Question: Weren’t we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of President Barack Obama?
These articles and/or blogs reveal that in just 18 months of the Obama administration racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation – Why?-You Decide:
The New Racial Mess–Posted on Town Hall-By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON-On July 22, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article:
“Weren’t we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of President Barack Obama?
His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters—not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations.
Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation.
Black voters are galvanizing behind Obama at a time of rapidly falling support. White independents, in contrast, are leaving Obama in droves.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has claimed that the loosely organized Tea Party includes “racist elements.” The National Council of La Raza has ripped the state of Arizona for its new anti-illegal alien legislation. Jesse Jackson characterized aspects of the multimillion-dollar bidding war to acquire basketball superstar LeBron James in terms of masters and slaves. Pundits are arguing whether the fringe racist New Black Panther Party is analogous to the Klan.
In turn, a number of Americans want to know why—nearly a half-century after the Civil Rights Act, affirmative action and Great Society programs—some national lobbying organizations still identify themselves by archaic tribal terms such as “colored people” or “La Raza” (“the race”) when it would be taboo for other groups to adopt such racial nomenclature.
Indeed, race seems to be the subtext of almost every contemporary issue, from the soaring deficit and government spending to recent presidential appointments and the enforcement of existing immigration law. In times of growing deficits, white people are stereotyped as being angry over supposedly paying higher taxes to subsidize minorities, while minorities are stereotyped as being mostly on the receiving end of entitlements.
Why the escalation of racial tension in the supposed postracial age of Obama?
First, Obama’s reputation as a racial healer was largely the creation of the media. In fact, Obama had a number of racially polarizing incidents that probably would have disqualified any other presidential candidate of the past 30 years.
His two-decade apprenticeship at Trinity Church under the racist and anti-Semitic Rev. Jeremiah Wright has never been adequately explained. Obama indulged in racial stereotyping himself when he wrote off the white lower-middle class of Pennsylvania as clueless zealots clinging to their guns, religion and xenophobia.
Obama also characterized his grandmother as a “typical white person” when he implied that her supposed fear of young black males symbolizes the prejudices of the entire white community. Michelle Obama did not help things when, in clumsy fashion, she indicted America as “just downright mean”—a nation she had not been proud of in her adult life until it embraced the hope and change represented by her husband’s candidacy.
Such campaign trash talk did not stop during the first 18 months of the Obama presidency. The race-baiting Van Jones—the short-lived presidential advisor on “green jobs”—should never have been appointed. Then, the president himself criticized Cambridge, Mass., police for acting “stupidly” when they arrested his friend, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
Then there was the outburst of Attorney General Eric Holder, who blasted America as “a nation of cowards” for not talking more about race on his terms. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was almost obsessive in self-referencing herself as a “Latina.” She also suggested that her racial background and experiences made her “wise” in a way white male colleagues could never be.
Recently, Obama appealed to voters along exclusionary race and gender lines—not traditional political allegiances—when he called upon “the young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women, who powered our victory in 2008.”
Yet the country passed the old white/black divide years ago. We are a racially diverse society of Asians, blacks, Hispanics, whites, and mixtures of all that and more. In a world of conservative Cubans and liberal whites, race is no longer necessarily a guide to politics.
Who now, exactly, is the racial “Other” deserving of special consideration in hiring and education? A half-Punjabi immigrant whose father owns 500 acres? A three-quarters Puerto Rican who just arrived in New York? A Korean-American son of an orthodontist? The African-American children of a Cabinet official?
The more the president appeals to his base in racial terms, the more his appointees identify themselves as members of a particular tribe, and the more political issues are framed by racial divisions, so all the more such racial obsession creates a backlash among the racially diverse American people.
America has largely moved beyond race. Tragically, our president and a host of his supportive special interests have not.”
Our Divisive President: “Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship. In office, he’s played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines”–Posted on The Wall Street Journal-On July 28, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article:
“During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our democracy. He ran on a platform of reconciliation—of getting beyond “old labels” of right and left, red and blue states, and forging compromises based on shared values.
President Obama’s Inaugural was a hopeful day, with an estimated 1.8 million people on the National Mall celebrating the election of America’s first African-American president. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable.
And yet, it has not been realized. Not at all.
Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf.
We have seen the divisive approach under Republican presidents as well—particularly the administrations of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. By dividing America, Mr. Obama has brought our government to the brink of a crisis of legitimacy, compromising our ability to address our most important policy issues.
We say this with a heavy heart. Both of us share the president’s stated vision of what America can and should be. The struggle for equal rights has animated both of our lives. Both of us were forged politically during the crucible of the civil rights movement. Having worked in the South during the civil rights movement, and on behalf of the ground-breaking elections of African-American mayors such as David Dinkins, Harold Washington and Emanuel Cleaver, we were deeply moved by Mr. Obama’s election.
The first hint that as president Mr. Obama would be willing to interject race into the political dialogue came last July, when he jumped to conclusions about the confrontation between Harvard Prof. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and the Cambridge police.
During a press conference, the president said that the “Cambridge police acted stupidly,” and he went on to link the arrest with the “long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”
In truth, the Gates incident appears to have had nothing to do with race—a Cambridge review committee that investigated the incident ruled on June 30 that there was fault on both sides.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) has said the president told him in a closed-door meeting that he would not move to secure the border with Mexico unless and until Congress reached a breakthrough on comprehensive immigration reform. That’s another indication Mr. Obama is willing to continue to play politics with hot-button issues.
Add in the lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law and it’s clear the Obama administration is willing to run the risk of dividing the American people along racial and ethnic lines to mobilize its supporters—particularly Hispanic voters, whose backing it needs in the fall midterm elections and beyond.
As the Washington Post reported last week, two top White House strategists, speaking on condition of anonymity, have indicated that “the White House plans to use the immigration debate to punish the GOP and aggressively seek the Latino vote in 2012.”
On an issue that has gotten much less attention, but is potentially just as divisive, the Justice Department has pointedly refused to prosecute three members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at the polls on Election Day 2008.
It is the job of the Department of Justice to protect all American voters from voter discrimination and voter intimidation—whether committed by the far right, the far left, or the New Black Panthers. It is unacceptable for the Department of Justice to continue to stonewall on this issue.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama’s campaign emphasized repeatedly that his minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was being unfairly stereotyped because of racially incendiary sound bites that allegedly did not reflect the totality of his views. In the Gates incident and others, Mr. Obama has resorted to similar forms of stereotyping.
Even the former head of the Civil Rights Commission, Mary Frances Berry, acknowledged that the Obama administration has taken to polarizing America around the issue of race as a means of diverting attention away from other issues, saying: “the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. . . . Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.”
The president had a unique opportunity to focus on overarching issues of importance to whites and blacks. He has failed to address the critical challenges. He has not used his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of racial unity and the common interest of poor whites and blacks who need training, job opportunities, and the possibility of realizing the American Dream. He hasn’t done enough to address youth unemployment—which in the white community is 23.2% and in the black community is 39.9%.
Mr. Obama has also cynically divided the country on class lines. He has taken to playing the populist card time and time again. He bashes Wall Street and insurance companies whenever convenient to advance his programs, yet he has been eager to accept campaign contributions and negotiate with these very same banks and corporations behind closed doors in order to advance his political agenda.
Finally, President Obama also exacerbated partisan division, and he has made it clear that he intends to demonize the Republicans and former President George W. Bush in the fall campaign. In April, the Democratic National Committee released a video in which the president directly addressed his divide-and-conquer campaign strategy, with an appeal to: “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”
President Obama’s divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture.
Meanwhile, the Republican leadership has failed to put forth an agenda that is more positive, unifying or inclusive. We are stronger when we debate issues and purpose, and we are all weaker when we divide by race and class. We will pay a price for this type of politics.
Mr. Caddell served as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Schoen, who served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton, is the author of “The Political Fix” (Henry Holt, 2010).”
It’s Wrong to Call Obama a Post-racial President–Posted on NewsMax.com-By David Limbaugh-On July 16, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article:
“While President Obama has touted himself as a post-racial president, he has built a record demonstrating precisely the opposite. Is it Obama’s bitterness, or is the incessant playing of the race card by him and many of his supporters merely calculated political exploitation — or both?
Let’s look at a non-exhaustive list of examples since Obama took office:
1. Feb. 18, 2009: Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, accused the nation of being a nation of cowards on race.
2. April 2009: NewsBusters reported that at the behest of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, the Democratic Federal Communications Commission’s Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein demanded a government inquiry into how the electronic Portable People Meter (used to measure radio ratings and which experts believe to be a far more reliable measure than the previous system) collects data. Obama’s FCC indeed ordered an inquiry in the name of “diversity” because under the modern system, hip-hop ratings had declined and conservative talk ratings had increased.
3. May 2009: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs warned critics of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to measure their words carefully, implying they were race-based.
4. May 2009: The Obama-Holder Justice Department dismissed a case against New Black Panther Party members for voter intimidation, even though it had already won the case. Former Justice lawyer J. Christian Adams said that the NAACP lobbied Obama to have the case dismissed and that the case was dismissed based on the Justice Department’s outrageous policy of not prosecuting such cases against blacks when they involve white victims.
5. July 2009: Not having heard all the facts, Obama accused Cambridge, Mass., police of “acting stupidly” in arresting a friend of his, Harvard professor Henry Gates, for disorderly conduct, dangling race as a motive for the arrest.
6. Aug. 2009: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights raised constitutional questions about the Obama administration’s giving preferential treatment to minority students for scholarships and favoring medical schools that have records of sending graduates to areas with inadequate healthcare services.
7. Sept. 2009: A video surfaced of Obama’s “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, saying, “You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child.” It’s “suburbanite white kids” who do it.
8. Sept. 2009: Obama’s FCC “diversity czar,” Mark Lloyd, was seen on video saying, “There are few things, I think, more frightening in the American mind than dark-skinned black men.” He also said, by the way, that the Fairness Doctrine wasn’t enough to restore fairness to broadcasting. In 2005, Lloyd had complained that white Americans owned and controlled 98 percent of all federal broadcast licenses. Lloyd suggested at one point that white media executives should “step down” in favor of minorities.
9. Sept. 2009: Politico reported that in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama “opened with a fiery civil rights talk, ticking off racial disparities, calling for greater enforcement of civil rights laws, and saying that the new White House Office of Urban affairs is working to address inequality.” He also compared Obamacare to the civil rights struggle.
10. Oct. 2009: The Obama-Holder Justice Department overruled a decision by the city of Kinston, N.C., to do away with party affiliation of candidates in local elections, saying that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.
11. Feb. 2010: After Obama had twice insulted Las Vegas and discouraged tourism there, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman strongly criticized him, which led Obama supporters to accuse Goodman of racism.
12. March 2010: The Obama administration filed a brief supporting racial preferences in university admissions.
13. March 2010: Rep. John Lewis alleged that tea party protesters hurled racial slurs, but videos of the alleged incident did not corroborate it, making many believe the charges were fabricated.
14. March 2010: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said tea party opposition to Obamacare was based on hatred for “people of color.” New York Times columnist Frank Rich made similar allegations.
15. April 2010: WorldNetDaily reported that Gerry Hudson, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, said white American workers are “so f—ing rabidly racist” their sentiments can be used to scare blacks into supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
16. April 2010: The Washington Examiner reported that a reporter asked a black protester whether he was “uncomfortable” as part of the tea party.
17. Then there’s the administration’s playing the race card against Arizona’s non-racial-profiling law, Obama’s suggesting al-Qaida is racist, Obama’s saying Israel is suspicious of him because of his middle name — as opposed to his horrendous policies toward it — and the NAACP’s calling the tea party racist and then denying it.
It turns out that others are noticing this above-described phenomenon, as well, as a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that fewer and fewer people believe Obama’s presidency has advanced racial relations — 4 in 10, compared with 6 in 10 when he was inaugurated.
This is a very sad turn of events in this nation.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author, and attorney. His new book, “Crimes Against Liberty,” will come out in August. To find out more about him, visit his website.”
Note: These articles and/or blog posts and videos provide us with some disturbing actions by the DOJ that I believe have contributed to the current racial mess in our country-You Decide:
Morning Bell: Is the Obama DOJ Committed to Race Neutral Law Enforcement?-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-On October 1, 2010:
National Review Joins Call to Investigate Obama’s Justice Department–Posted on Floyd Reports-By Ben Johnson-On September 28, 2010:
Explosive Testimony Against “Travesty of Justice” Department-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Ben Johnson-On September 24, 2010:
Chris Coates Testifies About Black Panthers & DOJ Ignoring Voter Intimidation–Posted on PJTV-On September 24, 2010:
UNEQUAL JUSTICE: Post-Hearing Analysis on the State of President Obama’s Department of Justice–Posted on PJTV-On September 24, 2010:
New Proof of Perjury, Obstruction in Black Panther Case?-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Ben Johnson-On September 23, 2010:
Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Documents Detailing White House Involvement in Black Panther Case Dismissal–Posted on Judicial Watch-On September 22, 2010:
Proof: New Records Show DOJ Lied About New Black Panther Dismissal–Posted on Pajamas Media-By J. Christian Adams-On September 20, 2010:
DOJ’s Internal Watchdog Announces Investigation Into Civil Rights Enforcement–Posted on FoxNews.com-By Mike Levine-On September 13, 2010:
More evidence of Justice racism–Posted on WND.com-By Brian Fitzpatrick-On July 17, 2010:
BREAKING: A Third Former DOJ Official Steps Forward to Support J. Christian Adams (Updated)–Posted on Pajamas Media-On July 6, 2010:
Video: The nice young man Eric Holder let off the hook–Posted on HotAir.com-By ED MORRISSEY-On July 6, 2010:
Former Justice Department Lawyer Accuses Holder of Dropping New Black Panther Case for Racial Reasons–Posted on FoxNews.com-On June 30, 2010:
A Nation of Cowards?–Posted on American Thinker-By Matthew May-On February 20, 2009:
Note: These articles and/or blog posts and videos relate to and/or support the above articles and/or blog posts-You Decide:
Blacks File Class Action Racial Discrimination Suit Against Obama & Democrats!–Posted on The Frederick Douglas Foundation-On September 11, 2011:
‘Hate crime’ charges filed over heinous attack: ‘But author says case remains under radar because victim white’–Posted on WND.com-On September 24, 2010:
Al Sharpton’s Race To Defend the Indefensible–Posted on PJTV-On September 23, 2010:
Obama battles bigoted bugs: ‘Liberals look to social engineering to solve infestation’–Posted on The Washington Times-On September 22, 2010:
Sharpton challenged to prove tea partiers actually racist: ‘I want you to defend how proponents of limited government can be compared to KKK’–Posted on WBD.com-By Bob Unruh-On September 21, 2010:
Back Against the Wall, President Plays Race Card; Returns to Black America for Support President “Has a Lot of Nerve,” Says Project 21’s Kevin Martin–Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On September 20, 2010:
Arizona’s unheralded anti-quota initiative highlights Obama’s inconsistent stance on profiling and preferential policies–Posted on The Daily Caller-By Kevin Mooney , The Daily Caller-On September 16, 2010:
Black Conservatives See No Controversy at Tea Party Rally–Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On September 13, 2010:
In Search Of: People Of Color–Posted on Patriotic Resistance-By Asst Natl Dir Mellie-On September 13, 2010:
Anti-Tea Party Site Demonstrates NAACP’s Continued Decline-Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On September 9, 2010:
Black Conservative Leader Challenges Sharpton, Morial and Fauntroy to Tea Party Debate-Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On September 7, 2010:
NAACP launches coalition watchdog site to ‘monitor’ Tea Party ‘racists’–Posted on The Daily Caller-By Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller-On September 2, 2010:
The Oath Keeper — Villain or Valiant?–Posted on American Thinker-By Jon Watts-On August 29, 2010:
ARCHIVE VIDEO: Milton Friedman Argues that the Minimum Wage is Ultimately Racist-Posted on Vision to America-By Gary Belcher-On August 31, 2010:
Beat Whitey Night – Attacks mar Iowa State Fair–Posted on Vision to America-On August 27, 2010:
Hurricane Katrina and the Race Card: Five Years Later–Posted on Town Hall-By Michelle Malkin-On August 25, 2010:
The Democrats’ new/old southern strategy–Posted on The Daily Caller-By Scott Wheeler and Buckley Carlson-On August 9, 2010:
Jack Conway Supporter Racism and Rand Paul Smears At Fancy Farm–Posted on YouTube.com-By CapitalistBanner-On August 07, 2010:
Left Admits: Racism Charges Against Tea Parties a Tactic, Not a Truth-Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On July 29, 2010:
1-man, 6-vote racial plan used to choose board’s 1st minority: “Federal judge ordered system changed when majority continued to dominate”–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On August 8, 2010:
Is Obama fomenting a race war? “Fanning the flames of racial tension in Arizona is deliberate”–Posted on The Washington Times-By Jeffrey T. Kuhner-On April 30, 2010:
Michelle Obama Declares Racism Reason for Fat Black Kids–Posted on ExposeObama.com-By Kevin Jackson-On July 15, 2010:
Video: Barack Obama and the New Black Panther Party–Posted on ExposeObama.com-On July 13, 2010:
Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright-Posted on The Daily Caller-By Jonathan Strong, The Daily Caller-On July 20, 2010:
Black Conservatives Condemn “Twisted Logic,” “Racial Garbage” of Statements by Charles Sherrod, Husband of Fired U.S. Department of Agriculture Employee Shirley Sherrod–Posted on The National Center for Public Policy Research-On July 28, 2010:
The real reason liberals accuse Tea Partiers of racism–Posted on PajamasMedia.com-By Roger L. Simon-On April 29, 2010:
Black Conservatives Say Black Liberals Are Using Race to Discredit the Tea Party Movement–Posted on CNSNews.com-By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer-On August 05, 2010:
Project 21’s Mychal Massie – Fear of the Tea Parties a Good Thing–Posted on YouTube.com-By SunnyDayAmerica-On August 05, 2010:
Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie: “We’re Americans”–Posted on YouTube.com-By SunnyDayAmerica-On August 05, 2010:
Project 21’s Bob Parks at Black Conservative Press Conference 8/4/10–Posted on YouTube.com-By SunnyDayAmerica-On August 04, 2010:
Black Conservatives Rebut Tea Party Racism Claims–Posted on YouTube.com-By SunnyDayAmerica-On August 05, 2010:
Reporters vs. Conservative Black Leaders at Press Conference 8 4 2010-Posted on YouTube.com-By HumanEvents-On August 05, 2010:
Revealed: The maps that show the racial breakdown of America’s biggest cities–Posted on Mail Online-By DAVID GARDNER-Updated on 25th September 2010:
Note: The above articles and/or blogs and videos relate to and/or further support my following blogs-You Decide:
Washington Times Calls for Obama’s Impeachment!
Is it time to call for Obama’s resignation!
President and DOJ have contributed to the racial mess in our country!
Obama is fomenting a race war?
Obama the Polarizer!
Should Shirley Sherrod’s hiring by USDA be investigated?
‘Game Change’: New Book Reveals 2008 Campaigns’ Messy Moments-To Include Racism!
Nearly 80 percent don’t trust the government!
Where Is America Today?
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