Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Obama, the Great Divider

Last Friday, President Barack Hussein Obama, by delivering an impromptu statement on the Trayvon Martin killing and a heartfelt no-teleprompter plea for racial understanding and justice, once again divided our country, separating those of goodwill, fairness and humanity from the racist asshole jerkoffs.

In the past, President Obama's speeches have divided the intelligent from the magically benighted, the common man from the amoral vulture capitalists who hover over our wounded nation and those who would rather not have our children dying in a foreign desert for no apparent reason from those who think it's pretty cool, as long as they aren't their kids.

This was different. This time the president drew upon his own experience dealing with prejudice as a young Black man as well as noting the racial inequity inherent in our justice system.

It was this step too far that caused right-wing pundits, talking heads and tea party politicians to momentarily cease formulating new and more creatively evil ways to disenfranchise Black voters, to cancel sending that email of Obama with a bone though his nose and watermelons on the White House lawn and to interrupt the on-air celebration of a 17 year-old boy's death. This was serious. How dare this uppity interloper suggest that race relations were not perfect in the greatest country in the known universe?

Into the fray leapt Fox News, the last bastion and tireless defender of the downtrodden White race, accusing the president of inflaming racial tensions and being not at all nice. Fox's Todd Starnes referred to Mr. Obama as "Race-Baiter in Chief" while Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce stated, “So Obama 'could have been’ Trayvon 35 yrs ago? I had no idea Obama sucker-punched a watch volunteer & then bashed his head in. Who knew?”

But it was Fox's own Sean Hannity, the close-to thinking racist's substitute for hillbilly heroin junkie and sex-tourist Rush Limbaugh, who really nailed it on his radio show, when he said, “Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago. This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.” And as we all know, pot smokers are apt to attack and brutalize strangers all too readily, especially if they suspect that stranger might have chocolate chip cookies on him.

Of course what really galled the moral, Christian right was President Obama's callous lack of concern for Black on Black violence. How could he, the first African-American president, care so little for his own people? Why should he not concentrate on this cancer eating away at the Black community, like they would most certainly do, if given only half a chance? Did this poseur not care that 94% of Blacks that are murdered are killed by other Blacks? How dare he focus on one dead dope-smoking thug and potential burglar and a helpful law that protects white citizens from such?

Unfortunately, those who make this argument through their crocodile tears leave out one big honking salient fact, that being that 86% of whites who are murdered are killed by other whites, not 17 year-old Black children armed with Skittles. So, c'mon, white gun-toting killers, you're just not helping with the demographics here.

©2013 Kona Lowell

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