Anti-Obama Rhetoric Frequently has Racist Overtones
Why is it that so often the anti-Obama campaign rhetoric and imagery have racist undertones? Makes me think Obama's racial background makes for a
large part of the particularly virulent opposition from the political right towards him -- as I've suspected all along. Here are a couple recent
Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson's son delivered some head-turning thoughts on the presidential election Sunday morning.
In a clip posted on YouTube from a Republican Party Of Kenosha County brunch event, Jason Thompson commented that "we have the opportunity" to send
President Barack Obama "back to Chicago -- or Kenya," drawing applause from the crowd.
and from the same article:
Huff Post article
Last Tuesday, a protest against Obama in Santa Clara, Calif. featured similar racial undertones, including a noose, watermelons, and a sign that
read "Go back to Kenya you idiot."
This kind of stuff just keeps coming up over and over again. The whole birther thing smacks of racism. John McCain was not born in the US, but on a
US military base in Panama, yet his legitimacy as a presidential candidate was never disputed by the birther crowd -- or by his political opponents
for that matter. I freely admit that the "natural-born citizen" requirement has never been fully spelled out, but it has been taken to include the
offspring of US citizens born abroad. As Obama's mother was a US citizen, why is there any question of Obama's birth status, even should he have
not been born in Hawaii (which is not what I am claiming)? Mainly because of his color and the fact that he is of half African descent.
And then there is the ongoing "Obama is a Muslim" meme. There's a ATS thread right now about some gold ring he is purpoted to wear, which
supposedly says something about Allah. So based on such sketchy evidence he is supposed to be a Muslim. Never mind that he joined a Christian
church at some point and says he's a Christian. People will say, "but he just joined to pose as a Christian," and I say: so what? Ike Eisenhower
did the same thing. And what if Obama were Muslim? it certainly doesn't seem to get in the way of his foreign policy because he is trigger happy
with his drones being used on Muslims all over the Middle East, North Africa and SW Asia. He is also putting tough sanctions on Iran, a Muslim
nation. Besides which, we have freedom of religion in this country, so there is no religious litmus test for being president. Yet people keep on
making this unsubstantiated claim to try to undermine his legitimacy as president.
The Bush family was and is good buddies with the Saudi royal family and has had business dealings with them, along with the Bin Laden family, AND
George W. Bush let Saudi VIPs leave the evening of Sept. 11, 2001 before the FBI could question them. Bush also deep-sixed the hunt for Bin Laden and
later said he no longer cared about Osama Bin Laden. Obama was the president who presided over the hunt for and killing of OBL, yet people claim he
has crypto Islamic ties. Where was the criticism of the Bush ties to the Saudi Royal family (Remember that 19 of 21 of the 9/11 hijackers were from
But Obama detractors continue to attempt to find traction with this ridiculous issue. Why is this? I submit it's primarily because of his name and
skin pigment, and has nothing to do with reality. Yes, his dad was a Kenyan; so what? He didn't grow up with his father. He grew up with his
American-citizen mother and grandparents. Oh, and as a young kid he lived in Indonesia for a while; big deal. These Muslim fear mongers want
everyone to believe that he was indoctrinated as a child to be a Muslim Manchurian candidate -- although they have no evidence of it, and the whole
idea is preposterous.
There's also the contingent, including Newt Gingrich, who want to promulgate and promote the notion that, because of his father's background, Obama
has an anti-colonial mindset. And what is so bad about that, anyway? Colonialism is: "the control or governing influence of a nation over a
dependent country, territory, or people." The US started out as a colony and didn't care much for it. We, as a country, argue for independent and
democratic government rule for all peoples. So what would be good about a pro-colonial mindset? It sounds downright un-American. Yet Obama
detractors have tried to push this meme, albeit to no avail. But why do this in the first place? Again, because Obama's skin color is different and
his enemies want to cultivate an "us vs. them" mentality, with Obama being considered one of "them" obviously. It again boils down to racism.
Time and time again GOP politicians and operatives get caught sending racist jokes or images of Obama via e-mail. What's this about if it's not
I understand fully how nobody likes being called a racist because it sounds so bad and the term has such a bad connotation, but you know what: if it
walks like a racist and talks like a racist, then it's a racist. I'm not by any means claiming that all criticism of Obama is race-based, but I
believe a significant component of it is. I'd ask all the Obama haters to really do some self-examination to think about why their animus towards
him is so strong. Have you been as biased against any other US president, and have you let issues slide with other presidents that you have held
against Obama? If so, you are letting his skin color and background bias your view, and that is racism.