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Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Education, Law, Politics, Race, USA Presidential Election 2012 | 3 comments

Court Rules on Race But Obama Hatred Tells More

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Skin color in America is still destiny, as the Supreme Court and the George Zimmerman trial remind us this week, but how far have we come in a lifetime and how far do we still have to go?

Below these visible eruptions over race and even more important for the future is the double-edged story of Barack Obama. Yes, we have elected and reelected an African-American president, but how much of the hatred and bitterness directed at him comes, not from his policies and persona, but his race?

Nearing 90, I can’t erase memories of racism when I was a young editor—-the murders of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Andrew Goodman; Martin Luther King and the Montgomery bus strike; the Supreme Court school desegregation of 1954; the persistence of laws against interracial marriage until the 1960s; the steady but very slow progress of integration in the North and South in the ensuing decades.

Through all of that, I was a journalist with strong feelings about what Dr. King called the arc of the universe bending toward justice. And if we still argue today about college quotas and the bizarre murder of a black teenager in Florida, have we not nevertheless progressed from those benighted days?

Yes, but…

Whatever the outcomes of this week’s legal tests, the important issue that plagues current generations is facing our true feelings about Barack Obama.

As his adversaries, with the reflexive complicity of the media, fail to engage in “nuanced debate” over policy issues, real and trumped-up of his second term, do we do ourselves any service by not asking: How much of the GOP vitriol and Tea Party longing for the supposedly good old days is rooted in racism?


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  • Today

    Having been in the construction industry all of my working life, I have to agree. The hatred of “minorities”, especially those born with “black” skin is still just as strong, but, the language has become much more subtle. Thanks, to lower education, like faux news, the racist words are not used in public as much anymore, but, in more private circles the irrational hatred is still there.

  • sheknows

    The entertainment industry has done more to disqualify the image of the stereotypical minority to SOME degree, but racism is very much alive and well.

    That we even have profiling in Arizona in the 21st century. That we have redistricting, and voter ID laws, and SCOTUS rulings on affirmative action tell us these issues are still very much alive and being pushed to the forefront of our attention almost daily.

    Bigotry is a learned behavior. Infants and children aren’t born being prejudiced, we all know that. We can never break that cycle, but we can keep the laws alive that protect the rights of minorities. When you have a ruling from the SC like yesterday regarding the VRA, people need to protest…just like they did in the sixties, because the face of racism has never gone away, it just put more make-up on.

  • ShannonLeee

    Jackie Robinson suffered hatred
    Barack Obama is suffering hatred
    Trayvon Martin died from hatred

    ignorance and hatred die a slow death…but they die none the less.

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