I love how all these pundits and pollsters are declaring that race relations are worse than they have ever been in America under Barack Obama.
As if Barack Obama got in the White House and declared that it's open season on whitey.
White folks like to call Obama a divider, but it's hard to divide what has already been split into little pieces.
I suspect that race relations (publicly) might have gotten worse under Barack Obama because angry "color aroused" white people couldn't hold in their racism any longer. And, truth be told, clueless black people thought that having one of their own in the White House would suddenly make racists view them in a different light.
White people who voted for Barack Obama out of some sense of racial absolution for past sins are disappointed that he did not deliver. He did not make them feel any different because racism has actually gotten worse. A stark and sad reminder to them that the shadow of ignorance and bigotry that has long hovered over their beloved country is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Barack Obama, this highly educated and "articulate" politician, was, in the words of Katt Williams, "Nigger light". Finally, a black man white folks could trust with the keys and wrap their arms around.
At least this is what they thought. Unfortunately there were too many white folks who could only see that a black man was driving, and they did not want to be in the back seat. It is why early on in his presidency you had the opposition party declaring that they were dedicated to making sure that his presidency failed.
So yes, America's racial wounds were reopened with the election of Barack Obama. But the Band- Aid that was covering it was not really healing anything; it was just covering it up. Barack Obama becoming president just forced us to tear it off. Sadly, what we are seeing now is not pretty.
'"We are more racially fractured and fragmented,' said James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
'It has exposed more wounds than it has healed,' he said of Obama's election. 'It has exposed how racist our society still is."'
I didn't need some "Africana studies" professor from one of America's finer schools to tell me that. That's what my eyes are for.