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  •  I knew Obama wouldn't be able to do much about (11+ / 0-)

    racism directly. The political fall-out he would face for taking up racism would be much greater than it would be for a similar white democrat. In fact, I think his centrist tendencies, the way that he has given a useless and intransigent congress far more chances than it deserves to co-operate may be a function of the fact that black liberals scare certain segmenys of voters.

    I think just about every single black person who put him in office knew this was the case but millions of us wanted to get him there anyway, the conceptual victory was worth it.

    It is interesting that fewer black liberals have "turned" on Obama than white liberals. Is that irrational? I don't think so. Obama's mild presidency lays the groundwork for a future. But even as 2008 came along I was sad knowing that there would probably be 0 progress coming from the whitehouse on issues of racism for the next 4-8 years.

    and yet how would that be different from what all of the other recent democrats had done? Suddenly support for Obama seemed very rational. Indirect progress would be the best we could hope for.

    •  If he isn't going to address it... (2+ / 0-)
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      or even talk about it, then who is?

      This is the over-arching critism that I have of his Presidency to date...he allows others to define him with very little pushback...from him, or even the people around him.

      I didn't want to elect a person who would so fear what extremists on the Right would say about him that he would allow them to set the agenda.  

      Yet, this is what has happened.

      I would hope that changes in his second term.  

      •  "Then who is?" (5+ / 0-)

        The same people who won the right for women to vote and forced civil rights legislation in the 1960's.  The same people who won workers' rights.  The same people who forced us to get out of Vietnam.

        The President can't do it on his own; he needs a strong wind at his back and many feet in the streets and many voices in the media.  Too much of our politics has become a propaganda war and the GOP has been winning.

        “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

        by ahumbleopinion on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 08:23:54 AM PST

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    •  Obama and Race (14+ / 0-)

      The realities of our dysfunctional political system put Barack Obama in an impossible situation. If it is even possible to breakup our national logjam over race, than it is up to the rest of us.

      I wrote this piece largely as history, because that is what I know best. I really wish I could have laid out a realistic plan for dismantling institutional racism, a Joshua's horn to blow the whole damn thing down once and for all.

      But I don't know how to do that. American racism is a moving target, adapting to new situations and creating new defenses like the Borg in Star Trek. Our adversaries are well financed and very determined. Our entire social and economic system would be radically transformed if it were eliminated and they know that.

      Nearly 4 centuries of  struggle have forced racism back into a heavily defended corner. As Dr. King said the night before he was assassinated," We have difficult days ahead."

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 06:34:49 AM PST

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    •  it took LBJ to actually do anything about race (6+ / 0-)

      some historians think the Civil Rights Act and other such legislation would never have been if JFK had lived.  LBJ had the moxie and conservative credentials (as opposed to a "pointy headed liberal") along with the arm twisting talent to bull such legislation through  

      •  LBJ (6+ / 0-)

        I was going to mention LBJ. A man who used the 'N" word in daily conversation, he signed two of the most significant pieces of legislation in the long struggle against American racism. Go figure.

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 06:56:10 AM PST

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        •  I disliked LBJ though it was Nixon who (4+ / 0-)
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          punched my draft card when he killed the 2-S.  However, if it had not been for VN, LBJ may have been able to win reelection.  As it is, in hindsight, LBJ may actually have been a better man than history has made of him

        •  Thank MLK and Hubert Humphrey. (0+ / 0-)

          They did the work that needed doing.

          There is a PBS documentary on Hubert Humphrey that you ought to see. The disk is available in the shop, go to and search. You could ask your local station to rerun it or buy the disk. If you are interested in political history and how congress worked this is the disk to get.

          I have it on my TIVO if you are ever in Albuquerque.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 04:00:12 AM PST

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