In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Obama seemed to blame his dismal approval rating on the untold number of racists in the country. In his own words, “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.”
On the surface, perhaps Obama is correct. As the New Yorker piece outlines:
Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history. The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country. Obama’s drop in the polls in 2013 was especially grave among white voters.
So, it is apparently a racial issue. But what should we gather from this? That white people despise our self-described “black” president because of his race? That’s one way of looking at it. But there’s another way to interpret the facts. It’s still racism, but not the kind you think. It would be wiser and more accurate to assume that black people love our self-described “black” president simply because of his race, and there is apparently no amount of harm he can do to change that. So, Obama’s approval ratings aren’t down because of racism. They are actually up because of racism. They are still low because even blind faith cannot hold out against the disappointments of reality forever.
I assume many white people voted for him in 2008 because he was black or because of his policies. Since then, his policies have been so bad and his campaign promises so broken, that they couldn’t conscience giving him another term, whether he was black or not. Now, what is for certain is that most black people voted for him because he was black. They did it in 2008 and 2012. That’s racist. And now they continue to support him, in spite of his dismal record, also because he is black. Which is, again, racist. Obama himself recognizes this fact. Right after he mentioned how some people despise him for his race, he also mentioned that, “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”
Exactly. Precisely. That is what really should be emphasized here. Racism is alive and well in the United States, that’s for sure. Racism has been blinding black people from realizing that Obama is one of the worst presidents in American history. It isn’t because of his race. His race needn’t be part of the discussion.
So let’s keep this argument focused. Leftists would love to keep steering this conversation onto racial grounds, where the water is already poisoned and the straw man already lynched in effigy. So let’s keep the argument where it belongs.