by John Hawkins | March 3, 2011 4:50 am
Al Sharpton is a rather loathsome race hustler who makes a living stirring up and exploiting racial grievances. He’s widely and justifiably despised because of this.
Some people have spoken of Barack Obama as a break from the Sharpton/Jackson mold — but, that’s not really so. Barack Obama is simply more artful about it.
Obama attended a racist, anti-white church for 20 years, but when it became an issue, he abandoned the church like a hot rock. Whether you get any justice from the Department of Justice under Obama depends on what color you are. Then, of course, there was the Henry Louis Gates case where Obama just assumed the police were racists out-of-hand, even though he admitted that he didn’t know the facts. Then there are his books, where he wrote things like,
That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know that they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn.
You can go on and on with these examples and now there’s one more thanks to Kenneth T. Walsh,
But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.
A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement–a racially biased one–that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.
In other words, Barack Obama does the exact same thing in private that his supporters do in public: He accuses people who don’t see eye-to-eye with him on policy of disagreeing with him because he’s black. That’s why he’s Sharpton 2.0. He doesn’t have to yell “racist” because he has supporters to do it for him. So, that means the methods may be different, but ultimately, the mentality is the same.
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