Monday, May 20, 2013

The Washington Times Comments Section Offers Up a Potpourri of Anti-Obama Racism Following His Morehouse College Speech

This is a follow-up to my earlier post on Barack Obama's speech at Morehouse College.

As I wrote there, Obama ought to be quite popular with conservatives given his race-blind approach to public policy. Unfortunately, Obama is a black man, and the political points to be scored through continuing their addiction to the politics of white racial resentment far outweigh the merits of an adherence to traditional conservatism from not too many decades ago.

Obama's speech at Morehouse was a bone to the "colorblind" conservatives of the Reagan era. The Washington Times took this opportunity and summarized Obama's speech at Howard with the following links on their site:
One would think this would be enough to satisfy their readers. Of course, the maw of the White Right is insatiable. I would think that the site administrators at Right-wing news websites would close down the comment sections whenever Barack Obama is mentioned in a story. Their readers further an obvious narrative of white racism which validates what reasonable folks have always known about the Republican Party in the Age of Obama. Ultimately, this is a bad look. The opinion leaders on the Right remain undeterred.

However, for the contemporary Right-wing in American politics conservatism and racism is one in the same. Instead of running away from this stain, the Right-wing echo chamber embraces it. Product branding is powerful. One does not run from what appeals to loyal customers about the nature of one's product.

Again, I dip my hand into the sewer of the Right-wing media, and its comment sections, so that you do not have to do so. Obama gives the White Right exactly what they want--a speech at the country's leading black college that can be easily read as overly critical of black achievers and strivers--and they cannot resist their most prurient bigotry in response to his gift.

What follows are some choice comments from The Washington Times. This is boilerplate white racism; what is very much a "paint by numbers" operation by Right-wing trolls online. However, given what we know about how racism is over-determining political attitudes in the post civil rights era, these remain instructive examples. 

"They" hate Barack Obama. "They" hate you too. 


I hope he remembers that it was "white folks" who raised him the next time he gets around Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.


Spot on!! The President talked about responsibility the choices we make today shapes our future. Refrain from crack do more readings.

Chris Behme 

Later in a private meeting Barack told students to "keep the race card ready, just in case".


"Don't use racism as an excuse" from this president? What a laugh!This president and his defenders use racism at every opportunity to excuse his lack of ability to govern and deflect any criticism leveled at his policies. If obama really wanted to point to people who didn't use racism as an excuse, he would point to Allen West, Herman Cain, Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, and columnists Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.


Clarence Thomas would be ab excellent example to these young men. He has done wonderful things in his life. He has overcome adversities such as poverty, and racism in his early life and then the loss of his ability to speak in latter life.


Obama say, "as an african American, you have to work twice as hard." This is hilarious. I suppose except for the set asides, affirmative action and guaranteed lawsuits if someone looks at you sideways. Not to mention the fact that it is virtually impossible to get fired - no matter how obnoxious you are, or no matter what a lazy fork up you are. Yup, you have to work twice as hard. Obama is a prime example. The boy has never done an honest days work in his life and look at him.


Obama tells blacks not to use "racism" as an excuse? Obama counted on the black population to vote him into office and counted heavily on his skin color. Over 95% of blacks voted for Obama because of his skin color. That isn't racism? Racism is a two way street.BTW- That "Nobel Prize" that he received within days of taking the oath of office in 2009? What a joke! And his "heroic" single mother was hardly ever there. His Grandparents raised him in the shadow of his Muslim father that he barely knew from the time he was 10 years old. Notice Obama does't mention successful conservative black men such as Thomas Sowell, Justice Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Herman Cain or Dr. Ben Carson to name a few that actually worked hard on their way up to get where they are at. Barack Obama is a condescending, arrogant, narcissistic, sociopathic, spoiled brat that has relied on his skin color and his grandparents money for his entire life.


It is horrifying and disgusting to think that we have this kind of trash in the WH. Thank you, Obama, for keeping the pot of racial hatred boiling and intensifying the revenge of blacks against whites. You talk about holding the black man down. Actually, it is you, Obama, who is keeping people down on the government plantation, as you try to get more and more people on foodstamps and welfare checks.


"sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down.” Why would a half black man who grew up as a privileged kid make such a statement. Because the he is telling them what resonates with young blacks in our society. Racism isn't dead in America it just jump sides and is now a major tenant of political correctness. "Trying to keep a black man down", we as a country have spent more money to assist the black community to catch up with the rest of society with no better than mixed results. Why would the "Great Uniter" even mention race at this graduation. He needs to keep blacks for seeing the Democrats for what they really are, a detriment to real progress for African-Americans


chauncey devega said...

Lots and lots and lots. So testy lately. Why is that? Very contrarian lately too. What is up?

I will elaborate on that later, but what we are seeing on the microlevel w. cyber-racism is a nice complement to other trends on the macro-level w. public opinion and all that hope for a lie of post racial nonsense.

rikyrah said...

I enjoyed your entire piece, but I loved this sentence:

Of course, the maw of the White Right is insatiable.

Dick Destiny said...

That's about standard for the Washington Times. I read it semi-regularly, more often when Ted Nugent was a columnist. You would not have been surprised by any racist comments he wrote or generated in response to his essays. The paper's opinion section regularly publishes people who develop bigoted fictions about the president. I don't and didn't keep track of them all. Today you can find a letter in advocacy of nullification because it's an unconstitutional step to take in rescuing the country from unconstitutional tyranny. This is all code for their neo-Confederacy readers;

SabrinaBee said...

His speech bothered me. It is not so much what Obama has said that bothers me. Here is a man who has the worst record on blacks and their issues in history. A record which he completely ignores. Okay. Fine. We can make it ourselves. Just as we have for years before his election. But, here we are defending him against what is clearly unprecedented amounts of vitriol, that we can only chalk up to his color and here he is acting as if none of it is going on.

It appears to me to be, just as it is described, 'something the right is clapping their hands for.' I mean, what makes his speech any different than what Herman Cain or others have done? No one wants him to make excuses for those that live off excuses. But, don't feed the beast that is racism. And more importantly, why should we continue to defend him when he doesn't see that there is a problem?

chauncey devega said...

It is so very hungry. Isn't it?

chauncey devega said...

I wonder if anyone would dare give such a speech to white people who ruined this economy and their elite children about personal responsibility, entitlement, and the like?

chauncey devega said...

I love that rag sheet. It is comedy, but I don't think that the readers are in on the joke.

Miles_Ellison said...

Other than "socialists", no. At the beginning of Obama's first term, people lost their shit when he suggested that AIG executives who set fire to the world's economy shouldn't get bonuses. There are a lot of people in America who don't seem to understand the language Obama is speaking. Or don't want to. Him being black is enough to shout down/criticize whatever he says.

Ben Grim said...

**"They" hate Barack Obama. "They" hate you too. **

I wonder when Obama is going to realize that no matter how much he sucks up to conservatives they will always hate him? (That's a rhetorical question. NNNNEEEVVVVEEERRRRRR!!! He is thoroughly completely and utterly programmed for this.)

CNu said...

Lol, SistahBee talking about the nefarious kneegrow in the White House and you redirect to whitey...,

CNu said...

Obama has his $10 million in the bank, a median 6 figure pension and secret service detail for life. He's even less worried about whitey than I am.

Why chronologically grown folk - free to arm themselves and with full rights and protections under the law of the land - compulsively obsess over other folks not liking them, tickles me to no end.....,

Ben Grim said...

Who me? Not obsessing. I just been trying to wake up the black sheep he's herding.

CNu said...

Wake them up from what and for what? What makes you think these happy kneegrows need to be shepherded out of their current arrangement?

Ben Grim said...

I qualify me, junior. Not trying to shepherd them. Trying to de-shepherd them. Rather than blame them for the subversive assault they are under. Like you do.

CNu said...

lol, oh, a fool's errand....,

I don't blame sheep for providing meat and wool, I just don't spend any cycles trying to turn sheep into men. More than enough to do simply to identify 12 competent and capable men - get them looking in the same direction, interpreting a common data set, and collaborating on a meaningful plan of action.

Everything else is just so much self-calming bloviation....,

Heraldblog said...

"Over 95% of blacks voted for Obama because of his skin color. That isn't racism?"

Blacks voted in large numbers for Obama because the Republican Party is still rooted in the failed Southern Strategy that exploits white racial resentment for votes. In this climate, I suspect 95% of black would vote for Charles Manson if he was a Democrat.

Ben Grim said...

That's the difference between you and me. I have empathy.

Heraldblog said...

Obama doesn't want to be stuck with the "angry black man" label, because it scares white people. So he stays unnaturally calm under pressure, and laughs off his attackers. He also plays a long game, instead of worrying about each news cycle. This middle aged white guy is thrilled to have an intelligent, urbane President of any color. But it does bother me that if he was white we would be seeing more flashes of anger, which comes in useful every now and then for a President.

Ben Grim said...

That's the thing about bullies. The more you refuse to fight over the object of contention, in this case race, the more they use your timidity to assault you over that very same issue.

Xicano2nd2 said...

What is notable about every comment is that it is a picture into the abyss that the commenter thinks is its mind. In reality, it is a graphic example that the human race still has aspects of it (such as a pure white gene pool still) or at least proponents of the idea it still exists among us, the sentient ones observing them presently!
It is not always easy being among those you now know their deepest thoughts about you!

Xicano2nd2 said...

No, it is not racism!

Derek Voorhees said...

I really wish the president would tell us all not to eat dog shit. The assclowns in the House wouldn't get any less done than they do now, but images of red-staters and their more inbred constituents ravenously snarfing down lawn burgers would make Fox News as much fun as Comedy Central. Almost.

CNu said...

lol, even rodents have empathy

That and a quarter will rent you a shopping cart at an Aldi store.

Men have knowledge, skill, ability, WILL, and a plan.

Everything else is self-calming conversation...,

Ben Grim said...

lol! As my brilliant and extraordinarily handsome friend nomad would say: non sequitur.

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Neal Harkness said...

I think the comment referring to Clarence Thomas losing the ability to speak was meant to be satirical.

Constructive_Feedback said...

Mr DeVega:


RACISM has, for decades been defined as the CONJUNCTION of:

"Hatred For ONE'S RACE"
"The POWER to IMPOSE THESE VIEWS upon individuals from this other race"..

Mr DeVega - While I will accept that YOUR VICARIOUS LIVING THROUGH OBAMA'S EXPERIENCE as President can have you to conclude that OBAMA IS A VICTIM OF RACISM from Ignorant White commentators..........

I MUST FULLY REJECT the notion that a MAN who is in the SEAT OF POWER to CONDUCT a US FOREIGN POLICY that YOU YOURSELF would be calling RACIST but for - (as The So-Called Reverend Al Sharpton said) - "SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT ON HIS LIBYA POLICY would GIVE OUR COMMON RIGHT WING ENEMIES ammunition to use against THE PRESIDENT" .

THUS his PROGRESSIVE OPPORTUNISM was more VALUABLE than his concern for protecting any African from the stick called "American/NATO Imperialism"

Can I ask you a question, Brother DeVega:
"WHY is it that the words said in the the multi-racial POLITICAL SPACE is SUPERIOR TO YOU than the words said AMONG BLACK PEOPLE in the space of:

* Commercial Music
* Video Entertainment
* Or common talk between Black men and men?

A NEGRO who can SELECT his "OFFENDEDNESS", classifying the element that generates an IDEOLOGICAL INDICTMENT that triggers POLITICAL ADVANTAGE - does not DESERVE to have his sensitivities RESPECTED because in his fraudulent selectivity those who SATISFY him - ARE ALSO milking him of his VALUABLES (His Black consciousness - which has been made into an EXTERNAL reference and the EQUAL BLACK BALLOT which is used to fund the venture that he has with the ALLY WHO DOES NOT OFFEND HIM)

Ben Grim said...

Obama is a way of setting black folks up as scapegoats for the impending precipitous decline of this nation to third world status. 10 years from now it will be claimed "It was when we let that damn black man become president when everything went to pot." Never mind that his blackness was only superficial and he didn't do a damn thing for the betterment of black people. They are going to blame you because you identified so much with him. Just like they blame blacks and black mayors for the decline of the cities. That's why you need to renounce him. It was a setup from the beginning. They want us to be the blame. Fucking Sesquestration. Straight out of white mind of a nominally black man. This here is what it's going to look like in 2023:

"The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. The air in city after city hangs brown and heavy (and rates of childhood asthma and other lung diseases have shot up), because funding that would allow the enforcement of clean air standards by the Environmental Protection Agency is a distant memory. Public education has been cut to the bone, making good schools a luxury..."

IconDaemon said...

"... and then the loss of his ability to speak in latter life." I'm laughing so hard I can't breathe.

indymary said...

I was thinking the same. I thought it was a reference to his notable lack of verbal participation in Supreme Court hearings.

Constructive_Feedback said...

Ben Grim:

WHY do you live vicariously THROUGH OBAMA so?

I wish that you have the voice to tell the "Philadelphia Negro" that, after yet another election where he voted "Straight Ticket" yet remains in a tremendous state of grief that HE MUST begin to imagine an alternate channel for his community salvation than what "VOTING FOR HIS COMMUNITY SALVATION" has brought him, beyond a bit of ephemeral joy after watching the election returns.

Please define ONE ATTRIBUTE of "Blackness" today that is WITHHELD from the POLITICAL SPACE in the name of BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS?

The Black Church?
"Africa - The Mother Land - as scared land?

Name one that has not been compromised by the "Americanized Negro's" POLITICAL lusts for POWER and REVENGE?

Constructive_Feedback said...

Derek Voorhees:

Why do you focus on the RED-STATES but not the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ZONES like:
* Chicago
* Detroit
* Newark
* Philadelphia
* Atlanta
* Milwaukee
* Memphis
* Rochester
* Camden

WHICH HAVE NO "REPUBLICAN THREAT" to speak of an yet the "Americanized Negro" STANDING is these places where his OPINIONS HAVE BEEN AFFIRMED is little different than in the places where the RIGHT WING offers legislative challenge and thus he is compelled to look past his LOCAL array of power?

Constructive_Feedback said...

Herald Blog:


Blacks VOTED FOR DEMOCRATS - after DECADES OF INVESTING THEIR VALUABLES into this MACHINE who's scaffolding extends from their communities, through the city, county, state and now is WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE for the "Americanized Negro" to live vicariously through.

YOU are then left to focus on the REPUBLICANS that OFFEND THE Americanized Negro. BUT YOU CAN'T bring yourself to focus on the growing list of BLACK MAJORITY SCHOOL SYSTEMS that have been taken over by the state or local government or been put on probation:

* Atlanta City Schools
* Clayton County GA Schools
* Dekalb County GA Schools
* Prince Georges County MD Schools (pending county take over)
* Philadelphia Public Schools
* Camden NJ Schools
* Newark NJ Schools
* Detroit Public Schools
* Memphis City Schools

DO YOU SEE, SIR, when YOU TALK ABOUT "WHAT OFFENDS THE AMERICANIZED NEGRO" using YOUR LIST it seems totally rational from your biased vantage point.

WHEN I put up a list of WHAT THE AMERICANIZED NEGRO SHOULD BE OFFENDED OVER - we get a totally different conversation - DON'T WE?

Constructive_Feedback said...

Dick Destiny:

You seem to be more concerned about the BIGOTRY SUFFERED BY "The Commander In Chief Of The Allied American Imperialist Military" THAN YOU seem concerned about what OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR AROUND THE WORLD are Calling Commander In Chief Obama after suffering an attack by the US Military.

I can't help but to assume that YOU SEE a "BLACK MAN BEING IMMOLATED" in a manner that a "1932 KKK Member From Mississippi" might have done.

YOU CAN'T connect with these protesters who are CONSISTENT.
They'll burn the effigy OF ANY American Imperialist who has killed their people using bombings of their sovereign nation.

Constructive_Feedback said...

Rikyrah - SO is the lust by the "Post Racial Progressive Fundamentalist Alliance" for EQUAL BLACK BALLOTS that they collect by people like you who say "THANK YOU for giving me a channel to express my PURPOSE, my 'Black Consciousness' ".

AverageBro said...

Fox Nation has THE best ignorant commenters. I mean, seriously, it's damn near performance art level hateration.

AverageBro said...

Kill the caps lock, bruh. Seriously.

Cthulhu0818 said...

As a white man, I'm disgusted. I grew up in a house where racism was served hot n fresh daily. Even then, I didn't buy the bullshit, and bailed for the Navy first chance I got.
I wish there really was a way to turn these commenters black and make them live a black man's life (No offence to the sisters, but scaredy white folks don't usually cross a street to get away from them) for a good long time.
And the worst of these idiots, the White Supremacists, are always the most embarrassing examples of palefaces there are.

Heraldblog said...

In other words, a normative statement is different than a positive statement. Yes, will said CF.

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Ben Grim said...

I'm having difficulty understanding what you are saying here. Living vicariously thru someone suggests that u would do the things they are doing if u were in their position. Quite the opposite. I oppose every abomination Obama stands for. Heyhey! Obomb A! How many children did u kill today?

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