This is just so ugly. This man, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, ought to be relieved of his position as the third-ranking member of the House Democratic caucus.
He won’t, of course, because the House Democratic caucus shares his viewpoint.
One of my greatest disappointments with President Obama is that he has failed to lead on race issues. Instead, he’s thrown in with the racial grievance crowd – Al Sharpton, etc. – who dominate the Democratic Party.
I will tell you that, whatever Obama’s political views, I was deeply moved on Election Night 2008 that America had elected a black president.
I remember talking about it with an African American woman who used to watch the door at the building where I worked. She was skeptical it would happen. I had the pleasure of giving her the news that it did in fact happen, and I saw the look of pride and joyful surprise in her eyes.
I know, I’m idiot, but I believed Obama’s suggestions that he was the vanguard of a post-racial society. I even felt, after his election, that there was a subtle difference in the way blacks and whites interacted, less of a consciousness of the difference of race.
If such a thing did exist, I don’t recognize anymore.
So here, five years later, we have Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader, saying Republicans will impeach Obama just because they can’t stand the fact that a black man was elected president. And saying it with complete impunity.
From his appearance on Ed Shultz’s show on MSNBC:
These Republicans have decided that this president must have an asterisk by his name when he leaves office. Irrespective of whether or not he gets convicted, it is their plan to introduce an impeachment resolution, and they do have the 218 votes to pass it . . .
You know full well you will not get two thirds votes in the Senate to convict. So why are we going through this whole charade? It is to put and asterisk next to this first African American president in the history of this country – put an asterisk next to his name when the history books are written.
Instead of ushering in more of the colorblindness Martin Luther King spoke of, Obama has allowed the fact of his presidency to be used as a tool by those who see racism lurking everywhere.
If anything, we are more racially polarized than ever. And so people like Clyburn can get away with this garbage on national TV and still be taken seriously.
Such a missed opportunity. The asterisk next to the name of the first African American president will not be that he was impeached, because Republicans aren’t planning to impeach him. It will be that he didn’t discredit people like Clyburn.