About That 10 Percent . . .

Cinque Henderson has a piece at the New Republic that’s well worth a read. Henderson explains why, as a black American, he doesn’t support Barack Obama for President:

I disliked Obama almost instantly. I never believed the central premises of his autobiography or his campaign. He is fueled by precisely the same brand of personal ambition as Bill Clinton. But, where Clinton is damned as “Slick Willie,” Obama is hailed as a post-racial Messiah.

But Henderson’s (somewhat confused) argument runs deeper than this reactive distaste. His case against Obama amounts to an indictment of white America for its cluelessness and black America for its protective impulses:

We have arrived at the crux of the matter. So much of the educated white people’s love for Barack depends on educated white people’s complete ignorance of and distance from the rest of us. Barack is the black person they want the rest of us to be–half-white and loving, or “racially transcendent,” as the press loves to call him.

I suspect this is just right. Indeed such adoration for Barack Obama is based not only on fantastic assumptions about blacks, but on larger delusions about America and the world beyond. Blacks are not that black, whites are not that white: it’s the economic and political machinery of America that continues to create this polarity. Once Obama’s elected, that machinery will be broken. But the truth is that differences in skin color are rendered meaningless by a commitment to the guiding principles of our nation–not by the political rise of a single ethnically-mixed candidate.

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