First, as a white guy, or “cracker” as reader Obama Man puts it, I do not know what it is like to Black in America. I do know how it is to be Southern, white and accused of being a racist when there is not a racist bone in my body. It is illogical and inefficient to be prejudiced in the business, political or sports world on anything but performance. It is illogical and downright stupid to be prejudiced on anything in one’s personal life other than upon who shows you respect and concern and who does not.
That is why VUI rejected racist tendencies in the GOP and took on some issues that others rather not discuss. This time, it is time for VUI to call enough on racism and President Obama.
For years now, those who argue against the idea of reverse discrimination have told us that such is impossible because someone with power, i.e, white people, cannot be a victim of racism. Carrying that line of logic to its logical outcome, there is no way the most powerful man on the planet can be a victim.
Does racism exist? Of course it does. But, the President of the United States cannot be a victim. The President and his White House staff have correctly stayed away from such. However, some of their biggest supporters, such as former President Jimmy Carter and others, have not. Why they choose to see the nation’s first African American President as the first President to be weak enough to be a victim is something for them to search their own hearts about. I respect Barack Obama too much to give him any slack over his skin color. Obama went for the big job and he got it. And, frankly, Jimmy Carter is a very old man. Old people get confused.
Of course, some politicians are not confused and are just looking for a political hit with the Wilson outburst. Take these remarks as reported by the AP from Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia:
On the Democratic side, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., accused Wilson of instigating racist sentiment against the president and sending the signal that "you don't have to bury it now. You can bring it out."
"I guess we'll probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside intimidating people," Johnson, who is black, told reporters. "That's the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked. Congressman Wilson represents it. He's the face of it."
Johnson’s remarks are incredible. He should be rebuked by the House. But, that will not happen. Accusing a Southern Congressman who had an unfortunate outburst of being the face of the Klan is okay today. Further, such remarks actually could stoke a racial divide that does not exist. Such might be good for the Congressman’s re-election fund raising, but it is not good for the nation.
Also, what Carter and Johnson seem to be ignorant of is the natural rough and tumble of Presidential politics.
All of the President’s predecessors were white, and they faced much harsher criticism than a Congressman yelling out “you lie” or some cartoons. Abraham Lincoln was portrayed in the New York papers as a baboon. They also accused Mrs. Lincoln of being a spy for the Confederacy. (Can you imagine how it would be handled if major papers accused Mrs. Obama of spying for terrorists?)
The first President Bush was a true war hero, yet, cartoonists often showed him with a purse, emphasizing that they thought he was a wimp. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi called the second President Bush stupid. The list goes on from Washington to Obama. Jimmy Carter ought to remember being ridiculed for being attacked by a rabbit when he was fishing. The following cartoon compares George W. Bush as an ape.
When someone takes on the job of President of the United States, that person becomes the most recognized person in the United States, if not the world. As such, there are those who will hate the President because of his choice of dog. There are others who will love the President because they fantasize about sleeping with him. Just because President Obama is African American does not insulate him from the good and bad things about the office. It is an insult to the President and all he has accomplished as a person to suggest otherwise. Those supporters of the President suggesting that criticism of him is based on racism should check themselves and how they really see the President and the world.