Barack Obama’s Other Race Speech (2007) is a speech he gave in June 2007 at Hampton University to black Christian ministers. It was mainly about how he would fight poverty as president. But the right in America has racialized poverty so much that to them it seems like a “race” speech.
Even though the press covered it five years ago, Sean Hannity of Fox News, Matt Drudge and Tucker Carlson covered it again on October 2nd 2012. They said few reporters back in 2007 listened to more than ten minutes of the speech, that if you listen to the whole thing it gives a shockingly different picture of Obama than the one the public knows!
Matt Drudge helpfully put the main points to notice in all-caps on his website:
- “THE ACCENT”
- “THE ANGER”
- “THE SHOUT-OUT TO REV. WRIGHT, WHO IS IN AUDIENCE”
“THE ACCENT”: Obama gave the speech in a blacker accent than he does in front of mostly white audiences. Not surprising since his audience was nearly all black.
Carlson calls this “a remarkable display of falseness on display, there is no other explanation”. Either Obama is not being his true self with blacks or he is hiding his true nature from whites.
Carlson is so sunk in a white privilege mindset that he overlooks the fact that the English he himself uses with family and friends is seen as a sign of education and intelligence wherever he goes. Because people like him run things, like universities and, oh, television networks, like his father did. Unlike most blacks, Carlson does not have to be bidialectical and code-switch between dialects according to circumstances.
“THE ANGER”: Obama said the government gave money more freely to New York after 9/11 and Florida after Hurricane Andrew than it did to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina:
Makes no sense. Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much.
Obama gave other examples of how the government left the poor behind, something that Katrina laid bare before the world. He told the pastors that as president he would fight for policies to help the poor, the sick, the unemployed, the formerly imprisoned and minority-owned businesses.
Carlson calls this “divisive”, “nasty” and “demagogic” because, he says, it tells blacks that the government does not like them because of their skin colour.
Carlson is so sunk in a white privilege mindset that he overlooks the fact that white men on Fox News can be as angry as they want to be – that is just “free speech”, “honest opinion” and “part of the political process”. But when blacks do it, it is seen as”divisive” and “dangerous” – or, as liberals put it, “counterproductive”.
“THE SHOUT-OUT TO REV. WRIGHT, WHO IS IN AUDIENCE”: Most whites are so sunk in a white privilege mindset that while they expect Barack Obama to disown his pastor for comments whites found outrageous, they do not expect Mitt Romney to disown Fox News for comments that blacks find outrageous.