POST-RACIAL, MY EYE
Posted by Andrew Roman on February 11, 2010
In the grand scheme of things, a person’s race is the least relevant factor to me in determining appeal, worth or moral fiber. On the list of things that matter to me when assessing someone’s merits, his or her favorite fifteenth century Gaelic philosophers carry more weight than skin tone.
Because I am not a modern liberal, I do not obsess over one’s race. Amidst the trials, tribulations and travels of my daily life routine, I just couldn’t care less. I respect Thomas Sowell, for instance, because he is a brilliant thinker and writer, not because he’s black. I oppose almost everything Barack Obama does politically because he’s an inexperienced, in-over-his-head, arrogant, leftist, not because he’s black. By the same token, I dislike Michael Steele because, as Chairman of the RNC, he’s an incompetent clod, not because he’s black.
To that end, I think Black History Month should be abolished. I believe the Black Congressional Caucus needs to be disbanded and tossed onto the ash heep of history. And if Martin Luther King Jr. has a national holiday in his honor – and I certainly think he should – then the mockery that is “President’s Day” needs to be wiped off the calendar and George Washington’s Birthday reinstated as a federal holiday. (How is it that arguably the greatest American of them all is lumped into a catch-all, mattress-sale day that includes such giants as Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and Jimmy Carter?)
I would ask … What exactly does a “post-racial” America look like in the eyes of those who say there is still much work yet to be done in the ever-contentious area of race relations? How would such a nation look to those who still see everything through the prism of race? How do we know when we get there? Is it even possible to do so? Or do race baiters, victicrats, excuse-makers and pop culture icons continue to define the parameters of the game?
No one is denying that racists exist in America. But America is not a racist nation. There also exist pink-haired teenagers, but we are not a pink-haired teenage nation. There are atheists in America as well, but we are not an atheist nation.
We are the United States of America – one nation under God.
We are the freest, most accommodating, most welcoming nation the world has ever known. We are the least racist nation on earth.
You may ask, “Okay, Andy, what prompted you to write this today?”
Recall that when Barack Obama was still a candidate, back in the summer of 2008, he spoke out against Rene Marie. You may remember that Marie sparked quite a controversy when she unexpectedly sang what is known as the “black national anthem” before Mayor John Hickenlooper’s “State of the City” address in Denver, Colorado. She did so without anyone’s prior knowledge or approval, saying later that, “I realize the mayor’s State of the City address was not my personal platform, I know that. But an artist tends to take advantage of situations where we can make an artistic statement, we tend to do that. I like knowing that my art leads to dialogue.”
At the time, Barack Obama said that America had only one national anthem – the Star Spangled Banner – and that Marie was wrong to do what she did. Marie said, “I am not signing the national anthem anymore, it just doesn’t represent me.”
Fast forward to February, 2010.
The White House hosted a concert a couple of nights ago called, “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” It was a Black History Month celebration featuring a slew of black artists, civil-rights era performers, and other dancing Obamacrats.
The grand finale was the singing of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ – the black national anthem.
Barack Obama joined the artists on stage, grabbed a microphone and sang along.
No, they weren’t singing the national anthem. They were singing the “black national anthem.”
There he was – the leader of the free world – shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Smokey Robinson and Morgan Freeman, not singing God Bless America or America the Beautiful, but rather, singing the song better known as the “black national anthem.” There he was, the President of all the United States – the President of all Americans, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or party affiliation – up on stage in the People’s House, singing the “black national anthem.”
Did I miss the on-ramp to “post-racial America?”
Is he kidding me?
Is this the same man who said he wouldn’t wear that “flag pin” on his lapel? Is this the same man who wouldn’t say the Pledge Of Allegiance? Or put his hand over his heart? Is this the guy who, as the most powerful man in the world, apologized on several occassions for his own country on foreign soil? Or the one who bowed to foreign heads of state? And the Mayor of Tampa? Or the one who laughed when Wanda Sykes made tasteless jokes about Rush Limbaugh’s death?
Yes. The same.
There may be only one national anthem, but there are obviously two Barack Obamas (or more) – the less-threatening, all-race-friendly President of all the people (save for conservatives) … and the one who finds no problem getting on stage and singing the “black national anthem” at the White House.
I will hand over the deed to my house to the first passer-by the day we see Barack Obama grabbing a microphone and singing the national anthem on stage with anyone anywhere.
Or God Bless America.
Or America the Beautiful.
Incidentally, the President hosted a meeting yesterday with “black leaders” to discuss the economy – including the race-baiting, riot-inciting hate-merchant, Al Sharpton. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, in the spirit of post-raciality, compared Senate Republicans to “Dixiecrats” who blocked civil right legislation over over four decades ago. Said Jealous: “If the Senate Republicans want to kind of keep on using tactics … from the last century that were used against black people in this century, against working people, then we’re going to hold them to account.”
Hope and change, hope and change …
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