During the 2008 presidential campaign, the media heaped praises on Barack Obama, hailing him as the first “post-racial president” who would heal America from its legacy of racism.
But America is more racist than ever before, despite the “post-racial” Obama having been elected twice as president. Far from being healed from the legacy of racism, America under Obama seems to be a country where racists are cropping up here, there, and everywhere.
Just 7 months into Obama’s first term as president on July 16, 2009, America had its first allegedly racist brouhaha when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates claimed it was racism that led to his arrest by Cambridge police officer Sgt. James Crowley, for breaking into his own home. Gates had returned from a China trip to find his front door jammed. Seeing Gates trying to force the door open, a passerby had called police to report a break-in.
In 2012, America was in an even bigger uproar over alleged racist, the half-Hispanic George Zimmerman’s shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin.
In June 2013, America was in an uproar again over “celebrity” chef Paula Deen’s allegedly racist remarks (using the “N” word). A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against Deen by an employee for racial and sexual discrimination. For having occasionally uttered IN PRIVATE the N-word, Deen lost all her cookery programs, publishing deals and endorsement contracts.
The next month, America hurtled into yet another uproar when Zimmerman was tried, and acquitted, for the shooting death of Martin.
We are only four months into 2014, and already we have the Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling incidents. You can’t turn on the radio or TV without being subjected to wall-to-wall media coverage of the alleged racists.