Corrente has the links to James Clyburn’s accusation that criticism of Obama’s performance is driven by racism. Actually, he’s saying something completely different. He’s saying that the president’s problems are due to his skin color. I assume he is referring to the question about Obama’s future electoral prospects. You be the judge:
QUESTION: What do you think of Obama’s election prospects?
CLYBURN: I think they’re improving every day. I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief. I think when people allow themselves to — you know, I’m 70 years old. And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color. All you got to do is look at all the signs they’re carrying out there and look at the mail that I get. As I said, I’m 70 years old, I been going through this kind of stuff all my life. I know what kind of mail I get, I know what kind of phone calls I get, I know what people are saying who call the office.
I’m sure he didn’t mean what is underlined. It would be really bad if he was saying that Obama needs a four year handicap because he’s African American. THAT would be a very racist, unfair, demeaning and untrue thing for Clyburn to say.
It also doesn’t speak well of Obama’s character if his feelings are hurt by the mail Obama is getting. If it’s racist, it should go directly to the spam filter. There’s no reason to read it or give it a second thought. As I have told female bloggers over and over again, trollish comments are only little black pixels on your display. They cannot hurt you. They’re meant to make you feel bad for no other reason than to make you feel bad. Why the hell is Obama reading them?? So, someone out there doesn’t like you. You’re the fricking president and leader of the free world. Are you going to let some asshole in Mississippi ruin your day because he doesn’t like your skin color? It’s such an absurd idea I’m surprised a man like Clyburn would even bring it up.
Lambert also links to a post from Sean Wilentz in April 2008 about the outrageous accusations of racism directed at the Clintons and anyone who did not enthusiastically endorse Obama as the second coming of Jesus. Many of us do not need to be reminded of one of the most disgusting aspects of the 2008 campaign season. That was the year we became ugly, kkk grand poobah sheet wearing, knuckle dragging, racists even if we were young enough to grow up in an integrated society, in schools that were racially diverse and were brought up to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. It was beyond insulting. My parents did not raise me to be a racist. Not only did Obama’s droogs smear us, they smeared our parents.
Some Democrats took those insults seriously and didn’t want to be forced out of the tribe. They capitulated so the Obama campaign would stop calling them dirty names. Some of us would not be manipulated by false accusations to vote for a man whose political philosophy and accomplishments were vaporous and indistinct. We judged Obama by what he did and said, not on any other factors.
And we’ll do it again in 2012.
Clyburn can go jump in the spam filter.