Obama’s Communist mentor, Obama’s anti-American wife

When Barack Obama was in high school in Hawaii, Frank Marshall Davis, a well known Communist, had a mentor-like relationship with him. Obama discussed the friendship in his book Dreams from my Father, and Cliff Kincaid writes about it at the Accuracy in Media website:

However, Obama writes in Dreams From My Father that he saw “Frank” only a few days before he left Hawaii for college, and that Davis seemed just as radical as ever. Davis called college “An advanced degree in compromise” and warned Obama not to forget his “people” and not to “start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that s**t.” Davis also complained about foot problems, the result of “trying to force African feet into European shoes,” Obama wrote.

Well, there’s a constant in Obama’s life. His lovely and charming spouse has the same, at best, ambivalence about living in a society created by white people that was expressed by his mentor 30 years ago. Michelle Obama has said:

“I don’t think there is a person of color in this country that doesn’t struggle with what it means to be a part of your race versus what the majority thinks is right.”

Meaning, she feels herself distinctively different from the majority of the country and is never comfortable as part of America.

All of which goes to show how white Americans live in a fantasy. They look forward with frothy excitement to putting a nonwhite in the White House, based on their belief that blacks are really just “like us,” and therefore that having a black president will mean the decisive end of racial divisions in America. But a black presidency will not end those racial divisions, for the simple reason that blacks are not like us. The reality—expressed above by Frank Davis and Michelle Obama—is that many blacks do not feel themselves a part of this country. They cannot relate comfortably and wholeheartedly to this country, they cannot identify with its history, they cannot be proud of its achievements (let alone “really” proud), because that history and those achievements are overwhelmingly and characteristically those of white people, whom the blacks see not only as unbridgeably different from themselves racially, but as their historic and current oppressors. For blacks to identify fully with America would be to identify with their racial and cultural Other, and that is psychologically impossible.

Whatever Obama’s personal racial attitudes may be, to install him, his wife, and his associates of color at the top of our national life is to install the black hostility/ambivalence toward America at the top of our national life.

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If Michelle Obama is Barack Obama’s racial Id, speaking plainly the dislike of America that he conceals, then a commenter who wrote to VFR last December was Michelle Obama’s racial Id, taking to its logical conclusions the unappeasable sense of grievance against America that Michelle has expressed.

The logic of the discussion leads us to Jefferson’s apocalyptic passage on race relations in his Notes on the State of Virginia:

It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expence of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.

Now, I am not predicting the literal extermination of one or the other race, as Jefferson did. I am saying, however, that America can have only one defining culture at a time. And if America elects Barack Obama as president, it will have taken a further, huge step toward the elimination of the white defining culture.

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Karen writes from England:

You wrote: “Blacks don’t feel part of this country.”

Isn’t that stating the obvious? How could Africans and indeed any non whites feel part of a white European society? It is an impossibility and it is inevitable that their sense of alienation will drive them to change and re-make white countries according to their own natures and cultures. Thus any western country which admits and grants citizenship to a significant number of non whites will eventually be changed beyond all recognition and ultimately destroyed. The future of America could be worse than that of Brazil. In the latter, the white ruling elite has largely shunned liberalism and preserved its own superiority and control.

LA replies:

Obvious to whom? It may be obvious to us, but it is not remotely imagined by most modern Westerners. Therefore our duty and our fate is to state the obvious, over and over.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 21, 2008 01:51 AM | Send

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