Daniel Greenfield, As I wrote in a recent pamphlet,
The euphoria of the 72% who thought that race relations were good when Obama ran for office and the 77% who cheered a new and better era of race relations with Obama’s victory has given way to division and despair. Majorities of Americans think that race relations are growing worse while far smaller numbers believe that they are improving.
But Obama responded to the racist Facebook torture video by trying to evade responsibility for the downturn in race relations. Then he attempted to associate an act of black racist violence with the Black Lives Matter narrative.
“What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time… Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.”
This is Obama’s familiar old narrative. He didn’t make anything worse. He just started one of those “national conversations” that forced everyone to recognize how bad it all really was.
“The good news is that the next generation that’s coming behind us … have smarter, better, more thoughtful attitudes about race… “I think the overall trajectory of race relations in this country is actually very positive.”
That’s not what the polls show. But Obama doesn’t mean racial coexistence. He means that the next generation has been programmed with more politically correct ideas about race. This is actually a form of racial divisiveness, but Obama typically means the opposite of what he tells a mainstream audience.
Divisiveness is healing. More thoughtful attitudes about race mean more hostility toward white people.