President Obama: ‘Some Folks Don’t Like the Idea of a Black President’

1579853_10152174299152489_2093651237_nI’ve argued for a while now that in politics we need more “blunt moments.”  The problem is, as much as Americans say they want honesty, they really don’t.

Just look at the way we dissect everything these politicians say.  If one wrong word is used, the media is all over them and the American public is “outraged.”  The truth is, Americans want to hear the truth that they want to hear.  Which is what most politicians give us.  The staff for these politicians study polls, then figure out what does or doesn’t play well with the voters they need to be re-elected.

So when I saw an interview where President Obama was extremely candid about race and said a couple of things some Americans might not want to hear, I had to applaud him.

In an interview President Obama did for The New Yorker, the president took aim at why many Americans will disapprove of him no matter what he does:

“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.”

A statement that I would say nearly every President Obama supporter (and many detractors) would probably agree with.  As I’ve said many times before, living in Texas, the blatant racism I’ve seen hurled his way has been absolutely disgusting.  And this racism hasn’t been done “behind closed doors,” it’s right out there in the open.

But then in a somewhat surprising statement, he also addressed another situation pertaining to voters and his race:

“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.”

Which is another absolutely true statement.  Of course there are those who’ve voted for him simply because he’s black.

But there’s a huge difference between these two types of people.  Voting against someone because of their race is different from voting for someone because of it.  Voting against someone because of their race displays a negative and hateful attitude toward whatever race they might happen to be.  Relating to someone, thus supporting them, is just a common psychological occurrence.  Obviously a vote should be based on more than the color of one’s skin either way.

And while I’m sure some people will say President Obama is “race baiting” with these comments, I found the blatant honesty refreshing.

Because while racial relations in this country have improved, to believe that racism is gone is absolutely ridiculous.  Just because “it isn’t as bad as it used to be” doesn’t mean that it’s not still a problem.  Which is something that’s been clear in this country since President Obama’s election in 2008.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Edward Krebbs

    I agree that a lot of the flack, screaming about “my country doesn’t exist anymore”, etc. are racially motivated. But I also have to note that during the Carter admin the repubs made themselves obnoxious screaming “He’s not my president!” every time someone mentioned President Carter. They have shown themselves to be disruptive bullies with no real belief in the American electoral process.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    I am laughing because all someone had to say was something negative about GW and we were called unpatriotic. I never heard the outrage about the blatantly racists remarks said about President Obama.

  • Pipercat

    Well Mr. President all I can say is: “Ya think?”

  • Charles Vincent

    HMMM I could care less about his skin color I dislike him Because he is a Piss poor leader and congress (both parties) are doing a piss poor job as well.

    • Sissy Kemp

      he’s trying to end the war,he got bin ladin(a killer of thousand of our people)bush and chenney went to war on a solid war.now you see all our young men and women dead and half dead.we still are paying for this war one way or anothwer.THINK when we say PISS POOR

      • Charles Vincent

        Let me ruin your image of Obama for you and ruin your day just a bit;

        http://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=K3XK2xxR1lA
        http://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=JErFqfCmRHI
        http://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=p33luYolRl4

        Now I am fairly sure that Noam Has a handle on just how piss poor Obama is as a president so do yourself a favor and stop kissing Obama’s ass, say not to the koolaid he has been giving you and grow yourself an actual brain.

      • guest

        You sound like a spoon fed brat, or the typical Tea party Duck dynasty clown. After 8 years of kissing bushes ass, you shouldn’t throw rocks when you live in a glass house.

      • Charles Vincent

        And this comment makes you look like an ignorant moron go stick your finger in a light socket.

  • Shelley

    Racism will never end; it has been a problem for thousands of
    years dating back to the first time 2 men met who were different in some way.

    For whatever unknown reason both men wanted to better than the other and Racism
    was born.

    Until every man, woman and child stops needing to be better than every other
    man woman or child Racism will be present in every society.

    Whether it is between Religions, Citizens of one Country against another, or
    just because of one’s Skin color as long as the “I must be better than
    you” mind set exists, Racism will keep us from doing what is best for the
    entire human race.

    • Sissy Kemp

      this is so true,but as people like yourself speak,some one will listen and understand,because you just said it in a loving way. thank you

  • strayaway

    The majority of white voters voted for President Obama in 2008. I don’t think his recent ratings have gone down because he has become blacker.

  • Robert Hill

    Obama is a two-term President, duly elected. He has thus been endorsed by the American People to the fullest extent under the Law of the Land. What he has done with this opportunity is a matter for some debate. These remarks, at this stage, seem to be ‘playing the race card’ which, along with the well used ‘trying to fix problems from previous Administration’ gambit, pretty much absolves him from responsibility for a failed and lack-luster Presidency. The leadership our Country needs so desperately simply did not materialize. I predict that we will all look back with longing at President Obama, considering what our wonderful political machine is preparing to vomit out onto us all.

  • Guest

    Yes, we do have racists in our country, and there is a MINORITY that will disapprove of him no matter what based on race, but again, that is a minority. Put simply – some people don’t like what he’s doing with NSA, some people don’t like that he said he wouldn’t pass NDAA S.1867 and yet he DID ANYWAY after insisting provisions be applied to American citizens, some people the Obama administration trying to revive SOPA and then trying to push TPP without the approval of Congress, and some people don’t like the idea of using Drones in America.

    His action’s really do speak for themselves and examples like the ones I mentioned above, don’t reflect on him in the best light.

    It is impossible to have the approval of everyone of course and doubly so, given the kind of BS the media spews all over the place.

  • kristin

    Yes, we do have racists in our country, and there is a MINORITY that will disapprove of him no matter what based on race, but again, that is a minority. Put simply – some people don’t like what he’s doing with NSA, some people don’t like that he said he wouldn’t pass NDAA S.1867 and yet he DID ANYWAY after insisting provisions be applied to American citizens, some people don’t like that the Obama administration trying to revive SOPA, or trying to push TPP without the approval of Congress, and some people don’t like the idea of using Drones in America.

    His action’s really do speak for themselves and examples like the ones I mentioned above, don’t reflect on him in the best light.

    It is impossible to have the approval of everyone of course and doubly so, given the kind of BS the media spews all over the place.

  • Insomniac

    I am not sure many people of color would agree with the assertion that things have gotten better related to racism. In fact, I think it could be argued that things have deteriorated slightly. I feel the frequency of blatantly racist comments being made about our president is repulsive, but that it also opened the floodgates for folks to feel like they can expand that to include others.

  • James

    Some times I regret that I am old, educated and can see thru lies ! All I see is a American man who had been tested hard on every level. We all have out burdens some heavier than others.

  • Still hate obama

    F obummer! I don’t like your ass because you LIE and try to cover your ass at the expense of other people! I am 100% African and I still hate you!

    • Sissy Kemp

      NO YOUR NOT 100%AFRICAN,because if you were you would know the big lie was going to war.THINK