Remember on November 4, 2008, when racism in America died?
That of course was the historic day on which Barack Obama was elected our Nation’s first African American President.
143 years after Slavery was officially outlawed by the Thirteenth Amendment, 44 years after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act banning segregation, Obama’s election ostensibly marked a societal arrival to the mountaintop of acceptance, of tolerance.
Essentially, on that day, the United States had a ribbon cutting ceremony-the post-racial US was open for business.
And we all lived happily ever after.
The story of racism in America is not one for children’s books, or made for TV movies with happy endings; centuries of misguided hate, of fear driven discrimination, of stereotypes and slurs-all of it did not come to a sudden, romantic halt with the election of Barack Obama.
I could sit here and cite statistical and anecdotal evidence of racism on Main Street, in the workplace, in our schools, the type of racism which rears its ugly head every day in America, but I want to discuss a new form of racism, a type of racism never seen in this Country… until 2008:
Racism directed at the President of the United States of America.
Now of course this form of racism has never been seen, we’ve never had a President whose skin color was-at the very least-as important, or as controversial, as his agenda.
Understand, this is largely racism of the covert variety- (you won’t hear the “N word” coming out of Newt Gingrich’s mouth)-manifesting itself in an unmistakable and unprecedented disrespect for the Presidency, and a beyond party, beyond ideology, disdain for the man.
Let’s look at some examples:
- The Birther Movement
- In an unprecedented breach of decorum, Rep. Joe Wilson shouts “you lie” as the President addresses a Joint Session of Congress.
- Heightened scrutiny regarding White House guests (aka-Keeping an eye on which Black people were there)
- “Political Satire” like this (sometimes it’s not so subtle)
- Speaking of subtle: Tar Baby. Yea…sadly you read that right.
- The irreverent treatment of his wife, the First Lady of the United States.
- The “Food Stamp President“
- President Obama doesn’t “think work is good”.
- The ‘Finger Wag’
- Oh, and Governor Brewer says she felt “threatened” as she wagged her finger in the face of the President of the United States (maybe as she asked the big scary dark skinned man for his ‘papers’)
- The sad invariable inability to give the President credit for anything…ever…
Are the majority of President Obama’s critics simply those who hold a more ‘conservative’ view of Government…of our Country?
Is being Anti-Obama synonymous with being Anti-Black?
However, when it comes to the ‘Right’, a ‘darker ‘President has undoubtedly made for darker dissent, for more dogmatic partisanship, to a precipitous and palpable drop in civility, in respect for and towards the highest office in the land.
All a coincidence?
Let’s just say I’d hate to see how they treat him when he’s got a tan.
Be Good Friends,
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