While Mr. Obama has brought an impressive array of “firsts” to the Oval Office, there is one area where he will be long remembered. I’m thinking in terms of generations.
I refer here not so much to the political arena, although that is where Obama’s strength lies. I refer to the cultural arena. In the cultural arena, Obama has shown his true promise as a community organizer. For it is here that Obama has set race relations in America back by at least two generations, and probably more.
This accomplishment should not come as a surprise to anyone with an Internet connection. I wrote about what Obama’s community-organizing background likely meant for America shortly after his election. I said that Obama’s background would lead him to divide and award the spoils to his friends, because that’s what community organizing is all about. I said that was not the job of a president.
One of the big questions is, has the deterioration of race relations under Obama been intentional? The answer shows clearly in Obama’s appointment of perhaps the most partisan and corrupt attorney general in America’s history. One of Mr. Holder’s first actions as AG was to refuse to prosecute Black Panthers for intimidating voters at polling places. Does anyone think the Klu Klux Klan would have received similar treatment, had they been patrolling the polling places with baseball bats as the Panthers were?
There was a time – Camelot and JFK comes to mind – when the attorney general used federal law enforcement to insure equal voting rights for all the races. Today, the AG’s surrogates operate with legal immunity to help insure intimidation rights for those of the attorney general’s preferred race.
Regarding Obama, one need look no further than the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case. In a different high-profile case, another recent president was universally condemned for making prejudicial statements regarding a case that had not yet been tried. Here’s a quote from The Evening Independent, Aug. 4, 1970:
“One of the lawyers, Paul Fitzgerald, said of Nixon’s comments: ‘We know this is unprecedented in the history of jurisprudence. Seldom if ever has a president taken an interest in a state murder trial.
“‘I am shocked and bewildered,’ Fitzgerald said. ‘If the president of the United States is going to say this, then the ball game is over.’”
“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have inappropriately waded into the case against George Zimmerman. While the effects are unclear, the misuse of executive power is unmistakable. …
“Now, put yourself in (Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s) shoes. You are deciding whether to prosecute. The president of the United States of America has already said that the victim looks like he could be his son. Obama just had Al Sharpton over to the White House to attend the Easter Prayer Breakfast. Sharpton is the chief instigator of the threats of riots and boycotts of the Florida city of Sanford, where the shooting occurred, if charges are not brought against Zimmerman.
“Now, tell me the pressure is not going to affect your decision.”
Senate Democrats recently held a hearing on a racial-profiling bill they are pushing. One of their witnesses was a former civil-rights attorney, Roger Clegg. Here’s what he had to say:
“As I said, Mr. Chairman, I’m opposed to profiling, particularly profiling in the traditional law enforcement context where frequently it is African-Americans who are the victims of that profiling. …
“Nonetheless I think we have to recognize that it’s going to be tempting for the police and individuals to profile so long as a disproportionate amount of street crime is committed by African-Americans, and there will be a disproportionate amount of street crime committed by African-Americans for so long as more than seven out of 10 African-Americans are being born out of wedlock. …
“I know this is not a popular thing to say, but I think whenever we’re discussing racial disparities in the United States that is the elephant in the room, and it has to be addressed. So ultimately, people like me, and everyone else I think in this audience who don’t like racial profiling is going to have to face up to this problem.”
But not, of course, Mr. Obama or Mr. Holder, or the people they can bully, which given the resources of the federal government includes just about everyone. And why would either of them worry? They have the Secret Service to protect them.