The highest ranking African-American in Congress and House Assistant Democratic Leader, Jim Clyburn, says most of President Obama’s political issues stem from racism. Having been instrumental in the civil rights movement in the 60’s, the 70-year-old congressman highlighted the fact that he still receives hate mail, racist phone calls and revolting faxes regularly. When asked how his experience with offensive correspondence is related to President Obama, he replied, “”We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him. And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine.”
“You know, I’m 70 years old,” he said. “And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin.
Clyburn described a recent racist image of Obama that received widespread news coverage.
“When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body; do you think he didn’t see that?” Clyburn said.
Clyburn also believes racism was the driving force behind the “birther” theories.
“I don’t know why anybody didn’t ask for John McCain’s” birth certificate, Clyburn said. “He wasn’t even born in this country.”
The Republican senator from Arizona, whom Obama defeated in the 2008 presidential election, was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father served as an officer who’d later become an admiral and commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
Despite the underhanded and blatant racism that Clyburn, Obama and many other black politicians turn a blind eye to, Clyburn believes the president’s prospects for re-election are promising.
“I think they’re improving every day,” Clyburn said. “I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief.”
Well, it had to be said and thank you Mr. Clyburn for speaking the truth. Now the question is: will this truth be acknowledged or somehow reversed?