Does President Obama have a problem with white people?

29 Jul

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Though his mother was white, Barack Obama refers to himself as a black man. This is in stark contrast to someone like Tiger Woods, who famously challenged those who wanted him to choose a label that would deny a great part of his heritage. We haven’t seen similar sentiments expressed by President Obama and that may tell us something about him.

Barack Obama actively sought out an identity within the “black community.” Other than attempts to use his white grandmother for cover and references concerning his being post racial, we have not heard Barack Obama comment much on his white heritage or the family that raised him. Instead we see President Obama speak at great length about his experiences in Chicago and with the black community. Perhaps Barack Obama was/is simply looking for somewhere to belong, but the broader impact of this journey to find a home in the black community is unknown. His apparent reluctance to discuss his white heritage may be symptomatic of an insecurity of not being considered “authentically” black, or it may represent a deep resentment. No matter the reasons, such beliefs and attitudes are cause for concern.

If Barack Obama does have conflicted feelings regarding race, it is not unreasonable to worry that his decisions as POTUS may be impacted. The reality of Barack Obama’s actions and statements concerning race make greater scrutiny of his actions, within this context, understandable. The Harvard situation, in which Barack Obama instinctively focused on racial division between police and black communities, is potentially a glimpse into how Barack Obama views the world. A view that is complicated, given that he is as much a white man as he is a black man. President Obama’s decision to identify only with the black community, which he has only known as an adult, could be construed as a rejection of his white heritage.

The rejection of the white community, in favor of the black community, invites speculation into his thought process and beliefs. Glenn Beck has taken some heat for expressing his belief that President Obama provided a glimpse of a racist attitude during the incident involving Harvard Professor ‘Skip’ Gates and Sgt. Crowley. While I may not have repeated Beck’s statements, his conclusion is not entirely unfounded.

The truth may be that Barack Obama does indeed have a problem with white Americans. If true, his issues could be rooted in historical injustices or they may be rooted in something far more personal. However, speculation concerning the potential source of such beliefs isn’t important. The real concern, regardless of the catalyst, is that Barack Obama may hold racist attitudes. There’s no smoking gun that proves President Obama is a racist, but it’s fair to say that he is not as post racial as many believe.


10 Responses to “Does President Obama have a problem with white people?”

  1. slamdunk July 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM #

    Seven months in and tthe President’s approval numbers are declining–can’t say it will get easier for him anytime soon.

  2. Deborah July 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM #

    It appears that Barry has an on going identity crisis that probably will not resolved anytime soon. He and his wife are willing to create the illusion of working towards the betterment of the black community. I think MO’s role in patient dumping in her Chicago hospital is blatant evidence it is more about power and money and the chicago way.
    I live in Hawaii and in my opinion this is a very rascist state with noticeable bias against the “haole” or white man. Since Barry grew up here and from what I hear things are much improved now then when he was here, I can’t help but believe that some of the rascist attitudes could not but have affected him in some way when he was growing up. Especially when you add into the mix his 20 year relationship with Rev. Wrong, we might be looking at a pretty strong influence on his negative attitudes towards whites.
    I was hoping that Obama’s presidency would only help to continue to heal our differences but I am starting to feel that the Gates incident and other Obama strategies are only leading the American people in the opposite direction.
    We need to come together and concentrate our energies on policies that will change (and maybe not to our benefit) everyone’s life.

  3. thiscantwaite July 29, 2009 at 2:20 PM #

    Dude, he’ll address his white heritage in due time. And by due time I mean when it can help him politically.

    And he did address it briefly during the campaign when he threw his racist white grandmother under that gigantic bus of his.

    • Pow July 31, 2009 at 9:06 PM #

      I was gonna bring up his grandmother…What’d he say? Something like “typical older white woman that was afraid of black people,” or something like that? Then the night before the election, she passes away. Don’t remember…Did he even go back to see her before she died? That poor woman raised him.

      • StickeeNotes August 2, 2009 at 7:45 PM #

        He called her a “typical white person” who feared black men that passed her on the street. I believe he did go to see her before she died. I’m not sure what the cause of death was, but I think it may have been being thrown under a bus.

  4. Mrs. I. July 29, 2009 at 4:45 PM #

    thiscantwaite, that due time will be when he needs white votes, and does anyone really believe that story about his Grandfather telling him his Grandmother said some negative things about blacks? Proof? Eyewitnesses? Uh, they’re dead.

  5. Dede August 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM #

    Ahh…Stickee, you are so smart. I think that the truth is, he learned a lot at at Rev. Wright’s knee.

  6. Kevin O'Neal September 6, 2009 at 11:08 PM #

    Why do white people fear the truth. If he said that his grandmother was afraid of black men. That info probably came from his white mother, who would know! He loved his grandmother and his grandmother loved him.

    • StickeeNotes September 6, 2009 at 11:57 PM #

      The information itself isn’t the issue. It’s that he used her as shield during the Reverend Wright fiasco. He said, “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.” Obama used what he claims happened with his grandmother to excuse the venom that Reverend Wright was spewing. He spoke ill of her, to cover his inexcusable tolerance of Reverend Wrights hate filled sermons. When the tactic of him bashing his own grandmother backfired, he explained that his grandmother was just a “typical white person,” thus stereotyping all white people as inherently racist.

      I should note that Barack Obama did eventually disown Reverend Wright. It wasn’t because Wright had accused the government of infecting black people with HIV or because he implied the US deserved what happened on 9-11-2001. No, he disowned Reverend Wright, only after Wright questioned Barack’s sincerity and implied that Barack secretly agreed with him, but he had to play the politician’s game.

      That’s the truth that some just aren’t willing to face. The man some call a hero is the kind of man who will speak ill of his the dying grandmother to cover his own ass. It’s an ugly truth, but it’s the truth.

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