Contemplating "Our President's Blackness"

....In other words, Obama was “black enough” to be the first African-American president, to allow white people to convince themselves of a post-racial society, but not black enough to rock the boat.  To clarify, this is not a criticism of Mr. Obama himself, but of a society that could elect an African-American president so long as he didn’t call too much attention to his blackness.

Godheval
Taken from "The Obama Placebo".

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  1. Uh huh. As someone said, he's "acceptably black."

    Obama was “black enough” to be the first African-American president, to allow white people to convince themselves of a post-racial society

    I suppose the word "some" is implied there, but, a lot of white Americans don't know or remember that (if I'm remembering right) only 45% or white American voters voted for Obama. That number disproves any notion that white America as a group is now suddenly post-racial.

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  2. Macon, that's a really good point. That's an also very important statistic to bring up because the 2008 election is becoming the new Woodstock, i.e, almost every other white person I meet in person or online claims to have voted for him. This wasn't always so, but the rise of the Tea Party seems to have awoken a need in some white folks to create new "I'm not a racist" knee-jerk defenses.

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  3. Did they stop the knee-jerk defenses at some point? Heh. It's such a weird thing.

    Another phenomenon I've been witnessing lately in discussions (arguments) with white progressives lately, is their claim that Obama's race prevents them and their ilk from being able to criticize Obama for fear of being called racist.

    Yet at the same time they talk of finding common ground with the Tea Party, who may also have some legitimate grievances that are overlooked for the more vocal and overtly racist sentiments picked up by the MSM.

    Sorry, but you don't get to play the "I'm not racist" card at the same time you are complicit in TP Racism by breaking bread with them. After all, as you've discussed here, Moi, with the story of the white friends/associates/people standing by who say nothing - and Macon had a guest post on this as well - defeating racism isn't just a matter of not directly perpetrating it.

    God DAMN do we have a long way to go...

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  4. Did they stop the knee-jerk defenses at some point?

    No, but when "new" shit happens, they feel the need to come up with new knee-jerks to accomodate the new shit.

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