Hating a Black President Isn’t Necessarily Racist

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It Might Be Coincidental to Your Hatred of Him That He Is Black. But All of the Following Expressions of Hatred of Him Are Clearly Racist—and If You Don’t Think So, You Are Either a Racist or the Word “Racist” Has Lost All Meaning

The recent controversy surrounding the caricaturing of President Obama by a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair cannot be considered in isolation.

We are almost a year beyond President Obama’s re-election to a second term, and yet when he spoke recently at an Amazon.com facility in Arizona, Far-Right protesters gathered outside and made a spectacle of themselves in their efforts to deride him. The following account is provided by the Daily Kos:

“Obama foes at one point sang, ‘Bye Bye Black Sheep,’ a derogatory reference to the president’s skin color, while protesters like Deanne Bartram raised a sign saying, ‘Impeach the Half-White Muslim!’

“Many on…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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