Mr. President, Race Relations Suck, and You're Not Helping
by Bob Parks (bio)
It was all supposed to be so different for race issues in America after Barack Obama became president.
Then again — given the players who are still involved in the game — it's no wonder things aren't any better.
Despite a rocky primary process in 2008 where things did get a little controversial between Obama and chief rival Hillary Clinton, America did elect its first black president.
Even before his official nomination, much less his inauguration, Obama proceeded to lecture us all about the ills of racism in this country and how to overcome them.
After he was elected, new Attorney General Eric Holder gave a well-publicized speech to the lawyers under his command in which he called America a "nation of cowards" for not dealing with racism in a manner that he deemed appropriate.
Obama's Justice Department later went on to dismiss a case of clear voter intimidation of whites during the voting on Election Day 2008 by some New Black Panther Party members.
Following up on that, President Obama interjected himself in a purely local controversy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He publicly stated that the police in Cambridge acted "stupidly" in their interaction with a black Harvard University professor who could have conducted himself in a more cooperative manner when the police responded to a call at his home.
Overall, liberal supporters of President Obama and members of the punditry also regularly make it known that virtually any opposition to the President's policies is not a difference of ideological opinion and approach but rather blatant and abhorrent racism.
President Obama has not addressed these extremist charges made on his behalf. Perhaps he could say his supporters have acted "stupidly" over the course of both his terms. But he hasn't.
During his time in the White House, President Obama met with Al Sharpton on numerous occasions and has revisited hardly-inclusive controversial positions on voting rights and affirmative action.
President Obama interjected himself into the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman controversy on several occasions as well.
Instead of being a president for all Americans during that trying time, President Obama appeared to have chosen a side. While calling for "justice" for one, he has remained silent while the "Justice for Trayvon" side is using that slogan like a war cry. Innocent citizens have fallen victim to those who have now been given a silent endorsement to commit acts of violence as a way of whitey-payback.
Race relations in this country appear worse now than they've been in quite some time. It's because those who made it their job to find and address racism are now on the top shelf of government power.
How many people from other countries will be victims of allegedly random violence? How many old men who fought for America in past wars will be beaten to death by black thugs while Obama, Holder and the race industry "frown upon" crime (as Jesse Jackson did over the random shooting death of Australian Chris Lane)? They'd be marching in the streets about that murder, had the races been reversed.
Race relations in this country suck today because those in power, despite their rising to the top bracket, believe racism is still holding blacks down. They'll do anything to bring their version of social justice to America, by any means necessary.
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Bob Parks is a member of the national advisory council for the Project 21 black leadership network and operates the Black and Right web site (http://www.black-and-right.com). Comments may be sent to [email protected].
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