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Color Blind: Chaitís look at race during Obama era is missing one thing: black Americans
Slate ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie

Posted on 04/09/2014 5:43:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

If I were outlining a racial history of the Obama administration, it would begin with policy: A housing collapse that destroyed black Americans’ wealth; a health care law attacked as “reparations” and crippled by a neo-Calhounite doctrine of “state sovereignty”; a broad assault on voting rights and access to the polls, concentrated in the states of the former Confederacy. Indeed, it would focus on the deep irony of the Obama era: That the first black president has presided over a declining status quo for many black Americans.

In short, it would treat race as a real force in public life that has real consequences for real people.

You should contrast this with Jonathan Chait’s most recent feature for New York magazine, where the story of race in the Obama administration is a story of mutual grievance between Americans on the left and right, with little interest in the lived experiences of racism from black Americans and other people of color. It’s a story, in other words, that treats race as an intellectual exercise—a low-stakes cocktail party argument between white liberals and white conservatives over their respective racial innocence.

“If you…set out to write a social history of the Obama years, one that captured the day-to-day experience of political life,” Chait writes, “you would find that race has saturated everything as perhaps never before. Hardly a day goes by without a volley and counter-volley of accusations of racial insensitivity and racial hypersensitivity.”

That might fit the experiences of a mostly white pundit class, but it has nothing to do with race as experienced in the “day-to-day” lives of ordinary people. When a twentysomething black New Yorker talks about race, she isn’t as concerned with the rhetoric of Republicans as she is with the patrol car that trails her teenage brother....

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; obamacare; racism; trayvon

The Author

What austerity?

1 posted on 04/09/2014 5:43:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“If you…set out to write a social history of the Obama years, one that captured the day-to-day experience of political life,” Chait writes, “you would find that race has saturated everything as perhaps never before. Hardly a day goes by without a volley and counter-volley of accusations of racial insensitivity and racial hypersensitivity.”

I believe this was predicted by Rush Limbaugh (and others) during the election campaign back in 2008.

2 posted on 04/09/2014 5:49:40 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Assault on Voting Rights, lol. Got ID, show your ID, dunce

Sometimes you gotta prove who you really are, not rely on being affirmative action’d thru life.


3 posted on 04/09/2014 5:51:53 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry, I just couldn’t get past the excerpt. What the heck is this goofball babbling about?

As far as I could see in what little I read, his complaint is that blacks in America aren’t the center of the universe. And that’s just wrong.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 5:52:11 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I must have missed where and when the government takeover of the health care industry was called “reparations”


5 posted on 04/09/2014 6:11:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear Jamelle - you are a dupe and a fool. Your precious “first black president” has screwed all of us equally, not just his own race. And because all you can see is the color of his skin, you completely ignore his incompetence and blame your problems on whitey. When black Americans address the issues within their own community (such as fatherless children and lack of education) their lot will improve. Lead that revolution, Jamelle, and someday you could be the first competent black president.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 6:17:08 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Fred Nerks

Yes, well the summary of the article is:

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Obama polarized America so that we see his administration as a prleude to inevitable final solution violence.
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I love it when leftist coercive utopians go all whiney.It means that good times are coming soon.

Freedom needs to be brought back , as well as a new respect for the Constitution, and a vibrant economy.

Then the whining will stop until the next suffering , polarizing bastard who defies the Constitution comes along.


7 posted on 04/09/2014 6:18:40 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: BenLurkin

Lol! Me too. This is just rhetoric designed to push a meme and has nothing to do with reality.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 6:19:34 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Candor7
polarized America so that we see his administration as a prleude to inevitable final solution violence.

? I see that as the trumpet and clarion call to go all Rwanda on the white race. In case you haven't seen it beginning already under the color of the authority of the department of justice...

9 posted on 04/09/2014 6:32:37 PM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: BenLurkin

“I must have missed where and when the government takeover of the health care industry was called “reparations”

It is not a bad comparison. Obembacare is making working people pay for the leeches’ health insurance.


10 posted on 04/09/2014 6:33:08 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I see Slate allows its writers to hide from criticism on the internet by not even providing a comments section.

While their position will still be wrong, I'll accept that accusations that voter ID laws are an attack on voting right are made in good faith when I see documented evidence that the same folks who make that accusation raised hue and cry against the requirements that government-issued photo ID be shown to purchase pseudoephedrin or to board an airplane on the grounds that it would deny the poor, minorities and the elderly access to effective decongestants and air travel. Unless they can publicly document that they regarded photo ID requirement as an impediment to access in those cases as well, I call foul and accuse people who make that accusation of defending voter fraud.

11 posted on 04/09/2014 6:33:22 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
As far as I could see in what little I read, his complaint is that blacks in America aren’t the center of the universe. And that’s just wrong.

Bouie's complaint is that white liberals (like Jonathan Chait) -- despite their protestations and posturing -- don't take blacks seriously.

And, of course, he is absolutely right.

Actually, Bouie is to be commended for figuring out that blacks need to look out for themselves -- as opposed to counting on white liberals to look out for them.

It's a feeble one. But it's a start...

12 posted on 04/09/2014 6:49:40 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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There are supposedly 3 races. Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongaloid. Is it my imagination or in the daily whining and complaining I only hear about race 2 being oppressed by race 1. I never ever hear about race 3.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 6:57:58 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: okie01; ChildOfThe60s
"Bouie's complaint is that white liberals (like Jonathan Chait) -- despite their protestations and posturing -- don't take blacks seriously."

I fear that he'll draw the wrong conclusions from that observation, though. "We need to get more violent so that they have to notice us" or some such. There is a huge, welling anger just under the surface in this country right now, from many different things. I don't think it would take much of a spark to set it off. I don't recall any occasion in history where a 12% minority took on a 74% majority and won, especially where that majority was better-off economically, much better armed, controlled the energy and food supply and were closely allied with the other larger minority groups.

14 posted on 04/09/2014 6:59:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't recall any occasion in history where a 12% minority took on a 74% majority and won, especially where that majority was better-off economically, much better armed, controlled the energy and food supply and were closely allied with the other larger minority groups.

Caveat: that majority doesn't really control the military, and probably not most of LEO either. The current power brokers in DC are the avowed enemies of that majority.

Still, I mostly agree, as long as that majority isn't sabotaged by those in DC. Not a given.

15 posted on 04/09/2014 7:13:47 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
They may control the levers of power in the military and law enforcement, per se, but do they truly control the rank-and-file, the junior officers or even as many of the flag officers and sheriffs/chiefs as they assume they do? Yes, they've recruited leftists, aliens, thugs, militant homosexuals and others to do their bidding, but I have to believe that most of the force are still real Americans.
16 posted on 04/09/2014 7:18:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, they've recruited leftists, aliens, thugs, militant homosexuals and others to do their bidding, but I have to believe that most of the force are still real Americans.

I so want to believe that also. But my doubt grows daily. I fear the "following orders" scenario is going to play out in America.

17 posted on 04/09/2014 7:25:05 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Just one or two of these in every household and 500 rounds and it'd never come to that. What would it cost? $100 or so? We don't all need AR-15s, $1,500 pistols, AKs, and all that...

18 posted on 04/09/2014 7:32:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lovely. And you are correct. It frustrates me to know people that have arms and keep no more than a box or two of ammo around.

I have a Marlin 30-30 lever action. Of all the long guns I own, I just really enjoy shooting it. Simple, reliable and effective, sort of elemental. I just can’t afford to shoot it too much. If only ammo for it was 40¢ a round.....sigh.

Semi auto carbines are cool, but spray & pray isn’t the only way.


19 posted on 04/09/2014 7:42:21 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Candor7

I sometimes wonder how you might think that kind of an idiotic article might sound to an Australian reader, like something out of a warped kindergarten in an alternate universe.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 7:46:30 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I fear that he'll draw the wrong conclusions from that observation, though. "We need to get more violent so that they have to notice us" or some such. There is a huge, welling anger just under the surface in this country right now, from many different things. I don't think it would take much of a spark to set it off.

I quite agree.

And part of that "huge, welling anger" is legitimately coming from blacks who are starting to realize that their party and their patrons, white liberals, really don't give a damn about them, save their vote.

Under the circumstances, I'd grant there could well be some misdirected violence. But I don't see anything that can be done about it, either.

Our culture today is a devil's brew concocted by liberals, for liberals -- and damn the consequences.

Hope for the best...prepare for the worst.

21 posted on 04/09/2014 7:54:12 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


Colonel Jim Bowie





Jamelle Bouie


progress


22 posted on 04/09/2014 9:33:53 PM PDT by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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To: Candor7

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean that unkindly, I just don’t get the whole ‘race’ thingy. The one most lauded as a civil-rights advocate, Malcom X, was actually, from my pov, the worst thing that ever happened for race relations in the US; he advocated a Mau Mau-like uprising, and wanted to take to US to the World Court for reparattions and their own State.
Explain it to me...how was that supposed to work?


23 posted on 04/09/2014 11:36:51 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: bill1952

I agree. The clarion calls to violence will continue and get more strident. America is under seige and barely knows it.

Obama , martial law, postponement of elections.......reads like a banana republic novel.All federal agencies are armed for civil war, command structire of the millitary gutted. Not good.


24 posted on 04/10/2014 5:35:25 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: bill1952

OBAMA ON RACE RELATIONS AND ISLAM

From Dreams of My Father, “ I FOUND A SOLACE IN NURSING A PERVASIVE SENSE OF GRIEVANCE AND ANIMOSITY AGAINST MY MOTHER’S RACE”.

From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “The emotion between the races could never be pure..... THE OTHER RACE WOULD ALWAYS REMAIN JUST THAT; MENACING, ALIEN, AND APART”.

From ‘Dreams of My Father’, “I CEASED TO ADVERTISE MY MOTHER’S RACE AT ABOUT 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites”

From Dreams Of My Father, “NEVER EMULATE THE WHITE MAN and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. IT WAS INTO MY FATHER’S IMAGE, THE BLACK MAN, SON OF AFRICA, THAT I’D PACKED ALL THE ATTRIBUTES I SOUGHT IN MYSELF..”

From Dreams Of My Father: “THAT HATE HADN’T GONE AWAY,” he wrote, blaming “WHITE PEOPLE- SOME CRUEL, SOME IGNORANT, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives.”

From Dreams Of My Father; “There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs,” he wrote. “IT REMAINED NECESSARY TO PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WERE ON, TO SHOW YOUR LOYALTY TO THE BLACK MASSES, TO STRIKE OUT and name names”

From Dreams Of My Father, “I HAD GROWN ACCUSTOMED EVERYWHERE TO SUSPICION BETWEEN THE RACES”.

He tells us in his books of his love and admiration of Islam: Quote from Barack Obama’s book, Dreams Of My Father: “THE PERSON WHO MADE ME PROUDEST OF ALL, THOUGH, WAS MY [half brother], ROY..HE CONVERTED TO ISLAM”.
From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “IN INDONESIA, I SPEND TWO YEARS AT A MUSLIM SCHOOL” “..I STUDIED THE KORAN..”

From ‘Audacity of Hope: “LOLO (Obama’s step father) FOLLOWED ISLAM....”I LOOKED TO LOLO FOR GUIDANCE”.

From ‘The Audacity Of Hope, “I WILL STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS SHOULD THE POLITICAL WINDS OF WAR SHIFT IN AN UGLY DIRECTION..”

From The Audacity Of Hope, “WE ARE NO LONGER JUST A CHRISTIAN NATION, we are also a Jewish nation, a MUSLIM NATION, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

And if THAT isn’t enough, there’s his Muslim past. He was BORN into a long line of Muslims- and spent his formative years as the stepson of a practicing Muslim.- who without a doubt did his duty and sent his son to Muslim school and worship. Obama so much as admitted this in his book and today his handlers deny it!

What about the 26 or so years before he ‘joined’ a ‘Christian’ church? He states the joined the church and is a Christian, but where is his baptismal record? None can be found. A man undercover called the church and said he was a Muslim and asked if he could join. The answer was yes. They told him they had many Muslim members. (!!!)

Obama went to Kenya to campaign for his cousin, the Muslim-backed terrorist, Odinga, who caused riots when he lost the presidential election- riots that caused the deaths of over 1500, including 50 burned alive when a Christian church was burned down. Obama campaigned for this man! But then he told us he’d ‘stand with the Muslims’.

Then there is his pimping the illegal aliens: Obama’s speech to La Raza: (La Raza (The Race), Largest Hispanic organization in the U.S. Lobbies for racial preferences, bilingual education, stricter hate crimes laws, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens ) Obama said the recent Senate immigration debate “was both ugly and racist in a way we haven’t see since the struggle for civil rights.” !! Obama told La Raza that the mass protests lately of for immigration rights of Mexicans is equal in greatness to the civil rights protest of the past!!

Obama supports La Raza’s, the “DREAM Act,” which would mandate states to offer in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens — thus providing them with benefits not available to U.S. citizens from other states, as well as amnesty and other atrocities. Obama urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the Dream act.(Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar measure last year.)


25 posted on 04/17/2014 11:13:34 AM PDT by Dqban22
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