What If Obama Were Named Jesse Johnson?
You might ask yourself why does black racism unlike the alleged white kind get a free pass? The accepted response in elite circles of liberal academia is there is no such thing as black racism because blacks cannot by liberal definition be racists.
The answer my good friend and colleague Harry Stein gives in his book “Racist” is liberal elites “today bring to any matter involving black behavior a toxic mix of condescension and excuse making. Black people are not the same as us, so the implicit thinking goes, and given their tragic past, it is not just reasonable but understandable that they not be held to the same standards.” (Pg. 25; ppg. 3)
What the liberal elites are saying in reality is that blacks are savages plucked from the jungles, shipped to plantations, and culturally incapable of behaving according to acceptable mores and standards.
But setting that aside for the moment, how do they rationalize the half-Kenyan president and his black wife attending a church where the miserable excuse for a human being — a so-called minister preached hatred and resentment of white conservatives? How do these elite liberals rationalize the half-Kenyan president and his black wife sitting for 20 years under the hate-filled tutelage of Jeremiah Wright? How do they rationalize the half-Kenyan president and his black wife holding so tightly to Leninism? And how do they rationalize the racial hatred and race-based partisanship the half-Kenyan’s wife espoused while in college and at events attended by Louis Farrakhan’s wife?
The answer I believe is two-fold. On the one hand, Obama isn’t black. He doesn’t have the reference points that many Americans of color have pursuant to slavery and Jim Crow. Thus, in the ideology of elite, white liberals, he is palatable in ways that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would never be.
The other reason I would offer that elite liberals rationalize it being permissible to accept his wife into their version of polite society is that her hatred and resentment serve to remind them of why they want to help the poor black folks. The wife has what Stein accurately identifies as the chip-on-the-shoulder racism.
I am prepared to argue that if Obama’s name were Jesse Johnson, and his father’s name had been Frank Waters, and his father had been born and raised in the slums of Chicago — and Jesse Johnson married a toothy harridan who at that time was even more unpleasant looking than she is today — I don’t believe there would be a snowball’s chance in the desert that elite, white liberals would capitulate to them as they do.
Elitist, white liberals can play it off any way they want; the bottom line is they are racist and bigoted to the core, and the only reason they accept Obama is because he isn’t black and because he has a mystical sounding name thing going for him. And there is certainly no way his wife would be any more than a footnote on the “concourse of angry and unfulfilled ambition.”
Think I’m wrong? How many of the Congressional Black Caucus get the attention these two got even when he was a State Senator? How many liberal blacks have gotten the treatment these two got when he was the Senator from Illinois?
I could go on, but I believe I’ve made my point. They use the color of Obama’s skin to blunt criticism, but you can bet your last dollar that if the color of his skin covered a black gent from Detroit named Henry he wouldn’t have made state senator. And he certainly wouldn’t have done it accompanied by someone as unpleasant as his wife is. And do not think for an instant that the radical black intelligentsia or the “Talented Tenth” as Du Bois termed them, aren’t aware of this. Which makes them just as dishonest as the elitist, white liberals because they are attempting to piggy-back their way to acceptance and a seat at the liberal power table, by pretending not to notice the horse they’re backing isn’t one of them.
My words might seem harsh, but they’re spot on and I dare any elitist liberal to step forward and attempt to prove me wrong.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here