At least that’s what Glenn Beck thinks.
Beck, a talk-show host, said that “this guy is, I believe, a racist.” “This guy” is none other than President Barack Obama.
On the FOX & Friends show on Tuesday, Beck sat down with host Brian Kilmeade to discuss the President’s response to the situation regarding Boston police sergeant James Crowley and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Beck said that he thinks the President “has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” And this hatred was just reinforced when the President said that Boston police acted “stupidly” in arresting Gates. (How dare the President criticize the police, right? *insert sarcasm here*)
And Beck doesn’t plan to change the way he thinks. He reiterated his opinion on his radio show yesterday, saying that the President “sees the world through a prism of righting racial wrongs. His default position is to see white people as typically unfair, and typically afraid of those who are different.”
Well, I can’t say that I agree. It’s kind of difficult for me to see someone who employs mostly white people in his administration as being someone that “has a deep-seated hatred” for whites. Whatever.
But as far as the President seeing things through a “prism of righting racial wrongs,” I disagree… to an extent. The President should simply consider it his goal to do all he can to right wrongs in general, regardless of what they are. After all, as the leader of the free world, the President has a pretty good amount of power and influence, which should allow him to be a successful agent of change.
The fact of the matter is, the (somewhat) United States doesn’t have a great background when it comes to race relations. Sure, we have an African American President. Now. But with the institution of slavery being so integral to the foundation of this country, racism is also woven very deeply into the fibers of this nation.
Sidenote: Speaking of racism, it would probably be a good thing for Sgt. Crowley, with all of his racial sensitivity training, to talk to his fellow police officer Justin Barrett, who recently referred to Gates in an e-mail as a “banana-eating jungle monkey,” who should have been “sprayed…in the face with [pepper spray] deserving of his belligerent non-compliance [with police].” Read that e-mail here.
So does the President feel a need to right racial wrongs? Yes. But not because he’s a racist. It’s because he’s working for the good of ALL people.
And that’s what I think makes a good President.