So I’m watching the Today Show this morning and something – I can’t quite put my finger on it – is making me very uncomfortable. What –
Last night, the president of the United States said nothing surprising when he observed that members of the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting a man in his own home after he had identified himself as the owner. Even the whitest and rightest of morans could figure out that’s a stupid, outrageous, disgraceful way for cops to behave. Talk about government overreach!
No, the real shocker was the audible gasp from the mostly white press corps as Obama said it. They don’t seem to understand, truly understand, that the United States elected a black man to be its president.
That’s close, but no cigar. When Matt Lauer asks rhetorically if it’s appropriate for the President of the United States to comment on his friend’s racially motivated false arrest, he’s not asking an etiquette question. Nope, he’s asking if it’s appropriate for a Black man to mention Black men have problems specific to being Black men, because the dominant paradigm says they don’t. I stopped huffing my breakfast polenta when I heard the word appropriate which was bad enough, but I got up, shut off the TV and brushed my teeth when I saw Michael Smerconish was going to discuss race with Michael Eric Dyson, and I knew Dyson was going to be told by two white guys that Mr. Obama had no right to mention racism.
Here’s the clip. Maybe you have more nerve than I do.