Many Americans seem to be under the impression that if we elect a black president, then this will somehow lessen racial tensions in the country by showing that the country is non-racist enough to elect a black president. In other words, many Americans are hopelessly naive. If Obama is defeated in this election, there will be the usual condemnation of the Great Racist Satan, America, and we can look forward to at least a decade where liberals toss out allusions to this election whenever they are losing the argument in order to distract us and make us once again defend how the elections was not about racism.Frankly, I was a little surprised at the time that this was not talked about in the conservative blogosphere --it seemed obvious to me. Now, here is a hint possibly of why it was not talked about. Ann Althouse writes:
But if Obama is elected, we can look forward to four years of intensely racial politics that will change the political landscape very much for the worse. Race will become an Obama administration's goto charge for anyone they are angry at, anyone who opposed a substantive policy initiative. And that's just policy initiatives; imagine if Obama or any of his Chicago cronies are caught in corruption or other misbehavior in office. Racism will be their armor against all criticism.
I'm persuaded that for intelligent liberals, one of the primary reasons they are so excited by the idea of a black president, is because they know that it will give them leverage for four years and create an environment where the charge of racism can be used more freely beyond that.
Imagine if, before last year's election, someone had argued: If a black man becomes President, anyone who dares to criticize him will be called a racist.(link from Instapundit).
1. I would have viewed that argument itself as racist.
Several people in the comments claim that they warned about this too, but I don't recall it. I recall a lot of people criticizing Obama and his supporters for using that tactic during the election, but I don't recall anyone else worrying about this being used as a tactic to shield a sitting president from all criticism. No, only your wise interlocutor was so gifted as to predict this eventuality.
But far be it from me to brag about it.