In the op-ed article, ‘The Arrogance of being President While Being Black,’ the author notes that “racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shamelessâ€¦”
By Juanita Bratcher
Thereâ€™s an intriguing article in Challenge News Magazineâ€™s September-October Edition that is reportedly written by a â€œwhite manâ€ (the authorâ€™s own description) who wants to remain anonymous. But he didn’t bite his words when he spoke of racism by the ‘Right’ to Obama’s presidency.
The op-ed article, entitled, â€œArrogance of Being President While Being Black,â€ speaks to the issue of racism in America, with the author noting that he didnâ€™t â€œthink anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America.â€
The author goes on to say, â€œIâ€™m pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy.
â€œIâ€™m quite oldâ€¦Iâ€™ve seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserving the office of the President of the United States. That is, until a black man won the right to occupy this office.â€
You can read the entire article on Challenge News Magazineâ€™s website: www.probationchallenge.org.
The author also noted that: â€œFor half of this country, he was â€˜that oneâ€™. No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didnâ€™t matter; because at the end of the day, he was still Black.â€Â
He talked about the â€œuglinessâ€ that took place after Obama was sworn-in to office.
â€œI expected that his winning the Presidency would bring out some ugliness, but itâ€™s been far worse than I imagined. The racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shamelessâ€¦â€
He ended his article with a profound declaration: â€œSometimes, they make me feel ashamed to be a white man!!â€
Challenge News Magazine is published by the Rev. Harold E.Bailey, President of Probation Challenge, Inc. &Â the PCC Internet Broadcast Network.