Whether you're talking Bagger Vance or Jack Johnson, it's undeniable that Black people are held to weird standards that White peeps aren't.
When it comes to the POTUS I cannot help but see the recent criticism of Obama by my fellow so-called "liberals" and "progressives" as racially based motivated by disillusionment. They thought Barack Obama would be some kind of Magical Negro, fixing everything for us
This childish naivete is not only subversive, but actually dangerous -- if not properly mocked.
Let me preface the rest of this post by saying that I voted for Obama, I'll be voting for him again, and I believe he's done a decent job as president.
It seems that lately that Obama can't get no love, whether from The Left OR The Right. On the one hand, many Democrats believe that the POTUS is in the pocket of moneyed interests, the military-industrial complex (and some because he is simply not Ron Paul). And on the other hand -- besides different fingers -- many Republicans believe he's a socialist, a racist, not a citizen, and other intensely crazy batshit.
But as I've learned, if the people on both sides hate you, then you must be doing something right!
For me, it all started that fateful night the results came in and Barack Obama was dubbed, President of These United States. Our first African-American president. First Black President. A real Liberal. Hope, Change, and people dancing in the streets from East Oakland to Castro.
The moment, even now, stands out in my memory. Awestruck. I asked in a half whisper, almost to myself, if this was what it was like when John F. Kennedy was elected...
And since then, Obama's done pretty good by my standards. Especially considering the clusterfuck he inherited from his first day in office.
His list of accomplishments is quite impressive.
But apparently his bipartisan approach, his diplomacy, his ability to repair America's relations with the world, his fiscal policy that prevented an even worse (double-dip) depression, and a chockabox full of political awesomeness (repealing DADT, for one) seems to have ruffled the feathers of more than a few professional politicos, particularly progressive ones.
And why is this? I feel like a lot of it is based on racism, that Obama is being held to unreasonably high standards because he's Black. I feel like the constant refrain to his middle name, signs depicting him as a witch doctor, a monkey, an ape, the sheer idiocy revolving around the issue of his citizenship, the "You Lie!" and finger-wagging is testament to an undercurrent of racism in our country that few can deny.
(But the few can certainly try!)
Obviously there is valid criticism that can be made of President Obama, and I myself would say he could do a better job -- but so could anyone else! If our only gripe is that "he could do better", then frankly we're damn lucky!
Yet from the rallying cry of so many so-called progressives, many who support Ron Paul -- known derisively as "Ronulans" -- you'd think Obama was the worst thing since George W. Bush!
I'm confused as to how a racist, uber-conservative libertarian like R.P. is preferably to a center-left POTUS like Obama?
And that's where I have to play the race-card, because only some racist ass people would say that.
More importantly, compared to the Republican playing field, Obama is the only viable candidate who can do the job without causing massive, widespread poverty, a war with Iran, rape the environment, and increase societal oppression.
Let me hearken back to my original point, which is that Obama was originally perceived as a Magical Negro by progressive liberals across the country, evidence in everything from the Hope/Change posters -- to this LA Times story. But as the halo waned, Obama's (for lack of a better word) "blackness" become something unforgivable.
Because the more real of a president Obama has become, the more he has refused to cater to their ever demand, every whim, every politically suicidal desire, the more critical liberals have become of him. That's the backlash of unrealistic expectations from an uneducated electorate that pretends to be colorblind.
Anyhoo, so yeah. Let me just end this with a nice infographic!