Skip to comments.Obama faces a white flight
Posted on 09/27/2011 6:21:27 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology. So far, Barack Obama has been involved in two elections that suggest such racism is no longer operative. His reelection bid, however, may indicate that a more insidious form of racism has replaced it.
The 2004 Illinois Senate race between Obama and Alan Keyes, two African Americans, was a unique test of old-fashioned electoral racism. For a truly committed racist, neither would have been acceptable.
In 2008, the long primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama added hundreds of thousands of Democrats to the rolls. By October, it was clear that Obama could lose the general election only if many of these Democrats failed to turn out or crossed party lines - which, after eight years of Bush, could be interpreted only as electoral racism.
The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.
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“Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University.”
Perfectly indoctrinated, poorly educated, too.
As a graduate of Tulane Law and a person who loves Louisiana and New Orleans, let me just tell you, many of us think she is a nut job.
I can’t eat hope and change,sweetie!
Barack Obama has, if anything, been held to a LOWER standard than any past president -- and he has failed even by that standard,
FDR was reelected three times while pursuing much the same economic lunacy as Zero has, with the same results. But at least he wasn't trying to help the Iranians get nuclear weapons.
“Electoral racism in its most egregious form is the unwillingness of whites to vote for blacks regardless of qualifications or ideology.”
So how DO we vote for him based on his ‘qualifications’ or his ‘ideology’ instead of his race.
This author claims that any vote is racism.
I found Melissa Harris-Perry’s picture on Google, and she looks like a liberal.
You've got it exactly bass-ackwards babe. We witnessed electoral racism in its most egregious form in 2008 when essentially the entire black population voted for a person because of the color of his skin, NOT the quality of his character (or any other damned thing).
Readers Digest version: Vote for Obama again or you are a racist. My reply? If you voted for Obama to prove you are not a racist, vote against him this time to prove you are not an idiot.
...a second common strategy of argument about ones racial innocence: the I have black friends claim. I was shocked and angered when Salons Joan Walsh used this strategy in her criticism of my piece. Although I disagree with her, I have no problem with Walshs decision to take on the claims in my piece. I consider it a sign of respect to publicly engage those with whom you disagree. I was taken aback that Walsh emphasized the extent of our friendship. Walsh and I have been professionally friendly. Weve eaten a few meals. I invited her to speak at Princeton and I introduced her to my literary agent. We are not friends. Friendship is a deep and lasting relationship based on shared sacrifice and joys. We are not intimates in that way. Watching Walsh deploy our professional familiarity as a shield against claims of her own bias is very troubling. In fact, it is one of the very real barriers to true interracial friendship and intimacy.
Failing to vote for Obama is by definition “racism”. Even though Obama has not proven that he is eligible for the job. Even though Obama has proven that he is not competent to do the job. Even a vote for Cain over Obama is racist. Regardless of the relative merits of the incumbent anti-American communist or the (hopefully conservative) challenger who gets our votes, any vote other than Obama has been defined to be racist. I am relieved to live in a world where we no longer need the words “racism” and “racist” for their intended purpose and can play with them as political toys. I just hope those who are still influenced by the race card will soon recognize that it is an empty accusation that is only worth ignoring.
“...many of us think she is a nut job.”
It wasn’t just the black population that voted for him because of his skin color.
There were lots of whites that voted for him for nothing other than the color of his skin as well.
And, yet again, The One is being pressed into service for all mankind to break still another barrier. What more can one anointed man be asked to endure for the cause of his people?
Get out your bunny slippers and hop to it, pioneers. As for me and my people, I have a Krispy Kreme, and I'm going to eat it for breakfast.
Spelling correction : “ All the more reason to just do the opposite, vote against him. “
It’s NOT ‘liberal’ support which Obama is losing; it is support from the so-called center. Clinton held on to ‘liberal’ support because liberals had no one else to support. but he also held on to a decent percentage of so-called centrists. In 1996, when Clinton was re-elected, so-called centrists had either Bob Dole or Ross Perot to choose from in additona to Clinton, but he STILL managed to maintain enough support from them to win re-elecction with a plurality of the vote.
Barack Obama is unlikely to duplicate that feat, and it has NOTHING to do with voters being any kind of ‘racist’ - overt or subtle.