“Well even people who support President Obama are confusing him with Osama Bin Laden so it couldn’t be Racism” , is what they say. And while I’m the first one who will make the distinction between racism which is defined as racial “Hatred” vs. simple white supremacy– in which there’s no hatred at all only the belief held by the majority of society[90% plus] that the white race is superior to the black race– there’s something to the fact that whites who refuse to call, address or even think of Barack Obama as “The President” are confusing him with the worlds most hated and revered Terrorist since Adolf Hitler.
This is worse then the overt racism of the Tea Party and GOP because it goes beyond how racists think of America’s first black President it speaks to how even whites who support the President are mentally picturing Barack Obama. The subconscious of whites who are not at all racist closely associate the President of the United States with the most revered Muslim Terrorists if only in their subconscious and its troubling.
For years I used to cringe when the music critic or resident expert would refer to R & B singer Johnny Gill as a “Rapper” or Biggie and Tupac as “Singers”. The point wasn’t that it was a simple mistake, the point was the mistake didn’t matter because they were talking about someone black and who gives a damn about black people who 99.9% of whites believe are inferior? If you look at the AOL medley of white anchors confusing Osama with Obama and laughing it off you see that its a joke and funny because the mistake is not a knock on the black President its a knock on the fact that 450 years of white supremacy and racism has made this kind of racist insult acceptable.Theron K. Cal, is a writer living in Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2011 Theron K. Cal Presents All Rights Reserved