President Obama is America’s first black president, and he believes that the United States has not overcome the racial issues of the past, but two African American leaders are disproving this claim.
Ben Kinchlow, a columnist and co-host of “The 700 Club,” stated, “Give me an example of the existence of one of the following today: racial segregation of the blind, segregated schools and textbooks, segregated lunch counters, and even segregated cemeteries,” via WND.
This was in response to Obama’s claim that “we have, by no means, overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism.”
Kinchlow grew up as a young black man in the 50s and 60s, and he actually had to step off the sidewalks when white women walked by, take off his hat when speaking to white men, and be polite to young white boys as if they were elders.
And to go to school, he had to travel a long way to the closest school that taught black children, which was 90 miles round trip. The only alternative was boarding school. And it’s definitely, obviously, not like that today where all children go to school together.
“Compare that to the fact that we now have a black U.S. president, a black U.S. attorney general, a black first lady, a black Homeland Security Director, a black Supreme Court justice, black senators and congressmen, etc.,” said Kinchlow. “Offhand, I would say that America has overcome the legacies of the past. What more would have to be done to prove this point?”
And yet Obama makes America believe that we haven’t moved past any of this? That Republicans are the ones who are “racists” even though it was the infamous governor of Alabama, George Wallace, a Democrat, who said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever”?
Another African American leader, Jesse Less Peterson, the founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, has a problem with Obama’s words. Peterson thinks that Obama is attempting to burnish his legacy by making it seem like we have not overcome the racism of the past.
“Barack Obama is making a desperate attempt to create and hold onto what he thinks is a great legacy, and if he can keep that idea going that racism and slavery are still in existence, it will keep black folks supporting him, believing that he was under attack from the so-called ‘racist’ Republican politicians,” Peterson stated.
Obama claimed that “those who are not subject to racism can sometimes have blind spots or lack of appreciation of what it feels to be on the receiving end of that.” However, as Kinchlow argues, many black people today don’t know what true racism feels like either.
Peterson viewed Obama’s statement to mean that black people cannot be racist towards white people, which is not true. I myself went to a school that was predominately black, and I was bullied and picked on because I was one of the few white kids in the school.
“Blacks have been told that by their race-hustling leaders that black people can’t be racist because they don’t own anything, and that only white people can be racist,” Peterson said. “So, Obama is still furthering that idea that only white people can be racist, without a doubt.”
He continued on to say, “And it’s bad for him to do that because it’s a continuation of the brainwashing of black Americans, which is going to continue to keep them down from generation to generation and is going to keep the races divided in this country. We will never become one nation under God as long as this phony idea is out there.”
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