Skip’s quip in my post below that, “[t]he only people who live in a post-black world are four people who live in a little white house on Pennsylvania Avenue,” is certainly not the case this week. At yesterday’s health care presser, President Obama made some remarks on GatesGate:
“Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know, separate and apart from this incident, is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. And that’s just a fact.” He added later that the incident was “a sign of how race remains a factor in this society.”
He also used biting humor, grinning broadly as he imagined being in Professor Gates’s seemingly preposterous circumstance of being arrested after trying to get into his own home.
“Here, I’d get shot,” Mr. Obama said, referring to his new address of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Republican party (which I am finally leaving, hooray for “Decline to State” in box 7 of the California voter registration form) is now using Obama’s remarks to attack local Democratic politicians in Massachusetts by calling them anti-law enforcement. The GOP is doing it’s usual ugly thing of turning this into an us (“us” meaning Sarah Palin “real Americans”) v. them (“them” meaning “elites, minorities, communists, liberals, etc.”) situation.
Moreover, on another news story this week, a really insane subset of the Republican Party, the scary-as-hell birthers movement continues to stir up doubts about where Obama was born, just because his skin isn’t white. I can’t really express my frustration and sadness about this, so I‘ll let John Stewart do it for me.