- Sid Tafler
- Victoria British Columbia
Is racism behind the strident opposition to President Barack Obama?
Every U.S. President faces criticism and resistance, but I don't remember anyone asking to see Bill Clinton's birth certificate.
It seems part of the political discourse in the U.S. to insist Obama is a Muslim (it's telling in itself that this is a curse word among conservatives), un-American in background and character, or even to wave the Confederate flag in front of the White House, which is way behind code for Jim Crow sentiment.
Obama has had his failings--inexperienced when first elected, promises unkept, dithering on crucial issues, failed program delivery.
But are some of his failures the result of intransigence by hardline opponents, their absolute denial of his presidency despite two elections?
Do his shortcomings deserve the deep enmity, the instinctive resistance to everything he stands for or proposes?
Actor/director Robert Redford says some members of Congress are trying to "paralyze the system. There's probably some racism involved, which is really awful."
Meanwhile, critics like Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert accuse Obama
himself of "stirring up racial tension and violence."
I'm not suggesting everyone who opposes Obama is racist, but are some of his political foes in Congress in that camp? And do others provide comfort and support to the millions of Americans who are?