Wednesday, January 31, 2007

White people are bad

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs is confused. He is concerned with what was written about Barak Obama in a past biography:

After graduating from college, Obama eventually went to Chicago to interview for a job as a community organizer. His racial attitudes came into play as he sized up the man who would become his boss. “There was something about him that made me wary,” Obama wrote. “A little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.”

Harris-Lacewell said such expressions of distrust toward whites will not hurt Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries, which are dominated by liberal voters.

“To win the Democratic nomination, he’s got to get a part of the progressive, anti-war, white folks,” she said. “And those white folks tend to be suspicious of any black person who wouldn’t be suspicious of white people.”

Charles tosses in a "Wow." after this paragraph. He shouldn't - this kind of a worldview is exactly what I have been taught over two years of graduate school.

Barak Obama has a problem. Ok - a number of problems. His first is that he has absolutely no governance experience whatsoever. His second is that he has some decidedly average liberal values that he plasters all over his autobiography and other books. His only hope to garner the votes of liberal elites that believe race still can and should transcend our modern experience is to hold these kind of racist views.

When I saw Obama on TV giving a speech at the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall, I heard him tell a story about what he told his daughters MLK Jr. should mean to them.

"I told them that because of Martin Luther King, they have unbounded potential in this country."

I'm not sure of the exact quote, but "unbounded potential" was a specific phrase he used.

This is not a liberal value.

The individual that wrote the biography above would claim, as do many liberal elites and many of my colleagues in my graduate program, that black people in America do not have and will never have equal opportunity because of their skin color. Racism and oppression are not and never will be gone, and only by acknowledging our fundamental subconscious bias and correcting for it will we correct past wrongs. Barak Obama will have to soon choose one of the racial mentalities - and the one he mentioned at the MLK monument dedication won't be the one that gets liberals to vote for him in 2008.

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