Skip to comments.Obama Re-elected -- 9-Year-Old Black Kid Can Breathe Easy
Posted on 11/08/2012 6:16:47 AM PST by Kaslin
Brandon, a 9-year-old black kid, attended a campaign rally hosted by Michelle Obama. A cameraman interviewed Brandon, who was there with his dad. "Why does (Obama) need to win?" he was asked. "Because if Mitt Romney wins," he replied, "we'll be going back to the crop fields. We'll be picking crops." Off-screen, his father could be heard laughing.
From whom does a 9-year-old hear that Obama's opponent is a racist who, to quote the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, wants "to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws"?
Brandon's father might alert his son to a recent column by Douglas Wilder, the black ex-governor of Virginia and himself a former presidential candidate. Although former Secretary of State Colin Powell's re-endorsement of President Obama got more attention, a far bigger deal is the refusal by Wilder to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election. Wrote Wilder: "The classic question, 'Are we better off than we were four years ago,' leaves a mixed answer for many people I meet when traveling around Virginia and the country."
Artur Davis, a black former Alabama congressman and co-chair of Obama 2008, switched his support to Romney. An opponent of ObamaCare, Davis said, "A comprehensive, 2,000 page, near $1 trillion dollar overhaul of the health care system is just too cumbersome and too costly in a time of trillion-dollar deficits." When he was first criticized for his stance against ObamaCare, Davis said, "I vigorously reject the insinuation that there is a uniquely 'black' way of understanding an issue."
The Associated Press, however, wants people like little Brandon to know that, yes, had Obama lost, it was racism that did him in. Indeed, the AP says its online survey shows that many Americans possess negative "racial attitudes" toward blacks -- enough to hurt Obama's re-election.
How does the AP uncover negative "racial attitudes"?
In addition to extensive questions about the presidential candidates and political attitudes, the AP asked "overt" questions. These include things like, well, certain words or phrases -- "friendly," "law abiding," "intelligent at school," "lazy" and "complaining" -- to describe blacks, whites, Hispanics and so on.
The AP also used "subtler techniques" because "some (people) may not be aware of their own biases." And employing "affect misattribution," the survey showed "faces of people of different races quickly on a screen before displaying a neutral image that people were asked to rate as pleasant or unpleasant."
Then after applying what sounds like a small universe of "mathematical formulas" to the survey answers (to account for "likelihoods" and "attitudes" and "characteristics," and "models ... to estimate the impact each factor has," while "controlling for other factors"), the AP announced its findings: A majority (51 percent) of Americans possess "negative views" of blacks.
Case closed, right? Wrong.
What happens when these questions are asked of blacks about blacks? How do blacks answer these negative assertions about blacks? In 1991, researchers for the National Race and Politics Survey asked the same questions of both blacks and whites. Blacks, for example, were also asked if they considered blacks "aggressive or violent," "boastful," "complaining," "lazy" or "irresponsible."
While 52 percent of whites agreed with the statement "blacks are aggressive or violent," 59 percent of blacks also agreed. On the question of blacks being boastful, more blacks than whites agreed, at 57 percent and 45 percent, respectively. On "blacks are complaining," 51 percent of blacks agreed, while fewer whites, at 41 percent, agreed with that statement. Fewer whites (34 percent) than blacks (39 percent) agreed that "blacks are lazy."
Stanford University's political scientist Paul M. Sniderman and survey research specialist Thomas Piazza examined the 1991 survey. They write: "In every case, blacks are at least as likely as whites to hold a negative view of blacks. ... Indeed, when it comes to judgments of whether blacks as a group exhibit socially undesirable characteristics, where there is a statistically significant difference between the views of blacks and whites, it always takes the form of blacks expressing a more negative evaluation of other blacks than do whites." Are blacks, who consistently score higher than whites on self-esteem tests, racist against themselves? According to the National Race and Politics Survey, apparently so -- thus the absurdity of branding someone racist merely for holding "negative" racial views.
I was about Brandon's age when my mother and I watched the 1960 convention, when John Kennedy was nominated. In my new book, "Dear Father, Dear Son," I write about my Democratic mother and Republican father. Neither of them accused Richard Nixon of seeking to re-impose Jim Crow. They talked about issues, policy differences. During vigorous political arguments over the kitchen table, neither my mother nor father played victim. Neither thought the opposing party was "out to get them." Mom and Dad considered America an imperfect country in a constant -- mostly successful -- struggle to live up to her ideals.
Man, was I fortunate.
Many bright days ahead of you Brandon!
The 15 year old around here says, “how am I goiong to pay for college now that Obama’s back in and there will be even more debt piled onto me?”
Blacks have not had to bother with the farms in a very long time. If they have it has been a choice. Sad thing is that a lot of small farms will be closing down. They never seem to stop and consider how food is processed and grown and eventually makes it’s way to the table. When everything is free no one stops to think about it until it is all gone.
Hey, Brandon, remember when your president said he didn’t do his homework for the debate because it was boring? Well, look where he is today!
“picking crops” translates to
“having to actually work for a living”
Quite frankly I’ve been of the opinion for sometime that most people are only suited to be farm laborers and that the promotion of the populace to a higher level is what is ruining us.
Yep, he’s going to become a real slave.
“Because if Mitt Romney wins,” he replied, “we’ll be going back to the crop fields. We’ll be picking crops.”
Substitute Barack Obama for Mitt Romney and you have an accurate prediction.
He’ll wish there were even crops to pick... capitalists are going to close the spigots of investment like crazy.
kids say the darndest things...usually totally inappropriate and wrong!
This kid needs to wake the F**K UP as Sam Yule Jackass said.
As opposed to a wage slave forever paying off the national debt and welfare entitlements to those who refuse to work.
Kudos to Mr. Davis!
‘we’ll be picking crops’
Well, at least you’d have a job.....
That's the problem -- the looters don't want jobs. They want free phones, food stamps, and free time to play on their XBox and iPhone, or go out to clubs/parties.
I hope that someone explains to this kid that had it not been for affirmative action Colin Powell just might have ended up in those fields. He sure as hell wouldn’t have made the rank of general.
One other thing, it wouldn’t hurt that kid to work out in that field for a while. It might teach him some work ethic. I worked in the fields and it didn’t hurt me. Blacks weren’t the only ones chopping and picking cotton back in the day.
Very well put. But of course nobody could "re-impose Jim Crow" in 1960. It was still around (and enforced by Democrats).
A couple of years in the crop fields might be good for him: Fresh air, an actual job, a lot fewer gang members around, less chance of being shot.
No, you are mistaken. If they were suitable for farm labor, agriculture would not be so mechanized.
“Blacks werent the only ones chopping and picking cotton back in the day.”
That’s for sure, my lily white face and body used to turn to a light toast shade every summer from spending all day every day in the sun. Walking behind a plow, hoeing, picking cotton, etc. etc.