Yvette Carnell: George Will Plays the Race Card, Says Obama is Winning Because He’s Black
by Yvette Carnell
In the 2008 election cycle, some GOP pundits and writers pushed the notion that Obama was winning because he was black. According to them, Obama was winning because of a combination of white guilt and pigmentation politics, meaning whites were voting for Obama to rid themselves of some residual guilt and blacks, like zombies, were just shambling to the polls to vote for the black guy. And even though the ground has shifted substantially since 2008 – including some black disappointment with Obama, as evidenced by Smiley and West and me – the notion that Obama is getting a free pass instead of winning an election remains.
“the nation, which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure — thereby admitting that it made a mistake in choosing him — seems especially reluctant not to give up on the first African American president. If so, the 2012 election speaks well of the nation’s heart, if not its head.”
What Mr. Will seems reluctant to acknowledge is that, in this election, the black guy is just better than the white guy. In the last election, the black guy was just better than the white guy. No one on the Republican side of the aisle seems willing to admit that twice, the black guy defeated the white guy hands down, fair and square, not because of some voodoo magic, but because he was the better candidate.
The idea that the same nation that gave us slavery and Jim Crow is too meek to give up on the first black President is absurd. Voters would gladly give up on Obama if offered something better than Obama. But candidate Romney isn’t better than candidate Obama, and everyone knows it. In fact, one could make the argument that if Romney wins, with all of his android clumsiness, it’ll be because he’s white and Obama’s black, but not the other way around.
But if you’re black in America, even when you win, you lose. There’s always someone waiting in the wings to convince the world that everything you have came to you by way of The Liberal Fairy Godmother – perhaps a white liberal felt sorry for you and voted for you, enacted affirmative action policies and admitted you, or overlooked your weak resumé and hired you, but no matter what, you didn’t build that. Black successes are always, according to the right, the product of liberal generosity. And if that’s not a racist notion,then I don’t know what is.
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