Obama, whenever the chips are down, always feels the need to weigh in on any big pop culture issue involving race, and he never ever ever deviates from the standard liberal, whites-are-still-racist script. In this sense, he’s little different from an Al Sharpton or other hustler. With regard to the Trayvon case, all he sees are irrational and unfair stereotypes and hurt feelings of blacks, blacks victimized by other blacks, ignorant cops, etc. Whites are invisible and nothing in this worldview, other than as occasional perpetrators of racist hate crimes. Even black crime only matters to him because it disproportionately affects other blacks.
For all the law abiding young black men whose lives are inconvenienced by people’s suspicions of others in their group, I do feel compassion and sympathy. It must at times be very frustrating and disheartening. That said, does Obama or anyone who thinks like him feel the least bit of sympathy for all the people victimized by the crimes that have created these suspicions? It’s not like the fears of Zimmerman or anyone else in his shoes were totally based on nothing happening in the world around us. Indeed, Trayvon himself confirmed Zimmerman’s suspicions of “being up to no good” that evening. Is the best solution to condemn those who harbor prejudice, or rather to stop the behavior and punish the criminals fueling that prejudice? The question answers itself.
There is a world of difference from evidence-based prejudice—literally “prejudgment,” also called profiling, generalization, etc.—and bigotry. A bigot thinks the same hateful things about the members of a group, even when he has seen them act contrary to those stereotypes after having an opportunity to get to know them indivdually, such as a nice neighbor or capable coworker of another race. That type of behavior is ridiculous, low class, and wrong. But in life we don’t have time to get to know everyone around us. We have to make decisions based on limited evidence: age, sex, demeanor, clothing, and race. These decisions affect our safety. These decisions may save our lives. Of course, these decisions also may hurt someone’s feelings. But all Obama can see is one half of the coin, and he makes no effort of the imagination to see the other side. That makes him a bigot and a moron, as far as I’m concerned, and this is a continuous issue with this guy.