Rep. King is Right, Obama Wrong, on Race

July 6, 2010 05:39

Shortly after assuming his position, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder called America a “nation of cowards” because we were too afraid to speak about race. My former colleague Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) recently tried to initiate a discussion, and the Democrats and politically correct Republicans are castigating him.

by  Virgil Goode at Human Events

Rep. King told a talk show host that “the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race—on the side that favors the black person.” He stood by his remarks, stating that there “appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.”

What Rep. King said has considerable merit. Leaving aside President Obama siding with black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates over white police officer James Crowley without knowing the facts or his close association with the anti-white pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s record as a senator and President gives credence to the concerns raised by Rep. King.

President Obama supports racial preferences for blacks and Hispanics over whites and Asians in education and hiring. During the 2008 election, the African American conservative Ward Connerly sponsored ballot initiatives in Colorado and Kansas stating, “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

Obama opposed the initiatives stating they are “designed to drive a wedge between people.” During his four years a senator, Obama never voted against the NAACP’s position on an issue.

Several recent incidents during his presidency provide additional fodder for Rep. King’s statement.


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