I was just an impromptu guest on BBC Radio's Newshour where I offered up some quick thoughts on President Barack Obama's new initiative to help black and Latino young men and boys confront and overcome the specific challenges they face in the labor market and society at large.
You can listen to the interview below:
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As I said to the BBC, the White Right/Republicans will hate Obama's plan. Why? While it is paid for with a combination of private donations and already allocated public monies, Obama is actually daring to confront how a race-blind approach to public policy is not a cure all.
In another venue, I would have been more direct: Obama is black, breathing, and nearby. The White Right is so hateful, and their allegiance to anti-black animus so profound, that they cannot put aside racism in order to support good public policy. What was once the "Compassionate Conservative" is now akin to the dodo bird or an 8 track tape. They are extinct...or so rare as to effectively have disappeared from the American political scene.
As we discuss here on WARN from time to time, do peruse the comment sections on Yahoo's story about Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative for a simultaneous case lesson in both overt and colorblind white racism. The comments there pivot off of "the model minority Horatio Alger" myth, and come back again to how helping a community help itself to deal with the particular challenges it faces is somehow anti-white and/or "reverse racism".
Smart and reasonable conservatives would also see expanding this program as an opportunity to reach out to people of color--and the rural white poor--both as a political strategy and out of common decency.
The White Right has been fully propagandized. For them, white supremacy is not an outlier of a political attitude. No, it is a way of thinking, breathing, living, dreaming, and processing reality. In all, white racism is a defect of the intellect and the spirit. White conservatives in the Age of Obama cannot be helped or healed. They must be left to wither away from the forces of generational replacement or be actively expunged from mainstream of the body politic for their allegiance is to mayhem, destruction, and obstruction instead of the Common Good and proper governance.