Now that he’s gone from the White House (forever, one hopes), it is time to ascertain when Barack Obama became an overt black racist. Some will opine that he always has been, which may be true, but is less important than the racial divisiveness that occurred on the national scene between 2009 and 2017. I shall eschew commenting on his record as a youth, a community organizer, and an Illinois politico. Let’s stick to his legacy at the national level.
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Obama emerged on the national scene with his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. We begin there.
If you read the transcript of that speech, you’d believe that the Barack Obama of 2004 sincerely believed in America’s unity. Aspiring candidates for national office give lip service to views that will “play in Peoria,” but set that aside. At one point, he told the delegates “[t]here’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.” He added, “[w]e are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”
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Obama’s tack vis-á-vis race had shifted full-bore away from racial harmony.
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Some polls show larger shifts in opinions about the state of race relations before and after Obama entered the White House, and they are always toward worsened perspectives, especially among African Americans. Far from being a racial uniter, Obama was a divider.
In short, both whites’ and blacks’ views of race relations soured while Obama was Chief Executive. If Obama believed that by becoming more overtly racialist, he would witness improvements in blacks’ perceptions of race relations, he had to be disappointed. One wonders, therefore, what the price of a president’s overt black racism is.
Obama’s record on race relations indicates what may happen when the MSM refuses to vet an aspiring presidential candidate.