Klayman: We’d Gotten Over Racism Until Obama!

If Larry Klayman didn’t exist, I’d have to invent him. He’s just such a reliable source of material for the blog that I don’t know what I’d do without him. In his latest Worldnetdaily column he says that the racist outbursts of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling only happened because Obama has put white people in the back of the bus and turned America racist again after we’d transcended all of that before 2008.

We Americans had thought we had come a long way since the days of the civil rights movement lead by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the decades since his tragic death, freedom for African-Americans had been increasing, and their upper movement among all strata of society has been clear for all to see and experience. In effect, the American people by and large stopped thinking in racial terms; the words of Martin Luther King increasingly had taken hold in deeds.

While I for one did not vote for President Barack Obama in 2008 (nor in 2012), I felt good as an American that We the People had elected an African-American, something even our “enlightened” European white ancestors had never done…

But things did not turn out as hoped for. Obama and his cronies spent the next five years favoring African-Americans and people of color over all other groups of society, and it became painfully obvious that this socialist saw himself as the one person who could extract a pound of flesh for all the years of insidious discrimination against blacks, dating back to even the years before the founding of the republic. In effect, Obama and his friends – ranging from black Muslims, to anti-Semites, to anti-Christians, atheists and other ultra-leftists – saw his presidency as an opportunity to “settle the score” with not just conservatives but rich whites. If this meant bankrupting the country with higher taxes on rich whites and other means to extract what in effect were reparations, then this was the price that needed to be paid for past discrimination. It was time for “whitey” to pay up, and to hell with the economic and social health of the nation…

In this context, and as I have written before, the irony is that under the Obama presidency there has been a role reversal; whites, and particularly rich ones, are now at the back of the bus. While it is not politically correct in today’s world for whites to raise this feeling in public, there has developed regrettably and tragically an undercurrent of deep resentment among whites, which is now starting to manifest itself in major ways.

While I cannot with certainty explain the recent outbursts of what the mainstream media perceived as racism by Cliven Bundy, owner of the Bundy ranch in Nevada, and Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, this feeling and latent resentment by whites that they do not have a president who represents their interests, but instead is prejudiced against them, may be a large part of the underlying cause. Much as blacks experienced in the years leading up to Obama’s election, and even to today, whites now feel disenfranchised by our chief executive, and they may be striking back subconsciously with this resentment.

And once again we see how different reality is on Planet Wingnuttia than it is on Earth. The notion that America had gotten over being racist by 2008 is idiotic. The notion that Obama has put white people in the back of the bus is even more idiotic. Which makes sense because those things are being said by an idiot.

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  • Crimson Clupeidae

    In a sense, he’s right. We had mostly stopped talking about racism……

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    The notion that Obama has put white people in the back of the bus is even more idiotic.

    Well, that’s why white people are disproportionately imprisoned, disproportionately stopped in “stop and frisk” programs in NYC, disproportionately poor, and um… wait.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Huh. I must have missed seeing those new “Blacks only, no whites allowed” signs Obama put up on everything after his election somehow.

  • smrnda

    “whites, and particularly rich ones, are now at the back of the bus. ”

    Yes, every time I take the bus I notice that section of white billionaire men sitting at the back, relegated to second class citizenship, and I notice that the restrooms say ‘no rich white men allowed’ and they’re stuck doing their business in dirt hole out back. They aren’t even allowed in some restaurants or movie theaters.

    ” It was time for “whitey” to pay up, and to hell with the economic and social health of the nation…”

    Implying that the health of the nation means rich white people having all the power.

    If there has developed resentment, it’s only because finally, white elites are being told that it’s their desire for total and absolute control over the resources of the nation that is degrading the standard of living for everyone else.

    On representing *their* interests, rich white elites interests have been served too well, it would be nice for a president to be unsympathetic to them.

    Had to add, the idea that people had *stopped thinking in racial terms* is bullshit. What it means is that certain white people quit using the N word, therefore, according to wingnuts, racism ended.

  • Doug Little

    No Larry it just drug the racism that was always there to the surface when an uppity n***** made it to the White House. Oh and Larry… FUCK YOU.

  • dingojack

    Crimson Clupeidae (#1) – “In a sense, he’s right. We had mostly stopped talking about racism”

    Due, largely, to the overwhelming effect of white privilege dominating the ‘public square’.

    Dingo

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Strip away all the exaggeration and hypocrisy and (at least it seems to me) there is a small grain of truth here.

    That there is a lot more *open* racism since Obama was elected president.

  • atheistblog

    When someone start the argument with “I am not a racist, I am glad black man elected ” then follows the argument by saying everything against the blacks, you know what that means, he is the one frigging racist.

    What that supposed to be “black muslims and atheists ? “, if they blacks are christians then they are OK ? but if they are black then they are evil ?

    This is another racism, christianity is whites religion, jebus and co are whites god, if you are anything else you are beneath whites, all other people should convert to whites religion which is above all religion.

    Christianity culture in US is pure evil in thoughts and egregiously racist. I still don’t get it why most black minority in US are converted to christianity and gave up their folk religions and gods, when slavery was waged against them with full blessings of christianity.

  • arakasi

    If racism was over in this country by 2008, then why were only rich whites impacted by raising the tax rate in the top bracket?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Oh, woe, won’t someone think about the white people?!

  • Loqi

    Yeah, damn Obama making all these people be racist. You know, none of them were racist before, then Obama became president and suddenly flipped the “what I know about the negro” switch and BAM. Turned all them poor, unsuspecting whitefolk racist.

  • cptdoom

    I happen to be a, well not “rich” per se, but upper middle class white guy. When the failure that was GW Bush left the White House, my 401k had tanked, losing nearly 50% of its high in 2008. That same retirement account is now nearly double what it was at the 2008 high (certainly I’ve put more money in each year, but not enough to account for the increase). In that same time period the annual deficit has plummeted, taxes for 80% of Americans are lower and the UE rate has fallen 1/3 from its height in the beginning of 2009. That is not someone recklessly destroying the country just to get back at “whitey.”

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I felt good as an American that We the People had elected an African-American, something even our “enlightened” European white ancestors had never done…

    Aside from being a blatant lie (who believes Larry Klayman felt good about Obama’s election?) this may be one of the stupidest attempts to take a pot-shot at Europe that I have ever seen.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sigurd jorsalfar, I’m guessing that the reason Europeans don’t elect African-Americans is because Americans can’t run in European elections.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Modus, that would be my guess. This was especially true in the time of our European ‘ancestors’.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    The notion that America had gotten over being racist by 2008 is idiotic.

    It is, but some of us [naively?] thought we’d progressed far more than we actually had. Electing and having a black president has been a shocking experience for me. Not that Democrats and moderates would vote for a black candidate; but instead how pervasive racism is across the U.S. spectrum of conservatives. It’s not just embedded within conservative Christianity where I knew it existed; I’m also shocked at how strong this racism is expressed.

    I think what the 2008 election has done, with amplifying feedback from conservative media and how political conservative Christians have become, is created an environment where racists feel comfortable more openly expressing their racism. Not that many of them acknowledge their racism, just that that they feel enabled by the culture to express their racist sentiments.

    And back to Ed’s point above, I know people in meat-world that vote Republican who aren’t all that political or religious. Some think white people in general are no longer racists – including Republicans (jaw drops here), but that black people sure are; especially this president.

    Racism has changed over the past decades, where it is more benign. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still harmful. Here in Michigan the state of MI funds black dominated schools at a fraction of what they fund for white suburban schools. I’m surprised this has never been challenged in federal court under the equal protection clause.

  • A Masked Avenger

    And once again we see how different reality is on Planet Wingnuttia than it is on Earth.

    Yep. VERY thought provoking, though! On so many levels!

    It’s a brilliant illustration of privilege: as long as minorities know their place and keep to it, racism is invisible. It’s only when they start getting uppity that you start hearing racists vent their racism…

    It’s also an incredible example of Obama Derangement Syndrome. White people, especially rich ones, at the back of the bus? It’s not even wrong; it’s ridiculous. I can’t think of anything whatsoever that Obama has done that might fall under that heading. And I say this as someone who looks at the Obama doctrine (that the President can order anyone’s death after unilaterally declaring him an enemy of the state), and his drone wars, as the unconscionable acts of a war criminal at least on par with Bush. But discrimination against whites? Especially rich ones? Obama is as bought-and-paid-for as any other politician. He has shown it in all sorts of ways, starting with bailouts for the super-wealthy and a track record of protecting them from the legal consequences of their actions.

    Ironically, though, this deranged rhetoric of Klayman’s serves the interests of politicians on both sides of the aisle, and especially Obama. His transparently false accusations help taint all of the opposition as a bunch of wingnuts–but paradoxically, they could help paper over Obama’s obvious and serious shortcomings. Perceiving Obama as somehow an enemy of the rich actually enhances his standing among liberals, who wish the man would get off his ass and do something about these corporations running amok. With a pinch of selection bias, Klayman’s assertion is more readily believable than the reality, that he’s thrown money at the wealthy like confetti at a parade and protected malfeasant rich people from suffering legal consequences. Klayman is actively combating the reality that might actually weaken Obama’s base in favor of someone less astonishingly like Bush.

  • A Masked Avenger

    Oh, I did say, “this deranged rhetoric of Klayman’s serves the interests of politicians on both sides of the aisle…”

    Basically, these manufactured arguments create the illusion of difference between Bush and Obama, both of whom vigorously prosecuted the drone war, both of whom presided over torture regimes, both of whom claimed the authority to kill whomever they wished without oversight or due process, both of whom are bought and paid for by large donors.

    “But… but… he’s going to put whites in the back of the bus! And set up white slavery on black plantations! And turn America into the USSA!”

  • LightningRose

    That’s odd. I rode the bus just the other day and I didn’t see a single billionaire seated anywhere.

  • scienceavenger

    Over the decades since [Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s] tragic death, freedom for African-Americans had been increasing, and their upper movement among all strata of society has been clear for all to see and experience.

    A-fuckin-men Larry. Why just look at this chart of the racial makeup of the US Senate when MLK was assassinated:

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W B W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    and now, after decades of increasing freedom and upper movement among all strata of society, [drum roll please], it looks like this:

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W B B W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W W

    See? SEE? Clear for all! Merka!

  • greg1466

    …whites, and particularly rich ones, are now at the back of the bus.

    It’s true! Of course most people call that ‘bus’ a limousine.

  • fmitchell

    The notion that America had gotten over being racist by 2008 is idiotic. The notion that Obama has put white people in the back of the bus is even more idiotic.

    Arguably the most idiotic part is the notion that rich white people are somehow “oppressed”. Like the omnipotent kid in that Twilight Zone episode, rich people have heard nothing but “it’s good you did that” no matter what terrible thing they did.

    Whether coincidence or not, during Obama’s presidency the 99% have been emboldened to speak out (and occupy Wall Street) against growing wealth inequity, low taxes on the rich and corporations, environmental damage (especially climate change), corruption in Washington and state governments, and outbreaks of “affluenza”. That the ultra-rich who control the world’s economy should take the blame for their actions is such a foreign concept to them that they immediately cry “oppression” and “Kristallnacht”.

    Pundits fear these “job creators” who create mostly McJobs will take their billions and go somewhere else. They probably won’t, since they’d either face even higher taxes in Europe or pay for their own safety in less stable countries. If Congress had a spine, they’d call their bluff by raising taxes anyway; if they renounce U. S. citizenship or U.S. incorporation to dodge taxes, they lose all the privileges of living in the U.S. (the ones that are left, that is). Call me optimistic, but even if they sucked huge amounts of capital out of the U.S., we’d still be better off without them funding super-PACs (assuming foreign entities can’t fund a super-PAC in the U.S. or campaign in any way for candidates) and neutering regulatory agencies.

  • LightningRose

    scienceavenger @20,

    Why, that’s *twice* the number of blacks since 1968!

    With a 45 year doubling rate, the Senate will be all black in what? about 270 years?

  • matty1

    I’ll say it again – you are not at the back of the bus you’re just going in the wrong direction.

  • davefitz

    “what the mainstream media perceived as racism by Cliven Bundy…and Donald Sterling”

    I do love that he can’t admit that what they said was actual racism. No, it was *perceived* as racism. Gotcha.

  • kenn

    “He has shown it in all sorts of ways, starting with bailouts for the super-wealthy”

    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 happened when? In 2008. Who was the president who signed that bill into law (within hours of its passage) which created the disaster known as TARP? Hmmm…not Obama. He didn’t “start bailouts.” That was the other guy. Obama voted for it, as did 73 other senators, but he didn’t start it. But don’t let something as silly as the truth get in the way of a good rant.