The meeting between professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and police Sergeant James Crowley at the White House was a good public relations stunt on the part of President Obama, but it may provide some positive redeeming political and social value in setting an example on the need for constructive dialogue on a multitude of complex racial issues by the average citizen.
However, until President Obama talks about power and privilege, he can't talk about change. It's very difficult for White Americans to deal with their own racism, and you can't sweep over 400 years of brutal individual and institutional racism under the rug or over a few beers at the White House.
Mr.President, you would like for the issue of race to go away and perhaps that's why you dodge and tap dance around the subject, but racism and race are part of our DNA.
All of the recent attacks from the Republican Party and others questioning the legitmacy of President Obama's birth certificate, his country of origin (Kenya), his citizenship, his religion regarding whether he is a Muslim, that he is coming to take our guns away, he pals around with terrorists, a woman from Delaware who said"I want my country back", he and his wife going to New York to take in a show on Broadway, he's a terrorist, he wants to give reparations to Black people, he doesn't like white people, he's a racist and doesn't like white culture, impeach Obama,Rahm Emanuel needs to put"Gorilla glue on his chair to keep him in the oval office,just say no,he's a Nazi, he's an elitist,he's is an apologist, questioning him and his wife's patriotism, misplaced comments like: "is he an Arab, he is a socialist, absurd inflammatory comments on health care reform, he's an affirmative action baby, why did he stay in Reverend Wright's Church for twenty years listening to those racists sermons, kill him, are all manifestations and by products of overt unadulterated white racism. The code words differ but the message is the same.
The late world renowned famous African American Social Scientist&Psychologist, Dr Kenneth Clark said in 1963: "Racial prejudices are indications of a disturbed and potentially unstable society.
Blogger Black Buzz says America in 2009 has the potential of going back to the days of Plessy vs. Ferguson with its persistent Jim Crow mindset and with the United States Supreme Court doing everything in its power to make the return to Plessy a new 21st century reality. So how can we as a society treat the disease of white racism when the vast majority of whites remain in denial ?
According to the highly esteemed Dr. Alexander Thomas, Professor of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, and Director Psychiatric Division, Bellevue Hospital, stated: "To gloss over race in a racist society may in itself be a capitulation to racism". Dr. Thomas further states that: "Racism, unfortunately, is not the monopoly of a single type of personality structure. All kinds of people can be racists: normal and abnormal, paranoid and non-paranoid, aggressive and passive, domineering and submissive."