Angry white males
16th December 2013 · 0 Comments
By A. Peter Bailey
Several columns ago I commented on what I perceive to be the reason behind the intense hostility toward President Obama coming from many white males of working- class and middle-class backgrounds.
My basic premise is that white males such as Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck have been indoctrinated since birth with the falsehood that they are better than any Black man simply because they are white. It’s hard to reconcile that belief with the reality of a Black man, even one as non-confrontational as President Obama, in what they consider their White House. That’s why many of them insist that “we must take back our country.”
It is very important that we Black folks become acutely aware of the names of public figures and their allies who express such attitudes in one way or another. After reading a Dana Milbank column in The Washington Post, I decided to provide readers of this column with the names of some of the more outspoken of the outraged white males. They include Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Minn.), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.). Yes, the latter is the congressman recently caught purchasing cocaine. It’s very revealing that these outraged white males and one white female aren’t all representatives from the former Confederate States of America as is so often believed.
All of the above have been loudly and persistently insisting that President Obama should be and must be impeached because of his handling of issues such as Benghazi, the debt ceiling, the default on the debt, presidential pardons, gun policy, Defense of Marriage Act enforce ment and immigration reform, among other things.
As readers of this column know, I am not now and never have been a member of the Barack Obama Fan Club, but as a Black man, my position is that the attacks on him by enraged white males from working-class and middle-class backgrounds have a strong white supremacist smell that and are directed at all of us. This is not to say that they are the types to put on Ku Klux Klan sheets. They probably don’t mind the presence of a few Clarence Thomases, Shelby Steeles, Allen Wests, Thomas Sowells and Ben Carsons in their midst as long as it is clearly understood and accepted that white males are in control.
Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck and their congressional cohorts mean us no good and bear watching by the Black Press and others concerned with promoting and protecting Black interests in this country.
This article originally published in the December 16, 2013 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.