One of the saddest things I’ve heard lately is that, apparently, a majority of African-Americans think that the recent security lapses involving the Secret Service might be deliberate and race related. Anyone with any familiarity with the service would know how ludicrous that belief is. There are African-Americans serving in the president’s protective detail, but that shouldn’t be a factor in determining the motives of the service. They are, for the most part, extremely dedicated individuals who are willing to sacrifice their personal lives, and, every so often, their safety or even their very lives to protect the president, whoever that may be.
Several presidents, all white, have been assassinated. A couple more have been shot. The Secret Service performed bravely and competently in most of these cases, but these incidents still occurred. Since Lincoln and JFK and RFK and Reagan, et. al., were all white must we then conclude that the Secret Service laid down and didn’t even try to protect them because they were white? Oh, and 3 out of the 4 assassinated presidents were Republican. Hmmm?
One article I read stated that over 75% of African-Americans think that Obama has been treated differently because “he’s an African-American politically”. What the hell is an African-American politically? What do they have to believe? What can’t they believe without selling out their community? Shades of the movie “Divergence”. Blacks can’t leave their faction, politically. Don’t stray off the plantation or there will be harsh consequences to you from those in power.
Many have said that Obama overcame racism to get elected president. No he didn’t. He benefitted from it. I don’t know a single person who didn’t vote for him because he’s black. I’m not saying there aren’t any, don’t get me wrong. But I do know many people who voted for him because he’s black, and they thought it would be a good thing for the country. Some just didn’t want to be accused of being racist if they didn’t vote for him, so it was just easier. I can understand those thoughts. But they aren’t valid reasons to vote for a president of the United States. I, personally, would have loved to have seen an honest, historically knowledgeable, African-American of character become a successful president. (Or an honest, historically knowledgeable, white person of character for that matter- equally as rare!). I’d like to see a Dr. Ben Carson have that chance now.
And, despite the fact that I find Obama’s presidency literally anathema to the country’s survival, the worst thing that could happen to the U.S. would be for him, God forbid, to be assassinated.
It’s clear, president Obama, and all presidents, should be protected from madmen by the Secret Service. They almost always have been throughout the years.
And that… is black and white.