"There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America—there's the United States of America."
On the surface, this seemed to imply that Obama--a mixed race American who mostly identifies as black--wanted to put the divisive racial rhetoric of recent decades in the past. The "hyphenated American" is an anachronism of a bygone era, the future president seemed to say.
What a difference a decade makes. Having been elected as a superficial moderate, Obama has shown his stripes as the standard-bearer of the same old racial politics.
Case in point: the administration's latest color-based initiative, My Brother's Keeper. This new government program is, in the words of the White House, “A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color”.
When the White House says "young men of color"--it really means two colors only: black and brown. (The program specifically targets African-American and Hispanic males.)
This means no whites, no Asians--and no women, curiously. In this regard the program is exclusionary by both race and gender. Odd for a president who claimed to speak for "one America".
Programs designed to help underprivileged youth are in many cases both laudable and worthwhile. However, they are only meaningful if they target the true causes of "privilege" in our society--socioeconomic metrics like parental income, and parental levels of education.
By focusing on the narrow and distracting category of race, President Obama has proven his disingenuousness yet again. He has also muddied the waters concerning the real causes of inequality in America.
How to explain the White House's race hustling?
Barack Obama does not "hate white people". He does, however--like all good Cultural Marxists--view race relations as the modern form of class warfare. In this alternative universe of the revolution, whites are the perpetual oppressors, and African-Americans the perpetual victims. Government's role (and its raison d'etre) is to wage class warfare through confiscation and redistribution.
Centrist rhetoric about "one America" aside, Obama showed his hand early in his administration, when Eric Holder dropped charges against New Black Panther Party hoodlums who engaged in blatant voter intimidation at polling stations during the 2008 election (and again in 2012).
Even before the New Black Panther outrage, the tea leaves were out there, should anyone have cared to read them. The president's concealed racialist sentiments were prefigured by the cruder rhetoric of his spiritual advisor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
But everyone was focused on the idea of Obama as a "unifying leader". Half of the electorate, therefore, willingly overlooked those facts that did not fit the Obama-new-kind-of-leader paradigm.
While the president ran as a racially neutral moderate, his actions have demonstrated him to be an old-line, race-obsessed tribalist.