Nearing 17 percent, joblessness among blacks is at a three-decade high and almost twice the size of the overall unemployment rate. The black caucus wants the president to do more.But the group's efforts are freighted with political sensitivities, given Obama's unique role as the first African-American occupant of the White House and the sometimes untethered animosity that his election has triggered."If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House," Cleaver said. "There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president."
Cleaver's argument highlights just how insane the "Racist Tea Party" narrative is. His criticism mirrors the charges that conservatives and the Tea Party have leveled against Obama for years now; that he is a poor leader with terrible policies and a dangerous ideology. Yet despite having virtually the same complaints against Obama's policies, Cleaver insists that conservatives simply hate the President because of who he is and not because of his policies. God forbid liberals be forced to stray from their rabid belief in conservative racism. In fact, wouldn't this make Cleaver or Obama the Uncle Tom rather than black conservatives? Obama's policies have done great harm to blacks through persistently high unemployment and foreclosure rates, all while Cleaver and other black leaders refuses to stand against him. Meanwhile black conservatives have taken a stand against his destructive policies. Who is actually the race traitor here?
But this is all ignoring the most obvious point here: Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), is a racist. By refusing to treat men equally and instead basing his judgement on skin color, Cleaver most clearly displays the hypocrisy that liberal, black leaders often get away with: Engaging in racism while you condemn it. Imagine if a white man refused to protest against a white president, but said that he would protest against a black president if that were the current occupant of the White House. Such a person would, rightfully, be dismissed as a racist, but if you're black it's treated as walking "a careful but candid line". What happened to judging people based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin?
Racism is irrational, and so too is Cleaver and the rest of the CBC who enjoy playing the race card for political gain. It's irrational to accuse your opposition of being racists even as you concede that there are major problems that aren't based on race, and it's irrational to say that the only reason you won't protest the economic policies of a president is because of their skin color. This irrationality has been on display time and time again, but contrary to what liberals and the mainstream media would have you believe, it hasn't been conservatives who have been putting it on display. But, hey, you know what else is irrational? Giving Obama an 84% approval rating while suffering under a 17% unemployment rate. I doubt a white president would experience such a...forgiving approval rating from blacks. There's the racism liberals have been looking for.