Racial Tensions to Increase, Not Disappear Under Obama
Because I am a loyal and proud American and because, I believe, I am a person of goodwill, the post I have written here causes me much distress. I did not support Obama, and I do not support the left-wing ideas he wishes to advance; for example, I want him to fail in his ideas to impose a national healthcare program or to spread the wealth through federal coercion. On the other hand, I do not want him to fail in taking steps to bring us out of the housing, banking and credit crisis we are in, nor do I want him to fail in his sworn duty to protect the United States.
The stock market reaction to Obama and his stimulus bill and the anger being expressed by a large number of Americans who pay their taxes and pay their bills, including their mortgages, has been compounded by a general feeling that he may not be up to the job of President. It has only been one month, but the corruption and tax-cheat records of so many of his Cabinet appointments and his constant references to the “catastrophe” we are in have raised jitters in many Americans and caused the stock market to ‘tank’ substantially.
In a previous post I enumerated many examples of a “goon-squad” mentality that existed among many of his supporters - a mentality that actually threatened the lives of some of his political opponents. Now that so many people are questioning his basic competence, the fact that he is an African-American and is our first African-American president may raise racial tensions to the boiling point. It will be a great irony if the election of our first black president caused racial tensions to explode rather than fade away.
What are the signs of this? Not long ago, Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and now a prominent Obama advisor authored a column suggesting that the government bailout should favor awarding jobs to black people over white people. Representative Conyers has decided that the time is right to submit a “black reparations” bill in Congress and has done so. The new senator from Illinois, the now-infamous Senator Burris, has campaigned in black districts for years as a champion of black reparations.
And just this week, we witnessed the spectacle of a black Congressman, James Clyburn, Democrat from South Carolina, accuse southern, white governors of racism for opposing Obama’s stimulus bill:
SC Rep: Opposition to stimulus is slap in face
February 20, 2009 AP (Excerpt)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- "The highest-ranking black congressman said Thursday that opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern GOP governors is "a slap in the face of African-Americans."
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said he was insulted when the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and his home state, which have large black populations, said they might not accept some of the money from the $787 billion stimulus package.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday he would accept the money, and none of the others has rejected it outright. The Republican governors of Idaho and Alaska also said they had reservations about whether the money would come with too many strings attached, but Clyburn said he was particularly taken aback by southern governors who said they might decline it.
"These four governors represent states that are in the proverbial black belt," Clyburn said.
A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford accused Clyburn of playing the race card.
"Spending money at the federal level that we do not have represents a future tax increase on all South Carolinians, regardless of their color," Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said in an e-mail statement. "And in the process of doing so, he's ripping off everyone he claims to represent.""
This is the kind of thinking that can lead to a breakdown in society if out-of-work white people begin to suspect that the pork-stimulus bill contains provisions that have elements of “black reparations” in it. Let’s hope this is not true, otherwise it could raise race tensions to new heights. Their anger and vocal opposition could then lead to an over-reaction and the kind of violence that resulted in the death of Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights, NY. With racist instigators like Al Sharpton (Tawana Brawley) and Jesse Jackson (Hymietown) lingering in the background, anything is possible if the state of the economy continues to worsen and racism is continually injected into the equation.