Obama admits he really was a black man before 2008 election

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So now, thanks to former President Jimmy Carter, there is renewed and heightened debate surrounding the “race issue” that has been bubbling beneath the surface ever since the much-publicized August town hall shout-a-thons where no small number of protesters made it quite clear that Obama’s race bothered them way more than health care reform. Other protesters were more ‘subtle’, if that’s the appropriate word, but it was still easily clear to most black folks watching the charade that this was all about skin with a lot of these folks.

So what’s new about that?

Some white folks hate Obama  because he’s a black man and he’s President of the United States and they don’t mind telling the world how they feel. We saw them foaming at the mouth long before Election Day. The fact that they are still foaming at the mouth should not be a surprise.  The fact that they are foaming at the mouth and carrying loaded weapons to anti-Obama rallies is another issue entirely, but I already addressed that earlier. In short, those crazies need to be weeded out, spayed and neutered, then shut down. Period.

But moving right along, the fact that racism is a factor in the anti-Obama crowd – and will always be a factor – is something that’s rather obvious. But as Obama pointed out when he appeared on the David Letterman show Monday night, it was also a healthy majority of white folks who practically shoved Obama into the White House in the first place.  This was not even a close election, and black folks are far, far away from being the majority in this country. Every black man, woman, child and convict could have voted for Obama and he never would have made it past the primary without white support.

So there’s that.

But then there’s also this.  Some black progressives are criticizing Obama for not openly embracing the racial debate and admitting that all these white folks out there hate him and how horrible it is. They want him to greet Jimmy Carter’s analysis with a loud ‘amen!’.

Except that there’s no way in hell Obama could possibly do that. Not to say that Jimmy Carter is wrong, because I think he’s mostly right. Yes, there are certainly those who disagree strongly with Obama’s health care proposal on its merits – or what they perceive as the lack thereof -and that needs to be acknowledged. It is certainly wrong to label any health care critic a racist simply because the health care messenger is black. But to ignore the race factor that has reared its head so high in this debate is willful blindness at its best.

That being said, Obama has to leave the task of calling out racism to others like Jimmy Carter.  Unless, of course, it’s a situation that is unavoidably horrific. Nasty signs waved by pinheads on parade don’t qualify in that regard.

Look, the minute Obama even emits a sneeze that sounds like racism? The Good Ship Obama becomes the Titanic just that quick. Even if  this country is just a spark away from racial confrontation – and I pray that’s not the case – Obama cannot be that spark.

The President’s job is to put out that fire, not to light it.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blog @ The “D” Spot Redeux

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~ by Keith A. Owens on September 23, 2009.

One Response to “Obama admits he really was a black man before 2008 election”

  1. Happy WW!

    America is blessed to have a family with young ‘uns in the White House. I invite your blog readers to enjoy the faces of Malia and Sasha Obama.

    peace, Villager

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