Thanks, Snood, that was a well written piece you found. I agree with what the writer said. I have a childhood friend who I never realized was a racist until Obama ran for president. She is also a "birther". Yup, she doesn't think he should be our president because he is a black man. He doesn't deserve to be President of the US and therefore there must be something illegitimate about his having won the election. He can't have been born in the US!!! Yes! Let's jump on that!
For all you posters who don't think this is about race, you better think more about it.
I think Obama should be President; I would just prefer him, in my opinion, to not be so involved with overhauling society and the economy. This country was built, not on white efforts, but efforts by all, and the U.S. has every right to maintain a position of dominance in a world that is ruled by tribalism, nationalism, religious hubris, and other assorted human frailties. He means well; I just think he is a product of some idealogues that are quite cerebral and ivory-towerish.
I think that those who may not like Obama as the President may also not be charmed by the charisma that others seem to see. It need not be a light switch of "racism"/"no racism." Must the charge of racism be attached to a white person if he/she does not have great admiration for a Black man?
I think the charge of racism is sometimes used as a red-herring for the reality of "class consciousness." And, since Blacks do still have a measurable under-class, there are people that will be alienated from those people of that class, meaning if Obama's programs assists this underclass, it is understandable why there are white people that consider the program against their own interests. That to me is the reality, aside from the waning racism that existed previously and still does exist, but not always the cause of not being enamored with a specific Black person.
I do not even believe there is a "truthful" definition of racism today, since "racism" is used to reflect the reality that some whites do not have a great desire to utilize financial resources for the betterment of those that they do not identify with. It is just a classic power struggle, whether it would be based on race, ethnicity, religion, or fans of a sports team. Not everyone has an altruistic bent. That is not racism. Racism was Jim Crow laws, and segregation. Racism is not having a different political agenda.
I believe Obama is being used by those that want his programs to come to fruition, since if a white liberal was now the President, no one could accuse any detractors with the epithet of racist. I do not believe Democrats called LBJ's detractors racists when he implemented the Great Society.