Friday, July 24, 2009

I Guess Being Our First Black President Means You Shouldn't Speak Honestly

Last night the Moms brought up the fact that President Obama seems so sincere and frank in his communication and how much she admires him for that. The headlines this morning illustrated her point. Evidently, a group of people do not admire the President for being honest at all.

Yesterday, Mr. Obama was honest enough that he somehow got his decent self into trouble by making the following response about the idiotic arrest of African-American Harvard Professor Gates:

"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they [Gates and his driver] were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

Now, because of this honest and direct response, newspapers like the NY Post are trying to stir up trouble by implying that the President's comment is proof of some sort of racial agenda.

I beg to differ. What the President said, I reiterate, was honest. I am a white American, and I, too, believe those officers responded to the Gates situation like a bunch of power-drunk babboons. This response was obviously motivated by Professor Gates's race. Shame on them and on all of us, as our police force is only as good as the citizens who fund it.

Bless President Obama for the honesty and straight-forwardness of his response. [I guess after the previous administration, we no longer expect that of our President.] Wrong is wrong. I guess because I'm white, I have the freedom to point that out, and he does not.

We may have elected our first black President in this country, but I'm not sure we've progressed much at all.


Syd said...

I agree SB. There is still much racism in the South. It is disguised in many ways but it is still alive.

downtown guy said...

Since when is Cambridge in the south? There's still racism all over the country. Hell, it's woven into the very fabric of our society. When I think of the job that has to be done, ripping out those threads of hate and prejudice from the national culture, it amazes me that we've even come this far. And, no, dishonesty from our leaders sure as hell doesn't help. I've got nothing but support and praise for President Obama on this one.

cozzie laura said...

"We may have elected our first black President in this country, but I'm not sure we've progressed much at all."

Couldn't have said it better! Nicely done!

Lady Lemon said...

No, not as much as it would seem. The conservatives out there are terrified of losing their white-man hold on everything, and are doing what they can to cry "reverse racism" anywhere and everywhere. Like the whole Sotomayor "wise Latina" thing. Give me a fucking break.

Any white person in this country who thinks that the police don't discriminate based on race is willfully ignorant.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I agree with all of you. Thank God for SB's blogging family. There are still pockets of sanity to be found.

Thank you Cozzie Laura for the very nice compliment.

I love you all. All of you have a great weekend.

And to my friend the Chicken Wrangler, try not to kill any of Ms. Moon's precious babies!

Anonymous said...

Here Here!!! It's like people just have to try to find something to bitch about or something. Bunch O flaming eedjits if ya ask me. It's not as if anything he said isn't accurate as hell.

Sheria said...

There is still work to be done in dismantling racism but I feel really good about our ability to progress after reading your blog entry and your commenters. Y'all do my spirit good!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I am glad to do your spirit good. I am very lucky. I do have a really fine group of readers.

This includes you, my friend!

Tons of love,