In the middle of a filler piece from Reuters on what the upcoming election means for “patriotism” came the following double whopper with cheese:
Obama would be the country’s first black president and as such faces an extra hurdle as he attempts to persuade voters.
“There is a historic suspicion that African Americans are less patriotic,” [University of North Carolina history professor Richard] Kohn said.
Black Americans have fought in all the country’s wars but their loyalty has been questioned because many black leaders have criticized U.S. policies on race and some whites assume historic discrimination against them, which includes slavery, would have undermined their commitment to U.S. ideals. (emphasis mine)
Lemme get this straight: acknowledging the fact that, on a historical scale, it was relatively recent that blacks were seen as normal human beings, and prior to that many of the same people who spoke so elequently about the rights of man defended the racial status quo tighter than a Gary Payton era Sonics halfcourt-trap, “some whites” are SURPRISED that warming to the “mainstream” takes so long? And Reuters needed to consult a college professor to confirm their fear?
If I roll my eyes any harder, they’re going to fall right the fuck out of my head.