Obama & Race

Some have said that the seriousness of the candidacy of Barack Obama is a sign that American culture is now ready to consider a black man for the post of first citizen.

Consider, however, the recent WST op-ed piece by Karl Rove. Rove criticized Obama's rhetoric, claiming that it was, "an unattractive carryover from his days playing pickup basketball at Harvard."

Or consider Andrew Cuomo's recent criticism of Obama. Cuomo stated that Obama could not "shuck and jive" his way to the White House.

Such blatantly racist statements, even from Democrats like Cuomo, should not startle us. These remarks remind me of Lenny Bruce's famous sketch, "How to Relax Your Colored Friends at Parties," in which a well-intentioned liberal, trying to "mingle" during the civil rights era, degenerates into crass stereotypes.

Clearly, we have a long way to go.

1 Comment:

  1. annaham said...
    Speaking of well-intentioned liberalism that ends up being patronizing, are you familiar with the website Black People Love Us, or performance artist damali ayo's Rent-A-Negro? Both are hilarious, and especially pertinent reminders of an unfortunate tendency that still plagues American society.

    I don't believe that the U.S. is ready for either a black man or a woman (even a white one) as president. It's pretty sad, additionally, that we have so far to go.

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