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The Acceptable Racism

A recent Gallup poll taken showed support among non-Hispanic African-Americans to be 91%, a sharp difference from the rest of the public.  Even among Democrats, support for the President clocks in around 79%.

It’s enough to make you hit your head against a wall.

I understand all too much the mentally that goes into this support among African-Americans.  As a young black man growing up, it was still common to be told that the system was set up against you and that if one of “yours” had a chance of succeeding, you supported “your own”.

There is nothing inherently wrong in desiring to see success come to people who identify with us personally.  We all do it, in some form or fashion.  That family member who happens to get on a game show.  The friend who competes in a game.

But where I draw the line is blind obedience.  Which is funny, since the obedience never seems so blind.  Too often support goes to the person who looks like us because we think he’ll help “us”.  The problem is the belief that commonality means beneficial return.  Few are asking questions of whether Obama or other black politicians is doing the right thing; as long as they’re black, they’re doing the right thing.

This mentality has crippled black communities for far too long.  The current crop of black GOP candidates gives me hope that this trend can finally turn, albeit slowly.  But until African-Americans, on the whole, start questioning their support for individuals solely on the basis of skin color, I will continue to call it the “acceptable racism”.

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