During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s supporters promised that his election would allow America to “transcend race.” Among the headlines:
The Boston Globe: “Obama shows an ability to transcend race”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Obama’s success suggests we can transcend race”
But of course that hasn’t happened.
Sorry, John, but everything has happened according to plan. Enough white people transcended the President’s race long enough to get him elected.
Now if you didn’t vote for him, you were always a racist. If you’re losing faith in him, you’re becoming a racist.
And while I doubt the President is any more of a racist than most folks who voted for McCain or Barr or whoever, it’s increasingly obvious that Obama never has transcended race, never plans to transcend race, and in fact finds it an invaluable tool for silencing his critics.
Only it doesn’t seem to be working nearly as well as it used to, and certainly not as well as Obama needs it to. So we might not have transcended race, but more and more people seem willing to transcend false charges of racism.