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July 31, 2010

Sorry, Charlie -- Obama Can't Fix The Racial Climate He And His Supporters Have Created

Over at the NY Times, Charles Blow is now calling on Barack Obama to play the role of racial healer in these racially divisive times.

Americans are engaged in a war over a word: racism.

Mature commentary on the subject has descended into tribal tirades, hypersensitive defenses and rapid-fire finger-pointing. The very definition of the word seems under assault, being bent and twisted back on itself and stretched and pulled beyond recognition.

Many on the left have taken an absolutist stance, that the anti-Obama sentiment reeks of racism and denial only served to confirm guilt. Many on the right feel as though they have been convicted without proof — that tossing “racism” their way is itself racist.

The “racists crying racism” meme is being pushed hard, on multiple fronts, all centered around the president.

Of course, from that point on, every negative example is someone on the right -- as it always is when Charles Blow writes. But not to worry -- there is a savior on the horizon!

Whether the president likes it or not, he’s the nexus of this debate. I, for one, think that he should stand up and redirect it from the negative to the noble. There will be some grumbling to be sure, but there already is.

It’s your choice, Mr. President. I say stand up — for America, for common humanity, for civil discourse. To paraphrase the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

Here's the reality -- virtually every American welcomed the accession of an African-American to the presidency, even those of us who opposed his platform, voted against him, and dedicated ourselves to the task of thwarting the implementation of policies we viewed as bad for America. Yet time and again, criticism of Obama has been labeled as racist, and the sort of rough-and-tumble criticism of the man that was deemed acceptable when applied to George W. Bush (right down to the words "Nazi", "Fascist", "Hitler") was declared prima facie evidence of racism by Obama supporters and the lap-dog media that never really gave the man the sort of scrutiny that a candidate of a lighter hue would have faced. Dissent was no longer patriotic -- it was racist. Add to that Obama's own "typical white person" and "acted stupidly" comments, and it is clear that the genesis of the worst racial climate in the last 40 years is Obama and the Obama-loving Left.

Does that mean that there are not a few mutts out there on the Right who are racists? Hardly -- but that racist fringe is exactly that, a fringe, and has been repeatedly denounced and rejected by everyone from the leaders of the GOP to the Tea Party to conservative media and bloggers like myself. But the reality is that there are easily as many racists on the Left -- from Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan to the New Black Panther Party to the Sherrods -- who are permitted to be a part of the mainstream and are often embraced by liberals as positive examples. Indeed, Blow's regular knee-jerk assertion that opposition to the president is based in racism is part and parcel of the problem.

By the way, want proof that the opposition to Obama from the Right is not racist? Consider the candidates the Tea Party members are backing with their votes and their donations -- Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Raul Labrador, Alan West, Charlotte Bergmann, among others -- and ask how all these minority candidates (who oppose the Obama agenda) can be favorites among grassroots conservatives if their movement is really all about hating the fact that there is a black man in the White House.

Sorry Charlie, but Obama, his surrogates and supporters, and the sycophantic media have created this climate of racial strife -- to expect Obama to somehow magically undo it with a few words is absurd.





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