Why Isn't Anyone Asking Obama To Prove He's Not A Racist?
GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary
By Don Feder
According to conventional wisdom, Mitt Romney’s pilgrimage to the NAACP convention last week wasn’t a futile attempt to win a larger share of the black vote. Obama pulled 95% of the African-American vote in 2008 – doubtless due to the fact that 95% objectively determined that the man who served less than two years in the U.S. Senate and had zero real-world experience was best qualified for the job.
Instead, we are told, Mitt’s obeisance to the race-hustlers was an attempt to convince white suburban voters that he’s not a racist by doing the inclusiveness mambo. Not surprisingly, the hand Romney reached out with was promptly spat on.
NAACP Chairman Ben Jealous observed that by pledging to repeal Obamacare, Romney proved he has a “fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African-Americans” – which needs clearly consist of more government. Helping to destroy the black family and (under Obama) generating a 14.4% black unemployment rate are just a few of the many benefits Washington has lavished on African-Americans.
Why is it that the Republican nominee is always assumed to be a racist (especially if he’s a rich businessman) until proven otherwise? Why isn’t Obama expected to prove that he’s not a race-obsessed ideologue – Al Sharpton with a better haircut?
If Romney has to address the NAACP to show he’s not a racist, why doesn’t Obama have to court the NRA, to prove that he respects the Second Amendment (He doesn’t, by the way) or address the Zionist Organization of America to show he isn’t anti-Israel, or go to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to let entrepreneurs know that he isn’t trying to socialize the economy? None of these groups is any more partisan than the NAACP.
The media reverently describes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as “the nation’s oldest civil rights group,” which is akin to calling the mafia a civic association. Like the Anti-Defamation League, the National Organization for Women and the League of United Latin American Citizens, the NAACP is a leftist lobby masquerading as a civil right group.
Whatever the issue, the NAACP’s position is as predictable as a New York Times’ editorial: the Tea Parties tolerate bigotry and bigoted statements (according to a resolution adopted by its 2010 convention), voter ID laws are a “new poll tax,” the 1992 LA riots were a “people’s rebellion” (said then NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Chavis), racism “informs every aspect of policing” in the United States, and “America reeks of racism” (claimed former NAACP Chair Myrlie Evers-Williams).
While calling on the Tea Parties to renounce alleged racism in their ranks, under Chavis, America’s “oldest civil rights group” formed a “sacred covenant” with the rabidly anti-white and virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam.
The NAACP’s views on race coincide perfectly with those of our 44th president. Barack Obama is the biggest racist to occupy the White House since Woodrow Wilson.
In 2008, when candidate Obama spoke condescendingly of those who, in times of trouble, bitterly cling to guns, Christianity or “antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” he was depicting working-class whites in small-town America as Bible-banging, gun-toting haters.
When the lovely Michelle said that “the realities are that, you know, as a black man, Barack can get shot going to a gas station,” the unstated premise was because whites are such homicidal racists that they’ll shoot a black man on sight. But what would you expect in a country that’s “just downright mean”?
The reality is that the greatest danger to middle-aged black men pumping gas is young black men raised in families without fathers.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was Obama’s mentor, confidant and spiritual and political advisor for almost two decades. But, I kid you not, “Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms,” the future president assured us – with a straight face.
Obama never heard Wright say white racism “runs this country,” or that on 9/11 “White America and the Western world” “got a wake-up call” about “ignoring black concerns.” And he most certainly never heard the Reverend G-D America say, “America is still the No. 1 killer in the world,” “whites and Jews are controlling the flow of information worldwide and oppressing blacks in Israel and America,” and “You are not now, nor have you ever been, nor will you ever be a brother to white folk.”
In an association spanning two decades, Obama swears he never once heard Wright say anything remotely resembling the foregoing. The moon is made of Stilton and pigs have their own air force.
What the reverend obviously didn’t say clearly made an impression on the president. In the past 3 ½ years, the carefully crafted post-racial mask continually slips to reveal the Wright disciple beneath.
In March, when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed black teen Trayvon Martin, Obama made the insightful observation (totally unprompted) that if he had a son “he’d look like Trayvon.” The president was saying that the single most important aspect of the case was that Martin was black and Zimmermann was a “white Hispanic,” leading him to suspect that it was a hate-crime.
“All of us have to do some soul-searching,” Obama intoned. Did we also have to search our souls when 49 people were shot in Chicago one weekend in April (10 fatally) – almost all black, as were the shooters?
Be serious. It’s only crimes that can be ascribed to white racism (for the president, the only kind that exist) which occasion an exploration of the soul. Obama may be obsessed with the way Trayvon looked, but last week the FBI concluded, based on an extensive investigation, that there was no evidence that Zimmerman was a racist.
When 13 soldiers were murdered at Fort Hood, Texas by a holy warrior shouting “Allah is great,” Obama wasn’t about to rush to judgment. “We don’t know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts,” the president warned us.
Here the motivation was clear, but recognizing reality would be (gasp, oh no!) “Islamophobic” – so reality would be ignored, souls would not be searched and conclusions would be studiously avoided.
In 2009, there was conclusion-jumping galore when a man who looked like the father the president never knew (if his sire had been a Harvard professor) had a run-in with the Cambridge police. According to the president, the cops “acted stupidly,” when they arrested his friend Henry Louis Gates, after Gates became belligerent with an officer investigating a possible break-in, in what turned out to be the professor’s own home.
Regarding the arrest, Bill Cosby commented: “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”
Not this president, who – besides indicting the police – told us how angry we were (or should be) over the incident, because “there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.” Like the fact that minorities disproportionately commit the crimes police are investigating?
Attorney General Eric Holder is the only one in this administration who can out guilt-trip the president. On February 18, 2009, the attorney general was in rare racial-resentment form addressing Justice Department employees for Black History Month.
“In things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder scolded. The American people “simply do not talk enough to each other about race.”
Unlike Holder’s BFF, Reverend Sharpton, another neo-Nazi of color. “I am especially grateful … for your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill,” the nation’s attorney general gushed on April 11, 2012, speaking at the Reverend Mayhem’s National Action Network.
In 1991, Sharpton’s powerful voice helped spark the Crown Heights pogrom, which led to the lynching of rabbinical student Yankel Rosenbaum. Perhaps our national conversation about race could include a discussion of taking responsibility for the consequences of anti-Semitic rhetoric. (Sharpton called Hasidic Jews “diamond merchants.”)
Anyway, Holder and Obama aren’t interested in a conversation – a frank exchange of ideas – but a lecture, where some of us bow our heads respectfully and allow ourselves to be harangued about our collective sins, while periodically murmuring mea culpas.
A genuine conversation about race would raise too many uncomfortable questions about things like the incidence of black-on-white crime or the rate of out-of-wedlock births among minorities.
Or it could wander onto really dangerous ground, like the administration’s embrace of race-based “justice,” epitomized by DOJ’s refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party over voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day, 2008, involving two of its leaders in military garb, armed with nightsticks, menacing voters with racial slurs.
A former civil-rights lawyer in Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department said it was “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” he had ever seen.
Despite a default judgment, the Obama Justice Department (at the urging of “America’s oldest civil rights group”) dismissed the case, prompting J. Christian Adams, a five-year DOJ veteran, to resign in protest. Adams said that many in DOJ (presumably, including Holder) believed that “civil rights laws should not be enforced against blacks or other racial minorities.”
But, hey, why get exercised over miscarriages of justice when the victims don’t look like the son Obama never had?
Filling in for his boss at the NAACP convention last week (to thunderous applause), Holder told “my people” why he was gunning for voter ID laws in 11 states, promising that he “will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise Americans citizens of their precious rights.”
Holder would have us believe that it’s perfectly reasonable to be asked to show a valid photo-ID to cash a check, board a plane or sign up for food stamps, but not to vote. Again, it’s all about race – fraudulently increasing a vote the Democrats can count on 95% of the time, at the expense of the democratic process.
While Obama and his underlings make justice and democracy victims of a reverse racism, Romney has to prove he’s not a racist. In his NAACP speech, the governor said: “I hope to represent all Americans.”
That would be a welcome change.