Monday, January 04, 2010
Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem
The lie of seeing clothes where there were none amounted to a sophistication—joining oneself to an obvious falsehood in order to achieve social acceptance. In such a sophistication there is an unspoken agreement not to see what one clearly sees—in this case the emperor's flagrant nakedness.
America's primary race problem today is our new "sophistication" around racial matters. Political correctness is a compendium of sophistications in which we join ourselves to obvious falsehoods ("diversity") and refuse to see obvious realities (the irrelevance of diversity to minority development). I would argue further that Barack Obama's election to the presidency of the United States was essentially an American sophistication, a national exercise in seeing what was not there and a refusal to see what was there—all to escape the stigma not of stupidity but of racism.
America has a race problem. The problem is that White guilt prevents Whites from being honest with Blacks and Hispanics about problems that exist within their communities. That leaders in minority communities are allowed, unchallenged, to place blame on White racism when racism is the least of the problem. (Although, there is a good argument that having low expectations and refusing to challenge falsehoods perpetuated by minority leaders is racism- the "bigotry of low expectations.")
Dafydd ab Hugh writes about the voter intimidation by members of the New Black Panther party during the 2008 election and the squelching of the convictions of those members. He speculates about why the Obama administration chose to act in this matter:
I believe the order to kill the case came directly from Holder, if not from Obama himself, for several reasons:
- General sympathy with the leftist, blacktivist cause (perhaps absorbed by the president during his two decades in the pews of Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ);
- Fear that Obama’s victory (hence Holder’s appointment) would be tainted by the whiff of scandal;
- And bitter, relentless, reflexive hatred of George W. Bush from Texas and everyone associated with him, leading to the automatic imputation of vile motives for every policy he enacted… including even his support for the civil-rights acts of the 1960s. If Bush pushed the case, then it must be for some disreputable, white “cracker” racist reason.
To that list let me add black racism added and abetted by white liberals. It is no shock to anyone from Chicago that relations between the races has been poisoned by the politic atmosphere in which honest discussion of problems is met with demagogic demonization. President Obama is, therefore, a step backwards in the quest for honest dialogue between the races because he is a product of the race baiting school of political expediency.