Dear Harry Reid: Obama is Half Black, So Are His Critics Half Racist?
Four and a half years into a failed presidency, the song remains the same for Democrats; the President isn’t actually responsible for anything – presumably, George W. Bush is still secretly running the country from his Texas ranch and the country’s numerous problems are all still his fault. In addition, everyone who opposes the President is a racist. Harry Reid, the most dishonest man in Congress, has played the tired race-card once again, but, dear Harry, President Obama is only half black, so doesn’t that mean that his critics are only half racist? Or perhaps it is only half of the President that they find objectionable.
Barack Obama’s parents had one thing in common: They were both Communists. They did not, however, share a common racial identity. Barack Obama Sr. may have been a black man from Kenya, but Stanley Ann Dunham, the President’s mother, was a white woman from Kansas, in the heart of middle America; the kind of place, according to the President, where small-minded xenophobes cling, bitterly, to their guns and bibles.
The truth is, Obama is far more white than black: He has shared none of the experiences common to the vast majority of black Americans. He had a privileged upbringing – much of it spent outside the United States. If there is such a thing ‘the African-American experience’, then Obama does not – and has never – shared in it.
Every Conservative and Libertarian in the United States would, without hesitation, rally around any black politician who shares their values: Were Allen West ever to run and win the Republican nomination for the White House, Conservatives would be lining up at polling stations to vote for him. Would any of them object to having ‘a black man in the White House’? Of course they would not. The unhealthy obsession with skin-color is the exclusive domain of the Left. Arguably, it is based on guilt; the Democratic Party was the party of slavery, segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. The Republican Party was founded upon a single agenda; the abolition of slavery.
The first seven black US Congressmen were, in fact, all Republicans; Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi being the first among them. He served as a Senator from 1870 to 1871; completing Jefferson Davis’ term. He was followed by Blanche K. Bruce, also a black Republican from Mississippi. Joseph Rainey, Republican from South Carolina, was the first black man to enter the House of Representatives. Republican Condoleeza Rice was the first black woman to serve as US Secretary of State. She was, of course, the second black person to serve in this office – the first being Colin Powell, also a Republican.
Claims of Racism within the Republican Party – or, indeed, within the Conservative movement as a whole – have no basis in fact or in history; such claims are disingenuous at best downright hypocritical and offensive, at worst – particularly when coming from Democrats – whose history is rooted in racism – or Progressives, who also have a well-documented history of considering blacks inferior and undesirable.
Speaking recently on the Las Vegas radio station WNPR, Senator Reid once again asserted that GOP opposition to Obama’s policies s rooted in racism. His comments have drawn wide criticism. Senator Tim Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina, has called for an apology. Speaking to the Daily Caller, he said “I am sincerely disappointed by continued attempts to divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator.” Scott said. “Our country deserves more from those in Washington. I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing – they are hurting hardworking American families.”
Reid is a shameless liar, an embarrassment to the state of Nevada, to the United States Senate and to the image of the country, as a whole. It is time for him to go but, before he does, he should try to explain – considering that President Obama is half black and half white – how the President’s critics can be half racist.
An Op/Ed by Graham J Noble