Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Washington Times Runs Another Racist Birther Ad

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Gee, how could linking the first African American president to a monkey possibly be racist.  The birthers are just looking out for the rights of regular (read:White) Americans.   Can’t have the negroes getting uppity and used to holding positions of power can we?

According to Think Progress:

The hardly intelligible ad copy claims that under a 60-year-old British law, President Obama is a citizen of Britain and “is currently also a British protected person and/or a British citizen to this day.” The Center for American Progress’ Ian Millhiser points out that if this rule were actually applied to the presidency, every foreign nation would have the power to remove the President of the United States simply by granting the president citizenship.

Why let a little irritation like logic stymie their racist agenda?  The issue with the birthers has never been that Obama in unfit or unqualified to be president, but that he is different. They protest against him because they wish to preserve the long legacy of White men in the office of president.

Since the moment he became a serious contender for the office of president, he has had racialized attacks thrown at him and his family. Most recently, the top image appearing in a search for Michelle Obama via Google was one that depicted her as an ape.  These constant connections with the Obamas and apes, are an attempt to delegitimize their humanity.  Not only are they aimed at them directly, they also serve as an attempt to discipline the entire African American community.

We could simply decide that this Moonie rag is not worth our time but we cannot and should not ignore the escalating racial hate that has occurred since he became a viable candidate for president.  There are people who will not dismiss the source.  There are people that whole heartedly believe in the preservation of the White supremacist state regardless of the cost and it is these people who we must consider to pose a legitimate threat. 

The promotion of ignorance in a society is a dangerous thing.  There is a reason that conservatives eschew formal education.  Anyone remember how proud they were of Bush who graduated with a c minus, while singing thank you laude? An educated populace would not be fooled by the ignorance that the birthers are promoting.  An educated populace would demand responsibility of its leaders and be actively engaged in the political process.  The right is well aware that it must depend upon ignorance to promote its agenda.  This is why a woman that went to so many colleges to get a B.A. in journalism can be deemed a darling today. 

There are plenty of reasons for a thinking person to be critical of Obama’s policies.  One does not need to depend on racist rhetoric to make a valid point.  This is not about protesting him as a politician but ensuring that bodies of color are aware that Whiteness will not release the mantle of power without a fight.  The sheep that follow the birthers may not be able to articulate the message clearly, however; in the absence of a linear line of thought that explains why these images are historically wrong, they will drank the sand instead of water.  They have over valued Whiteness so much that they cannot see that the marginalization of people of color does not elevate them, it only keeps us all stuck in the same quagmire.