Unlike all other candidates for president, Barack has had to deal with racist attacks against his person. This election has not been about the issues that plague society, it has been about the various ways in which the black body is problematized to promote white hegemony. Though McCain has been careful to avoid racist slurs directed at blacks himself, his little minions have no problem doing his dirty work.
By focusing on the blackness of Barack instead of the myriad of important issues like health care, education and the war on Iraq, the GOP have managed to prey upon the racism of white citizens. Barack can only be deemed a threat if one believes that whiteness is meant to rule. Time after time he has been racially maligned with the offending party apologizing after the fact. This does not erase the intent of such commentary. Once the message has been publicly distributed it cannot be revoked by an apology.
In the latest affront to Barack and indeed all black citizenry Bobby May wrote what cannot be construed as anything other than a racist tirade.
FREEDOM OF RELIGION: Mandatory Black Liberation Theology classes taught in all churches - raise taxes to pay for this mandate. Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge...."
"DRUG CRISIS: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base...."
"2ND AMENDMENT: Under Obama will only apply to gang-bangers, illegal aliens, Islamo-Fascist terrorists, and Senator Jim Webb’s aide...."
"FOREIGN RELATIONS: Appoint Rev. Al Sharpton as Secretary of State, Jesse Jackson as UN Representative, and let Bill Clinton handle all other "foreign relations" ... As long as Hillary doesn't find out...!"
"THE WHITE HOUSE: Hire rapper Ludacris to “paint it black.” Taxes to be increased to buy enough paint for the job plus spray-paint for graffiti...."
"THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most of it to Africa so the Obama family there can skim off enough for them to free their goats and live the American Dream...."
"NATIONAL ANTHEM: Change to the "Black National Anthem" by James Weldon Johnson...."
"US CURRENCY: Update photos to reflect US diversity; include pictures of "great Americans" such as Oprah Winfrey, Ludacris, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Paris Hilton, and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson (Obama's new Secretary of the Treasury - 50 Cent refused position after learning that he would lose his crazy check if he accepted the nomination)...."
"US FLAG: Replace 50 stars with a star and crescent logo; red stripes changed to green to represent Obama’s tree-hugging radical environmentalism and his lack of experience. Flag lapel pins, having become a substitute for “real patriotism,” will henceforth be banned...."
"STATEHOOD: Extend statehood to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Cuba, Palestine, Freedonia, Bugtussle and the 'Free state of McDowell' and raise taxes..."
"THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: Raise taxes to send $845 billion, send most to Africa so that the Obama family there can skim off enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American Dream..."
This is the post racial world in which we live. Comments that are clearly racist and meant to incite hatred are considered social commentary, and legitimate free speech. Blacks are not allowed to express rage at racism; as we are meant to accept our place in the racial hierarchy. Any form of dissent on our part is the reaction of an animalistic, irrational being thwarting the natural order.
The white supremacist state needs to be brought to an end. Many so-called progressive white liberals will look at commentary like this and simply say well look at the source, it's not worth commenting on. They can safely take this position because it is not their bodies that are being othered. Each and every statement akin to this that goes unchallenged legitimizes and naturalizes white privilege. It is damaging to the people that it is aimed at, as it continually reaffirms us as lesser human beings. There is nothing natural about oppression, and white rule.
The idea that whiteness is constantly under attack belies the degree of power that white bodies exist with in this society. White fear of brown bodies is an ideologically false assertion. It is not brown bodies that enslaved whites. It is not brown bodies that established separate and unequal education, that continues to this day. It is not brown bodies that created a racially biased judicial system. Whiteness as good is continually reaffirmed whereas anything associated with blackness is constructed a negative in some way. White fear is about maintaining power and fear of retribution.