The “acting stupidly” remark.
Now why is that? Why is it that the whole press conference revolved around healthcare issues and the single most important legislation being considered since Medicare, but the only thing people are talking about today is Barack Obama’s answer to Lynn Sweeney’s question about the arrest of Professor Louis Gates, Jr. for disorderly conduct?
I’ll tell you why. It’s because of the fact that while vast strides have been made to correct the nation’s past penchant to discriminate on account of race, we are not there yet. White people are openly critical of Obama’s “acting stupidly” remarks because he was not there and couldn’t know all of the facts. Even the arresting officer is unrepentant. Black people speak in one voice supporting Obama.
And why the schism? Why is this difference in opinion breaking along racial lines?
Could it be because white people have never been subjected to racial profiling?
Could it be because black people get it every day that they are outside?
We form our opinions and attitudes from the sum of our life experiences. If someone has never experienced discrimination and prejudgment based on the color of their skin they have a skewed attitude. I lived 5 years in
He was the victim of racial profiling. Barack Obama, we all know, as a state senator in
Now can we all get back on the subject? Can we finally guarantee health care coverage for all Americans?