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White Folks Just Aren't into Us

Askia Muhammad | 10/31/2012, 11:58 a.m.

President Obama is all of what White people hate most about Black folks - "a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman." Never mind all of their pronouncements about respecting the content of a person's character rather than the color of that person's skin.

Why else would White people in Tulsa, Okla., burn Greenwood, the most successful Black enclave anywhere in the United States to the ground on May 31 and June 1, 1921, if what Douglass said 38 years before that wasn't true? Greenwood wasn't a slum. It was known as the "Black Wall Street."

Greenwood in Tulsa 89 years ago is like Obama in the White House today. Instead of Americans boasting about the remarkable system that permitted the president to succeed, they have conspired to make the Black president fail. He has been - in Frederick Douglass's words - an "affront to pride" and he has provoked their malice.

According to The Washington Post and the Associated Press, this election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama lagging behind Republican Mitt Romney among White voters by 21 percentage points, a steep drop in support from four years ago.

Face it Black people. It's not the president's fault. White folks just aren't into us.