To be honest, I hate discussing racism. It’s an important subject, but it’s a topic that inevitably gets us nowhere. I can’t count how many times I’ve tried to have a real discussion about racism in the United States and by the end of the debate it’s devolved into people trying to “win” the argument rather than rationally discussing the subject. But I always find it interesting that there are millions of racists in the United States, yet I’ve hardly met a soul who admits to being one. Funny how that works.
But then when I saw Ben Stein made some asinine comment about racism and President Obama, I had to address his stupidity.
During an appearance on Fox News, Stein insisted that Democrats and the president have tried to make this election about race.
“What the White House is trying to do is racialize all politics and they’re especially trying to tell the African-American voter that the GOP is against letting them have a chance at a good life in this economy, and that’s just a complete lie,” he said. “I watch with fascination, with incredible fascination, all the stories about how the Democratic politicians, especially Hillary, are trying to whip up the African-American vote and say, ‘Oh the Republicans have policies against black people in terms of the economy.’ But there are no such policies.”
I guess he hasn’t seen the recent study that showed African-Americans have been the demographic most negatively impacted by these heavily Republican-backed
poll taxes voter ID laws.
But he wasn’t done.
“It’s all a way to racialize voting in this country,” Stein continued. “This president is the most racist president there has ever been in America. He is purposely trying to use race to divide Americans.”
First, let’s just point out the true idiocy of his claim that Obama is the “most racist president there has ever been in America.” Considering we’ve had presidents who supported slavery, Stein’s pathetic use of hyperbole in this instance is absolutely idiotic.
And don’t tell me that President Obama has made race an issue. The damn tea party exists mainly because a bunch of Southern and rural whites didn’t like the idea of a black man being in the White House. You can’t tell me that all of this ridiculous birther nonsense would have existed had President Obama been 100 percent white.
Heck, I live in Texas. I see racism thrown toward the president’s way constantly. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard him called some kind of derogatory name for African-Americans. Honestly I think I’ve heard him called racist names more than I’ve heard him called “President Obama.”
Does that mean all Republicans are racist? Of course not, but don’t sit there and tell me that it’s Democrats and President Obama who’ve made race an issue. Democrats elected our nation’s first African-American president, whereas conservatives started an entire political movement against him before he had even taken the Oath of Office.
The truth is, the South hasn’t hated a president this much since Abraham Lincoln.
Fun fact: Of our 535 members of Congress (House and Senate) 43 of them are African-American. Of those 43 African-American congressional men and women, 42 of them are Democrats.
I’ll just go ahead and let those numbers speak for themselves.
But this is nothing new. Republicans are constantly trying to mask the racism that exists within their party by accusing Democrats of being the racists. That’s often how guilty parties deflect the attention off of them – by accusing others of doing exactly what it is that they’re doing.