We Need To Get Our Eye On The Ball (Hint, Racism Isn't The Ball)
First, let's get a couple of things straight. Racism is alive and well in America. It always has been and it always will be. No amount of legislation, studies, focus groups, activism or education will ever change that. Racism has forever been a part of the human nature and it forever will be. Not everyone is racist but enough people are to make a difference. Some Israeli's have a racial hatred of Arabs and it is returned by the Arabs and that racism fuels terrorism and has been the cause of many bloody wars over a period of thousands of years. Here in America, racism is a very large and regrettable part of our history. Even after slavery was abolished racism kept the slaves in sharecropping arrangements which really was just slavery with a new name.
So over the week or so the charges that opposition to Barack Obama is racist in nature has been gathering some serious steam. That fire was recently stoked by Jimmy Carter who is known for being very skilled at throwing gasoline on fires when water is called for. Carter himself is regarded by many as being Anti-Semitic and the accusation has merit. Having Osama Bin Laden endorse your book doesn't help either.
Now don't you find it interesting that the Obama Administration itself has denounced the racism accusations and has publicly stated they don't feel racism is the underlying motivation of its critics?
Why would they do that?
Simple. They know that the racism accusations that is being leveled at the right is hurting their cause. They know that the majority of the Country sees the race card for what it is, a distraction from the real issues at hand and a pathetic attempt by the left to discredit the critics. The stronger the racism accusations get, the lower Obama's poll numbers go. The correlation is undeniable and Obama knows it. Unlike Carter, Obama is attempting to throw water on the fire.
Are some of Obama's critics motivated by race? Absolutely. To say otherwise would be disingenuous. To suggest that it is even close to being a majority or for that matter a strong minority would also be disingenuous. The racists in this debate are the fringe and they are not to be taken seriously. They will oppose Obama regardless of what he does right or wrong. That makes them irrelevant and they should be treated as such.
We need to focus on the policies of Barack Obama, not his skin color. We need to analyze the benefits and the consequences of this decisions. We need to establish the Constitutionality of his actions. We need to evaluate his leadership and question his intentions.
Keep your eye on the ball. Racism isn't the ball. Ignore those that accuse you of being racist when you know better. Don't be baited by the race baiters.