Friday, July 24

Obama, Henry Gates and Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali

Admitting that he didn't know anything about the circumstances involved and still calling the arresting officer's action "stupid" probably wasn't the most racist thing we've seen Obama say or do since his election but it ranks up there as one of the dumbest. He should apologize.

According to reports, the professor was in the act of jimmying his own front door because he had forgotten his key when someone called the police. When confronted on his front porch by a police officer, said professor burst into racial accusations and extreme profanity -- extreme to the point of insulting the officer's mother.

Seems to me that if a white man did that to a police officer, he would get exactly the same treatment -- a citation for "disorderly conduct."

I wonder if Obama et al have stopped to realize that the very country and system he so despises have catapulted him to success. Yes, he had to work for it, but in most countries (and especially in Africa) he might very well have worked that hard to no avail.

And does he realize that what he does in his Presidency can make or break any opportunities for others of his race to achieve what he has?

Blacks still are a statistical minority in the USA -- 13.5%. Yet they've imposed a huge influence on our society -- music, art, clothing. Obama and those who have come before him like Marshall, Thomas, Rice, DuBois, Davis, Powell and a myriad of others have wielded huge influence and gained tremendous respect not only for themselves but for their race.

It seems to me that race relations in America are fast deteriorating, mainly because of the quick-draw accusations of racism that come from the President and his followers. Object to something a black politian does or says and you're a racist. Disagree with Obama and it's because of his color rather than his speech, policies or actions. I will be called a racist for writing this. Tough.

Most white people I know have long ago embraced friendships with our black neighbors and have done all we can to help them when they need help, just as we help our white, asian, muslim and hispanic friends and neighbors. But it becomes tiresome to hear the rants of Rev. White and to hear Obama apologizing for our history. Faulty it may be in places, but overall America has sacrificed more for all races and religions across the world than any other. And most of us, though saddened by our losses, are proud of what our nation has done to bring freedom and liberty to all.

It's also incredibly tiresome to constantly put up with all the black whining about slavery and discrimination while doing everything they can to earn and deserve that discrimination -- the professor's reaction to the police being a prime example amplified by Obama's accusation. There's a story about Cassius Clay (before he was Muhammed Ali) that blacks will do well to note: When he returned from a fight in Africa a reporter asked him what he thought of that country. His response, "I'm glad my ancestors got on that boat."

Obama and blacks should remember that although life has not been perfect or in some cases even fair, it has been far better for them in America than it has been and is for most blacks in Africa. They should stop whining and get on with building great lives. Great lives build great countries.

And Obama should remember that he has benefitted most of all from a country he is quick to condemn. He owes the police of this nation an apology.

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