Sunday, September 25, 2011

Response to "Black President, Double Standard" as appeared in The Nation

The author’s analysis is far removed from reality, and that she is a professor compounds disbelief.  The tone of our nation, the attitude of Americans, and the social and economic issues being faced at present were vastly different when Clinton was in the Oval Office.  After September 11th and the years of fear and uncertainty that ensued, people demanded the dangerous financial and moral direction of the country be altered.  Obama's complicity with war, banks, corporations, and the elite have disillusioned supporters looking elsewhere for substantive change that’s so desperately needed, and given the current condition of our country and events of the past decade, standards are rightfully high.  People are removing support from a clear player in the status quo.
However, what is far more disturbing than her deeply flawed analysis is the subtle point she delivers: questioning Obama’s policies is an act of racism. 

That aside, Americans of all colors need to stop placing their dreams of change from one charismatic politician to the next, and instead take greater personal responsibility to address the larger problems facing our political system.

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