Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why Some Racists like Obama



Earl Ofari Hutchinson





Not long after Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama tossed his hat in the presidential rink back in February 2007, an odd, even bizarre thing happened. A hodgepodge of avowedly racist groups burned up internet sites not with rage, but glee. They were giddy at the thought that Obama might win.

Their rationale was that an African-American in the White House would prove their point that blacks were out to dominate whites and that whites would be so disgusted that they would unite in righteous and very racist anger. That in turn would trigger their long swooned over racist fantasy of a race war. This was dismissed for what it was, namely the ranting of the racist lunatic fringe. But that doesn’t mean that many whites who harbor hidden or even conscious racial animus won’t also back Obama albeit for their own reasons. A mid-September survey found about one quarter of whites hold negative views of blacks that are top heavy with the old shop worn stereotypes. The respondents said that blacks use race as a crutch, are not as industrious as whites, oppose interracial marriage, and are terrified of black crime (Obama mildly chided his white grandmother in his so-called race speech back in March for saying she feared black men). Yet nearly a quarter of them claim they’ll vote for Obama.

The standard explanation for this seeming racial schizoid view is that whites are so hammered by financial hardship that the economy trumps race and that Obama can do more to help them out of their financial hole than Republican rival John McCain. Others like him because his race neutral campaign is a soothing departure from the perceived race baiting antics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Still others like him because his racially exotic background supposedly doesn’t fit that of the typical African American.

There is truth in these reasons cited to explain Obama’s appeal to some racial bigots. But there’s another reason that hasn’t been cited. That’s the long, checkered, and tortured history of racial exceptionalism. That’s the penchant for some whites to make artificial distinctions between supposedly good and bad blacks. That’s apparent in the unthinking offensive, insulting, and just plain dumb crack made to some articulate, well-educated blacks in business and the professions that they are “different than other blacks or not like other blacks.”

Racial exceptionalism also stems from the ingrained, but terribly misplaced, belief that blacks are perennially disgruntled, hostile, and rebellious, and are always on the lookout for any real or perceived racial slight, and etch to pick a fight over it.

An African-American who doesn’t fit that type is touted, praised, even anointed by some as the reasoned voice of black America. A century ago the mantle of the reasoned, exceptional African-American was bestowed on famed educator, Booker T. Washington. He was showered with foundation and corporate largesse. In the 1920s and 30s, NAACP leaders always found a ready welcome at the White House. They were praised in the press and bankrolled by some industrialists. In the 1960s Urban League President Whitney Young, NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins, and Martin Luther King Jr. before he fell out of favor with the Lyndon Johnson White House after his too vocal opposition to the Vietnam War and turn to economic radicalism, were lionized for their reason and racial moderation.

In the 1980s, Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. actively cultivated and promoted a bevy of younger GOP friendly academics, black business leaders, and black conservatives. Reagan and Bush Sr. plainly saw them as a leadership alternative to the black Democrats and the old guard civil rights leaders. The black conservatives were appointed to government posts, bagged foundation grants, were feted by conservative think tanks, and their columns were routinely published in major newspapers. They were continually cited by writers and reporters as a breath of fresh air among African-Americans mostly for their willingness to break ranks with and to blister Jackson, Sharpton, and the civil rights establishment.

Obama hardly fits the mold of a black conservative, but neither is he the ultra-liberal Democrat that some conservative opponents routinely paint him as. Even before his rocket launch to the threshold of the presidency, he was considered a moderate, centrist Democrat, a consummate party insider, and a rising Beltway establishment politician. Without that stamp of mainstream approval, his White House bid would have never got to political first base.

Obama bristles publicly at the notion that he’s in competition with or a critic of civil rights leaders, or that he is immune from racial jabs. He has repeatedly praised past civil rights leaders for their heroic battle against racial injustice. That’s good, but that doesn’t erase the nagging penchant to elevate some blacks above the racial fray, and declare them the exception. That includes some white bigots who say they’ll back Obama.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House (Middle Passage Press, February 2008).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not concerned that an Obama presidency would excite the hardcore racists. These people are truly fringe, and everyone knows that. What does concern me is that if Obama is elected the "colorblind racists" will use his success (the way they have Colin Powell's and Condi Rice's) to effectively say, "See -- racism is no longer a barrier and the programs created in the '60s to address racial disadvantage can be scrapped now."

Anonymous said...

Excellent piece. Whether or not one agrees with you - and on this issue I do - your writings always encourage us to think, reason, explore further and dig deeper, and not just buy into the spin from both sides of the aisle about issues of the day. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Sol Herbert

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Hutchinson,
Outstanding piece discussing a broad spectrum of how race is talked about and considered. One suggestion - lose the Obama Bucks from your page. That's offensive absent the context of the San Bernardino Republicans.

梁爵 said...

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梁爵 said...

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梁爵 said...

2020.10.28【酒店薪水】【酒店薪資】【酒店賺錢】【酒店收入】
酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容,機會是留給準備好的人
梁曉尊總是這麼認為,再慘再苦,也只是因為沒有機緣,人生賺錢是很膚淺的!
(錢不是萬能的,但沒有錢萬萬不能) 酒店兼差可以現領
您不需要準備什麼,只要準備好心態一個要認真賺錢的企圖心就可以了。
大學生.白領專案:短期打工兼差兼職,班別時段自由選擇,【可當日現領(6000元~8000元)】
高薪夢想專案:每週3天班以上【1節190元(時薪1140元)】 【1節200元(時薪1200)】
單親媽媽專案:配合您照顧小孩,可任意選擇打卡班次,可以不用報班(隨時想上班賺錢就來)。二來也顧及到自己與小孩的生活。【可當日現領(6000元~8000元)】
安心.安全專案:下午時段(酒店下午2點就開始營業)不用擔心被家人/男朋友發現的疑慮,隨時想下班就下班。沒有時間限制!
【酒店工作時間】【酒店上班時間】上班打卡時段:
酒店小姐酒店上班以下打卡班次
下午:3點班、4點班、5點班、6點班 (每個班次往後推7小時,就是妳的上班時間)
晚間:7點班、8點班、9點班 (每個班次往後推7小時,就是妳的上班時間)
不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因酒店公關酒店小姐酒店出場:酒店小姐 酒店公關要出場接S嗎?
【酒店小姐】【酒店公關】 (出場)台北市任何一家酒店,單純出場一定要出去。
註:有床的地方不能去 汽車旅館/飯店,包括私人辦公室!。不用擔心得罪客人,也不用怕被扣錢! 當下可立即離開~ 切記先保護自己。
酒店小姐出場接S 純屬個人行為。有些人想賺這個錢….但有些酒店小姐認為不需要!
但是不會有任何人去逼你 為難做自己不喜歡的事。
我梁曉尊舉個例子 女孩們會覺得更貼切 也比較淺顯易懂的邏輯 :
八大行業商品是(人),今天(妳)面前站3個人有~ 王陽明 康康 NONO
(妳)肯定會問 王陽明 可不可以出場接S ?!
至於王陽明是否同意 決定在於自己~。