Fear of a Black President

Jason read and shared this article which I in turn read and share too: Fear of a Black President is quite a long article in “The Atlantic” that explores in depth what it means for America to have a black president.  It studies the history of the country and its impact in today’s affairs.  If you have a chance, you should read it as well… these are some of the quotes from the article that are sticking with me:

“Barack Obama governs a nation enlightened enough to send an African American to the White House, but not enlightened enough to accept a black man as its president.”

“That a country that once took whiteness as the foundation of citizenship would elect a black president is a victory. But to view this victory as racism’s defeat is to forget the precise terms on which it was secured, and to ignore the quaking ground beneath Obama’s feet.”

“While Beck and Limbaugh have chosen direct racial assault, others choose simply to deny that a black president actually exists. One in four Americans (and more than half of all Republicans) believe Obama was not born in this country, and thus is an illegitimate president. More than a dozen state legislatures have introduced “birther bills” demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship as a condition for putting him on the 2012 ballot. Eighteen percent of Republicans believe Obama to be a Muslim. The goal of all this is to delegitimize Obama’s presidency. If Obama is not truly American, then America has still never had a black president.”

“Race is not simply a portion of the Obama story. It is the lens through which many Americans view all his politics.”