My Christian and blog brother Neil wrote a post about the topic of RACE in the debate on Health Care and other policy issues regarding the Barack Administration, you can fid it here:
The following is an excerpt:
I am so tired of the race card being played every time someone disagrees with President Obama. From now on I’ll just treat it as the pathetic concession speech that it is — i.e, “I have no arguments against your position, so I’ll call you a racist. I win!”
It isn’t the color of his skin, it is the thickness, along with his awful ideas.
Do you seriously think we’d be opposing a 100% black person who was pro-life, anti-socialism, etc.? I wouldn’t care if the whole administration was non-white as long as they weren’t pro-abortion, pro-government takeover of one thing after another (health care, automotive, banking, etc.), and more.
Now I fully believe Neil is being sincere in his posting. I can understand his frustration.The following is my Response.
You know Neil, I was going to ask you to do a joint article with me (a conversation of sorts) that we could post on both of our blogs to address this very issue. As a Black man, who is pretty conservative and a Christian, but having some Liberal views regarding governments role in the welfare of society (but who does not identify with the RIGHT or the LEFT because of a few sociological reasons) let me explain to you what the problem is.
I don’t think You or many of the people opposing President Barack Obama are racists personally, nor do I think Conservatives in general are any more or less “racist” than Liberals. However, I do think that there is an inherent collective sociological mentality of White privilege and superiority and by mutual implication Black resentment and inferiority that is part of the fabric of this Nation and to a greater extent the world.
This affects Black and White people and everything in between. As for our nation it is there simply because of how this nation was built, it is the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, Eugenics and other pseudo-science, Lynchings, public campaigns about the inherent distrustful nature of Blacks, fear campaigns about how Black men wanted to rape White women, the KKK, the Civil Rights movement, Affirmative Action, etc., etc.
Sure, things have gotten better than they were for my Father, my grandfather and especially my Great grandfather, but they are not as good as they could or need to be, simple as that.
White people in many cases see any mention of race as some sort of cop out or excuse making for a persons lack of talent or motivation, Black people see this response as proof of some White people’s insensitivity to actualities that Black people face often in our society. The truth I believe, is somewhere in between.
Because of the predicates regarding race that have been established in this country, there is a sociological reality we have because the president IS a Black Man. Mental imagery is there for WHITE and BLACK people (and everyone in between), some of that is hard coded. I myself often have to take a breath and clear my head before responding to something a White person, especially someone of the RIGHT has to say regarding this Black man who is now President of the United States (simply because the RIGHT has done very little to distance itself from militias, confederate flags or other imagery that invokes certain memories and ideas regarding the grand ole days when “black folks knew their place”).
For example, there are a few POLICY issues that I have a problem with that Barack has. But when the RIGHT started going there with the lunacy it currently is forwarding, acting like Barack Obama is the equivalent to Joseph Stalin, and all the other hyperbole, attacking The First Lady and in some cases the first daughters, I am inherently going to still disagree with his policies BUT not going to sit idly by while people attack this Black Man on a personal level.
Sure, some people called George Bush a Monkey, I believed that was wrong, but the SOCIOLOGICAL REALITY in the UNITED STATES is that if you call a Black Man a monkey, the imagery that is called up is a WHOLE 'NOTHER STORY. Whose fault is it that this is the reality? Eugenics for claiming that Blacks were the missing link between man and chimp? White people who perpetuated this type of foolishness for the past 450 years? Or Black people for being too “sensitive” or for buying into all that for the last 450 years and internalizing the whole thing too much? In all due actuality, IT DOESN’T MATTER whose fault it is, however we have to acknowledge that it is the REALITY we deal with.
The thing is Three fold:
1. Black folk need to be a little less sensitive to the sociological reality of race in America.
2. White folk need to be a little more sensitive to the sociological reality of race in America.
3. All Americans need to really start see each other as AMERICAN regardless of their ethnicity, religion and especially POLITICAL PERSUASION.
Remember when someone criticized GW, one was not "Patriotic” or “UN-American”? Same type of problem. I will add this, the Right often calls out the racism in the Left, I have seen this, but since the “RIGHT” has a sizable “Christian” demographic, I would suggest they deal with the plank they got going before pointing out the plank in the other side.
Basically, realisticly and forwardly deal with the race issues in your party, in a serious manner, and it would go along way. For example, I was a member of the Republican Party up until about three years ago. I joined the Republican party because a lot of their platform resonated with me. Further, When I was in the Marine Corps I had the privilege of meeting General Colin Powell. When I found out HE was a Republican, that sealed the deal. I still admire JC Watts, Condi Rice, John McCain, Jim Edgar, Richard Lugar, etc, heck, I actually used to like Michael Steele.
Even though I was not a big fan of Newt Gingrich, I understood and supported the need for Welfare reform, I am sure we shared “some” reasons, but overall I knew that Welfare reform was ONE of the things that needed to be changed for the Black Community to prosper, unfortunately the other things didn’t change much. Being in Cook County, if I ever ran for office I would have to run as a Republican on general principle as I am so frustrated with the corruption and racism of the Democratic party in Illinois.
When I say racism, I mean in how the African American community is dealt with there by a party they have loyalty to and get very little from, so I can't be a Democrat on GENERAL PRINCIPLE.
On GENERAL PRINCIPLE I also had to leave the Republican party and become an independent because of what I saw as an implicit head nod to parts of the country that didn’t seem to be to “Black folk” friendly. But what most irritated back in 2005 when the Republican run congress was comptemplating another “welfare reform” as I saw this fiscal mess fueled by corporate greed and individual irresponsibility forming, THAT WAS ALL I COULD TAKE. In any case Neil, I hope this sheds some light. Looking forward to the discussion.