White Liberals Scold Obama… But Come Off Cynical & Hypocritical
By: Tolu Olorunda
Reprinted From Dissident Voice
In the wake of President-Elect Obama’s recent cabinet-appointments, many white liberals have taken it upon themselves to release pent-up aggression at a man they thought was the “progressive” candidate he had earlier claimed to be.. As they saw it, Obama had “betrayed” the loyalty that earned him victory. As a sort of catharsis, railing Obama’s reputation over the coals of indignation could make them feel better about their decision to elect a man who promised virtually nothing (of substance) in his bid for the presidency. White liberals, especially, have had to learn so much, in the last 1 month, about the man whose political dirty-laundry was never hidden from the public to begin with.
In a highly predictable move, they have sought to bash everything Obama, or Obama-like, and couch their frustration in the ‘eloquence,’ and ‘con-artistry’ of Obama. Spare me the misplaced aggravation. [...]
Whilst Black progressives sought to rip the mask off of Barack Obama, in an attempt to unveil his true identity, we were deemed ‘Obama-haters,’ whose egos sought to stifle the chances of a Black man making history. [...]
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How to Accept It’s a Post-Racial Society (a.k.a., How You Can Learn to Stop Making Excuses, Throw Away All Your Race Cards and Accept We Are Living in a Post-Racial Society)
By: Dom Apollon
If you’re like me, you justifiably shed tears at the incredible symbolic power unleashed this week when Americans chose Barack Hussein Obama to be our 44th president. Moreover, his victory speech rightfully reminded us after eight years in the Bush wilderness that indeed “our union can be perfected.” That there is genuine “hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow,” and the progress we can make for our children in the next 100 years of American history.
I must admit, though, by the next day I felt rather daunted by the enormity of that task. So I was relieved to discover through the searingly insightful analysis provided recently by some conservatives that, as far as continued progress in racial justice is concerned, we are finally off the hook. [...]
Our country, according to Jonathan Kay of the National Post, “has finally become a fundamentally post-racial society,” where in fact, Laura Hollis tells us at townhall.com, “racism is dead.”
But if you are still mired in white guilt, or are one of those stubborn “race-obsessed” types… don’t fret.
I’m developing a handy guide to help you navigate the new world that awaits you at the stroke of noon on January 20, 2009 [...]
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Word to the Wise (Tim Wise, that is)
By: Shannon Joyce Prince
In writing to condemn an attitude held by a white anti-racist activist I respect, I must begin with the words of William Lloyd Garrison, another white activist who is his intellectual antecedent. Garrison said, “Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.” Tim Wise is clearly a great and good man and one of the nation’s foremost anti-racist activists, yet his recent blog post “This is how fascism comes: reflections on the cost of silence” reveals not only a powerful lack of discernment but also an intolerably ugly hatefulness.
To cruelly mock those whose way of life is different from your own and to ascribe to such people all the failings of American society is hateful and unacceptable – particularly from someone who considers himself liberal and progressive [...]
Full Article At Your Black Life
To Read Tim Wise’s (Quite Crass) Response: Click Here
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