Electing an African-American President was supposed be a sign that racism in America is on the decline. In fact, the opposite appears to be true, though not in the way one might suspect.
Racism is and will always be an issue, not simply in America, but worldwide. However, America's new racism comes in new and frightening forms, and it's both a Republican and Democratic issue.
Barracism: The newest form of racism is a top down, bottom up attack against middle-class and generally conservative America. If you read "white" or "Caucasian" into that, this is because much of conservative middle-class America is comprised of whites.
Obama's administration is arguably the most racist since Woodrow Wilson's. His disdain for "white" America as a whole is palpable. His associations and alignments are clearly defined ( Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Project Islamic H.O.P.E., Bill Ayers, Acorn, etc). Many of his politcal appointments seem like calculated and racist poltical gambits designed to elicit minority favor, rather than the person's resume for the job. Hilda Solis is one that sticks out like a sore thumb. While on paper she looks like a genuine American success story, she is a long time activist and advocate for the rights of illegal immigrants. She has shown disdain for hard working legal Americans, and now she's our Secratary of Labor, who just went on national televsion and told all illegals the she'd give them a free pass.
Then of course there was the Sonia Sotomayer nomination for Supreme Court Justice. A choice made, again, specifically because she's Hisapnic, not necessarily because she's the right person for the seat. She immediately came under fire for her comment; “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Newt Gingrich called her a racist, which I don't necessarily agree with but he correctly points out that if a white male nominee had said, “my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman,” that nominee would have to resign.
Solis and Sotomayer are two well planned appointments to further his agenda to ingraciate himself to the Hispanic community, to be followed by opening the borders and granting amnesty to millions of illegals, who will become his voting contingent. This is calculated political racism.
Then there are the constant high profile cases, that reek of racism, including last week's Sherrod case. But more notably the dismissal of the New Black Panther party voter intimidation case. Where sworn testimony exists from a Department of Justice attorney, corroborated by other evidence, that an Obama political appointee blatantly told the career staff that (a) no voting cases would be filed against black or other minority defendants no matter how egregious their violations of the law and (b) The DOJ would not enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to maintain the accuracy of their voter registration lists by cleaning off ineligible voters.
Then you have the Obama forced auto dealership closures which the Inspector General finds were racially biased. Troubled Asset Relief Program Inspector General Neal M. Barofsky reported that many of the General Motors and Chrysler dealerships ordered closed by the Obama administration were victims of racial, gender, and even political bias. Barofsky's report on the 2000 dealerships closed (and 100,000 jobs lost) shows that many dealerships allowed to remain open “were retained because they were recently appointed, were key wholesale parts dealers, or were minority-or woman-owned dealerships.”
In his report Barofsky also stated that: “ultimately close to half of all of the GM dealerships identified for termination were in rural areas,” even though such closures could "jeopardize the return to profitability" for both GM and Chrysler. This number of rural closures is disproportionate and seems to be politically and racially motivated move. Obama was crushed during the election in some 1300 rural areas, gaining a mere 20% of voters in those areas.
Last week, Ron Bloom, Obama’s own manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom, allowed that these dealerships could have been kept open, “but that doing so would have been inconsistent with the President's mandate for ‘shared sacrifice.’”
This takes racism to the level of a white collar hate crime.
President Obama, supposedly wants the nation to move beyond its racist past, but even if you take what he says at face value, his actions speak far louder than his words, and his actions scream racism.
Political Correctness: An another front, the simple act of acknowledging race now makes one racist. Noting that person is white, black, Asian, Hispanic, is no different than observing they are male or female, or wearing a red dress versus a green dress. Race is simply one of many factual identifiers. Yet, now even that is wrong.
I recall a conversation I had with my daughter on the phone one afternoon. I was driving home and passed a police road block where officers had two Hispanic males face down in the middle of the road. To which my daughter, responded, "Geez dad, why can't they be just two males? Why do they have to be Hispanic?" If I'd have said two white guys, she would never have asked that question. Do you describe your mode of transportation as a car, or a blue Hyundai? We are visual people who talk in visual descriptors, to paint a picture, not because we are by nature racist. Racism is an act of intent, and we have bastardized that concept in this country.
Of course simply disagreeing with or not liking Obama makes one a racist, as I found out the first time I wrote an article opposing his actions and views, back in 2008. If Obama were white I'd only have been accused of being a Democrat (which in fact I am). Which leads us to;
The Race Card: This is hardly a new issue. Minority groups, and specifically certain elements of "black-America" have been screaming racism at every perceived wrong for years now. White America's guilt over slavery opened doors which allowed this issue to carom out of control. Now that the Hispanic population (legal or otherwise) exceeds the African-American population, the race-cards are flying like it's a social Blackjack table.
Racism is an act of ignorance, insecurity, and in some cases hate. While the nature of racism is ugly, it can at least be understood, and addressed since it spawns from internal fear. The majority of basic racism in America these days has been handed down through generations on both sides of an race issue. When people are angry, scared, feel threatened or cornered they devolve to base defense mechanisms. If a normally non-racist white man gets fired by his boss who happens to be black, he may suddenly lash out with racist comments. But if that same boss were white as well, then they might be attacked for being female or overweight. Whatever negative and inflammatory attack that makes the person feel better about who they are. It's human nature, right or wrong. And non-whites are not immune to this behavior. It simply gets overlooked when the attacks or racism is against Caucasians.
What is unfortunate is that far too many seemingly intelligent people are using race as a stick or a weapon, which only creates further racism and widens social divides. The fact that Obama's administration is now carrying and wielding race like's proverbial "big stick" is unconscionable.
I have no doubt this final observation will be seen as both racist, and overreaching, but to me it appears that middle class white Americans are perceived by Obama the way Hitler viewed Jews. Of course I was also taken to task two years ago when I predicted Obama would lead us to the brink of our second civil war, with states seceding. Now with states choosing up sides in Obama's war against Arizona, combined with his overt racism and political agenda, we are edging close to just such a conflict.
Is it too early to call for his impeachment? I think not.
Perhaps I should watch my tongue lest the Obama goonsquad silence my voice next. Unfortunately, being an American has now become un-American, unless of course you're not actually American.