It’s always a great day when the President of the United States shoehorns himself into a local law enforcement issue in order to gin up racial resentment.
It was bad enough back in March of 2012 when Obama said, “If I had a son … he’d look a lot like Trayvon.”
Now, he has waded in even further by claiming that 35 years ago, Trayvon could have been him. That is a complete crock: Barack Obama, far from being a child of the civil rights struggle who had to “work twice as hard to get ahead because of his skin color”, is a child of privilege and a case study in affirmative action.
How many black people went to Punahou School, one of the most elite prep schools in Hawaii? From NBC News in 2007 on the eve of his announcing his candidacy:
“At school, Obama was surrounded by the island’s richest and most accomplished students. America Online founder Steve Case, actress Kelly Preston and former Dallas Cowboys lineman Mark Tuinei, who died in 1999, attended the school around that time.”
This doesn’t sound like the “black experience” that so many of us hear about whenever racial tensions bubble to the surface in our discourse.
Nor does his time at Occidental College, Columbia University, or Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review comport to that image.
Aside from the use of marijuana, Obama and Trayvon have nothing in common.
As a matter of fact, while filling in for Rush Limbaugh on the radio on Friday, Mark Steyn made the point that in the circles Barack Obama has spent most of his life in, someone with Trayvon’s background would not have been welcomed. How many teenage boys whose pants sag while they flash gang signs would you see at Martha’s Vineyard?
And as women friends of mine have pointed out, if a boy like Trayvon showed up at the door to date either Sasha or Malia, Secret Service would send him packing.
The Barack-Trayvon comparison is nothing more than racial pandering on the eve of Al Sharpton’s national temper tantrum.
Of course, none of that matters to people who have a vested interest in maintaining the myth that America is a nation run by the Klan and that it will always be open season on black people. It’s even worse when you have a president who participates in the racial division by trying to make himself “blacker” than he really is.
So, we have a half “black” president trying to make himself black by saying he’s been racially profiled, throwing gasoline onto the flames of racial tension. It’s unpresidential all the way around: which means it’s par for the course with Obama.
The most infuriating part of this is that Obama is ginning up rage from people who have never been enslaved, didn’t live through Jim Crow, and have grown up in the age of affirmative action.
It’s a sad irony that people who are the recipients of the legacy of the Civil Rights struggle are now fighting to undermine their own inheritance by smiting any and all goodwill with white people by talking as if none of those gains ever happened in the first place.
And it’s all in the name of protecting the gravy train of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, all in the name of protecting the frail ego of the first “black” president.
They have to destroy the black community to protect those who pretend to be out to protect the black community.
Meanwhile, the same media who protected him throughout his affirmative action-led ascent into the national limelight are now hailing that speech as the greatest thing of all time. Just like his Philadelphia speech on race following the outing of Jeremiah Wright as his racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic pastor from the Southside of Chicago.
Obama’s “impromptu” speech on Trayvon Martin is a testament to the damage that a nation needlessly inflicts on itself when they pick a president on the basis of affirmative action. We get a knee-jerk racialist who enjoys inciting rage and rioting in the streets, which is the actual job description of a community organizer.
Welcome to race relations in Obama’s post-racial America, which is as good as they were in the 19th century.