Sure, racism plays a role in the opposition facing President Obama, but the problem I have with this—aside from the fact that it’s true—is that it becomes an “out” and a race card for all those in lock-step with the Democrats, Liberals, and President Obama. It feels like an attempt to polarize the country along racial lines. Are “they” trying to shame us into quelling our opposition lest we be labeled a racist? Perhaps.
But let’s face it: Racism is a contributing factor to his being IN the White House in the first place. People like my dad are dyed-in-the-wool Democrats but more than that, my dad wanted to live long enough to vote for and see a Black president. It would not have mattered if it were Fifty Cent or Barack Obama as long as he’s a Democrat. And as I canvassed for Barack in the primary here in Indiana, I encountered many other African Americans who pledged their votes based on race alone. The response of “of course I’m voting for Barack” as given indignantly at times as if to say why would they not vote for the Black candidate. So what about those who voted for him just because he IS African American? Just as reverse discrimination is still discriminitation, reverse racism is still racism.
Since that time, my position has changed and I would not again canvass for the man. And as much as I am my father’s son, I am also an independent thinker. I oppose the liberal agenda that has been revealed since the primaries and do not support Barack Obama. Am I a racist as one person suggested in a recent comment? I don’t think so. That means I do not support him just because I am an African American. It also means I do not oppose him because he is an African American either.
I stated this in an earlier post:
We needed to be able to oppose Bush and his actions regarding Iraq without being labelled “unpatriotic”.
We now need to be able to oppose Obama without being labelled “racist”.
When people oppposed Clinton, what were they? Anti-Arkansan?
Let’s put the labels aside and stop hiding behind them to shame others into agreeing with a point of view. People have opposed every modern president and they always will. Get over it.
You see, having a Black president doesn’t advance race relations—it has become and will increasingly be a polarizing event in race relations in the US. Had he not won, it would have been due to racism. That fact that he won is in part due to the large numbers of Blacks who came out to vote—a form of reverse racism. And there are those who will always resent having a Black in the White House.
Racism exists in this country and where it needs to be fixed is not in Washington, but right here on my street—right here in Indianapolis—across Indiana. It needs to be fixed in the workplace. It needs to be fixed in 49 other states as well. It’s easy to throw stones at Washington and ignore the problem in our backyards.