Sean Wilentz Deconstucts the “race card” issue

Professor Sean Wilentz of Princeton, who wrote “The Worst President in History?” for Rolling Stone last year, has a piece in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer–“Obama was the first to play the race card.

Wilentz discusses not only the “race card” charges and their origins, but also some of the racial insensitivity shown by those in the Obama camp.

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7 Responses to Sean Wilentz Deconstucts the “race card” issue

  1. Gilbert Martinez says:

    The whole drug use flap probably infuriates me the most. Seriously.

    W. Bush had to deal with drug use questions. And he is white. Gore had to deal with drug use questions. And he was white. Clinton had to deal with drug use questions. And he was white. The implication that somehow cocaine use was specifically a black issue makes me want to vomit. I know of none of my black friends who have used cocaine but know of several whites who have used it.

  2. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Drug use is an individualized choice that has nothing to do with gender,or national orgin. Across the boarder currently we have a drug CNN makes reference to called Black Tar and the Texas police troops are all over it! Now selling for a $1.00 and $2.00 in our K-5 schools. The scary part is these kids die after one hit and their system can’t take it ! The entire race card is totally 60’s and we aren’t re-winding history ! Go Clinton!

  3. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Getting past Rev. Wright and now just thinking about Obama’s judgement and choices for twenty years in this church. Seeing the first interview by Andeson Cooper and listening to Obama and then his speech on 3/18/08 in comparison . Why didn’t Obama just tell the truth the first time? We’ve heard all kinds of things from politicians but one that’s not honest about a minister ? A minister of twenty years? Unite the party if he wins? With good conscious awareness, that hopefully will not be a decision we have to make. Obama finally comes out with the speech but was that because Fox News after the interview on CNN? Anderson Cooper interviewed him in denial of Rev. Wright ? That was quite a disingenuous comparison reflection pointing to Obama caught in reaction to explain and he does so in speech a few days later ? Why would any of us have to be dishonest about a minister and Obama has denounced Rev. Wright ? Kinda think Obama was on damage control and about political gain or after twenty years Obama would have found another church and minister but stayed. Those are his choices and judgements and now we are trying to trust him in charge of the nation? Of all people, in ones life to re-move,Obama distances himself from a pastor of twenty years? Think about it and if you can explain it, please do!! Then in Obama’s speech in NC he says The Trinity Church of Christ is 99% white. What ? CNN played him saying it in his speech in Greensboro. Unclear on that statement concerning the situation,are you?

  4. Diane Elayne Dees says:

    Then in Obama’s speech in NC he says The Trinity Church of Christ is 99% white. What ? CNN played him saying it in his speech in Greensboro. Unclear on that statement concerning the situation,are you?

    I image the Greensboro church is mostly white. Obama’s denomination includes all kinds of people, in all kinds of populations. What bothers me is that–for months–Obama cited his “religious faith” as the reason he opposes gay marriage, when, in fact, his church supports gay marriage. It was, at best, a murky misrepresentation.

  5. The actual article referenced is damning in the least. It’s exactly what I’ve been saying privately without the proof to say publicly and loudly.

    Thanks to DED for an outstanding catch of information.

  6. There’s more from Sean Wilentz on Obama and the race card here.

  7. Diane says:

    Sorry, Pamela–I don’t know how I missed that on 2/28.