Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, is a weekly co-host of the “Al Sharpton Show” on American Urban Radio Network. An associate editor of New America Media. He hosts the weekly “Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour” on the Hutchinson Newsmaker Network.
Starting with Barry Goldwater in 1964, Republicans have artfully stoked white male rage with racially charged slogans like 'law and order,' 'crime in the streets,' 'welfare cheats' and 'absentee fathers.'
Blacks insist that there's absolutely no way you can compare a state barring same-sex marriage to the centuries of slavery and relentless racial violence they've suffered. But this is a terribly lopsided and self-serving read of history.
All it took was the as yet unsubstantiated word of another teen that Mike is a child molester and sex abuser, for former fans and a once fawning public to believe that a bleached black man who for years made his living grabbing his crotch before millions could do terrible things to children. This is hardly a surprise.
Al Sharpton's shoot-from the lip quip that Howard Dean is anti-black and his strong implication that Jesse Jackson, Jr. and other black leaders that endorse a white Democrat are Uncle Toms is ridiculous even by his loose standard.
Today's civil rights movement must confront the indifference, even outright hostility, of many Americans to affirmative action, the further expansion of social programs, and the threat of further erosion of civil liberties protections.