I am not one of those Black people that see a racial undertone to everything happening in America vis-a-vis a person of color. Far from it. It may be the African in me, but I believe when something goes wrong, the first place anybody needs look is in a mirror. The hand of racism is not as big as it is made out to be. It has never been. Yes, it has been bigger, a lot bigger; but its shadow has always been bigger than the actual.
Lately however, listening to comments from people on the right, I got to thinking: Has some people found a new way to call a Black president, nigger and do so openly? I think so.
At first I didn’t think much of it. When it surfaced during the campaign, I thought it was just a campaign tactic to arouse fear in voters; a desperate move to smear a candidate that was clean and formidable as any the Republicans ever suspected would emerge from the Democratic party. In a body of a black man at that! So I didn’t pay it much attention. But listening to the talking heads on conservative Talk Radio and their listeners, it started dawning on me. I mean everything this man does is “socialism”. I may not be versed on the Communist Manifesto, but I know enough to know Obama is a socialist like Jesus was Muslim.
Obama signed into law a health care bill that basically makes it a crime to not BUY health insurance. Socialists believe in universal health care, provided by the government free for all. Obama bailed out Wall Street and General Motors. Socialists nationalize private enterprises. Example, Cuba after the revolution; Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Obama is president of the US, which makes him the flag bearer of capitalism, and all around the world he has been fostering this agenda. Example, the recent trade agreement with South Korea. And then this past week, he agreed to give tax breaks to the rich (albeit I believe him when he says it was the only way to free Americans from the Republican choke hold). Socialists don’t give money to the rich no matter what; they take it from the rich and put it in a community chest for all to share.
Again I say, Obama is a socialist like Mohamed is Christian. So why do these people insist on calling him a socialist? Because they cannot call him “nigger”. Because what they are truly mad about is having a “nigger” for president. Since this America will not let them say so openly, they find other monikers, no matter how absurd the label. They don’t want to take America back from the brink of socialism; they want to take her back to Jim Crow, where a Black president was an abomination unimaginable even to Black people.
Again, please understand I didn’t come to this conclusion easily. But when something doesn’t make sense, the answer we try the hardest to avoid is perhaps the only true answer. And no, these are more than expressions of philosophical differences. I am a fan of politic discourse, I respect disagreement. But if your politics stops you from seeing things the way they truly are, then something else is veiling your eyes, or you are plain old stupid. Since stupidity is a clinical diagnosis, until I see their medical records, I go with something else.