posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 11:00 AM
a reply to: seasonal
I'm pretty sure that "racism" is not the original sin of America.
Either slavery or our battles and near genocide of the native Americans (well, at least, those who were here before us...they came from somewhere else
at some point, too) would be more equal to our original sin in my opinion. I think that racism is a learned trait that comes from both of those two
historical events that I mention.
And lest we forget, it was the Dutch who began the slave trade in America, not the original set of colonists who set sail for here to escape
Europe--the Dutch had been trading slaves for quite a while, but I digress.
I think that racism is a result of slavery and the idea of "Manifest Destiny" and not really a cause of it--I see racism as a poor attempt at
rationalizing slavery for most people, but after decades of institutionalized slavery and evolving racism (feeling of superiority of white colonists
based mostly on skin color), racism did become an engrained aspect of America for a long time (and it still survives today, although to a much, much
lesser extent...and will continue to peter out, IMO).
But as for the topic at hand, it is also worthy to note that we should not let a fear of being labeled a racist cause us to sugar coat and falsely
elevate the legacy of Obama--it should be praised when an individual feels he did something good, and jeered when he did something considered bad or
destructive. A legacy is not an official narrative, it's a subjective conclusion based on many different things, and I for one will not be told what
his legacy is; I'll decide for myself.
Solomon Jones can think what he wants, but I'll tell you what, he's failing to look at the big picture on many of the things that he implies or cites
as being an accomplishment of Obama's. Philly.com, while I think did a good job by publishing an opinion piece (even if I disagree with it), really
should publish something that counters his opinion with facts.
I wish that every media outlet would publish a fact check of every single opinion piece that they publish.