Re-Birth of a Nation

Today Field Negro writes about a blogger that is upset with his blog.

I have to tell you, I get more angry and hate filled e-mails than you can imagine:

WHY IS THE FIELD NEGRO BLOG NOT RACIST AND UNPATRIOTIC

“If a white person has a comparable blog about the view points of white people then we are stereotyped as racist. Only blacks, Jews and other ethnic groups can get away with that. That is the source of a lot of white resentment, that our freedoms have been taken away and we are second class citizens in our own country.”

As lame as that blogger’s reasons are for being angry at black folks, it’s a mentality that reaches far and wide amongst white folks, both conservative and liberal alike. That quote perfectly sums up what Grumpy Guy calls the “Hasselbeck Syndrome”.

Its the real foundation for why Obama’s quote about his opponents trying to scare people is being viewed as playing “The Race Card”. It’s the real reason why McCain can flip the so called “race card” and get away with it. Because it has wide appeal to many Americans. I’ve heard it not only from the likes of the miserable blogger who emailed Field Negro, but from people that on most days I would call sensible folks. They all have “horror stories” of being “stereotyped as racist”. And they’re sick and tired of it — this “reverse racism”.

Some bloggers believe that it was Obama all along that opened up “The Race Card” door during the democrat primary by smearing the Clinton’s as racist. Although some acknowledged Clinton made some “gaffes”, they dismiss them as exactly that, and not an overt strategy to appeal to the crypto racism that exists in so many “white Americans”. Here’s a couple of “gaffes” Clinton and Ferraro made:

“Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she said. “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.

–Geraldine Ferraro
Hillary Clinton Campaign Finance Committee–

Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

–Hillary Clinton–

What Ferraro and Clinton were doing, was making an appeal to “White Americans” with the “Hasselbeck Syndrome”. The idea that:

If a white person has a comparable blog about the view points of white people then we are stereotyped as racist.

It’s the same voters that McCain is now appealing to. And there’s a shit load of them. Even the most liberal blogs are vuneralbe to the “Hasselbeck Syndrome”. Some “liberal bloggers” have dedicated their entire site to the phenomenon. In there minds, Obama is the racist. In their minds, they are the ones being discriminated against. Even going as far as to say:

“…that our freedoms have been taken away and we are second class citizens in our own country.”

Obama has had to address these voters in a different way than previous African American politicians. From his speech on race during the “Rev. Wright controversy”:

… anger exists within segments of the white community.

…when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.

to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.

It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.

Obama is no fool when it comes to racism in America. True or not, he understands that there are voters who “resent” black folks calling them racist. He also knows even though the complaints are often not legitimate, they are still going to complain about it, hold resentments, and build anger towards black people. He knows there are bitter Clintonites that believe the “race card” was used against them, just as McCain is claiming now. And there are voters who buy this hook line and sinker, because it appeals to them emotionally as “victims of racism”.

Obama is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, when it comes to talking about racism during this campaign. I imagine he’ll be talking more about the subject in the context that he laid down in his speech — understanding the “resentments” of white folks towards their black brothers and sisters. Or better yet… “feeling their pain.”

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