The Great White Hope

The Clintons are pulling some racial jui-jitsu on Barack Obama, using a different racial argument through the mouths of establishment black leaders (see below). The argument is that Obama is “the Great White Hope.” That is, a “safe” black man that will assuage white people’s guilty conscience, allowing them to continue to ignore black people’s concerns.

Just to correct the allusion, the “great white hope” was a white boxer, James Jeffries, who came out of retirement back in 1910 in a vain effort to dethrone Jack Johnson, the first black heavy-weight champion. The term does NOT refer to a black man who white people like! If white people turn to Hillary Clinton to try to keep a black man out of office, SHE would be the great white hope.

Anyway, this rhetoric strikes me as very low, an effort to undermine racial progress with racial mistrust.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    prediction:

    the black establishment will NOT endorse barack obama. no al sharptons, or jesse jacksons……

    This is because a black president would obviate the need for them and would automatically take their power and status from them.

    The clintons are not stupid. they know this and will use this to defeat Obama.

  • fw

    prediction:

    the black establishment will NOT endorse barack obama. no al sharptons, or jesse jacksons……

    This is because a black president would obviate the need for them and would automatically take their power and status from them.

    The clintons are not stupid. they know this and will use this to defeat Obama.

  • Don S

    This kind of blatant racism would destroy the Republican party (remember Trent Lott), but I predict the media will paper it over and the two of them will eventually end up on the fall ticket together.

  • Don S

    This kind of blatant racism would destroy the Republican party (remember Trent Lott), but I predict the media will paper it over and the two of them will eventually end up on the fall ticket together.

  • fw

    Vote democratic. vote for bob HOPE! doesn´t really matter that he´s dead…..

  • fw

    Vote democratic. vote for bob HOPE! doesn´t really matter that he´s dead…..


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