The result of the 2008 presidential election is well regarded as a monumental historic victory for racial equality in the United States. However, to expect all racial discrimination to stop there is severely unrealistic. Unfortunately, that is the mindset of many Americans today. There is this widely accepted belief that because the United States has now had an African American president, that must mean that racism as a whole is over in this country. However, from a historical perspective, horribly hateful and racist governmental programs such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment ended just over four decades ago. Can a society really expect to overcome deeply ingrained elements of racism, which allowed instances like the Tuskegee experiment to occur, to just go away in such a relatively small about of time? Surely some residual effects of such hate still remain in this country, given modern human life expectancy at least. From such historical evaluation, one can assess that yes, racism still exists in America, and yes President Barrack Obama’s presidency has been impeded by racism.
The 113th United States Congress is set to become the most unproductive congress in the history of the United States. From this, a credible argument can be made that President Obama is the most oppressed… I mean, opposed President to date. From the very beginning, congressional Republicans made a plan to oppose President Obama. Robert Draper in his book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives“, quotes Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) in a secret meeting following Obama’s inauguration saying this,
“If you act like you’re the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority, We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.”
According to Draper, McCarthy was one of many in that secret meeting following Obama’s inauguration. The guest list included;
An unfortunate characteristic about these members of the secret meeting, to brutally oppose the first African American president, is their skin tone. It’s true that this may be a realistic representation of the Republican Party. However, it is obvious that one could infer that their proposed opposition had something to do with race. We could not possibly say for sure, but on paper this certainly looks suspicious. Some of these Republican representatives have had Democratic presidents before. One of the meeting’s members, Newt Gingrich, had one of the best and most productive relationships with then President Bill Clinton as Speaker of the House.
Historically, Bill and Newt created the bipartisan utopia that was the 1990’s. What changed for Newt that had him suddenly against bipartisanship? Were these Republicans just such sore losers that they didn’t want to play fair or did race have something to do with their political equation? Only time will tell.