The virulence of race issues in Obama’s post-racial America

I know more than one liberal who voted for Obama, despite conceding his total unpreparedness for the job, solely because he was black.  These liberals were utterly unconcerned that they were elevating to the Presidency of the most powerful nation on earth, during a time of economic chaos and heightened national security concerns (not to mention two wars), a man whose resume showed no accomplishments whatsoever beyond writing a book, teaching some law classes, and getting elected as a Senator (state and federal).   He was black.  That was all they needed to know.

Given their state of mind, I think these liberals would happily have voted Alvin Greene into the White House if there hadn’t been an Obama.  They were sublimely confident that Obama’s mere presence would heal America’s racial problems once and for all.  And if by “healing America’s racial problems” these self-righteous race zealots meant that this would throw race relationships in America into a state of turmoil unknown since the worst years of the Civil Rights movement, they got what they wanted.

Zombie — with photos, of course — looks at the racial meter in America now that we have our first post-racial president.  ‘Cause this is Zombie, it’s fairly amusing, of course, but it sure isn’t pretty.

Having said all that, there is the possibility that Obama’s election will have one expected benefit:  the term “racist,” which is currently suffering from farcical overuse, will be reduced in emotional intensity, until it has the same value as calling someone a “varmint” or a “marroon.”  In other words, to be called a “racist,” rather than galvanizing people into ferociously self-abasing apologies and acts, won’t rise beyond the silly script of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.

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  1. TommyC says

    Maybe he wrote one or both and maybe he didn’t.  But it says a lot about someone when they have written two books and both of them are autobiographies.

  2. says

    I agree, jj — but the liberals thought he did, and it was one of the pillars in their belief that (a) he would be a genius president and (b) that he would heal racial divides, never mind that the book is permeated with racial hostility.

  3. SADIE says

    I know more than one liberal who voted for Obama, despite conceding his total unpreparedness for the job, solely because he was black.
     
    Isn’t that racism or just liberal stupidity? I wonder if the Left goes to the race track, looks at the horses and bets according to the color of the horse, even when the horse of ‘color’ choice has either never run or always comes in last.

  4. Oldflyer says

    Wish I shared your optimism Book.  I do not have a good feeling about how these racial schism will play out.  I think that the flames will continue to be fanned by those who hope to exploit  passions and divisions, and those flames could very well burn out of control.  Like those notorious SOCAL wildfires.
    There are people in the political arena, and in the media,  who are like toddlers playing with matches; i.e., they don’t have a clue what they are up to.  There are even some who might get a “kick” out of burning the house down.  Wasn’t that the cry in the 60s?  Now many of the that crowd’s kids have the  rhetorical matches.

  5. says

    “Isn’t that racism or just liberal stupidity?”
     
    There’s a difference?
     
    Racism, even back in the good old days, was always based upon an ignorant and misinformed understanding of genetics and race.
     
    They thought they knew what made a person superior or inferior. They didn’t know a damn thing. Same with a Lefty. They don’t know a damn thing.

  6. says

    Having said all that, there is the possibility that Obama’s election will have one expected benefit:  the term “racist,” which is currently suffering from farcical overuse, will be reduced in emotional intensity, until it has the same value as calling someone a “varmint” or a “marroon.”  In other words, to be called a “racist,” rather than galvanizing people into ferociously self-abasing apologies and acts, won’t rise beyond the silly script of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.

    FWIW: Dennis Prager says much the same thing in his piece this week.
     
    But there is one very big difference. The vast majority of non-blacks no longer cower before the charge of racism. You can see it in the anger and ferocity of various tea parties’ responses to the false accusation of the NAACP. Before the election of Barack Obama, an NAACP attack on one’s anti-racist credentials might have been debilitating. No more.

    We’re not there yet, but maybe we’re on the way.

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