I was at a wedding this weekend, for a cousin of mine who is about ten years younger than me. The night before his wedding, one of his friends — who had always seemed like a nice guy — wanted to talk about politics with me. He seemed reasonable at first, though Republican. Then suddenly he busted out “Obama’s a bit over his head, just having been a community organizer.” I lost it and started yelling him at, not coming straight out and calling him a racist, but telling him it was inappropriate because it was (a) inaccurate and (b) racially-tinged.
I felt bad I’d overreacted, but when I talked to him more the guy started referring to Obama as “Barry” and comparing him to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, so then I didn’t feel so bad about the way I reacted.
What the fuck? I mean, Obama was a state Senator and then a US Congressman. He’s lectured on law at U. of Chicago and was the editor of the Harvard Law Review.
I haven’t always agreed with ABL’s critique of certain Obama opponents as racists, but now I think there really is a huge racial element to a lot of the hate.