If Being Post-Racial is Your Goal, Stop Invoking Race

Much like the hypocrisy inherent in advocating affirmative action in the name of racial equality, the hypocrisy seen during this presidential election cycle has boggled the mind. Here we are, simultaneously staring down America’s past and future as we prepare for the very real possibility that the 44th president of the United States will be a black man, and yet all we seem to hear is how unequivocal things seem to be.

Barack Obama has repeatedly engaged in preemptive race-invoking strikes against potential racism, talking famously about how rival John McCain will eventually say that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents” on our currency, yet McCain has never said anything of the sort. Obama routinely fills his stump speeches with fodder playing to his diverse background and skin color, yet McCain has never once done the same.

Now, dime-store “journalists” like Fatimah Ali of the Philadelphia Daily News continue to stoke the flames of the perceived racial underbelly to the presidential contest, first by all but promising a “race war” in the United States should Obama lose on the fourth of November, then by feigning indignation when thousands insisted that their only prejudice against her was due to her complete lack of intelligence and common sense.

What Ms. Ali doesn’t seem to understand is that the vast majority of Americans who oppose the very thought of a Barack Obama administration do not do so because of his skin color–inevitably, there are some neanderthals who do–but rather because of his socialist policies, his Carteresque penchant for unfettered spineless appeasement, and an inherent distrust of the artfully concealed nature of his shadowy past.

Fatimah Ali is part of the greatest problem currently facing the United States of America, a problem which underlies the threats faced from radical Islam, from poverty, from an exponentially widening cultural divide. Fatimah Ali, see, is the posterchild for blame-shifting, the same lazy, egotistical perspective which has given us the mortgage crisis, bloodied the streets of Philadelphia and elsewhere, fattened our increasingly complacent youth, saddled our teachers with the empty obligations of No Child Left Behind, incarcerated our Border Patrol officers, left us increasingly susceptible to radical Islam, and engorged our federal government to the point at which it is involved in the regulation of baseball, toilet-flushing, and the amount of salt in tomato ketchup.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the fourth of November will bring some degree of civil insurrection to certain pockets of America regardless of whether Barack Obama wins or loses–Chicago and Los Angeles, remember, rioted when their NBA teams won championships–and, likewise, I can say without wavering that the very attitude fostered by the intolerance preached by Fatimah Ali and others will be at the heart of it all.

Share

Comments

  1. JHamm says:

    Jeff,

    I sent this to the Ms. Ali today. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Ms. Ali,

    I certainly respect your point of view when it comes to the state of race in America. I agree with you that we as a country have a long way to go before reaching the state that Dr. King so hoped for 45 years ago. However, I do resent your notion that it stems only from the white community. The fact is an overwhelming portion of the racial divide in this country falls squarely on the shoulders of the black community. Before I explain my perspective let me tell you about my background. I grew up in inner city Baltimore, MD and attended public schools where I was always the minority as a caucasian male. Most of my friends were black, I listened to rap music much to the chagrin of my parents, and frequently debated with my father about the state of race relations. My perspective growing up on race relations was mostly positive because I had great black teachers as well as friends. In spite of my experience as a youth I was soon greeted by the real world where an overwhelming portion of the black community secretly feels animosity, bitterness, and racism towards white America. 

    Over 12 years removed from my youthful naiveté I find myself in a world where many black people are enthusiastically supporting a charismatic but severely under qualified black man for the highest office in America simply because he is of the same skin tone as them. Worse yet, white folks from Iowa to Missouri are following suit, in most cases because they feel they owe it to the black community in order to extinguish the ‘white guilt’ they feel regarding racial intolerance and slavery which occurred decades ago. I myself, as you may have already determined, am an ardent McCain supporter and have been since 2000. The especially disappointing truth that this election has brought forward to so many is that black people value their relationships with their white counterparts only as far as they coincide with what they perceive to be in their communities interests. They do not wish to be a a part of the American community as Dr. King once dreamed, they wish to have a separate community where their interests are served rather than the American communities. This can be clearly recognized through the ‘Black Liberation Theology’ followed by Senator Obama for over 20 years. I’ve experienced this myself in the reactions many black associates render at the sight of a McCain bumper sticker on my automobile. Sadly, once cordial and pleasant conversation has been replaced with dirty looks and silence. Unfortunately, this is the America we find ourselves living in thanks to a public so eager to nominate the first black presidential nominee that they were blinded by the fact that he does not have the experience nor record to do so. An America so desperate to make reparations for past injustice to the black community that we are willing to modify the requirements of an office as crucial as president of the United States of America.

    As you so controversially pointed out in your previous article, I too fear a ‘racial war’ if McCain wins the presidential election. However, I will not let that prevent me from enthusiastically campaigning for Senator McCain in hopes that logic will prevail over racial preference and ‘white guilt’ this November. Furthermore, I find the comments emailed to you to in reaction to your previous article to represent the lowest common denominator of the white community. While I condemn them I also hold you partially responsible for our countries current state due to your emphasizing the worst possible reflection of our perspectives on your article. Your actions only add fuel to the already raging flames of racial animosity people like me feel unjustly on a daily basis from the black community. I hope you’ll consider my perspective and perhaps even share it with your readers in a future article so the white community can cease to be demonized as racist simply because we want what is best for the ENTIRE community of the United States of America rather than just the black community.

    Respectfully,

    Jeff Hamm 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Since when does your skin color make you Black? Obama is trying to fool the people that he is Black when in truth he does not legally qualify as Black. The legal qualification for Black is that you have to be one-eighth Black. Obama is only one-sixteenth Black which makes him a White Arab. He is half White and seven-sixteenth Arab. A White Arab who was not born Black, never lived as a Black, was raised in a White home, and pretended he was Black.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looking back I find that the real cause of most of the problems in the World and the US were caused by the failures of the Carter and Clinton years. Carter is the cause of all the radical Muslims and Clinton caused the crisis that is now happening in the financial sector.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Now it has come out that Obama’s great-grandmother was in fact his ‘step’-great-grandmother so Obama is half White and half Arab. Not a drop of Black blood.

Speak Your Mind

*