Posts Tagged ‘stereotypes’

Obama the Valet

December 18, 2014

In a People interview, president Obama once again encouraged an America-is-racist theme by offering examples of treatment he, and Michelle, endured in America that he felt were racist. One such example he offered was that he was mistaken as a valet and handed car keys when standing outside a restaurant.

Obama admitted that being mistaken as a valet was just a small irritation, but using it as an example of racism shows he is also being mistaken as a leader. Suggesting that common profiling is racist does not display the leadership one expects from a president who claimed he would unify the country and move it out of ideological gridlock. He has accomplished the exact opposite.

Profiling is not inherently bad and it is certainly not always racist. Jesse Jackson was not displaying racism when he once said: “There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” It was painful for Jesse, but it is reality, not racism, and it was simple profiling. Everybody uses profiling based on one’s life experiences. To do otherwise would be foolish.

If one wants to address only profiling that is racist, hurtful, or just plainly wrong, it would have to include profiling used in black communities when dealing with policemen, firemen, or others in position of authority. Republican black men or women being called “Uncle Tom” is hurtful profiling as are the accusations of black honor students “acting white”.

There are many other examples that never arise when discussing profiling because profiling has joined racism on a one-way street paved by “progressives”. Stereotypes, another form of profiling, are hypocritically used constantly by liberals when they demean conservatives, Catholics, pro-lifers, etc., but are labeled hateful, sexist, racist, or worse when used elsewhere.

The reality is that racism is a two-way street, but president Obama only travels on one-way streets and he always assumes the right-of-way, especially on Race Street. Welcome to Obama’s unified, post-racial era.

David J Hentosh