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While I applaud Mellisa Harris-Perry for finally addressing these so called “Progressives” who are angry with President Obama for not being the Slave that they thought they elected, I must take issue with her argument that White Progressives have set an arbitrarily high and therefore unachievable standard for a Black President. This is false. In fact the opposite is true. You can read the entire article here http://bit.ly/og8C4B
My problem with getting the motivation for White Liberals abandoning President Obama wrong is it can do serious damage to his re-election if Whites are comforted by knowing that we were wrong in thinking they pulled their support from the President because of high standards when in fact he’s done too much and made White Presidents seem as mere mortals. If we get it right their shame and guilt would possibly make them think twice about destroying this Country because a Black President exceeded their low ball expectations.
Joy Reid of The Grio wrote a companion piece to Harris-Perry’s,you can read that one here http://bit.ly/q5fYtw missing the same point that Whites don’t have HIGH expectations for Black people and get quite upset when Blacks don’t adhere to their Racist stereotypes of us. I offer as proof that Whites don’t have HIGH expectations for President Obama; Chris Matthews quote: “I want to see LESS INTELLIGENCE from this [Black]President and more fight” As in more angry Black man stereotypes. And then we had Andrea Mitchell in her very last interview ever with Valerie Jarrett who casually remarked that the President knows he’s the smartest guy in the room to which Mitchell quipped: “That’s arrogant, he’s arrogant”. The comments about the President being “weak” and “caving” and “giving in” etc. I’d even offer that the Public Option flap and the Bush Tax Cut silliness are like the 57 States Myth. These comments don’t portend of a HIGHER standard but to the belief held by 99.9% of Whites that Blacks are simply INFERIOR. Whites resent Pres. Obama not living up to that LOW standard. They resent the Presidents intellect because as they said in my favorite movie A Soldiers Story, “Black folks are only supposed to have but so much sense”.
So in conclusion if we are going to address White Supremacy and Racism let’s not get it wrong because Whites are going to simply tune us out. Its better to get it right and then there will be nothing they can say. President Obama has written these White Progressives off he had to. He knows if he makes a better argument then whichever Racist he faces he skates to re-election. The last thing the President needs to do is try to dumb himself down to fit these stupid Racist stereotypes just to make White people feel Superior. The truth of the matter is they’d respect the President more by thumbing his nose at their stupidity then if he were to play dumb just to please em’.
Theron K. Cal is a Writer and Commentator who Hosts Real Brother Radio on U-stream.
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