Is Disagreement with Obama Racism? – by Walter Williams


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Former president Jimmy Carter said, “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man.” That’s from a man who earlier referred to Obama as “This black boy” on the Jim Lehrer “News Hour.” New York Times social critic Maureen Dowd said, in reference to Rep. Joe Wilson’s shouting “Liar” during Obama’s address on health care before the joint session of Congress, “Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.” Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz said he “began to suspect that race was a factor for at least some critics when I heard them shouting about ‘the Constitution’ and ‘taking our country back.’” Kurtz asked whether the massive tea parties and other public protests reflect a “distinct discomfort with the country’s first black president.” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, New York Gov. David Paterson, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, and other leftists claim that racism is behind criticism of President Obama.

For these people, it is inconceivable that many Americans are outraged by the president’s spending policies, budget deficits, industry takeovers, not to mention the appointment of Czars, a term that ought to be alien and offensive to American values whether used by a Republican or Democratic president.

Obama’s presidency is truly a remarkable commentary on the goodness of Americans and how far we’ve come in resolving matters of race. Obama convincingly won votes in states with insignificant black populations, such as the New England states, Iowa and Minnesota. For the nation as a whole, he managed 53 percent of the popular vote and 365 of the Electoral College votes when he only needed 270 to win. So now Jimmy Carter, Dowd, Rangel and other race-carders want us to believe that the massive discontent with Obama is racism.

I say nonsense!

Speaking for the president, Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman, in no uncertain terms said that the president did not think the criticism directed at him and his policies was based on the color of his skin. President Obama refused to answer a reporter who queried him about Carter’s comments. When Obama did respond, and much to his credit, he insisted that the “biggest driver” of the vitriol was distrust of government. His response was not only correct but the nation is better off as a result of it. We don’t need the kind of divisiveness that would surely arise if Obama himself played the race card.

Race is no longer the problem that it once was. That doesn’t mean there are not white and black bigots and that every vestige of racial discrimination has been eliminated. What little racial discrimination remains is nowhere near the insurmountable barrier it once was. For the most part, white bigots are no longer respected among whites and I look forward to the day when black bigots are no longer respected among blacks.

When one says that race is no longer the problem it once was, it is not the same as saying that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black population. Grossly fraudulent education is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination as evidenced by the fact that the worse education received is in the very cities where blacks dominate the political structure. Crime is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination, particularly in light of the fact that blacks commit most of the violent crime in America and well over 90 percent of their victims are black. The fact of a 70 percent illegitimacy rate and only 35 percent of black children raised in two-parent homes is a major problem but it has nothing to do with racial discrimination.

Americans should disavow and not fall prey to the racial rope-a-dope being played on us by the nation’s race hustlers.

  • warpmine

    Right on all accounts Dr. Williams. The left uses racism as a convenient tool. Had Obama not been black, he would not have garnered 95% of the American African vote. Fortunately for the Marxist left he was black and furthermore, he was raised by articulate white hippies both of whom benefited from working in the capitalist system even though they worked hard to get rid of it

    For those like myself, we're just racists white folk who despise the communist way bit not because we love capitalism, but because communism is immoral, it stifles free will and spirit. Capitalism works because we can adjust our own work habits to tailor how we want to live. Our success is not based upon party politics but hard work. Still we may never get that break to make it if time but we can honestly say at least we gave it our best shot.

    Leftist like Obama believe that I should lend a hand to those that are disadvantaged and so I've always do via job opportunities when they present themselves and charities that I willingly donate to not because of government tax deductions but doing so is the right and moral thing to do. God compels me to be charitable which is the way it has always been in this country. The leftists want to take that away from me replacing my God with the ever oppressive state.

    At any rate, I am a compassionate capitalist white racist who supports the efforts by (uncle Tom)Alan Keyes.
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  • USMCSniper

    Dr Walter Williams says affirmative action as racially insensitive at best, and at worst racist. For these Americans, affirmative action is a system of hard and fast racial preferences and unevenhandedness. It's a racial spoils system where consideration and privileges, in whole or in part, are based solely on the race of the individual. That is racism by definition.

    Dr Williams says the most tragic side effect of affirmative action he has observed is that very significant achievements of minority students can become compromised. It is often not possible to tell whether a given student genuinely deserved admission to Stanford, or whether he is there by virtue of fitting into some sort of diversity matrix. When people do start to suspect the worst — that preferences have skewed the entire class — they are accused of the very racism that justifies these preferences. It is a strange cure that generates its own disease.

  • bubba4

    This is a strawman…no one is saying that any disagreement with Obama on anything is racism.

    “For these people, it is inconceivable that many Americans are outraged by the president’s spending policies, budget deficits, industry takeovers, not to mention the appointment of Czars, a term that ought to be alien and offensive to American values whether used by a Republican or Democratic president”

    “Czars” is not an offical position…it's a nickname for long-winded names of agency heads. Every President in recent memory has people in these posts. It's a ridiculous appeal to the stupid in people. I'll tell you what's alien and offensive to American values and that's lies and intellectually dishonest arguments.

    Lastly…Walter Williams may fancy himself an edumicated and free of racially discriminating thoughts, but you can't honestly say their aren't people that won't accept Obama because he's black…and out of that comes all sorts of irrational fears backed up and fed by FPM and others. It's not the main factor…the main factor is power…they would still be smearing and trying to destroy a white Democratic President… It just wouldn't be as easy in some parts of the country.

  • mvmike

    Dr. King once said. “Judge not a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.” Shall we say. “Judge not our leaders by the color of his (or her) skin, but by the constitutionality and content of their policy”. Our nation has proven that it doesn't really matter what color the person's skin is. We have people of all races serving in higher offices throughout the land. As a Latin American, with the emphasis on American, would hope all Americans hold their elected represenatives accountable with The Constitution being the guideline where all good policy and law is measured.

  • warpmine

    “This is a strawman…no one is saying that any disagreement with Obama on anything is racism.”

    Are you kidding? I've read and heard countless that call themselves liberal or progressive make the case that opposing Obama is nothing other than racial bigotry. Half of them spout that socaiism is a code word for that explitive N-word.
    Uniter, hekk, he's essentually split the country up as all Marxist do in their divide and conquer play book. Keep them at one another, isolate them marginalize them etc…

    Marxism is a racist ideology as Karl Marx was in fact a racist..

  • brenanc

    Bubba:

    Your comments about Walter Williams, “Walter Williams may fancy himself an edumicated and free of racially discriminating thoughts,” says more about you than him.

    Effectively, you've placed yourself among leftist thugs who consider it permissable to insult Black people who happen to have conservative viewpoints.

    And if you don't think you're being racist using the term “edumicated,” the only person you're fooling is yourself.

  • 080

    Disagreement with Obama is just that:disagreement. Affirmative Action is the racism.

  • therealend

    The word racism, if not totally, has nearly been driven into the ground. Fascist and NAZI are on the same trajectory. Vast right-wing conspiracy never got airborne. The lexicon of the Left lacks its original rebuking power. Over-use (or over-abuse) I guess.

  • Carterthewriter

    In order for an organization to exist it must maintain a reason to continue its existance. If their is no racism then they are no longer going to collect money under false pretenses!

  • bubba4

    Obama hasn't split up the country, numbskulls like you who believe in whatever wild shit FPM tells you…you are splitting from reality.

    So call him a Marxist and do whatever acrobatics you have to do to call him a racist….

    “I've read and heard countless that call themselves liberal or progressive make the case that opposing Obama is nothing other than racial bigotry”

    Countless huh? Give me an example….

    I don't care if he's black or not, people like you would still call him names and be disrespectful…but that's because you're a dick…not because you're a racist.

  • bubba4

    I don't know who Walter Williams is or what race he is….

  • scythe

    Mr. Walter Williams is a national treasure. Wish he was the first Black President. Thank you Mr. Williams for your sanity and goodness.

  • warpmine

    Should it make a difference what color his skin might be?

    Countless huh? Give me an example….Rep Clyburn (D) SC., Rep Charles Rangle, (D) NY, Maureen Dowd, Columnist for the NYTimes.

    I'm sorry you've been stricken with cranial rectal disease. The cure is simple: “Liberal” application of cooking oil around the top of the neck. Place hands on buttocks and push hard. Take a long deep breath. After you wash all that fecal matter from your head, take a stroll outside your mom's basement and smell the fresh air listen to the birds sing. Check out the stars if the sky is clear. Lastly, stop drinking Kool-aid laced with liberal propaganda.

  • http://twitter.com/ARKovnat Alex Kovnat

    Walter Williams, you are right on! Let me give you another example of how foolish it is to blame “white racism” for every criticism of Barack Obama. Suppose Henry Waxman, a quintessential Jewish ultra liberal, were to come to southeast Michigan and shoot his anti-automobile garbage. If I yell “booooooo!”, does that make me anti-semitic? If Nancy Pelosi were to spout similar stuff and I boo, does that make me guilty of being a male chauvinist or guilty of sexual harassment, or otherwise being anti-woman?

  • coyote3

    The reality is we have a president and a congress that are doing, and attempting to do things they don't have the authority to do. Now, that has happened before, but this is just the latest and the greatest, and the president is “the” president, presently acting without authority. If he walks, talks and acts like the names he is called, then maybe he is the names he is called. I also call him President Obama, but I am free to call him “anything” else that I believe conforms with his actions.

  • bubba4

    “Should it make a difference what color his skin might be?”

    Who's? Williams? I don't care what race he is…Brenac was calling me a racist…for using “edumicated”. Since I have used the term to make fun of Brenac himself, I don't know how it is suddenly rascist…but whatever…way to avoid a post.

    By example I meant a link…am I suppose to go google down everything these people have written. BTW and article in which race is just discussed doesn't count….it has to be “opposing Obama is nothing other than racial bigotry”

  • bubba4

    Sure you can use whatever words you want coyote3…you are free in this country to be a douche bag all day and all night while humping your assault weapon. I can write your posts for you though…just post a “—-” and I will know what you mean….it will save you time.

    Your stand is an easy one to make…you don't need to keep making it.

  • warpmine
  • coyote3

    Maybe it is easy to make because it is the truth. What did I say, that had anything to do with “assault weapons”. How dated you are! There is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. The definition expired with the “assault weapons ban”. Unless, of course, you are referring to the STG44, which hasn't been produced since 1945. Even assuming your claim, what makes you think I even own one.

  • bubba4

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/17/jimmy-car

    “I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/15/jimmy-car

    “I want those people talked to; I want them interviewed,” Waters told the liberal Bill Press Radio show in a podcast. “I want journalists to be all over those rallies and the marches with the birthers and the teabaggers.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/15/house-dem

    Really? A video of some dope from the house of Representatives saying he fears a KKK revival if Wilson isn't rebuked?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/opinion/13dow

    “But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it”

    http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2009/2

    This is Clyburn expressing his opinion about Governors refusing stimulus money for unemployment? He thinks it racist or something because these states have a lot of black people in them. I don't see his point.

    Are you just linking to anything that has race in it? Maybe you didn't understand what you were trying to link to.

    “Are you kidding? I've read and heard countless that call themselves liberal or progressive make the case that opposing Obama is nothing other than racial bigotry.”

    So I'm sorry…no one has said you can't “oppose Obama” without it being racist. Especially in the face of Joe Wilson shouting at the President during a joint session of Congress a lot of opinion writers have written about race…people have suggested that this unprecidented outburst of disrespect (from a south carolina representative) had a tinge of racism in it.
    Look, I know you guys want to feel the victim. Just look at 9/12ers…they are victims of things that don't even exist. If you personally aren't a racist (small or large) that's about all you can do about it.

    Also, if you want to oppose Obama in the first place, it helps if it's not based on lies and trumped up nonsense. Some of these people don't understand how badly some of you have been beaten down by the bizarro world view of FPM and kooks like Beck. So some people (especially blacks) will look on non-sequitors about Obama personally as having some prejudice in them.

    While I don't think it is the main force (as I said above the main force is lust for power) racism plays a part especially in the South.

  • TIM

    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A WHITE MAN, BLACK AS A WHOLE SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR ANYTHING WHITE , FIGHT RACIUMS WITH RACIUMS. NO VOTE FOR MAFIA BOSES , THEY DID NOT TREAT GOVERNOR PATTERSON WITH THE RESPECT HE DESERVE.

  • TIM

    NO VOTE FOR WITCHES WHO DO NOT PAY THEIR TAXES AND USE VOTER CONTRABUTION TO PAY THEIR RENT. WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLLS BROTHERS AND SISTER REMEBER HOW THEY TREATED OUR POLITICIANS .

  • TIM

    STRENTH IS IN THE VOTE HIT THEM WHERE THEY LIVE , VOTE LIKE THEY WOULD VOTE IF YOUR NAME AND FACE WAS ON THE THE VOTER LIST FOR GOVERNOR OF NYS. , AND THE PRESIDENT .