Hello again Rush: I wanted to finish my thoughts about your words last week regarding my hatred for the white race. As I said earlier, you’ve managed to figure out my diabolical plans. Of course I was being facetious in my approach last week. Now, it’s time to get real.
Being called a racist by you is most curious. After all, your track record on race relations and reconciliation is non-paralleled. I don’t ever recall you making any inflammatory or derogatory statements about race and race relations(withering sarcastic snicker). Let’s talk about reality here Rush. I must reject your charge of racism, simply because you resemble that remark more than I. In fact, you have done more in your time on air to reflect that moniker, than I ever could in this office.
I’ve always thought my political opponents held no personal animus toward me–racial or otherwise. I feel they have genuine differences of opinion with me on policies and legislation. Not you. You use reverse victimization– coded language to make the offended the offender. And you use it to demonize my administration and me. It’s much easier today to say Blacks rely solely on government assistance– and the work of the white working class–than to call them niggers. It’s less offensive and more socially acceptable. You’ve managed to carve out a niche as the clown prince of reverse victimization–supercharging white fright at the expense of racial harmony. I’m sure you don’t mean to offend. I’m sure it’s all a part of your all-exclusive, capitalist credo. It encompasses who you are as a radio shock jock.
But I am the President of the United States– and I must administer a reminder about precisely who I am– and what you are dealing with. To that end, I say it’s time to relinquish your grasp as the virulent conscious of the white American male. Open your eyes and embrace truth, not fiction. Deal with absolutes, not fairy tales. Stop peddling false narratives about race and racism. My America doesn’t include black kids beating up white kids with impunity. My America doesn’t equate health care reform with reparations. Deal with your personal racial animus the only way you can; away from the microphone, and into a mirror. Because it’s clear you do not understand me, or the subject of race.
Your willingness to engage in script-flipping– casting the victim as the victimizer– is directly attributable to the dearth of real, fruitful debate on race relations in our country. You ascribe the militancy and ignorance of the Black Panther Party onto me–as If I will pick up a club to threaten and harass white folks like some common thug. You assume since I’m black, I am soft on black racism, and I’ll tolerate calls for the slaughter of white children. It is insidiously harmful, offensive, and vile. Have you any idea of the madness you spread by perpetuating these distortions?
I’ll finish with this Rush. One of my favorite writers recently shut down his open thread posts, due to the some of its more “colorful” commentators. The debate degenerated to the point where he had to close his most popular blog segment. Why? Because people–I’m sure on both sides of the political spectrum–began writing into the margins–shouting lewdly, wildly, and inaccurately– in order to be proven right in their argument. This is your brand of communication Rush, not mine. I’ll have no part of it, and neither should any American who prizes cohesion as one of our unifying principles. The promise and demands of true leadership calls for no less.
Take care Rush. I carry no ill will toward you. I hope that you will reflect upon the words you use, and how your audience responds to them. Think about the ignorance of the claims you make against me in the name of dissent. Is it worth ginning up a mob mentality? I hope in reflection, you grow to understand the burdens of leadership, and the cost of demagoguery. May God bless you, and the United States of America.
Barack H. Obama
44th President of the United States