For at least six years, I have written about the Republican Party's racial hostility towards Barack Obama.
Such an obligation to truth-telling has caused me no small amount of melancholy. I do wish that an alternate reality existed in which Obama's election slayed white supremacy and white bigotry. Alas, I deal with the world as it is; I do not lie to myself and bend the world into something that I prefer it would be.
Here on We Are Respectable Negroes, in my writings on Salon and Alternet, as well as interviews on Ring of Fire, Thom Hartmann, the BBC, and the Ed Schultz Radio Show, I have detailed in a clear and direct way how President Barack Obama is smeared by the White Right as an "uppity" black man who does not "know his place".
Republicans and their mouthpieces in the media have publicly used such racially provocative language on multiple occasions.
For example and as I argued here, Boehner's lawsuit against Obama for "abuses of power" is motivated by racism. There is no empirically grounded or factual basis for Boehner's claims that Obama is "abusing" the Executive Powers granted to him by the Constitution.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking in support of Boehner's specious lawsuit, and piggybacking on the Supreme Court's recent decision striking down the President's efforts to circumvent Republican obstructionism, said that Obama needs to be "humbled".
The Imperial Presidency is a fixture of American politics, one that has been accepted as the status quo ante for several decades when white men, Democrats and Republicans, were the Chief Executives of the United States of America.
Now, such a precedent is a crisis and overreach of power? Why? A black man happens to be President of the United States of America.
Blackness constitutes a category of personhood that by definition deems African-Americans to be a people apart and outside of the normal standards and rules for what constitutes excellent or just "acceptable" behavior.
By comparison, white privilege gives white folks a lower set of standards for their behavior; white privilege raises the bar and standards for those Others who are not part of the club.
Boehner and McConnell are clumsy and transparent. But then again, one of the day-to-day advantages that comes with white privilege is the luxury to be mediocre while still over-achieving relative to one's innate abilities, talents, or intelligence.
In all, the Age of Obama has reinforced how American politics is desperately in need of a better class of white supremacists and white racists.
White supremacy hides in plain sight in the Age of Obama. Unfortunately, too few Americans--white folks especially--are willing to call out its moral rot and lazy double standard thinking and behavior. The United States is suffering because of that cowardice.