President Obama, Racism in the United States, Morgan Freeman, Can’t we all just get along?
“Racist! Sexist! Anti-gay! S. F. P. D. go away!”
That is what they (the disaffected) would chant in San Francisco, when I used to work in that city’s financial district some years ago.
Morgan Freeman, the actor (who actually as an actor is quite good) is a public figure. As such, he is subject to public scrutiny. Let’s engage in some of that public scrutiny now.
This link came up today on the first page of a Google search for “morgan freeman obama racism”.
I take the liberty to copy the contents of it as a quote, which was posted online on 9/23/11 (emphasis – bold font – mine):
The Tea Party movement’s ferocious opposition to President Obama is “a racist thing” and represents “the weak, dark undersides of America,” actor Morgan Freeman says in a CNN interview that will air tonight.
Freeman, talking to interviewer Piers Morgan, singles out the Tea Party and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader, and declares:
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. It’s a racist thing.”
Sen. McConnell, in a National Journal interview last fall, said: “The single more important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
In Freeman’s opinion the Tea Party is, in essence, saying, “Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.”.
Asked if he personally is disappointed with Obama, Freeman told Morgan: “Kind of, but I so understand that he was trying to hold onto his own promise” to be president to all Americans, including those who refuse to support him.
What is not accurate in Mr. Freeman‘s remarks (above) is that what the Tea Party folks. conservatives (both economic and social) and an increasing (by the day) number of independents oppose is not Mr. Obama per se, but rather his failed policies that have kept the world’s largest economy stuck in the mud for the past 41 months since he took office as our President. Barack Obama cannot pass the buck here. This is his economy. He had one chance to get it right back in early 2009, and he dropped the ball. 300 million of us are paying for his mistakes.
The sad fact here is that the charge of racism is used to stifle open debate, and thereby is actually counter-productive to constructive and open discussions of our nation’s very serious and pressing challenges and problems. Now, dear readers, before you rush to judgement here – I am not denying the existence of racism in the United States in the year 2012. However, to be fair, one must include the very virulent racism resident within the black community.
But, to stay on point, we cannot afford to let the false charge of racism stifle debate on these serious issues facing our country. Mr. Freeman, it is not racist to oppose anyone’s policies that have significantly increased human suffering and significantly increased poverty in our midst. It is not racist to oppose Barack Obama’s fiscal and economic policies that have caused so much talent and energy to be lost forever to the country. (Every day that someone is unemployed or underemployed, or that a small business fails, that is a human (human capital) contribution to the economy that is lost forever. And, we are all poorer as a consequence.) Please do not overlook the fact, also, that African Americans are now enduring the highest rate of unemployment for them in several decades because of this man’s utopian fantasies.
Using the charge of “racism” to deflect or blunt legitimate criticism of the President’s failed policies needs to be opposed and resisted. We need open and serious debate if we are ever going to be able to seriously come to grips with these major problems, and hopefully make some substantive (and not merely cosmetic) progress towards solving them. Thank you for your investment of time in reading this essay.
And, for those who would smear me as “racist”, if you can open your minds for a few minutes (it is risky now), check out these other essays of mine for various and sundry (and uncomfortable) venomous facts.
Be sure to tell all your “racist” and non-racist friends to stop by my blog. Cheers.