Conservatives don’t like discussing racism and some just blatantly refuse to admit it exists. When Barack Obama took his oath of office, he was greeted with racist rhetoric and signs. Tea Partiers descended on Washington D.C. to get the “Kenyan” out of the White House. What’s telling about how little progress we’ve made is that conservatives just voted for a birther, a man who has dogged President Obama for years, insisting that our first black president cannot possibly hold the highest office in the land legitimately.
President Obama spoke with The Atlantic about Republicans’ attitude toward the poor and anti-poverty groups. Obama did say that “he didn’t doubt that there was a sincerely nonracist states’-rights contingent of the GOP.” However, he had much more to say about that.
“A rudimentary knowledge of American history tells you that the relationship between the federal government and the states was very much mixed up with attitudes towards slavery, attitudes towards Jim Crow, attitudes towards antipoverty programs and who benefited and who didn’t,” President Obama said.
He said that he is cautious in citing race as to why there is resistance.
“And so I’m careful not to attribute any particular resistance or slight or opposition to race,” he said. “But what I do believe is that if somebody didn’t have a problem with their daddy being employed by the federal government, and didn’t have a problem with the Tennessee Valley Authority electrifying certain communities, and didn’t have a problem with the interstate highway system being built, and didn’t have a problem with the GI Bill, and didn’t have a problem with the [Federal Housing Administration] subsidizing the suburbanization of America, and that all helped you build wealth and create a middle class—and then suddenly as soon as African Americans or Latinos are interested in availing themselves of those same mechanisms as ladders into the middle class, you now have a violent opposition to them—then I think you at least have to ask yourself the question of how consistent you are, and what’s different, and what’s changed.”
President Obama will be dearly missed. He’s an amazing orator and thinker. He’s thoughtful and cautious with words. We’re about to see the exact opposite take the keys to the White House. Trump was backed by every white supremacist group across the board.
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