Obama or Not, America still a ‘racist nation’

Larry Elder's picture

Republicans show more optimism about race relations than do Democrats.

A June 2007 Gallup Poll asked Republicans and Democrats to rate relations between blacks and whites. Among Democrats, 67 percent said relations were “somewhat good” or “very good,” while 77 percent of Republicans gave those answers.

Similarly, 22 percent of Republicans ranked black/white race relations as “somewhat bad” or “very bad,” yet 31 percent of Democrats gave those pessimistic responses.

As I wrote in my new book, “Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card — and Lose,” a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll asked which type of presidential candidate would you not vote for, even if that candidate agreed with you on most issues.

More Democrats (17 percent) than Republicans (13 percent) wouldn’t vote for a Mormon. For a 72-year-old candidate — again, more Democrats (19 percent) than Republicans (12 percent) refused to vote for someone that age. Likewise more Democrats (4 percent) than Republicans (3 percent) ruled out voting for a black candidate.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a black Clinton supporter, explained why whites vote for Obama. According to Cleaver, “This is (their) chance to demonstrate that we have been able to get this boogeyman called race behind us. And so they are going to vote for him, whether he has credentials or not, whether he has any experience ...”

Here’s where things get interesting.

As to the argument that an Obama election would show an America overcoming its history of racial injustice, Cleaver says no, it would show the opposite.

“Yet Cleaver asserts,” according to an Associated Press article, “that Obama as president could actually hamper efforts to curb racial injustice. He said future concerns about race ‘would be met with rejection because we’ve already demonstrated that we’re not a racist nation.’”

In other words, whites cleverly intend to vote for Obama — not because they consider him qualified or the better candidate, but so that they can diminish future allegations of alleged racism and racial injustice.

But Cleaver sees through the plot. To Cleaver, America remains a “racist nation.” And Obama as president simply pulls the wool over the eyes of America, minimizing the continued and future victims of racism, while giving America’s racists free rein to continue their deviousness.

Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, another Clinton supporter, makes the opposite argument. Ferraro claims that Obama’s race gives him an advantage that obscures his otherwise thin résumé.

“If Obama was a white man,” said Ferraro, “he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

Black state Sen. Robert Ford, D-S.C., also a Clinton supporter, takes the Cleaver position. In explaining his refusal to support Obama, Ford said, “It’s a slim possibility for (Obama) to get the nomination, but then everybody else is doomed. Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything. I’m a gambling man. I love Obama. But I’m not going to kill myself.”

Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can now breathe easier. If Obama loses, blame race. If Obama wins, blame race. Either way, Obama’s election, as regards race relations, means nothing.

So Jackson and Sharpton and the rest of the like-minded traveling circus can remain in the business of ferreting out, exploiting and often exaggerating allegations of racism for face time on TV and continued relevance.

In 1911, former slave Booker T. Washington prophetically wrote about “black leaders” like Cleaver, Jackson and Sharpton: “There is (a) class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ... There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”


login to post comments | Larry Elder's blog

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Submitted by MSGRAY2006 on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 1:14pm.

How many pieces of silver do you get for showing the great white man there is at least ONE intelligent Black man. How smart and brave! Go ahead and yell to the world; hateful racism in America is merely a figment of the black man's imagination. Blacks could do so much better if they would only admit (as you have) The problem is really with them and they are inferior aesthetically and mentally. If we could only admit how stupid we really are we could get along much better in this great country!

There is no shame in being a 2nd class citizen. If we would just quietly admit we are inferior. Take my blog and wave to the great white man nearest you. No doubt, we are so stupid, we actually consider successful blacks "sell outs". Truthfully speaking, I do consider you a sellout Larry. Right along with Rice, Thomas and many of the big name rappers. Larry, all three of you are no better the the bitch-ho rappers. All of you are sell outs and Uncle Toms. It has nothing to do with your percieved financial success. All of you are willing to do what ever it takes to make a dollar at the expense of other Blacks.

Go ahead and allow yourself to be paraded out front as the prodigal Black man a monkey in a minstrel show. Consider yourself the rare gem, anxious to prove you are far above any other black man or woman out here.

Someday, you will realize, a black man like you is a lot more common than a black person like me. You are a common negro and the main reason racism is allowed to thrive.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 4:00pm.

Actually what I hear Larry saying is that we are all equal. You are equal to everyone else in society. Now start acting like it. He is saying that you are very competent and capable. What is wrong with that??

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 7:55pm.

jessie and al are going to be so mad at you for exposing them for what they are. Way to go buddy. Great book by the way.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.