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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Obama, Racism and Hope

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 17, 2009

Rush Limbaugh, love him or hate him, predicted that electing Barrack Obama President would not improve but actually intensify racial politics in America. Sadly, white liberals like former President Jimmy Carter and girl columnist Maureen Dowd have proved him right by their public statements equating opposition to Obama’s policies as racist. Many in the African-American community agree. We should have seen it coming when the Obama primary election campaign accused Bill Clinton, once called the “first black president”, of racism because of several comments he made while supporting his wife’s bid for the Democratic nomination. Still we long for the day racism ends as a significant force in American life.

Two black senior citizen friends of mine, one a PhD educator and the other a Boeing retiree, may provide a starting point. Both grew up and were educated through college in the Deep South and suffered the outrageous indignities of segregation. The educator recalls coming to Seattle as an Army officer in the 1960s and not being able to find housing near his base due to unwritten “whites only” restrictions. My Boeing friend refuses “forever” to patronize Texaco because they were sued for racial discrimination at one of their gas stations. “Forever” even though Texaco paid a fine and apologized.

These men are so scarred by their experiences that nothing will ever be able to compensate them. Truman integrating the armed forces, Brown vs. the Board of Education, Eisenhower sending troops to Little Rock, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, affirmative action, electing a black president, none of this matters. To them, black people in American are permanent victims of slavery and racial discrimination and that has not changed. It explains virtually all of the problems of crime, fatherless homes, poor education and lack of economic progress in the black community.

The children of my friends are all well educated and successful. If they are not tainted by the bad old days like their fathers, if they are a little embarrassed by leaders of the race industry such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the more extreme black political leaders, then hopefully each new generation will see more and more the end of racism. Just as a dying yellow jacket can still sting, society must be on guard against discrimination but we do not need to parse every word searching for hidden racial epithets.

Other Clear Fog posts on the subject:

Obama Hope

Obama, End of American Racism


3 Responses to “Obama, Racism and Hope”

  1. James said

    Dittos! President Carter has raised the queation: Americans elected a black man as President!!!!!! Why is race a factor… HE’S accountable for what he does as President, NOT his race!

  2. Tom Barnes said

    I would like to comment to you on “Obama, Racism and Hope.” First of all, I agree with your posting. I do, long for the day racism ends as a significant force in American life. It has bothered me for the past 20 or 30 years or more, that race and discrimination has been kept in the limelight. Mainly this has been the case because the media, pollsters, and Congress have kept it there. The media and pollsters break down, for instance, the vote by, the black vote, Hispanic vote, female vote, male vote, etc. Congress even has a black caucus. I feel all of this is unnecessary. I believe if a person is born in the USA or is naturalized they are an American citizen, and their vote is an United States of America vote. The vote, and Congress, should not be broken down by race, gender or anything else. Until the media, pollsters, and Congress quit relating everything to race, gender, etc., I am afraid people are going to be called racist just because they do not agree with Obama’s policies.

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