Having a black President has caused America to be more rasict
Having a black President has caused America to be less rasict
Having a black President has exposed racism that was not as apparent prior to his election
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I've suggested, often, that criticism of politicians 9 out of 10 times comes from a foundation of partisan disagreement. Upon that foundation all sorts of things can be used to build, but the foundation is partisanship.
When it comes to the question of "What to use to build off of it"...well, it goes back to people being lazy. People tend to grab onto what ever the low hanging fruit is. From relying on SNL material as a means of commonly making fun of a politician (think Palin or GHWB...yay Dana Carvey), to relying on pointless stuff (G Dub's "funny words" or Clinton eating hamburgers when he was larger), to things that seem more basely prejudiced ("Redneck/Cowboy/etc" George Bush, Thug/Gangsta Obama, etc)...people grab somewhat "easy" stuff.
But rarely do I think those things are the notions that are actually fueling the views. They're just things that a person grabs onto as an easy way to bash. Had George Bush been a well spoken Black and Barack Obama been a word-butchering Southerner I wouldn't expect that there'd be very similar complaints and jokes coming out from the opposite sides (though tweaked reflecting the wolrld views a bit of the group). Because it's less about race, or region, or talking ability, or waist size, or anything else and more about politics...those are just the means to the end.
The election had no direct effect on racism either way. What has become more apparent is that we are more divided by politics and people are using race as a political weapon. So while it seems racism may be worse, it's a lie. It is nothing but a political stunt.
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In other words, Democrats making fun of Bush's accent probably do have genuine, meaningful prejudices against Southerners. Republicans who think Obama is uppity probably do have genuine, meaningful prejudices against black people. They just tend to let it out more when they're talking about people they consider - for lack of a better word - enemies.
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I know it's true for certain classes of crime and among certain demographic populations but I've never seen it stated so broadly.
I'm not sure that you're correct in making such a claim and you'll forgive me for not taking your word for it simply because you feel like claiming it.
You did take note that I gave a very specific example, right?Therefore, by your implied definition of common sense, it would be "simple common sense" to lock our doors whenever we see someone we know coming up the steps. Since people don't generally do that, there's something more than "simple common sense" at play.
Here's the scenario again:
I'm sitting at a streetlight, at night, in Newark, NJ.
(A little background: several hundred carjackings and incidents of armed robbery of motorists occur in Newark, NJ every year. 99 times out of 100 the perpetrators of those crimes are black males between the ages of 15 and 35.)
Back to the very specific example...
So I'm sitting at the streetlight and I observe a gang of young black males approaching the intersection.
(More background: I don't know anything about this particular group, or anything about any individual member of the group. As I said in my earlier comment, I realize that not all young black males are criminals. But, again, I also know that when a motorist is robbed in Newark, NJ the perpetrator is almost always a young black male.)
Given what I know, and what I've observed, I consider it perfectly prudent to lock my car doors at this time, at a minimum.
I know that the odds are very slim that I'm going to be the target of any kind of crime. I've been in this situation 100 times before and I've never been carjacked or robbed at gunpoint.
But why take a chance? Why not err on the side of caution? It seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, from my perspective.
Again, it seems like simple common sense.
Now, if I were to do the same thing when being approached by a handfull of 13-year-old black girls, or a pair of middle aged black men in business suits, then yeah, sure, I'd say that there's something more to that than simple common sense.
Clearly if I had used one of these scenarios, knowing that teenaged black girls or middle aged black businessmen are the perpetrators of virtually no carjackings or armed robberies and that the only apparent trait they share with the people who are is the fact that they're black, then yeah, there's some kind of dicked up racial stuff going on there.
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I think its simply elevated the temperature of the soup that is racism such that it bubbled, boiled and spilled out onto the stove. I believe the racists amongst us (those that saw blacks as a threat) previously believed blacks were in their place and not a threat. Now, they have to deal with the black that "stepped out of place". Kind of like the first black to join the country club stirs up a lot of native emotions in the country club membership.
We have a President and his entire staff that are incessant race-baiters. No, he and his administration have not been good for race relations. For one, he has essentially endorsed racism among African-Americans against others.
PS... I did not answer the poll because I don't think it is generically about having a "black" President. Rather, it is specifically about the conduct and words of President Obama and his administration. It is specific about him and his staff.
I ask you to exclude the Trayvon Martin case since I think those comments were misunderstood by some. Some people, including myself think his comments were directed toward non-blacks who have been for the most part unaware of the unique treatment blacks often face in efforts to foster understanding, and not to blacks intended to "bait" them into anger toward whites. But again, perception is reality especially if its a negative perception of someone we start out as identifying as a political foe.
Last edited by Smeagol; 07-24-13 at 07:29 AM.
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There's no doubt that it's increased, basically due to the fact that he was essentially elected by white race apologists. That is, in and of itself, racist.