[quote="Beau_Ouiville, post:6, topic:202022"]
You think that the president favors blacks because he commented on the arrest of a guy he knows? Maybe he favors short professors who use canes, too, I guess?
That one incident is not enough to make such a blanket, uncharitable assessment. I think such a charge is wildly irresponsible and that folks should be more careful when trying to make judgments like that.
In other words, err to the side of caution. Give a person the benefit of a doubt before slamming him or her on this issue, which can be so hurtful. The Iowa guy should shut his mouth.
It is not that one incident that I have in mind in considering that Obama may favor blacks over whites. Obama's own words:
His grandmother "was a typical white person."
“There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs,” he wrote. “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”
He added: “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists.”
After graduating from college, Obama eventually went to Chicago to interview for a job as a community organizer. His racial attitudes came into play as he sized up the man who would become his boss.
“There was something about him that made me wary,” Obama wrote. “A little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.”
“I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites,”
Although Obama spent various portions of his youth living with his white maternal grandfather and Indonesian stepfather, he vowed that he would “never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”
Obama wrote that in high school, he and a black friend would sometimes speak disparagingly “about white folks this or white folks that, and I would suddenly remember my mother's smile, and the words that I spoke would seem awkward and false.”
As a result, he concluded that “certain whites could be excluded from the general category of our distrust.”