What this man has done, Barack Obama, is, he, for the first time I think, as a black leader in America, has come to the American people not as a victim, but rather as a leader.
— Obama-backing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo
I wonder how:
Martin Luther King Jr
and other black leader feels about these comments.
I don’t think she meant these comments to be horribly offensive but I do think it was an “off the script” moment that gives insight into the thoughts of many white liberal elites who support Obama. It’s comments like this that show there’s this underlying stereotype that, even among liberal elitles, that black people as a whole are more focused on playing the victim then lifting themselves up in America.
I agree with Barack Obama, as many people do, that there’s a diversity of feelings in the African American community. Of course there is. But the Deus Ex Machina phenomena that surrounds Obama is rooted in the fundamental prejudice and stereotype that afflicts the African American community. Or rather, when people claim that Obama is special because of his abilities and his race, they also infer that the stereotypes around African Americans is true.
It’s not Obama’s fault and certainly McCaskill didn’t intend to offend with her VERY poorly choosen words, but it just goes to show that many people who support Obama to “promote race relations” are also entrenching the prejudicial mindset.