Because they say only white people can be racist, here’s a good story from Obama’s own back yard. It wasn’t enough when Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright was spouting racist crap that apparently, Obama just “missed”, you might be able to make a shaky case that he was too busy playing Tetris on his Nintendo DS, something I’d prefer over him listening to ridiculous religious nonsense any day. However, now we’ve got another of his religious associates who are promoting blatant racist nonsense, are we going to just ignore it? Are we going to give yet another case of black racism a pass?
Rev. Dr. James Lowery spoke at St. James Baptist Church as part of a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) tour across Georgia to encourage black voters to cast ballots for Obama. Lowery was the preacher who gave the benediction at Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 and Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest possible civilian honor, on Lowery in June of that year. To say that Obama does not support this man is to ignore reality. However, at the SCLC conference, when discussing the fact that Obama lost Georgia in 2008 by 200,000 votes, while an estimated 390,000 black men did not vote in the election, he said “I don’t know what kind of a nigger wouldn’t vote with a black man running.”
Welcome to black racist politics. These are blacks, and to a somewhat lesser degree hispanics, who are entirely unable to see beyond the color of someone’s skin, the only thing that they pay the slightest attention to is race. If you win, it’s the superiority of your race. If you lose, it’s because all those white racists kept you out of office. In fact, at a rally, Lowery again put his foot in it, suggesting that if Obama was white, there’s no chance he’d lose his bid for re-election.
While it’s not surprising to see a religious leader in this country proclaiming that the sinners are going to hell, Lowery takes it one step further. According to Lowery, when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.
See, back in 2008, lots of people voted for Obama, not because they supported his politics, not because they liked him as a person, but just because he was black. Tons of black and hispanic voters registered for the first time, not to vote for a Democrat, but to vote for a black man. One of my best friends, in fact, had never registered to vote in all of his 50 years, yet he did so just because Obama had dark skin. He had no clue about his political platform, he just wanted to vote in the historic election of a black man to the highest office in the land.
Yes, it was historic. It was also racist as fuck. But you don’t get to accuse blacks of being racist, according to liberals, they are above such recriminations. In fact, the Obama camp, and indeed, the Hillary Clinton camp when she was a viable candidate, openly played the race and gender cards to win votes. “Come vote for the black man!” “Come vote for the woman!”
The problem is, the huge minority electoral turnout caused a ton of problems in 2008. It was almost entirely because of the increased minority voter turnout that Proposition 8, the anti-gay-marriage bill passed. The black and hispanic communities tend to be very religious and that, in addition to illegal voter mining by the Mormon church, made gay marriage in the state illegal once again, at least for a little while until the courts came to their senses. Whether Obama and his supporters want to acknowledge it or not, Proposition 8’s passage rests largely on the race-card politics waged by his supporters.
If a white pastor or religious leader anywhere in the U.S., say someone like James Dobson of Focus on the Family, said “I don’t know what kind of a white man wouldn’t vote with a white man running,” the collective black community would shit themselves. We simply cannot allow racist politics at all. If it’s wrong for whites to use race as a factor in making decisions, political or otherwise, it is equally wrong for blacks or hispanics to do it. If it is wrong to judge people on the basis of their gender for men, then it is wrong for women as well. If American politics is to ignore skin color and gender and become truly color and gender blind, then it has to be from all sides, not just white guys.
After all, isn’t that what we’re all supposed to want?