A black na­tion­al­ist Easter ser­mon for Obama

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Is Pres­i­dent Obama a black na­tion­al­ist? This goes to the heart of his pres­i­dency — and partly ex­plains why Mr. Obama is los­ing the broad mid­dle of Amer­ica. On Easter, Mr. Obama and his fam­ily at­tended Shiloh Bap­tist Church in Wash­ing­ton. The lib­eral press corps made much of the fact that the church was founded in 1863 by freed slaves. Yet the church’s pas­tor, the Rev. Wal­lace Charles Smith, is a race-bait­ing black na­tion­al­ist. He is a more pol­ished ver­sion of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a long­time pas­tor of Mr. Obama’s.

Mr. Smith lacks the bom­bast of Mr. Wright but ped­dles the same phi­los­o­phy of racial­ism, griev­ance-mon­ger­ing and black vic­ti­mol­ogy. In one of his re­cent ser­mons, Mr. Smith ar­gued that in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized racism con­tin­ues. “Any­time a swim­ming club can deny mem­ber­ship to stu­dents sim­ply be­cause they are African-Amer­i­can or His­panic is an in­di­ca­tion that Barack’s pres­i­dency does not solve the ques­tion of jus­tice in this nation,” he said. Re­ally? Where and at what in­sti­tu­tions are blacks and His­pan­ics de­nied ac­cess to swim­ming pools? This is a fig­ment of Mr. Smith’s imag­i­na­tion.

He fur­ther stressed that seg­re­ga­tion was not re­ally eradi- cated; rather, it has sim­ply mor­phed into a more sub­tle sys­tem of racial op­pres­sion through con­ser­va­tive talk ra­dio and wide­spread op­po­si­tion to af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion.

“Now Jim Crow wears blue pin­stripes and goes to law school and car­ries fancy briefs and cases,” Mr. Smith said. “And he doesn’t have to wear white robes any­more be­cause now he can wear the pro­tec­tive cover of talk ra­dio or can get a reg­u­lar news pro­gram on Fox.”

He even com­pared Rush Lim­baugh to the Ku Klux Klan and the White Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cil. In other words, con­ser­va­tives — Mr. Obama’s crit­ics — are in­cor­ri­gi­bly racist and seek to per­pet­u­ate a wa­tered-down form of apartheid. For Mr. Smith and many oth­ers on the left, dis­agree­ing with racial quo­tas is not only wrong, but evil — a man­i­fes­ta­tion of deepseated in­tol­er­ance and big­otry.

The op­po­site is true: Con­ser­va­tives are the true heirs of the civil rights move­ment. They be­lieve in a col­or­blind so­ci­ety and equal­ity un­der the law. This is why af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion is so per­ni­cious. It has cre­ated a racial spoils sys­tem whereby groups are sys­tem­at­i­cally pit­ted against one an­other: Eth­nic re­van­chism — the ob­ses­sion with iden­tity — is ram­pant. Merit no longer is the pri­mary ba­sis for many hir­ing de­ci­sions, univer­sity ad­mis­sions or gov­ern­ment con­tracts. Race, gen­der and (in­creas­ingly) sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion are the new stan­dards.

More­over, no other nation in his­tory has done more to al­le­vi­ate the in­jus­tices of its past or cre­ate a more open, fair and tol­er­ant so­ci­ety for mi­nori­ties than Amer­ica — es­pe­cially re­gard­ing black Amer­i­cans. Our pres­i­dent and at­tor­ney gen­eral are black; both of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s sec­re­taries of state were black; blacks oc­cupy nu­mer­ous key po­si­tions in For­tune 500 com­pa­nies; blacks dom­i­nate much of the sports and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries; and many of Amer­ica’s lead­ing cul­tural icons are black — in­clud­ing Bill Cosby, Michael Jor­dan, Oprah Win­frey and Bey­once.

Yet, none of this mat­ters to Mr. Smith and other black na­tion­al­ists, such as Al Sharp­ton, Jesse Jack­son and the in­fa­mous Mr. Wright. This is be­cause black na­tion­al­ism is an out­growth of 1960s chic rad­i­cal­ism. It is racial­ism dis­guised as pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics. It com­bines so­cial­ism with xeno­pho­bic trib­al­ism. For racial­ists like Mr. Smith, re­al­ity must not be al­lowed to punc­ture their cen­tral myth: The white man is the devil.

Slav­ery was abol­ished nearly 150 years ago. But Mr. Smith gives the im­pres­sion that blacks were en­slaved only yes­ter­day. Dur­ing his Easter ser­mon, he pointed with pride to his 4week-old grand­son, whose gur­gling, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Smith, was ac­tu­ally “talk­ing.” And what was the lit­tle piker say­ing? “I am here . . . they tried to write me off as three-fifths of a per­son in the Con­sti­tu­tion, but I am here right now . . . and is say­ing I am not go­ing to let any­body stop me from be­ing what God wants me to be,” Mr. Smith said.

Leave aside that I never knew in­fants could talk (ap­par­ently, mir­a­cles re­ally do hap­pen un­der the pro­gres­sive mes­siah, Mr. Obama). Mr. Lim­baugh, Fox News, the GOP — not one of them seeks to re­store slav­ery or the three-fifths clause in the Con­sti­tu­tion, or deny any black child a shot at the Amer­i­can dream. To sug­gest other­wise is kooky.

It is shock­ing that Mr. Obama — our com­man­der in chief who is sup­posed to em­body our high­est ideals — chose this church to cel­e­brate Easter. He sat in the pews nod­ding in ap­proval as Mr. Smith ped­dled his racial­ist vit­riol.

A dis­turb­ing pat­tern is emerg­ing. For 20 years, Mr. Obama sat in the church of an anti-Amer­i­can pas­tor who con­stantly railed against “white greed” and “white op­pres­sion.” The pres­i­dent’s hand-picked at­tor­ney gen­eral, Eric H. Holder Jr., has called Amer­ica “a nation of cow­ards” when it comes to race. His Jus­tice Depart­ment has re­fused to pros­e­cute mem­bers of the New Black Pan­thers for bla­tant voter in­tim­i­da­tion. Mr. Obama has openly em­braced Mr. Sharp­ton, an odi­ous race-baiter. It is clear by his ac­tions and af­fil­i­a­tions that Mr. Obama has black na­tion­al­ist sym­pa­thies.

The re­sult is that he ap­pears in­creas­ingly strange to many vot­ers; his racial so­cial­ist pol­i­tics are alien to the Amer­i­can tra­di­tion. They be­long more to the Third World. This ex­plains why Mid­dle Amer­ica is turn­ing its back on Mr. Obama. When Amer­i­cans voted for him in 2008, they thought they were get­ting a lib­eral prag­ma­tist, a mod­ern-day Franklin D. Roo­sevelt or John F. Kennedy. In­stead, they got a Rev. Jeremiah Wright in blue pin­stripes who at­tended law school.

Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times and pres­i­dent of the Ed­mund Burke In­sti­tute.

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