WITHOUT QUESTION, RACISM FUELS THE IRE OF MANY OBAMA-HATERS
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Bamboozled by Obama? -- As illustrated by this July 2008 New Yorker Magazine cover, even prior to his election, racial stereotyping engulfed Obama.
"The Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a son of Islam ... I can't say categorically (that he's not)." - Rev. Franklin Graham on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
"We have to be very strong. That means bringing up Rev. Wright. That is not an old story." - Donald Trump in a recent interview with the ultra-conservative Newsmax magazine
There's perhaps no clearer illustration of the disconnect between naked racism and stark reality -- or, the connection between primal prejudice and utter ignorance -- than the fable promoted by President Barack Obama's most ill-bred critics about our President being a Muslim who spent the 20 years prior to his election attending religious services at Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Christian church. Wouldn't it be nice if one of these critics produced a Christian cleric who considers Allah his "personal lord and savior?" Or, perhaps someone claiming to be a devout follower of Islam who pursues that faith through the teachings of a Christian preacher?
We all know it will never happen. That's one reason why recent news of an aborted attempt to again raise an ipso facto argument about President Obama's politics and Rev. Wright's black liberation theology seems so utterly irrational even for certain folks who simply hate Obama's guts. After all, the principals involved are Barack Obama and Rev. Wright; not Malcolm X and Rev. Albert Cleage . Cleage, of Detroit, Michigan, was a Christian pastor with whom Malcolm was closely allied during the 60s. Malcolm, then a member of the Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam, was a raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist prior to his conversion to Islam.