White People Want Special Treatment
It has been a few weeks since the flap over the comments of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Barack Obama’s church, Trinity Baptist, supposedly stoked the flames of divisiveness that usually define American politics. Mr. Wright has since retired. Mr. Obama has made his statement calling for some kind of racial healing. People like Pat Buchanan have responded with a call for people in the black community get on their collective knees and thank the white people for the condition of the black community. Hillary Clinton has made her statement condemning Mr. Wright for his comments and Mr. Obama for his association. And the black community largely continues unaffected and unchanged.
Since then, the dominant community has picked apart everything that seems to come out of Mr. Obama’s speeches. He refers to his white grandmother as a typical white person and typical white people find the word typical racially offensive. How many times has the white community referred to people in the black community as a typical black person or as you people? How many times have white people refer to other white people as the typical white voter or the typical white family? But let a black man use the word combination of white and typical and white people find it offensive. In other words, there is no such thing as a typical white person. It should be obvious that all white people are special. It should be obvious that white people want special treatment.
Just this past weekend, Mr. Obama said something to the effect that small town Pennsylvania citizens are bitter and will find solace in their guns and in their religious beliefs. In response to this comment, a caller into the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio said that if he didn’t know it was Barack Obama he would have sworn that the comments would have come from the card carrying racist David Duke. It appears that America is not bitter about its government. Americans are actually tranquil and serene about what’s happening in our country. We are at peace with gas approaching the four dollar threshold. We are relaxed about the series of financial crises that have our economy in a state of contraction and shedding jobs at the rate of tens of thousands per month. We are delighted with the fact that more than four thousand soldiers have died in Iraq and more than six hundred billion dollars have been spent. We find it somewhat enjoyable that while our government continues to spend money it doesn’t have, the Iraqi governments has forty billion dollars in the bank. And speaking of forty billion dollars, we find it amusing that oil companies are reaping windfalls of forty billion dollars in net profits in a single year while everyone is drowning in a sea of inflation. It is charming to see the United States currency sink in value to par with the peso. Americans like the idea of a surge giving anti American combatants more targets in the drive to five thousand soldier’s lives lost.
Americans and Pennsylvanians are so pleased with the way things are going that we wouldn’t object to another four years of failed policies from nearly every corner of our government. The fact that Mr. Obama chooses his words so poorly is unconscionable. The fact that he would make such blatant and untrue assumptions about how the majority of Americans feel about their country is proof that he is as elitist as they come. He has the nerve to talk about change and hope. The audacity of hope is a title that was more appropriate than he may have ever realized.
People don’t know a real elitist when they see one. A real elitist is a President who, when asked a tough question about the ineptitude of his governance, says that he is the decider and he has decided he is not going to answer any questions that he does not want to answer. An elitist is the type of person who, as Vice President, replies “so” when asked about the number of American’s who disagree with the way this presidential administrations is managing this country. An elitist is a presidential candidate who says that he feels he is the best candidate to guide America into the future but respectfully disagrees with what America wants or needs because as President he will know what is best. An elitist is the type of person who regularly embellishes the truth to justify her entitlement to the presidential office. The elitist who has the audacity to hope appears to be losing his title to some serious contenders.
American politics does little to bring out the best and brightest in our country’s leaders. American politics regularly self destructs into an affair of name calling, truth twisting, memory embellishing, name dropping, and accusatory associations that has little to do with truly finding the most capable candidate who can take us into the future. American politics is all little more than a popularity contest of the individual that sounds like he or she will be most likely candidate to get us the most while screwing the rest. And for many people, the idea that it will more than likely be the black candidate is too much of a possibility for our subconscious to let happen. Our brains will manufacture offenses from Mr. Obama for us. Black people need to learn that the typical white person does not appreciate any black people calling them typical white.
Yesterday, it was the fact that he used the words typical and white to describe his grandmother. Today it is the word bitter to describe people in small towns. These words or word combinations are not on any list of offensive words to be avoided in polite company. But somehow, when Mr. Obama uses them, they are indicative of his racism. White people call black people nappy headed ho’s and soulless niggers and some people don’t see a problem with these references. Tomorrow, Mr. Obama will be taken to the public media tool shed for using such words like unification. He’ll say something about people in this country coming together for the welfare of the country and many people will feign rage at the fact that Mr. Obama is trampling on their right to be separate.
It is hoped that the American people get their act together and elects the best person for the job out of the remaining candidates. But it is becoming more and more obvious that people are too caught up on the status quo to give Mr. Obama a fair shot.