€œA lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. Theyâ€™re not going to talk about it, but itâ€™s happening.â€
Interestingly, the original Politico headline was Black superdelegates stand up against “Uncle Tom” smears, but it now reads Black backers steadfast for Clinton.