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What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?
Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2012 | Larry Elder

Posted on 11/01/2012 11:07:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election? This is a question many parents are asking themselves -- especially those who would blame the loss on racism.

Jubilant black parents on the front pages of newspapers, the day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, said things like, "for the first time" they could "sincerely" say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States.

The New York Times wrote: "That a new day had dawned was immediately apparent at breakfast on Wednesday at Eagle Academy, a young public school in the spot where the often hard-edged Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and Ocean Hill intersect: The sixth-grade boys sat in silence over their eggs, biscuits and apple juice.

"They were too busy poring over the transcripts of President-elect Barack Obama's speech that teachers had handed them as they walked in. Too tired, perhaps, from having been awoken at midnight to hear the news from their tearful mothers. ...

"The 30-year-old principal, Rashad Meade, pushed his proteges, asking why they thought ... this moment was so important ... why their parents had woken them the night before.

"Isaiah Purcell, who is 11, started to say something about the issues, then trailed off. He picked up again, asserting that Mr. Obama's ascendancy to the White House 'makes us think that we could accomplish anything when you put your mind to it (emphasis added).'"

Goodness! Pre-Obama, what were these parents and teachers telling these kids about their future? What would the teary-eyed parents have said had Obama lost? Would they have told their children that racism remains a major force in America and Obama's defeat proves the point? And assuming he loses his bid for re-election, what will this defeat say about "race" in America?

My father, a former Marine, World War II vet, was born to an illiterate single mother in Athens, Ga. An only child, he never met his biological father. He was a 14-year-old teenager in that Jim Crow South when the Great Depression began. Hard, hard knocks.

But as I write in my new book, "Dear Father, Dear Son," my father taught my brothers and me that the only barrier to success is lack of effort. My Huntsville, Alabama-born mother also taught us that, through education and steady application, goals could be achieved -- no matter how lofty.

Yes, even the presidency of the United States.

I write: "Mom made me feel like I could spit lightening and make bullets bounce off my chest. She sat me down on the front porch when I was about 6 years old. She had an illustrated book of all the presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower. We talked about their achievements and disappointments.

"'Larry,' she said, tapping the book, 'if you work hard enough and want it bad enough, someday you can be in this book.'"

My parents told us that no one can make you feel inferior without your permission. In high school, we read a sad, bitter poem about racism in a black literature course:

"While riding through old Baltimore, so small and full of glee,

"I saw a young Baltimorean keep a-lookin' straight at me.

"Now, he was young and very small, and I was not much bigger

"And so I smiled, but he put out his tongue and called me 'nigger.'

"I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until September,

"Of all the things that happened there, that's all that I remember."

The teacher angrily talked about the permanent damage done to this little boy's psyche. The permanent stain of racism. The assault on the little boy's dignity. The boy, said the teacher, will never be the same. By the time the bell sounded, everyone was angry.

When I got home, I read the poem to my mother. She was in the kitchen, cooking a pot of greens. When I finished the last line, she turned, big spoon in hand, and looked me in the eye.

"Too bad," she said, "that boy let something so trivial spoil his vacation."

If Obama loses, how many parents will tell their children that his race did him in? Already, The Associated Press published a poll supposedly showing that the negative "racial attitudes" people hold against blacks could likely cost Obama 2 points in the election.

Really?

Not only does Obama benefit from a near-unanimous black vote, but also from the many whites who voted for Obama because of his race. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, explained in 2008: "This is (their) chance to demonstrate that we have been able to get this boogeyman called race behind us. And so they are going to vote for him, whether he has credentials or not, whether he has any experience."

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the first black manager in the modern major leagues. There have been many since. Robinson's hiring made a statement about the irrelevance of race. Years later, when his team underperformed, Robinson was fired.

Obama can be fired, as well.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; barackobama; larryelder; obama; racism
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1 posted on 11/01/2012 11:07:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

That the better man won.


2 posted on 11/01/2012 11:08:53 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Kaslin

Don’t they have minds of their own??


3 posted on 11/01/2012 11:09:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Kaslin

Um... Hurray!?


4 posted on 11/01/2012 11:09:17 AM PDT by Principled (Is 340 EVs too much to ask for?)
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To: Kaslin

“Life is tough, wear a helmet.”


5 posted on 11/01/2012 11:09:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

What can you tell that child? Simple...”America is racist to its core”.


6 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:00 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Kaslin

See what happens when you smoke dope or are a dope.


7 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:20 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Kaslin

The question I have is this, when are we going to start judging people not on “the basis of their skin color but on the content of their character” as one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had said at one time?

The reality is that, Mr. Obama will have to be “fired”.


8 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:31 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

What do you tell him? Tell him that you may finally see a day when a man is judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.


9 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:40 AM PDT by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: Kaslin

We judge people by the content of their character, not the color. Of their skin.


10 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:43 AM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence again.t foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: Kaslin

No Obama phone for you.


11 posted on 11/01/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: meyer
Tell him that you may finally see a day when a man is judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.

And that Obama's character sucks.

12 posted on 11/01/2012 11:11:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

Tell him that the illegal alien, Kenyan-born, homosexual, murderer, and liar lost. Howzdat?


13 posted on 11/01/2012 11:12:12 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: THE_RAIDER
No Obama phone for you.

Hahahahaha!

14 posted on 11/01/2012 11:12:14 AM PDT by norcal joe
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To: Kozak

What are the odds of 3 of us thinking the same thing, all within a 12 second span?


15 posted on 11/01/2012 11:12:21 AM PDT by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: Kaslin
What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election?

Hmmmmm...

That, perhaps, would be my second question.

My FIRST question would be to my wife: How is it that we have a black child when we're both white....?????!!!!!

16 posted on 11/01/2012 11:12:36 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Kaslin

How about “We foolishly elected a man based on his skin color instead of his qualifications. We need to take a another look at the people we let represent us.”


17 posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:11 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Kaslin

Tell him only the white half lost.


18 posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:22 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

Could explain that he was lazy,he was a liar, and that he hated white people and that made him a racist.
They could also tell their children that people in his position should be honest about their islamist back ground.
so much they can tell their children without feeling guilty about the liar in chief losing his reelection.


19 posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:35 AM PDT by Christian1
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To: Kaslin
Those parents can tell their children that Obama was elected in part, because of his skin color; but he lost re-election because he lacked merit. That is, we are all Americans, but success is based upon what you do...NOT what color your skin is.
20 posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:39 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Kaslin

Oh, I could tell the kid a LOT!


21 posted on 11/01/2012 11:13:47 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Kaslin

Tell them Obama’s white half is a very bad man - if that makes you feel better. Or just say Obama sucks.


22 posted on 11/01/2012 11:14:35 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

I simply would say, “if you get a job and fail to perform it, expect to be fired.”


23 posted on 11/01/2012 11:14:35 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Kaslin
What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America's first black president, loses his bid for re-election?

Simple. Tell him Whitey done stole da 'lection. And shut up dat cryin'.

 

 

24 posted on 11/01/2012 11:14:55 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kaslin

What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

If he can’t do the job, you must let him go.


25 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:23 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Kaslin

Tell them the same damned thing that Whites tell their children when a White man loses. For crying out loud, it’s just damned depressing to see some folks this stupid. And of course, the media is there to provide comfort, and disburse/network the lunacy.


26 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:31 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Resident NBC NRD N3pmCs HCR / no birth C / no req docs / no 3pm calls / he can read)
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To: Kaslin

That black Americans still need to perfom, to get results and not expect to get a pass due to skin color. Being black is not an excuse for poor performance or poor behavior.

This is, I believe, a corollary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. I think more black Americans understand this than do white liberals. Theirs is the soft racism of low expectations.


27 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:40 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: Kaslin

Tell him that his chances of survival as an adult just doubled.


28 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT by albie
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To: Kaslin

You could tell them that America is so much not a racist country as they elected a blackman to be President and when he turned out to be an incompetent Socilaist liar America kicked him out just like they would have a white guy.


29 posted on 11/01/2012 11:15:50 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Kaslin

“See? A black man just lost an election like white men always have.”


30 posted on 11/01/2012 11:16:01 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Kaslin
What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

Tell 'em that, after all, he's only half black.

31 posted on 11/01/2012 11:16:11 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: Flycatcher

That actually made me LORL (laugh out really loud).


32 posted on 11/01/2012 11:16:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin
What Do I Tell My Black Child If Obama Loses?

"Guess you'll have to stay with your grandmother during the days, since I won't be getting anymore welfare checks, and actually will have to get a job."

33 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: All

Does an oPhone require no contract since it gets its minutes, text messages and data from other phones?


34 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:08 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: Kaslin

Mr. Elder. What did you tell him when Obama won? Did you say you voted for a black man because of his color? If you did, you’re a damned racist! If you vote for him again, you’re a racist, and an effing FOOL!


35 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:11 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: meyer

It is a beautiful sentiment and a biblical one as well. You shall know them not by their words but by their deeds.

Tell a black child that the way to be successful isn’t to “get to the top” because of your race but because you worked harder than everyone else, every single day. And if you take the easy way out...it will catch up with you.


36 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:36 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Kaslin
There have been many since. Robinson's hiring made a statement about the irrelevance of race. Years later, when his team underperformed, Robinson was fired.

So too will Obama be fired. This race pits a communist with a capitalist. Guess who's going to win. . . America saw who Obama was in the first debate and they've been researching him for years. . They now know, . . and will produce a landslide.

37 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:42 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Kaslin

Just tell him that Obama doesn’t value time honored traditions that most United States Citizens hold dear, that Obama is too politically correct, and he is out of touch with the ideas that have made this nation great. Obama thinks politically correct thought is more important then the values the United States represents. Obama thinks those time honored values are like a rerun from father knows best, that’s why he was rejected as President of the United States. He just doesn’t get it.


38 posted on 11/01/2012 11:17:50 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: Kaslin

Oh boy! This thread is going to be frozen soon!


39 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:02 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: Flycatcher

My FIRST question would be to my wife: How is it that we have a black child when we’re both white....?????!!!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

lololol

Remember that Jim carrey movie; ‘Me, Myself and Irene’?

Funny as hell.


40 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:05 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kaslin

Go practice your free throws


41 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:28 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Kaslin

Affirmative Action is for losers!


42 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Kaslin

How about you teach them that Affirmative Action will only get you so far- you can’t be an incompetant boob and expect to keep your job forever, just because you’re black.

That would teach them so much more than Obambi hisself ever did....mmmm mmm mmm...


43 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (What The World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article by Larry.

Isn’t it strange though, that black parents weren’t holding up a black man like Justice Clarence Thomas as a role model and evidence that, with hard work, we can all become whatever we want to be in America? I’m mean, he did grow up in a shack with a dirt floor in it.

Gosh, I wonder why they don’t do that?


44 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:42 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t say anything, just play them a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGBw8jS3sMw


45 posted on 11/01/2012 11:18:50 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Kaslin

Tell him to pay more attention to Herman Cain.

or Clarence Thomas

or Mia Love

and stop listening to fools.


46 posted on 11/01/2012 11:19:03 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Kaslin
, "for the first time" they could "sincerely" say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States.

They can tell their "black" children sincerely that a "black" person who becomes President of the United States will be held accountable for his actions in that office. Just like anybody else.

What ... did these racist idiots think that Barry Hussein would get a pass on his incompetence, his lack of patriotism, and his communistic tendencies because of his dark skin?

Then they can tell their "black" children to STFU about race, that the whole world doesn't revolve around the colour of their skin, that their deep-seated, unconscious racism is poisoning American culture, and that they need to quit blaming everybody else for their problems.

But not a one of them has the guts or the intelligence to do that.

47 posted on 11/01/2012 11:19:08 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Kaslin

Tell him that if he grows up to run as a conservative, he will be the first black president to be re-elected.


48 posted on 11/01/2012 11:19:35 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Kaslin

You tell them that more people voted for Romney than obammy.

If they are of average intelligence, they should be able to figre that out.


49 posted on 11/01/2012 11:20:27 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Kaslin
I would tell them that many Presidents get only one term, and skin color is irrelevant. I would tell them that white people don't vote as a block, and that Obama could not have won without white votes the first term. I would tell them not to look at anyone’s skin color, but at their actions.
50 posted on 11/01/2012 11:21:05 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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