One key, one line, one single sentence is all you need to understand everything that's going on with Obama. You'll have that sentence in less than a minute's reading time.
First you've got to understand something about America that's quite clear to me but far from clear to America. You may have heard the one about the mother who came home and found her 6-year-old daughter feverishly cleaning up her room. "Dorothy! What's gotten into you?" asked the mother puzzled by this uncharacteristic behavior.
"Oh, please, Mother, there's no time to talk. Help me. The man on the radio just said two women in town were arrested for running a disorderly house!"
Dorothy was not guilty of running a "disorderly house." But thanks to her pure-heart and overwhelming naivite, Dorothy thought she was guilty of running a disorderly house. And she wanted to correct it instantly and urgently.
America is a little "Dorothy" when it comes to racism. America is not a racist country. Now, here comes the line; the recipe, the revealed secret of Obama's political success: Not only is America not a racist country; America is a country ready, willing, and determined to bend over backwards to avoid the appearance of being racist.
Anybody who's ever done time in a country that hates knows this is true.
Whether it was hatred of Jews in Nazi Germany, Albanians in Serbian Kosovo, Serbs in Croatia, Indians in Uganda, Chechens in Russia, Russians in Lithuania, Tibetans in China; Koreans in Japan; name it, you didn't need advanced degrees in sociology to perceive the existence of a minority hated and discriminated against by the majority.
For a painful period following the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery there was that same hatred of blacks by whites in the American South, to be sure, but also under slightly different brand names in other parts of the country as well. But then something happened that most of us who sing "God Bless America" rarely realize. God indeed blessed America with an evaporation of hatred that renders America, not just unusual, but unique.
The last thing a Nazi wanted to be called was a "Jew-lover." The worst thing a Russian wants to be called is a "Chechen-lover." The worst thing an American wants to be called is a racist.
There will be a certain type of liberal automatically discomfited by the notion of America getting good marks in anything, particularly race relations. Use your head. How far would a pro-Jewish rally have gotten in Nazi Berlin?
How far would a pro-Tibet rally get in today's Beijing?
The very fact of "Freedom Marchers" and "Freedom Riders" coursing through the South fighting for civil rights and surviving demonstrates a great deal. (Note: Not all of them did. But overwhelmingly more than enough to make the point.) We Southern whites of the 1950s contributed the climate that made racial change possible.. History offers no equal to America. No other country ever hauled off and reversed an injustice as grevious as America's racial injustice without foreign troops coming in and doing it for them.
Obama understands that magic line; "America is not a racist country, On the contrary, America is a country that will bend over backwards to avoid the appearance of being racist." The rest flows from there.
In the modern era, a black candidate for mayor of New York City was revealed to have failed to file an income tax return for the previous four years. His excuse: "I was too busy with public service to think about it." He was not indicted. He was elected. Wake me when the first white candidate gets away with that.
I fully understand how Obama was led to assume a protective cuccoon around the Rev. Wright and his "black values" church would shield him from any and all ill consequences no matter how outrageous the rants of Reverend Wright. Who, after all, would want to jump in and make trouble and distribute video and run the risk of being called "racist?"
If John McCain's preacher had ever assailed blacks or Jews fractionally as egregiously as Rev. Wright assailed whites it would have shown up on the Richter scale as a major earthquake somewhere close. The absence of any white counter-reaction to the Reverend Wrights of America stretched backwards as far as the eye could see. Obama over-trusted that fire-wall that allows blacks so much more slack than it allows whites. Had it not been for Sean Hannity and Fox News followed by ABC, that protective wall would never have been pierced and Rev. Wright in his black church would have continued to assume blithely the ability to proceed with his odious anti-white assaults unimpeded whether Obama were personally in the pews at the moment or not.
The flare-up around Rev. Wright and his preachments reminds one of the Kipling tale, "The Man Who Would Be King." A renegade runaway from the British Army goes north to what today we'd call the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He convinces the adoring natives in that mountainous remote he's a god sent to rule over them. A local legend gives him credibility. For a while, he leads the life of a god-like Riley. One problem.
The local legend that supports the "king's" scam says the king must never bleed. Only mortals do that. And, wouldn't you know, during one of the many ceremonies and rituals he grazes his arm on a follower's spear. He bleeds. And it's over! One more kingdom overthrown.
It's also over over here. Sean Hannity wielded the "spear." The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons showed they could, indeed, "bleed" when punctured. All of a sudden, abruptly, the black preacher in the black church is to be held as accountable as the Episcopalian preacher in East Hampton and the Rabbi in New Rochelle.
The late Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong had a stock answer when anybody asked him, "What's new?" He would smile broadly and reply, "White folks still in the lead."
Satchmo might want to change that today to, "Black folks catching up in the need for accountability."
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