If an Uncle Tom is one that consistently defends and overlooks the racial attitudes and statements of friends, what do we make of #44?
Maybe it’s just me – a rumored “Uncle Tom” and “sellout” for being a “Hip Hop Republican.”
But, then again, maybe not, so if you will, give me an open mind for a moment.
President Obama may be quickly gaining a reputation for being an Uncle Tom, racial apologist for those that he caucuses with on the Democratic side of politics.
Looking over his time on the national scene, Mr. Obama has a track record of overlooking racial slights whenever they come from Democrats. Yet, he takes on an aggressive campaign to isolate and label folks such as Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio, and Fox News Network as racists and entities that promote hate throughout America (rightly or otherwise.)
He forgives Reid immediately in public, but gave an impromptu comment previously (on an issue hundreds of miles away from him) that led to the 'Beer Summit.”
He’s not consistent on race. Actually, he is: he consistently allows the racist labels to flow as long as it attacks Republicans. Anything else is A-OK with him.
For example, comments very similar to Senator Reid's remarks were attributed to then-Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, saying that Obama represented the '...the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy...' No offense to the other hundreds of mainstream African-American men that were capable of meeting these 'requirements' and changing America - from Malcolm X to Dr. Martin Luther King to Thurgood Marshall to Colin Powell (never mind the countless attorneys, politicians, preachers, and businessmen that also have these qualities).
How insulting, particularly when it comes from a man that later told the young presidential candidate that the presidency was not a '...(position) that lent itself to on-the-job training...'
In reply, Mr. Obama named Joe Biden his running mate in 2008 on his way to the White House.
Harry Reid - a man that flippantly compared Civil Rights Legislation (one that prevented Black people from, among other things, from being denied the right to vote, continuing to endure savage beatings and torture, and living a legal second-rate citizenship) to the health care bill he was championing - now comes out in 2008 and equates Obama's chances as a presidential candidate as greater due to his “light-skinned” features and not having a “Negro dialect.”
Let’s overlook the fact that he is – along with many others over the course of the past 30 years (and, in many years, a lot longer than that) – Ivy-League-educated, multi-degreed, and published. Let’s overlook the fact that he was, after all, a United States senator at th