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March 11, 2012

3-D Glasses Required?: Real Streets that Inhibit Seeing Class Warfare

I know, just like most Americans, that the Obama presidency has not been inhibited by his race, that his being a bi-racial president, and as a result, also construed by many as a Black president, hasn’t affected him one iota. That is why I am asking my readership to assist me in proving that America is finally colorblind to our leaders racial difference. This is why U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell’s statement that the G.O.P.’s number one goal was to assure that Barack Obama would only be a one term president could not have been associated with race. After all, Kentucky’s history of race relations could not have adversely influenced McConnell’s perspective on the ascendance of a two-term Senator to the highest political position in the U.S.

Just in case you somehow missed it though, recently Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich attempting to appease their audiences made statements about their perspective on America. I was wondering where did these statements take you? Romney’s statement about living in the “real streets of America,” is no less problematic than Santorum’s statement that “there are no classes in America. We are a country that doesn’t allow for titles, We don’t put people in classes,” and Gingrich’s referral to President Obama as a “Food Stamp President.” So my questions are:
1. Is it possible to disassociate their comments from African American culture/history? If so, how?
2. To what varying degrees and relative to what dimensions/themes of African American culture are any of these statements problematic and/or justifiable?
3. How does a country like America ever move beyond its racial scars when some in this country complain about the same racial bias that others vehemently deny and/or are in denial about?