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06 October 2009

Walter E. Williams: Is Disagreement with Obama Racism?

Professor Walter E. Williams has written another excellent Opinion Editorial entitled Is Disagreement with Obama Racism?  He reviews the many instances of people saying it was substantially due to racism that people disagree with Obama.  He notes that it is hardly likely that the racism is hardly likely to be extensive since Obama won 53% of the votes and 365 Electoral College votes when only 270 are needed to win.  He noted that Obama himself said the main reason for the opposition was distrust of government.

He finishes with his assessment of the status of racism in America today:
Race is no longer the problem that it once was. That doesn't mean there are not white and black bigots and that every vestige of racial discrimination has been eliminated. What little racial discrimination remains is nowhere near the insurmountable barrier it once was. For the most part, white bigots are no longer respected among whites and I look forward to the day when black bigots are no longer respected among blacks.
When one says that race is no longer the problem it once was, it is not the same as saying that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black population. Grossly fraudulent education is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination as evidenced by the fact that the worse education received is in the very cities where blacks dominate the political structure.
Crime is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination, particularly in light of the fact that blacks commit most of the violent crime in America and well over 90 percent of their victims are black. The fact of a 70 percent illegitimacy rate and only 35 percent of black children raised in two-parent homes is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination.
Americans should disavow and not fall prey to the racial rope-a-dope being played on us by the nation's race hustlers.


John said...

Being called racist for disagreeing with a black politician is a perfect example of the second-handers attempting to force unearned guilt upon individuals. Unfortunately, if that guilt is accepted, the message they were attempting to communicate is often tainted with that label because of the transitive property a.k.a. "bait and switch" the media likes to use (a=b, b=c, therefore, a=c). It is unfortunate that the media does not utilize more logic and less feelings in its other work.

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. said...

Thanks for your comment John.

It is probably true that many people who voted for Obama did so either out of a sense of guilt for being racist in the past or because they were thought they had somehow benefited from past racism by relatives and others. Others did so because they were afraid they would be called racist if they did not and some to prove to themselves that they were not racists. People acting on these impulses were inclined to keep their heads buried in the sand so they would not take notice of Obama's extreme socialist ideology, which many of them did not agree with. They really wanted to believe that Obama was wise and responsible and the largely socialist media were delighted to help them delude themselves.

Now, many of them have buyer's remorse. Unfortunately, we are all going to pay a high price for coupling a radical socialist president with the radical socialist Democrat leadership in charge of Congress.