Race Has Nothing To Do With It

03 Mar

John Hinderaker at Power Line has an excellent post regarding a quote attributed to President Obama concerning the Tea Party in Kenneth Walsh’s upcoming book, Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House. Following is the account:

In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.

With all due respect Mr. President, your race has nothing and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with my opposition to you. I am diametrically opposed to your ideology, world view and where you seem to be taking the Country. You could be my own flesh and blood and I would be just as vehemently opposed.

Why must you progressives reduce everything down to race or group identity? And you accuse us of being narrow, petty and small-minded! Pot, meet kettle.


Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Culture, Politics


3 responses to “Race Has Nothing To Do With It

  1. Circle City News

    March 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    First, I question the credibility of this anonymous source at a private dinner. Second, race may not have anything to do with your opposition to President Obama. FYI: I’ve never met anyone that admitted to being a racist. But to claim that race has nothing to do with anyone’s opposition to President Obama is false. I’m sure we can both agree there are those that don’t like him based upon his race.

    By the way, what is President Obama’s ideology and worldview that you so vehemently oppose? I’m sure you won’t claim they are socialist, Marxist or Islamic in nature because then we get into the whole name calling thing you detest.

  2. rightwingarchitect

    March 4, 2011 at 7:14 am

    If you read my post carefully, I referred only to myself and not everyone who opposes him. I’m sure there are people out there that do have a racial bias against him. My problem is with the reported use of a broad brush by President Obama to try and paint conservatives and Tea Party members as racist as a result of their opposition only. Are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton racist because they opposed George Bush?

    As to ideology and world view, how is saying someone is a socialist, has Marxist leanings or is overly sympathetic to an Islamist world view name calling? If saying someone is a socialist is name calling, then I fear you have become infected with a level of political correctness that makes a meaningful dialogue almost impossible.

  3. Circle City News

    March 6, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I did read your post carefully and that is why I said “race may not have anything to do with your opposition to President Obama.”

    Second, President Obama did not use a “broad brush” to paint all conservatives and Tea Party members as racist. When asked a question he said race was “probably” a factor (the same thing you admitted in your reply). If he even said it all ( I am not aware of him calling Tea Party folks or conservatives racist ( Where is the audio or video of the conversation? I know when there wasn’t any audio or video people didn’t believe several Black congressmen when they said whey were called nigger and spat upon so why should I believe this story.

    Third, Socialist, Marxist and Muslim are names. President Obama is neither of those. Did you read any of his books? When people don’t like him their knee jerk reaction is to call him a name like Socialist, Marxist, a Muslim sympathizer or talk about his race.

    I don’t recall Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton criticizing Bush’s race, ethnicity or claiming he was a foreigner. I know I never saw them carrying racist signs or images referring to George Bush. And, to my limited knowledge, they have voted for White men to be president in the past and they support White people in the majority White Senate and House. So, no, I don’t believe they are racist. Furthermore, they don’t have a political party and are not leaders of the Black people.

    Anyhoo, thanks for being reasonable and trying to see all sides of an issue. Enjoy your week!


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