Politics

Rep. King is Right, Obama Wrong, on Race

Shortly after assuming his position, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder called America a “nation of cowards” because we were too afraid to speak about race. My former colleague Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) recently tried to initiate a discussion, and the Democrats and politically correct Republicans are castigating him. 

Rep. King told a talk show host that “the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race—on the side that favors the black person.” He stood by his remarks, stating that there “appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.” 

What Rep. King said has considerable merit. Leaving aside President Obama siding with black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates over white police officer James Crowley without knowing the facts or his close association with the anti-white pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s record as a senator and President gives credence to the concerns raised by Rep. King.

President Obama supports racial preferences for blacks and Hispanics over whites and Asians in education and hiring. During the 2008 election, the African American conservative Ward Connerly sponsored ballot initiatives in Colorado and Kansas stating, “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

Obama opposed the initiatives stating they are “designed to drive a wedge between people.” During his four years a senator, Obama never voted against the NAACP’s position on an issue.

Several recent incidents during his presidency provide additional fodder for Rep. King’s statement.

President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder have sued small towns without even accusing them of disenfranchising blacks, but they dismissed a complaint against voter intimidation against whites during the presidential election.   

The Justice Department filed a claim against the town of Lake Park, Fla., to make the town of 9,000 change from electing their commissioners from an at-large seat into gerrymandered districts where “black persons would constitute a majority of the citizen voting age population in at least one of the districts” with the explicit goal of promoting “black electoral success.”

Compare this to how they treated the New Black Panther Party intimidating white voters. During the presidential election, the Black Panthers were videotaped brandishing batons in paramilitary outfits outside the voting booths. According to an affidavit signed by poll watcher Bartle Bull, a liberal who served in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division under Robert Kennedy, one of the Black Panthers told white voters, “you are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.” The Justice Department dismissed this complaint without giving any explanation. 

The same double standard applies to so-called hate crimes. Immediately after assuming office, President Obama promoted a massive expansion in hate-crimes enforcement. 

While the legislation was being debated Senators Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.) and Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) asked about both hypothetical instances where whites, Christians, or military members would be assaulted and if such would qualify as hate crimes. Atty. Gen. Holder responded that hate crimes legislation “would not necessarily cover that” and was designed to cover “protected groups.” He explained this meant “people who are African-American, Hispanic, people who are Jewish, people who are gay people” and “have been targeted over—over the many years.” In other words: not whites and Christians. 

While African Americans have been targeted for violence in the past, today it is whites who are more likely to be victims of interracial crime.

According to the FBI’s latest National Crime Victimization Survey, blacks were over 50 times more likely to commit a crime against whites than vice versa. There were over 14,000 black on white rapes and the number of white on black rapes was so small, it did not show up on FBI’s statistical samples. That same year, the FBI did not report a single anti-black rape hate crime.   

Call me old fashioned, but I believe we should treat criminals the same no matter their race, the race of their victims, or why they committed their crimes. But the truth is that President Obama appears to be more concerned about stopping virtually non-existent “hate crimes” against “protected groups” than stopping actual committed crimes.

These are just a few examples of the actions by the Obama Administration that provide cause for concern expressed by Rep. King and others. 

In the past, African Americans were greatly mistreated in this country. But we should not respond to these past injustices by giving special privileges and treatment to a particular race or ethnic groups. Rather, we should treat everyone equally regardless of race.

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