2008 Presidential Election, Race and Racism
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Richard Carter
1/24/08 N.Y. Amsterdam News 11



"We're all in our private traps. Cramped in them. And none of us can ever get out..."Anthony Perkins, "Psycho" (1960)

The presidential primary season finally gets serious in contests that really mean something to the Democratic candidates: South Carolina and Florida this week and next, and delegate-rich New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California on Super-Duper Tuesday, Feb. 5. So, will Black voters tell white America how they really feel?

Forget about lily white Iowa and New Hampshire. Feel-good wins by Barack Hussein Obama in the Hawkeye State caucuses and Hillary Clinton in the Granite State primary were surprising, but don't amount to a hill of beans. Black people were not heard from.

And forget the nonsense about Hillary taking New Hampshire despite trailing Obama in all the polls after women rallied to her phony tears. She won there because political correctness prompted white voters-many of whom consider Obama an honorary Black man-to lie to pollsters. More on this later.

Significant in the aftermath, however, is that the race issue-which the guilt-ridden, head-in-the-sand, white news media is afraid to seriously address-has been outed. Hey ya'll, Obama is a Black man and Clinton is a white woman. Black vs. white. Get it?

When the pathetic, blustering Bill Clinton called Obama's campaign "a fairy tale" and Hillary diminished the role of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in pushing landmark civil rights legislation, everything hit the fan. And Black people are not surprised.

These sleazy remarks and racial code words by Clinton surrogates-Black and white-remind white voters that despite his colorless appeal, Obama is Black. When push comes to shove, most white people look down their noses at Black people. Period.

Recent offenders include New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo with his "shuck and jive" nonsense about Obama and U.S. Rep Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who said: "How did race get into this? Because Obama said race." He also raised the drug issue by saying Obama mentioned it in his book because "I guess he thought it might sell books."

Next, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson called Obama "a guy who says I want to be a reasonable, likable Sidney Poitier in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.'" He also alluded to Obama's admitted youthful drug use first raised by silly Clinton sycophants Mark Penn and Billy Shaheen.

This racial fire was answered by a zealous Obama backer, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity Lutheran Church of Christ, who indicated that some Black people support Hillary "because her husband was good to us." But he added: "That's not true. He did the same thing, to us that he did to Monica Lewinsky." Whew!

Meanwhile, tiresome white TV talking heads such as Chris Matthews, Bill O'Reilly, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are clueless as to how Black people feel about race and are afraid to acknowledge its importance. And don't forget Tim Russert didn't ask Obama a single racebased question in a full hour on "Meet the Press."

These people and others not worth mentioning at CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, five in an alabaster dream world. Their whiteness means they can't see-or won't admit-that race remains the most important issue in America. Not national security, Iraq, Iran, the economy, health care or illegal immigration. Race.

Anyone who talks about putting the recent flurry of racial comments in the Obama-Hillary contest behind us-including the candidates themselves-have their heads in the sand. They refuse to face the harsh reality of race relations in America today. They should forget about their so-called "truce" and discuss race in depth. Don't hide from it.

A recent piece by Bill Maxwell, a Black columnist with the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, put things in perspective. Headlined "An "Honorary White Man,'" it begins "...bis {Obama's} overnight rise to national prominence has everything do with race, that many whites will vote for him because he doesn't make them feel uncomfortable."

He ends it thusly: "Instead of pretending that Obama's skin color doesn't matter, we should use this campaigp as an opportunity to be publicly honest about race and the unique roles it plays in national electoral politics."

In between, Maxwell says: "If he becomes the next president, hell do so prematurely because of white support, especially by whites eager to prove that they are fair.. .Many see Obama, like Colin Powell before him, as a Black who has transcended race.

"Obama is what many Blacks (and some whites) pejoratively refer to as 'an honorary white man' who can soothe white people. In the parlance of race studies, he is a 'good Black,' rather than a "bad Black."

Thus, far Obama, unlike Powell, hasn't dealt with this part of his appeal to whites. And neither Powell nor Obama is ideologically Black.

"In the Jan. 26 South Carolina primary, race will be a major factor. Fifty-one percent of the state's registered Democrats are Black. The Nation [magazine] calls that contest 'as close to a Black primary' as we're going to get in 2008."

While Fm on record as decrying Obama's failure to make it clear that he will discuss issues of importance to Black people, I totally agree with Maxwell's logic. Indeed, Obama's colorless campaign has avoided issues such as police brutality, housing, Black unemployment and institutional racism. This approach appeases whites who, as Maxwell writes, "are less prone to accuse Blacks of being too dependent on the government."

But in South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois-where Black voters can make a differenceObama must decide how aggressively to court what should be his key constituency. He can force the Clintons to stop taking the Black vote for granted. And America can take giant steps toward electing the real first Black president-not phony Bill Clinton upon whom that mantra was foolishly conferred.

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