"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls."
– Martin Luther King Jr.
We Americans had thought we had come a long way since the days of the civil rights movement led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the decades since his tragic death, freedom for Black Americans had been increasing, and their upper movement among all strata of society has been clear for all to see and experience. In effect, the American people by and large stopped thinking in racial terms; the words of Martin Luther King increasingly had taken hold in deeds.
While I, for one, did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008 (nor in 2012), I felt good as an American that We the People had elected a Black American, something even our "enlightened" European white ancestors had never done. Indeed, while Obama obviously had received a large percentage of the Black American vote, it was white people who put him over the top and in effect elected him in both 2008 and 2012. As a result, both the Black American and Caucasian races had much to be proud of. They also had a right to expect that the new president would seek to represent all of us, not just his own people, in his new job.
But things did not turn out as hoped for. Obama and his cronies spent the next five years favoring Black Americans and people of color over all other groups of society, and it became painfully obvious that this socialist saw himself as the one person who could extract a pound of flesh for all the years of insidious discrimination against blacks, dating back to even the years before the founding of the republic. In effect, Obama and his friends – ranging from black Muslims to anti-Semites, to anti-Christians, atheists and other ultra-leftists – saw his presidency as an opportunity to "settle the score" with not just conservatives but rich whites. If this meant bankrupting the country with higher taxes on rich whites and other means to extract what in effect were reparations, then this was the price that needed to be paid for past discrimination. It was time for "whitey" to pay up, and to hell with the economic and social health of the nation.
One saw this early on in Obama's presidency, with his continuous references to "income inequality," his role in increasing the tax burden primarily on rich whites, his choking, anti-capitalist over-regulation of businesses, his and his Democratic colleagues' enactment of Obamacare, his alignment with racist anti-white black Muslims and others like Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, and now deceased Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell (which helps explain his latent anti-Semitism, disdain for Israel and pro-Muslim/Arab foreign policies), his prejudicial comments during and after the Trayvon Martin case, where he condemned George Zimmerman and effectively called the incident a race-based attack on blacks, his 2012 presidential campaign, where he pitted Black Americans and other people of color, such as Latinos, against whites, and a host of other actions designed to favor blacks and people of color over whites.
In this context, and as I have written before, the irony is that, under the Obama presidency, there has been a role reversal; whites, and particularly rich ones, are now at the back of the bus. While it is not politically correct in today's world for whites to raise this feeling in public, there has developed regrettably and tragically an undercurrent of deep resentment among whites, which is now starting to manifest itself in major ways.
While I cannot with certainty explain the recent outbursts of what the mainstream media perceived as racism by Cliven Bundy, owner of the Bundy ranch in Nevada, and Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, this feeling and latent resentment by whites that they do not have a president who represents their interests, but instead is prejudiced against them, may be a large part of the underlying cause. As much as blacks experienced in the years leading up to Obama's election, and even to today, whites now feel disenfranchised by our chief executive, and they may be striking back subconsciously with this resentment.
I hardly condone the comments of either Bundy or Sterling, but it is the deeds of a person that speak louder than his or her words. For instance, during the Nixon presidency, the president made a number of what were perceived to be anti-Semitic outbursts on what came to be known at the Nixon tapes. More than any other modern-day president in my lifetime, it was Richard Nixon who was the biggest friend of the Jewish people. Nixon went on red nuclear alert to stop the Russians, who were pro-Arab, from intervening during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, when the Egyptian military moved against Israel during the sacred Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and could have overrun Israeli defenses. Nixon saved Israel. No more than Nixon can the reactive words of whites these days categorically brand them as racists. These remarks are wrong and offensive and certainly not politically correct, but regrettably they may be understandable given the highly resentful mood among whites created by Obama and his friends.
The atmosphere of racial divide President Obama and his comrades have fomented is extremely unhealthy, if not cancerous for the body politic of this nation. It runs counter to the words and deeds of the person he attributes for his rise to the presidency, Martin Luther King Jr. Obama has set back the civil rights movement to the days preceding King and the advancement in race relations that followed his death.
If Obama does not start to show that he represents all Americans, expect more Cliven Bundys and Donald Sterlings to reactively bring race into the national dialogue.
It is truly a sad day when the president of the United States divides the races for his own and his party's own purposes and biases. This is contrary to the famous words of Martin Luther King, who proclaimed in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."