Organizing racial resentment 2

Thomas Sowell writes against the notion that Obama is a ‘post-racial’ president:

For “community organizers” … racial resentments are a stock in trade. President Obama’s background as a community organizer has received far too little attention, though it should have been a high-alert warning that this was no post-racial figure.

What does a community organizer do? What he does not do is organize a community. What he organizes are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose.

To think that someone who has spent years promoting grievance and polarization was going to bring us all together as president is a triumph of wishful thinking over reality.

Posted under Commentary, Race, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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  • Thank you, aeschines, for this interesting, valuable, and convincingly argued comment. I share your cool assessment of human nature, by and large.

  • aeschines

    Generally, I don't think we'll ever rid ourselves of these kinds of people – the calamity crowd. Just like global warming mythology fuels itself by attracting people to latch onto its doomsday scenarios, race-baiting has its own special draw. Global warming couldn't attract half the crowd that it did without the apocalyptic nightmares, just like Christianity couldn't attract half the believers it has without the book of Revelations. No one wants to parade around a set of beliefs that only predict mild upsets and minor inconveniences if not addressed soon.

    If you look at a lot of major draws for people (astrology, prophecy, environmentalism, racialism, religion), they all stink of the same “follow us or suffer the consequences” mentality, which translates further into a “you are either with us or against us” mentality.

    These are people who create their own truth, and other people unwittingly follow in their stead. A community organizer creates his own jobs – if the only job you know is to cry “oppression”, doesn't it make sense that you will manufacture it so that you can still have a job? The more a prophet speaks of calamity, the more people believe him, and these people in turn reinforce the prophet's voice. Polarization means followers, and no human can resist followers.