by Allan Erickson
The hope and change we were promised for two years prior to Nov. 4, 2008 today bears little resemblance to that rhetoric.
We were told electing a Black man President would usher a new era of racial reconciliation. Obama positioned himself a unifier, calling for a new age of understanding, healing, and unity.
But, even during the campaign, he played the race card. Recall he told voters Republicans were trying to scare them given his race? Remember the Obama campaign targeted Bill Clinton, accusing him of injecting race during the primaries? Don’t forget his characterization of average rural folk clinging to guns and Bibles in their fear of hope and change, a direct slight aimed at flyover whites. Speaking about his grandmother, remember he revealed her stated fear of Black men, characterizing her as a ‘typical white person.’
Why we believed Obama would unify us, given the virulent anti-white remarks of Jeremiah Wright, is unfathomable.
(Despite Obama’s denunciations, it was virtually impossible to separate Obama from Wright in view of Obama’s attendance at Wright’s church for 20 years. Obama eventually threw Wright under the bus, or so it seemed. To believe he had no sympathy for Wright’s views required a defiance of logic.)
Why we believed the call to reconcile in view of Obama’s deep and abiding associations with hate-filled, race-baiting radicals is beyond comprehension. (Ayers, Dohrn, Farrakhan, Meeks, Khalidi, Mansour, Sutton, Davis, Pflager, Michelle, Gates, West, Sharpton, Dyson, Van Jones.)
Why we continue to believe it in the aftermath of the Attorney General’s remarks we are “cowards” when it comes to racism, verges on acting stupidly.
When Holder refused to follow through with the prosecution of Black Panthers who threatened voters at the polling place Nov. 4, a clear signal was being sent: there are now two systems of justice in America. (See * below.)
Napolitano has made it clear race and politics will drive certain homeland security policies and activities. (She ignored D.C. sniper John Muhammad and highlighted Tim McVeigh in her DHS report on the threat of domestic terrorism, shining a light on returning vets who might act out like McVeigh and white supremacists. DHS made no mention of black radicals, Muslim radicals or white Leftist radicals who have engaged violence.)
With the nomination of Sotomayor, the message was reinforced: race does matter and important decisions affecting everyone will be race-based, including decisions affecting your career if you are a firefighter in Connecticut. As she approaches the bench, let’s not forget her remarks about wise Latinas being superior to white males when it comes to making judicial decisions.
Then comes the Harvard Professor, Mr. Gates, and his acting out and overacting two weeks ago over a simple 911 call bringing law enforcement to protect his property, followed by Obama’s knee-jerk reaction injecting race and condemning the police. Today we learn the woman who called in the 911 alert has been threatened and condemned as a racist. (In the future, when crime is witnessed, will people call for help, if there is any chance the situation could be racially-charged?)
Demonstrations in Jerusalem recently characterized Obama as a racist given his obvious preference for the Muslim world and his discriminatory behavior toward Israel.
Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and others say they believe Obama is a racist. Reading his book provides some insight.
Excerpts from “Dreams of My Father,” by Barack Obama
The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.
No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.
Ever since the first time I’d picked up Malcolm X’s autobiography, I had tried to untangle the twin strands of black nationalism, arguing that nationalism’s affirming message-of solidarity and self-reliance, discipline and communal responsibility-need not depend on hatred of whites any more than it depended on white munificence. We could tell this country where it was wrong, I would tell myself and any black friends who would listen, without ceasing to believe in its capacity for change.
Nationalism provided that history, an unambiguous morality tale that was easily communicated and easily grasped. A steady attack on the white race, the constant recitation of black people’s brutal experience in this country, served as the ballast that could prevent the ideas of personal and communal responsibility from tipping into an ocean of despair. Yes, the nationalist would say, whites are responsible for your sorry state, not any inherent flaws in you. In fact, whites are so heartless and devious that we can no longer expect anything from them. The self-loathing you feel, what keeps you drinking or thieving, is planted by them. Rid them from your mind and find your true power liberated. Rise up, ye mighty race!
The minority assimilated into the dominant culture, not the other way around. Only white culture could be neutral and objective. Only white culture could be nonracial, willing to adopt the occasional exotic into its ranks. Only white culture had individuals. And we, the half-breeds and the college-degreed, take a survey of the situation and think to ourselves, Why should we get lumped in with the losers if we don’t have to? We become only so grateful to lose ourselves in the crowd, America’s happy, faceless marketplace; and we’re never so outraged as when a cabbie drives past us or the woman in the elevator clutches her purse, not so much because we’re bothered by the fact that such indignities are what less fortunate coloreds have to put up with every single day of their lives-although that’s what we tell ourselves-but because we’re wearing a Brooks Brothers suit and speak impeccable English and yet have somehow been mistaken for an ordinary nigger.
These are the statements of a deeply conflicted individual, someone who seems to want constructive change, yet a person routinely gravitating toward the black nationalist view, an orientation that focuses only on the problem, a view that is inherently divisive.
When I heard his speech on race in March 2008, I was inspired.
I now believe Obama is an agent of division. The evidence is plain. Decades of hard work by people of many colors to promote reconcilliation is being destroyed. Billions of dollars spent to promote racial harmony appears wasted.
We need soft voices, warm hearts and open hands.
Instead, we are getting hate speech, hard hearts and fists.
** California man convicted for threatening Obama Could get 10 years
* NUMBER 3 AT JUSTICE OK’D PANTHER REVERSAL
No explanation available to Congress
* While the Obama administration has vowed a new era of openness, department officials have refused to answer questions from Republican members of Congress on why the case was dismissed, claiming the information was “privileged, according to congressional correspondence with the department.