Here We Go: Touré Says Obama’s Reelection Will Advance Racial Harmony
by Yvette Carnell
In the lead up to Obama’s 2008 election, many of us thought electing a black President could heal America’s racial wounds. We were, sadly, and unmistakably, wrong. For those who envisioned Obama ushering in a period of racial detente, those dreams were quickly dashed. If anything, the election of the first black president made racists more vocal and forceful, with President Obama being referred to as a “tar baby”, an illegitimate Kenyan, and a man who “hates white culture.”
Does anyone still believe that President Obama’s reelection will do what his historical first election could not? Yep. Touré. In a TIME op-ed, Touré writes:
Anyone would vote for a superhero who lived up to my mom’s standard of having to be twice as good. But for it to embrace a nonmagical black person who cannot promise anything but hope, intelligence, sweat and experience, now that comes closer to equality. Equality is freedom from having to be twice as good to get ahead.
The thing is, most liberals and moderates, those who will vote to reelect Obama in 2012, were already there. The Left has no need for a “magical Negro”, and hasn’t for quite some time. Are members of the Congressional Black Caucus magical? How about the mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed? Or Deval Patrick in Massachusetts? Or Jesse Jackson? There are racists on the left, sure, but the problem of race hatred is embedded on the far right, and those folks haven’t changed a bit, and we shouldn’t expect them to.
To be clear, President Obama didn’t get elected in the last election cycle because white people thought he was magical. He was elected because he beat John McCain fair and square. He was elected because no one wanted Sarah Palin within a heartbeat of the presidency. He was elected because Obama’s campaign effectively drew parallels between McCain and Bush, and painted a McCain win as a third Bush term. President Obama was elected because he was, hands down, better than the other guy. That’s racial progress, but it doesn’t have a d**n thing to do with magic.
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