Because what America is thirsting for is more racial tensions enabled by this clown.
President Obama is taking a more aggressive approach to the issue of race, repeatedly offering sharp commentary as he confronts America’s oldest, deepest divide.
Black lawmakers, Obama’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, have cheered the president’s newfound willingness to address race head-on.
But they also see a nation that’s still plagued by inequality, discrimination and, in some cases, overt racism — first black president or none.
“In terms of people feeling much better in regards to race — no, that’s not happened, and I don’t know any thoughtful people who think it has,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), former head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), said by phone. “Whether he addresses the issues or not is not going to change the reality of the era.”
Inviting virulent racist Al Sharpton to the White House about a hundred times sure hasn’t helped.
Obama has repeatedly been confronted by the nation’s racial divide in his second term, but never so tragically as on June 17, when nine African-Americans were killed in a historic black church in South Carolina, allegedly by a white gunman who wanted to start a race war.
The violence provoked some of Obama’s sharpest commentary as he delivered a eulogy on Friday for South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a friend of the president’s who was among the victims.
Anyone notice he’s never uttered a peep about the rampant black-on-black crime, notably in his hometown of Chicago?
The president’s comments highlighted how his 2008 message of racial reconciliation has changed in the final stretch of his tenure in the Oval Office.
“Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it, so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal,” said Obama.
Cleaver emphasized that Obama has made strides in promoting African-Americans to positions of power in his administration, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to hold the post. But the “post-racial” era many envisioned with Obama’s ascent, he said, simply hasn’t materialized.
It might have if he lifted a finger to try and help.
“Clearly we have seen advancements. He’s produced a number of firsts,” Cleaver said. “[But] is there a higher level of racial harmony? I don’t think there has been. The evidence is too readily available.”
Agreed. And here’s a giant clue.
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) delivered a similar message, lamenting the “cancer” of entrenched racism that was thrust into the national spotlight following the Charleston church killings. The alleged shooter had reportedly posted online photos of himself waving the Confederate flag, as well as a manifesto with racist sentiments.
“I consider this the most wonderful country in the entire world that has done such spectacular things to have people of color go from enslavement to the presidency, but this … doesn’t mean that we don’t have a cancer that if we don’t take care of it can actually disable us,” Rangel said this week in an interview with radio host Rita Cosby.
“Racial tensions,” he said, “have grown in the United States.”
Thanks, Obama! We’ll just leave this classic gem right here:
My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) November 24, 2014