Have race relations improved since Barack Obama has become President? Depends on who you ask. But most would say no. I would contend that things have gotten worse thanks to his own prominent supporters and not due to conservatives and the Tea Party itself.
1) Morgan Freeman just last week said on Piers Morgan Tonight “The tea partiers who are controlling the Republican party…their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What underlines that? Screw the country, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.”
Mr. Freeman has a right to be wrong, and wrong he is. While it may be true that conservatives would like to see Obama serve one term, is it really because he’s black? Seriously? Of course not, but because our president is black the accusation can be made. Things were just as contentious when Bill Clinton was in office. Hell, he was even impeached by the Republicans. Was it because of his skin color that people disagreed with Bubba? No. It was simply because of policy. Same with Obama. Wonder what Mr. Morgan would say about black tea party groups such as the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party that are starting to form across this nation?
2) Janeane Garafalo on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last month made even more outlandish statements. “I believe Herman Cain is in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican Party… Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go, ‘Oh, they can’t be racist. It’s a black guy.”
Really? And it was a mass conspiracy last week when Cain overwhelmingly won the Republican Party of Florida straw poll. The Republicans in Florida must be so racist, that to cover their racism, they would choose to elect a black guy. Yeah that makes sense. Even better, that logic may become fact if and when racist Republicans elect Cain nationally. According to a recent Fox News poll released today, Cain is in third place among GOP voters with Romney pulling 23%, Perry 19% and Cain 17%. Again, it’s not the skin color but the policy. Look at what Cain, an African-American conservative stands for versus what Barack Obama, an African-American liberal stands for.
3) Congressional Black Caucus Whip Andre Carson on 8/22/11 said of congressional members (not of individuals in the Tea Party, but members of Congress), that “they would love to see you and me hanging on a tree.”
4) Maxine Waters on 8/22/11 said “The tea party can go straight to hell.”
I could go on and on with examples. But does it really matter? When Facebook has to put out a notice last week that they are not going to charge for their service after so many people reposted a hoax that they would be charging, is it any wonder many listen to and believe the “hoaxes” of Freeman, Garafalo, Jackson, Sharpton, Carson, Waters and the like? People will listen to who they chose to listen to without searching for the truth. Even if that person is lying through his or her teeth.