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Posted on 09/30/2012 12:53:15 PM PDT by Kaslin
From his spot on the Time Ideas blog, the MSNBC anchor Toure admitted "If President Obama had to run against Senator Obama of 2008, he’d probably be crushed. Back then, Obama seemed superhuman; today he is merely mortal. His victory in 2008 was historic, breaking the race barrier in the nation’s highest office."
Guess what came next. Re-electing Obama is a greater test of whether America is racist than it was in 2008: "But an Obama victory in 2012 would say something even more profound about how far our country has come. Granted, Obama’s election (or not) is merely one of many factors that will tell us where we are on race in America. But it is a big one." Toure put Obama into the metaphor of The Matrix:
In 2008, Obama was Morpheus and America was Neo, a nation of great potential that had lost its mojo and did not understand reality. Obama offered America the red pill the chance to vote for him and we swallowed it. In The Matrix, the red pill took effect immediately, and it wasnt long before Neo revealed himself to be the One the Jesus-like figure Morpheus had thought he was. In the real world, change happens much more slowly. When Obama took office, it felt as if the sky were falling and we were close to a depression. We avoided that fate. But it has been a rough few years marked by problems (not all of his making) that include a historic recession, Washington gridlock, the passage of controversial health care legislation, the failure to close the Guantánamo prison, the Middle East explosion and the rhetorical blunder of If youve got a business, you didnt build that, by which the great orator handed the GOP a gift it could mangle into a slogan. After all that, its impossible to view Obama as a superhuman magical-Negro figure anymore.
Toure raised the "magical Negro" stereotype as the image Obama needed to win -- and he has to shed that to prove America isn't racist. So far, he's impressed that America is putting Obama ahead of Romney in the polls:
All incumbents have natural advantages, but for Obama, incumbency is a double-edged sword. Given the super-human expectations placed on him when he took office, it’s not surprising that he has disappointed some of his followers.
So those poll numbers suggest something very interesting about this country in terms of racial progress. They show American voters embracing a non-magical black man. The magical Negro concept arose from a need to rectify supposed black inferiority with the undeniability of black wisdom by suggesting that wisdom is so alien that its origins cannot be explained by normal scientific methods.
While some may think it complimentary to be considered “magical,” it is infantilizing and offensive because it suggests black excellence is so shocking it can only come from a source that is supernatural. To accept a black leader who is extraordinary yet so human that he cannot be magical is an entirely different prospect than electing a black superhero. Anyone would vote for a superhero who lived up to my mom’s standard of having to be twice as good. But for it to embrace a nonmagical black person who cannot promise anything but hope, intelligence, sweat and experience, now that comes closer to equality. Equality is freedom from having to be twice as good to get ahead.
This is the racial con game that's being presented this time. He doesn't promise anything but "hope, intelligence, sweat, and experience" besides his atrocious record of routine incompetence. So America is pressured: prove you're not a bigot by voting for Obama.
Only a rebuke by black voters who are repulsed by Obama’s ALLGHEY Agenda would show that they are not racist in voting for this man’s re-election in spite of their difference in morals.
The NEXT black president will have to get the job on merit alone.
Yes, it would say something profound. It would say that color is more important than competence. MLK must be rolling over in his grave since that is the opposite of a man being judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.
This is what happens when you get paid by the word.
I'm sure Toure would disagree, but the last four years have certainly driven home one lesson - there are worse things than being called a racist by the liberal media.
Man I am so tired of this crap. People who think about race 24/7 simply do NOT get that libertarians, conservatives and even regular old Republicans do not give a whit WHAT COLOR the president is..we are not ALL racists. What we ARE, is opposed, vehemently to this president’s view of the world, the United States and the role of government in the lives of citizens. Period. We’ve been saying the SAME things for YEARS- before there was ever a Barack Obama.
When we say we want our country back, we do NOT mean, we want our country back from a black man, we want our country back from the creeping socialism that is threatening our way of life- in all its myriad forms.
We simply do NOT SEE COLOR everywhere in every thought and idea as the left does. We see Americans. When they DECIDE and CHOOSE to separate themselves from America, they are not moving forward, they are building walls of grievances that NOTHING will ever satisfy.
There are jackasses of all colors and backgrounds.
I’ve had it with being called racist. I’ve had it with the group-think on display by the left.
I’ve just had it, period.
Obozo is a negro but he sure aint magic.
I think all the black people should vote for Romney this time. It’s their turn to prove they’re not racist. It’s only fair.
Yes. If Obama loses, the world won't be safe for extended Matrix comparisons.
Re-electing Obama is 2012 will show how far our country has gone down the Stupid Hole on the Stupid train.
When you're a Rat you're a Rat for life!
This ran in the print version of Time. Toure is a racist, Sharpton wanna-be idiot. Didn’t he start as a hip-hop music reviewer?
Toure Doof Rants
2008-vote for the superhuman superintellectual universal genius marxist black man or you’re a racist
20012-vote for the dumb incompetent marxist black man or you’re a racist
for all eternity-vote for the black marxist or you’re a racist
And if he wins, what do they do in 2016? Say “only repealing the 22nd and re-electing him again (and again, and again, and...) will prove America isn’t racist”? Can I get a “Screw that nonsense!”, brothers and sisters?
That would be my prediction
Toure is the racist he’s been waiting for.