President Obama’s Racism Experience – Not even as the president of the United States did racism not get to him. With the amount of power at his disposal, he still suffered racism.
Giving that he is the first “colored” president to ever sit in the oval office, Obama did get his fair share of racial discrimination.
As he buckles up to hand over to his successor, Trump, Obama admits that he absolutely suffered the same fate as complained by tons of Blacks in the United States.
In fairness he strongly suggests that racism is a cultural tendency, and not a genetic one.
“The concept of race in America is not just genetic, otherwise the one-drop rule wouldn’t have made sense.”
“It’s cultural. It’s this notion of a people who look different than the mainstream, suffering terrible oppression.”
“But somehow being able to make out of that a music and a language and a faith and a patriotism.”
Going down memory lane, Obama said he has faced a personal disrespect from a Republican other than Trump. The unnamed Republican bluntly said this to the black president,
“We don’t really think you should be here but the American people thought otherwise. So we’re going to have to work with you”.
Another major proof of president Obama’s racism experience was the bias raised over the birther issue. A thought, perhaps a movement propounded and promoted by Trump in 2014 and later on in 2016 during the campaign.
Trump alleged that the birthplace of the President was not in the United States. In other words, he plainly insinuated that Obama was an illegal immigrant with a manipulated birth certificate.
After due investigation, Obama was exonerated. Trump on his part did not see a need to apologize for the personal and political harm that he had done to the president.
It is on record that the first lady herself had suffered the same fate.
Racism is indeed a deep rooted cultural trait in America. Regardless of being raised by a white mother and white grandparents, most chauvinistic Americans were not for one second blind to the color of Obama’s skin.