Zenster is a frequent commenter here at Gates of Vienna. Since Dymphna and I have sworn off covering the presidential election campaign until next fall, Zenster has stepped up to bat in our stead with this guest-post.
The Liberal Left Invokes a Discredited Racist Doctrine
I will ask that for one moment that everybody please disregard all of the media hype and preconceived notions or perceptions that have been bred up over the past year of Democratic Party electioneering.
Let’s please have it understood that Barack Hussein Obama is not Black. He is, by proper definition, a mulatto, being descended from both black and white parents. Rest assured that Obama plays himself up as a Black Man but that in no way changes his actual genetic and ancestral heritage. What it does signify is that Barack Hussein Obama is more than willing to ignore racial realities within his own personal realm when they conflict with his overall political vision.
What this bodes in terms of how he will deal with racial issues upon becoming President is not at all heartening. Furthermore, it is a bellwether of even more disturbing possibilities with respect to how such a man might seek to run this world’s greatest superpower.
The one-drop rule is an historical colloquial term in the United States that holds that a person with any trace of sub-Saharan ancestry (however small or invisible) cannot be considered white and so unless the person has an alternative non-white ancestry that he or she can claim, such as Native American, Asian, Arab, Australian aboriginal, the person must be considered black.
By Obama’s own reasoning it would seem as though this long discredited and viciously racist notion — that even the slightest bit of Black ancestry makes a person entirely Black — suddenly has new validity and pertinence in our time. Perish the thought that — as Black Supreme Court jurist Thurgood Marshall insisted — “classifications and distinctions based upon race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society.” As Stephen Thernstrom’s article goes on to note:
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The [Census] Bureau will not tabulate data for every possible racial mix reported by respondents. But they are keeping track of a mind-boggling 63, so that we will have figures, for example, on the number of people who consider themselves part-white, part-black, and part-American Indian. But when the figures are to be used to determine whether civil rights laws have been violated, these distinctions will disappear. Citizens who say they are not only white but also a member of a “minority race” will be counted as belonging to the “minority race” — period.
In other words, for these purposes, it is still the case that a white mother can have a black child but a black mother cannot have a white child.” [Emphasis added]
The towering moral hypocrisy whereby a man of mixed racial heritage has arrogated himself the label of “Black Man” by dint of an incredibly offensive racist doctrine and yet eludes any calumny for doing so speaks volumes about the Liberal Left’s selective memory. That Barack Hussein Obama has become “Black enough” through such discredited genetic chicanery serves up notice that — quite possibly — nothing else about him may be as it seems.
This racial sleight-of-hand is also reflected in Barack Hussein Obama’s reluctance to unequivocally condemn incredibly anti-American and generally racist sermons given by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Far more conspicuous is the dissonance between Wright’s oratory and his lifestyle.
Wright is about to move to a 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in a gated community.
Even less publicized is how white the gated community of Tinley Park is:
|White persons, 2000||93.2%||(Versus 73.5% state average)|
|Black or African American persons, 2000||1.9%||(Less than one eighth the state average of 15.1%)|
|Persons below the poverty line, 1999||2.5%||(Less than one quarter of the state average of 10.7%)|
— Courtesy of US Census Bureau Statistics
While Jeremiah Wright is entitled to live wherever he pleases, it is difficult to imagine a less Black community than Tinley Park being his choice. Likewise, while Trinity United Church describes itself as “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian”, it is also difficult to imagine someone less Christian than Louis Farrakhan, whose well-known anti-Semitic and anti-White screeds — calling whites “blue-eyed devils” and the “anti-Christ”, while describing Jews as “bloodsuckers” — are nothing less than hatemongering. Yet, Reverend Wright has seen fit to bestow upon Louis Farrakhan one of his church’s Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer awards.
In Jeremiah Wright we find a dangerous amalgam of zealotry and hypocrisy. While perhaps of a different magnitude, Barack Hussein Obama seems no less inclined to manipulate public perception of himself and his background with distinctly similar methods. Combined with his inability to disavow Jeremiah Wright as a mentor and spiritual advisor, all of this indicates that Barack Hussein Obama may be carrying forward a hidden agenda driven by ulterior motives about which we know nothing.
While no political candidate is expected to be entirely transparent, there is a cloud of intentional obfuscation and misdirection that obscures Barack Hussein Obama. A cloud that he continues to use as a screen, while so many aspects of his personal philosophy and political agenda cry out for disinfecting sunlight.