On the off chance you didn’t see it –
With that statement, an exalted black man found kinship with a buried black boy, the two inextricably linked by inescapable biases, one expressing the pains and peril of living behind the veil of his brown skin while the other no longer could.
With his statements, the president dispensed with the pedantic and made the tragedy personal.
But wait — there’s more.
In “The Souls of Black Folk,” W. E. B. Du Bois described this phenomenon thusly:
“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”
Surely, much has changed in America since Du Bois wrote those lines more than a century ago
Oh not really. Consider this observation by one Rich Benjamin in Free Republic
I’m sorry, I mean Salon
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered trenchant thoughts on the acquittal, demanding action. Before an audience of supporters, Holder recently called for a full investigation of Martin’s death after Zimmerman’s acquittal. Holder vowed that the Justice Department will act “in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law. We will not be afraid.”
“We must stand our ground,” he told supporters.
Some of us have an Inner Child. Others have an Inner Nigger. Is Holder the president’s conscience? Or his Inner Nigger?
Is Holder the president’s aggressive internal mind and voice — willing to speak truth to power, but unbothered with appearing like an angry black man?
“Lace Curtain” racist Jennifer Rubin in Pravda
President Obama’s extensive remarks in the White House Briefing Room this afternoon were as surprising as they were gratuitous.
When you’re black, everything you say and do is gratuitous
So the jury was biased? The trial unfair? I can’t fathom why the president of the United States would stoke that sort of second-guessing.
You can’t? No, you won’t
The media seems fixated on “how personal” the speech was. I am baffled by that response. He is the president of the United States, the only elected leader there to represent us all and to provide cohesion, but here he was channeling Oprah Winfrey. He cheered for emotionalism and for the perspective that insists it is always about race
Never knew Oprah was a “race pimp.” Thanks for the heads-up.
What about the proposition that we regard individuals and their actions on the merits, that we view criminal defendants with the presumption of innocence and that we avoid pouring our own biases into a judgment about a fellow citizen? The jury system is all about rising above past grievances, grudges and suspicions. The Zimmerman jury put down its historical baggage
And called for a porter to pick it up for them.
Yes Jennifer — we know how you feel. Right Randy?