By J.R. Dunn
July 21, 2011
I'm responding to a number of comments that in large part have gone unseen because they were intercepted before they ever went up. Racists are always attempting to hitch a ride on legitimate sites, and AT is unfortunately no exception. Anyone operating in the millennial media world must be careful, particularly a center-right website dealing forthrightly with sensitive topics as we do here. There is nothing more common than fanatics of various stripes stepping over the line in the guise of "telling it straight." And there is no topic where this is seen more often than race.
The argument here appears to be that, Obama being black, he acts as a natural representative of black Americans as a whole, that his faults are their faults, and that the entire Obama administration represents yet another instance of the unworthiness and inferiority of blacks.
We will give this claim a bit more attention that it actually deserves in hopes of doing something to nip it in the bud.
First the contention that Obama is a "representative" American black. AT readers will be well aware that I don't believe that Obama is representative of much of anything at all, that he is sui generis to an extent that he might as well have walked off a starship from the planet Zong. I haven't shifted in that opinion one iota.