Skip to comments.It's Time for President Obama to Live Up To His Race-Uniting Promise
Posted on 07/16/2013 3:42:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
On the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict, when this nation deeply needs a tense situation defused and soothing, reassuring words of racial unity, the President and attorney general give us just the opposite.
We desperately need to strive for racial harmony and unity, but our task is exceedingly more difficult when President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder repeatedly invoke race and stir racial tensions.
Trayvon Martin's death was terribly tragic, but Obama's and Holder's racially charged statements (and sometimes actions) are damaging. Even if Obama hadn't promised to be a uniter, he'd have a duty, as do all political leaders, not to stir tension between blacks and whites.
When Obama became a serious presidential contender, I was concerned about his apparent attitude toward race. There were the candid admissions in his books, his long attendance at a race-oriented church and certain statements he had made that indicated racial bitterness as part of his makeup.
All of this was completely at odds with the public image Obama carefully sought to project and with the promise that he would inaugurate a new era of post-racial politics.
The mere suggestion that Obama had racial hang-ups brought condemnation from those who a) love to characterize conservatives as racist, b) believe that, by definition, blacks can't be racist toward whites, c) glow in feelings of self-congratulation when they point the accusatory finger of racism at others, and d) were idealistically invested in the idea that racism would be extinguished upon the election of the first African-American president.
I hoped I was wrong about Obama, but in office, he has steadily removed any doubt. He began employing identity politics from the get-go and encouraging supporters to brand opposition to his policies as racist.
Holder said Americans are cowards on the race issue. Obama let stand the suggestion that many of his opponents have a "subterranean agenda" concerning race. He appealed to blacks and Hispanics in explicitly racial terms, telling them they had to elect Democrats.
In its report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the administration chastised America as racially discriminatory. It expressly condemned Arizona's immigration law as racist.
The entire liberal establishment has smeared supporters of voter ID laws as racists. Holder attempted to deflect attention from his own wrongdoing over Operation Fast and Furious by saying that his accusers were pursuing him as a way of getting at President Obama because they are both African-Americans.
There is no excuse for the President of the United States and his attorney general to contribute to racial tensions in America, but that is exactly what they have done, whether intentionally (for political gain) or because they just can't help themselves.
When a reporter asked Obama about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates, an African-American friend of Obama's, Obama said the Cambridge policemen who arrested Gates had acted "stupidly," despite admitting he wasn't aware of all the facts.
Concerning Martin, even the Washington Post reported that Obama decided to "assertively insert himself into" the "controversy" when he said: "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. ... If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
I ask you: Was that a proper statement from a President of all the American people, let alone one professedly committed to uniting the races? How can the chief executive of the United States possibly justify such a racially charged comment, which could have poisoned the jury pool, especially when, as was the case with the Gates incident, he couldn't have known all the facts?
In the wake of the jury's acquittal of Zimmerman, Obama weighed in again, this time exploiting the entire event, just as he had the Sandy Hook shootings, to promote gun control. "That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin," he said, unmistakably signaling that he is still heavily invested in the case as a matter of race.
Then there was the additionally disturbing revelation by the Daily Caller -- and other outlets -- that the Community Relations Service, a division of the Justice Department, "was deployed to Sanford, Florida (in 2012) to provide security for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton."
So now we have not just our political leaders making overtly divisive statements on race but the administration spending taxpayer money for the purpose of agitation. Just when you think things can't get much worse.
If there is any authenticity in Obama's claims to seek racial harmony in America, now is the time for him to make a 180-degree turn and use his bully pulpit to promote racial harmony. I am under no illusions that he will do so, but I can nevertheless pray that he will.
“which told jurors that Zimmerman was allowed to use deadly force when he shot the teen not only if he actually faced death or bodily harm, but also if he merely thought he did.”
I wonder if their suspicion is that the possible fall-out of all this means open season on all the “gangsta’s” out there who daily parade themselves in varying degrees of intimidation. Rather than take a good hard look at what is happening to the hard-wiring of today’s youth with the affects of rap or hard-core metal and ultra-violent movies and video games, the attention on guns and stand-your-ground laws puts the focus on those who try to go about their daily lives not encountering/not offending the over-hyped, judgmentally-challenged youth of today who, for the sin of walking in ‘my ‘hood’ or daring to “disrespect” by making eye-contact, will assail you with a threatening glare or vile words...or worse.
I heard some on MSNBC say that because of this everyone’s son going to the store to get Skittles wearing a hoodie is at risk of being gunned down, and that EVERY parent in the USA should be worried about thos precident.
Kids dont were hoodies where I live, not even the black kids. Why dont THEY just call for banning their sale ? Problem solved.
He’s the number one racist and the ends justify the means.
Pray for America to Wake Up
“I heard some on MSNBC say that because of this everyones son going to the store to get Skittles wearing a hoodie is at risk of being gunned down, and that EVERY parent in the USA should be worried about this precedent.”
Not everyone’s son who is wearing a hoodie and going to the store to fetch some Skittles and Watermelon drink are under the influence of/habitual users of “Purple Drank”.
That being said, I do talk to my 15 year old [bi-racial] son about his public persona, the attitude he projects and how he wishes to be perceived.
By his actions since he was first elected, he may as well give up on that promise.
I think the mainstream culture in America is way over the “race issue”.
It’s the urban sub-culture and their “leadership” that are holding onto it and fomenting it.
Indeed - my first thought on reading the title was “GIVE up” on it. He never even intended to be racially uniting.
But - never expect leftists to admit to their real beliefs and agenda.
Heh, I read it the same. Didn’t have my computer glasses on.
bray, he’s half white and half black and can’t even unite himself. He’s less than half a man no matter what he does.
And another thing...FTA: Trayvon Martin's death was terribly tragic. No it wasn't. As the evidence that was suppressed at trial shows, George Zimmerman did Florida a huge public service that night by permanently removing one major-league thug from society. Martin was well on his way to a life of savage crime.
That's how it is with pathological liars. They tell the truth just often enough to throw everybody off. I know, I'm related to one and I've known how this works all my life.
I drove through a part of town recently that has ALWAYS been known as black town. Not a black person anywhere. Mexican grocery stores and Mexican women pushing baby strollers down the street with 3 or 4 more kids following.
“We the People” elected Obama. Twice.
We NEED to get along with these folks, right?
” Many truly believe Trayvon was murdered and always will. “
NYT: “ White Liberals Hardest Hit! “
“I drove through a part of town recently that has ALWAYS been known as black town. Not a black person anywhere. Mexican grocery stores and Mexican women pushing baby strollers down the street with 3 or 4 more kids following.”
The same thing is gradually happening in Newark NJ; they elected Cory Booker by putting together a coalition of various Hispanics, whites, and “others” (overthrowing the black machine candidate, Sharpe James).
Saw 2 interviews with black women demonstrating in Newark; they were from Irvington & East Orange. They don’t have the numbers for a good old-fashioned riot, and they have a black mayor in Newark who is conspicuously quiet because he is trying to attract businesses and taxpayers to Newark (and these demonstrations aren’t helping).
Rule #1 in Journalism 101—Verify anything you read by as many sources are practical.Rule #2 If your editor is a “progressive” and supports the Race Baiters like Eric Holder, the Black Panthers,Muslim Brotherhood,SPLC ,Democratic Party, Communist Party et all. Then it is safer to write what you think they want to read than anything the facts suggest.Rule #3 in todays Media anybody with a name like Castro can’t be bad.( Or Tray van ,Or Jesse Jackson,Juan Williams, Eric Holder,Barack Hussein ......)