One of Barack Obama’s campaign pledges was that he would be the least race conscious president in our nation’s history. According to candidate Obama and the American left, electing Barack Obama as president would, at long last, bring an end to racial divisiveness in our country. With Barack Obama in the White House—his supporters claimed—Americans would finally realize the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. that people would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Like so many of the promises of President Obama and the left, the promise of an end to racialism was dead on arrival.
Notice that in the previous paragraph I used the term “racialism” rather than “racism.” Understanding the difference between the two is important, because it is racialism not racism that continues to stir the pot of racial unrest in America. Racism is hatred or bias based on race. Racialism, on the other hand, is the tendency to view the world through the lens of race. An individual who practices racialism forms opinions, makes decisions, and approaches problems from just one perspective: race. Racialism is a pre-suppositional way of viewing the world that can result in false assumptions, and often does.
When people who practice racialism confront a problem, they automatically attribute the cause to race. When they engage in debate they have but one strategy: playing the race card. President Obama revealed himself as one who practices racialism by his response to the Cambridge police incident involving the professor who called 911. Without getting the facts first, President Obama simply assumed that the police responded in the way they did—standard operating procedure—because of racial profiling. Racialism is not so heinous a concept as racism, but neither is it commendable. As a practice, it is certainly beneath the dignity of an American president—especially one who promised to help bridge the racial divide in America.
Taking their cue from the president, members of the left—mostly white liberals—have stretched the racism rubberband to the breaking point during the Obama administration. For example, during his brief foray into presidential politics Herman Cain was lectured repeatedly by white liberals concerning how a black man in American should think and act. When he refused to accept their stereotype and behave accordingly, liberal media organs excoriated him, even to the point of calling Cain a racist. In fact, white liberals have now redefined what it means to be a racist. A racist is now any individual of any race who: 1) does not toe the line of liberal orthodoxy, or 2) has the temerity to disagree with President Obama on any issue.
The left has turned race baiting and class envy into an industry in America, an industry that turns out just one product: votes for liberals. This is why so many liberals practice racialism and why so few really want to see an end to racism. For the left, playing the race card is not a strategy for seeking social justice in America. Rather it is a strategy for securing votes and staying in office. If people can be convinced that they are victims they will be more open to practitioners of racialism who claim they want to help them.
Because President Obama cannot run for re-election on his record, racialism will be in full blossom during the presidential campaign. Barack Obama, having been burned by his response to the Cambridge police incident early in his presidency, will probably avoid any outward displays of racialism during the campaign. However, the practice will be on daily display by his liberal surrogates.