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Learning from President Trump Predecessor Barack Obama and the American people A new dawn is coming

With rigorous research and study over the past ten (10) years to understand these things called Mental Slavery mostly with Black Races and the World at large. And a little retrospective into the life of Clarence Thomas.

“The shackles of chattel slavery were removed over a century ago, and legislation has been passed to relinquish the legal chains that bound Blacks in the round the world not just in America to a slave master’s balance sheets along with oxen, farm equipment and other tangible assets. However, no outside actions can remove the mental slavery that occurred, was passed down and remains with modern-day Blacks today.

Yet many African descendants are in denial of the long-lasting effects of the traumatically brutal institution. They often assert that slavery happened long ago, it has nothing to do with them, and Black people should get over it and take advantage of the ‘freedoms’ now available to them. However, the emotional and psychological damage caused by the Transatlantic slave trade was so severe, many people today still struggle to ‘get over it.’


Dr. Amos Wilson (February 23,1941 – January 14, 1995), a former Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York, would argue that only a systematic correction in consciousness can help Black people, who were taught to think as slaves, to truly escape bondage. In one of his lectures, the renowned author who penned books such as “The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child,” posed five simple questions to those who believe otherwise. If Wilson’s questions are answered truthfully, they reveal the slave mindset still within most of us.”


Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you saw your black male colleague, especially if you're in a white-collar profession, show anger or rage in public? My hunch is never. There's a reason for that. African American men are taught at very young ages (or learn the hard way) to keep our emotions in check, to not lose our cool, lest we be perceived as dangerous or menacing or give someone a reason to doubt our ability to handle our jobs. Think of the emotional corset women in leadership positions are expected to maintain to ensure they never cry in public or show TOO much compassion for fear of raising the same doubt and seeming weak. I pose this question because, over the last two weeks, I have watched and listened with increasing frustration to the criticism that President Obama hasn't shown enough emotion, enough rage over the ceaseless flow of BP oil choking the Gulf Coast. Sure, I, too, have asked the president to connect more with the American people over this disaster. To show a little emotion. But I have never and would never advise Obama to do what movie director Spike Lee advised last week on CNN: "One time, go off!" We all know one of the reasons why Obama won't "go off."' He's just not wired that way. Despite the feisty interview he did with NBC News's Matt Lauer that aired this morning, overt expressions of rage (or any overheated emotion) are not in his personality. That's why Maureen Dowd has consistently dubbed him President Spock. And Obama's cool, "say what I mean and mean what I say" demeanor is exacerbated by his reliance on the TelePrompTer. But he can't "go off." And I want to talk about why.



Jonathan Capehart

American journalist Doug Graham, a Facebook friend from Birmingham, Mich., sent me a note after my post on Obama's third trip to Louisiana last Friday. His words gave voice to my frustration and anticipated this piece. What the media does not comprehend about Obama and his response to the Gulf Crisis is that he is responding in anger the best that he can! Black men, especially educated black men, grew up with images of non-violent protests in the face of aggressive policemen, consequences of actually "displaying anger" like the Rodney King situation, and are conditioned not to "act out" in crisis situations. Even in sports, you see "fits of rage" with black athletes, but even that is more controlled than, say, hockey, where if black athletes were to display that level of rage -- it would be called a riot! If Obama were to display anger he runs the risk of Angry Black Man syndrome, becoming too scary or threatening to the public, immediately non-presidential! Ah, the Angry Black Man. That boogeyman who haunts many African American men, particularly professionals, whether they acknowledge it or not. Who scares us into zen-like tranquility when fury is warranted, whether we are prone to it or not. "You always have to be at your best behavior, because if you're not you never know what's going to go wrong. You never know who's perceiving you differently," said Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets, in a video for "Being a Black Man," The Post's 2007 Peabody Award-winning series.

The 2009 arrest of renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home after he mouthed off to cops investigating reports of a break-in there is a prime example of what could go wrong. Americans expect their presidents to be cool, calm, and collected in a crisis. But we have to recognize that Obama already has this manner (or skill) mastered because it attaches to any black professional, especially those in positions of authority. "Blacks at that level have to operate like that," Rev. Al Sharpton told me, "Whether you're Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, or Dick Parsons." That was an intriguing slate to ponder. Powell, Thomas, and Parsons are three very different men. And yet the way they operate in their respective professions is very similar. "You grew up in the time when Sidney Poitier was the prototype of how you operate in a white world," Sharpton said, "cool and smooth." "You and I are held to a somewhat different standard in the way we comport ourselves in professional environments," a black Democratic strategist with close ties to the business community said. "We are oftentimes held hostage to the myth of the 'angry black man' in ways that constrain us." "As a black man, as a big black man, I know there are certain ways I can behave," an African American executive told me last week. "We don't have the luxury of making certain kinds of mistakes that would have us viewed as unintelligent.... You're carrying this burden of not having the luxury of messing up." "You can't show anger, otherwise you are judged a certain way," said one prominent friend who would only speak about this on the background. "It's already a societal thing where people find black men dangerous. So you can't be angry.... You learn early on there are certain lines you do not cross." Think about it. There's no African American version of, say, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff with a widely known and celebrated reputation for F-bombs and confrontation.



Thomas's controlled-burn response to allegations of sexual harassment during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings -- which he called a "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves" -- was the closest we've come to seeing rage from a black man on such a prominent stage.

Of course, there isn't universal agreement on this. One prominent African American I spoke with was having none of it. "I don't think you can define [Obama] and his presidency in terms of his being a black man. I think you have to define his presidency in terms of his being president." When I asked him about the stated similarities in the operating styles of Powell, Thomas, Parsons, and Obama, he said, "That in and of itself distorts the notion of black."

Fear of unleashing the "angry black man" stereotype or not, none of the men I spoke with want Obama to emote just to please the media or anyone else. "I like being cool, and I like seeing him being cool," said one. "And he is what he is and we have to accept that. We cannot ask him to be what he wants to be for us and be in betrayal to...who he really is." The Democratic strategist said, "I don't need my president to feel my pain. I need my president to take on problems and solve them." This is where I, the men I talked with and the American people are all in agreement.

Comments


Capehart-get a grip. You are talking about the President of the United States! Are you thinking the police will arrest President Obama because he was mistaken as an angry man disturbing the peace?! Get a grip man (or atleast a better excuse...)

Posted by: edmondsonpr1 | June 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If it's not one excuse it's another.

Posted by: shewholives | June 8, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that every criticism of this President somehow gets defended with the race issue?

Posted by: RambleOn | June 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

There's a big difference between an excuse and an explanation. Why would we need an excuse from Obama? Like he's done something WRONG or unseemly by NOT YELLING? How ludicrous is that? I'd say the grip isn't Capehart's to get.

Posted by: leajones99 | June 8, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Is this a serious piece? Since the President is "multi-racial" doesn't this confuse matters. Please get off the whole race thing, people are people and express themselves differently. As President and anyone in a high office, we expect decorum and poise. Your piece is an old stereotype that no longer applies.

Posted by: sarno | June 8, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

We don't really care too much if President Obama is cool or angry... if he fills out his census as black or white or mullato... How about a little concern for the suffering of the American people ? for the oppressed - think the Iranian protesters ? a little genuine connection with how people are hurting ? Better yet... How about some competence ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | June 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't need to see Obama explode or keep cool. Enough theater. He has to enable job creation. Enable, meaning get the hell out of the way of the private sector and free market. His Keynesian socialist experiment has given us 16% unemployment and a tanking stock market for $868 billion "stimulus" thrown away. A bumbling no experience socialist ivory tower community organizer. Worst president in 100 years.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | June 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

What neighborhood did you grow up in Capehart? I grew up in Detroit, where the rage of blacks was scary. In 1967, they blew the city apart with riots, burning down the apartment project I lived acrossed the street from. Fights at school were an everyday occurrence. I think you are an apologist, an Obama protector. Fact is, few people outside of the press care whether he gets emotional about events. They simply want a president that has the best interest of the United States at heart, emotional or not. This president has not convinced Americans that he cares about America, only that he wants to change it into something most Americans don't want.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | June 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Sidney Poitier? Victim-hood doesn't play very well anymore. President Obama was raised by a well-to-do white family and went to the best schools. He has no excuse to play Mr. Milk-Toast. Of course, he can always send his white Jewish mafia from Chicago to threaten and intimidate. President Obama appears incapable of showing any negative emotion. I don't buy your arguement that he is just another emasculated black man minding his Ps and Qs.

Posted by: alance | June 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I glad someone pointed out the obvious, and I suspect an intentional trap being set by the Conservative Commentators. Of course If President Obama had yelled at the oil spill, it would only be leaking 10,000 barrels a day.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | June 8, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama was given a good childhood even though his father wasn't there and his mother was off doing her thing while his well off grandparents took over. He went to private, expensive schools and didn't know what it meant to be poor and on welfare. No excuse for him. Also, after reading Michelle Obama's college thesis, I saw a lot of anger. Looks like this anger you talk about seems to run in the family.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 8, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that every criticism of this President somehow gets defended with the race issue? Posted by: RambleOn ++++++ I was watching Morning Joe earlier and conservative Scarborough said almost exactly as Capehart wrote.

Posted by: creatia52 | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama was given a good childhood even though his father wasn't there and his mother was off doing her thing while his well off grandparents took over. He went to private, expensive schools and didn't know what it meant to be poor and on welfare. No excuse for him. Also, after reading Michelle Obama's college thesis, I saw a lot of anger. Looks like this anger you talk about seems to run in two well off individuals that attended liberal colleges and universities.


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Posted by: 45upnorth | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Pulese!! Get over it! Obama was raised "white"!!! He is just incompetent!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so only black men are taught to keep their emotions in check? Please. Anyone who wants to be treated with dignitiy and respect maintains an air of stoicism. That's a universal truism, sir, and has nothing to do with skin color. Second, I'm getting kinda tired of these Obama canards- 'no drama Obama'- I call B.S. It seems at least once a week he's jawing back at a heckler in the crowd or wagging his finger at someone. This guy is only 'joe cool' as long as he's in an echo chamber. Otherwise, he's easily flustered. Also, the 'Obama is a great orator' canard- What a joke. It's 2010, and he's still using his teleprompters to give high school commencement speeches. Any time this guy actually has to speak off the cuff, he sounds like a bafoon. 'uh, umm, err, uh...'

Posted by: pswift00 | June 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

African American men are taught at very young ages (or learn the hard way) to keep our emotions in check, to not lose our cool, lest we be perceived as dangerous or menacing or give someone a reason to doubt our ability to handle our jobs. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- How is this different from any other man? What ridiculous bunch of drivel.

Posted by: ZZim | June 8, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

leajones99, you have to remember that this is the nation where almost exactly 1/2 the voters went against Gore because he was too smart to be president. As a nation, if we prefer the dumb guy for President we are certainly going to be unhappy with a President who rational and controlled.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | June 8, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It's not just black men who have to keep their cool. So do black women... we get the angry label too.. or more specifically, "The Angry LaQueesha", finger snapping, head rolling, teeth sucking steerotype we have to fight against... Tiring.

Posted by: sigmagrrl | June 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Dude, This is PA-freakin-THETIC. Obama can't "go off" cuz the white man would be keepin' him down if he did? You, sir, are an idiot. The President of the United States needs to demonstrate leadership, resolve, determination, and inspire people because of his competency. He absolutely doesn't need to act like he is on a Jerry Springer show. You are remiss in advising him to "be more emotional, more "connected." He needs to be competent and visible. He needs to show through behavior that this problem is his priority--priority number one. Instead, his vacationing, golfing, concert-going, basketball playing, photo-opping, and other superficial wastes of time send a clear message concerning his real priorities--he wants to be "the man." He wants accolades. He wants worship. One problem. He's earned none of those things. And since he's all about playing, the American voter will be sure to give him lots of time with which to do so real soon now.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 8, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a rat's ass about any percieved racial aspect of this, in my business being cool, calm and level headed is highly respected. I need a president who can keep steady when everyone else is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, stay cool Mr President, that let's us know you've got this s**t handled...

Posted by: TraderX | June 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

geez, you all just don't get it, which quite frankly is too bad, because there are many of us that do get it.

Posted by: raindancer7 | June 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a rat's ass about any percieved racial aspect of this, in my business being cool, calm and level headed is highly respected. I need a president who can keep steady when everyone else is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, stay cool Mr President, that let's us know you've got it under control.

Posted by: TraderX | June 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

geez, you all just don't get it which, quite frankly, is too bad because there are many of us that really do get it.

Posted by: raindancer7 | June 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

geez, you all just don't get it which, quite frankly, is too bad because there are many of us that really do get it.

Posted by: raindancer7 | June 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the Obama haters are going to be upset with him no matter what he does - if he shows anger he is not Presidential, if is restrained he is unattached and does not care. He bails the economy out and he is spending wastefully, if he followed the gop line and let the economy sink he would have been inept and ineffective. I think it is time for the Obama haters to stop pretending they have some nobler cause and admit they hate Obama and why. If they really cared about the deficit and the economy they would have been screaming at gop constituent meetings and Bush events for the previous 8 years. My guess is that these people were all trapped in some vortex where they thought it was still 1953 and life was good. Something happened in Jan, 2009 and they were released. Shocked at how the world had changed they did the only thing someone emerging from a vortex after 56 years could - they screamed like the good folks in Little Rock and Tuscaloosa in '57 and '63 did. And they screamed many of the same things. Being such civic minded citizens, of course, they all deeply regret they never had the option to scream at republicans driving up the deficit (although they would have to change up what they were screaming a little) during Bush's years, but that darn vortex....

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | June 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

When I voted for Obama I didn't think his race would become an issue. I was wrong, this country is not 'post racial.' Proof of this? The birther movement, the people who say this Christian president really practices Islam and is a Muslim terrorist, the ugly, blatently racist signs the Tea baggers carry at their rallies, Barack the Magic Negro, the insistence that Obama is a fascist, socialist, communist traitor, and on and on. The intense amout of hatred and distrust of this man started about 5 minutes after he took the oath of office. Right wing radio has been spreading hate about Obama from the very beginning and the Republican admitted strategy has been to say no to everything to destroy him. I didn't like W Bush as his presidency progressed, but I reserved judgement of him in the beginning. The amount of vitriol expressed for this president from the get-go, who inherited a boat load of problems, is unprecedented in my lifetime. Something else is going on other that he is hated because he is a Democrat. Roosevelt was way farther to the left than Obama yet I don't hear him called a socialist or Communist. Race plays into the hatred of him whether the right wants to admit it or not.

Posted by: creatia52 | June 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

First, I'm not sure what you think is how it really is. Do people really want anger at the spill? I'm not sure, what good is anger without action. I think they want leadership, some empathy and support/encouragement to allow them to get to work on the clean-up and back on their feet. Secondly, the angry Black man label does exist, but not for people like the professor (who simply over reacted in a surly childish way. I wonder how we will ever be able to treat each other naturally if some can't be natural for fear of what some others might possibly think. MKL said it best... character is what people must be judged on...

Posted by: sally62 | June 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ Capehart-get a grip. You are talking about the President of the United States! Are you thinking the police will arrest President Obama because he was mistaken as an angry man disturbing the peace?! Get a grip man (or atleast a better excuse...) You D@mn skippy, let POTUS happen to be driving himself w/o his Security detail and he gets pulled over for whatever reason and he pulls an angry black man stance he'll quickly be assuming the position.

Posted by: snake_taylor | June 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Shocker....another race obsessed article in the Post. Get over it. A BLACK man (well at least 1/2) is President of the US. If a tea party activist had said he was looking to kick someones ass your paper would be doing dozens of handwringing cloumns on the violent rhetoric of the tea party. Waaaaaaa, I feel threatened by obamas violent words directed at the white CEO of BP. FYI, maybe the crime statistics in the black community have something to do w/ that impression of the violent black male. Just a thought. I am sure that makes me a racist in your eyes (what doesnt?)but not you capeheart for assuming all white people would look at a pissed off black dude as violent.

Posted by: j751 | June 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The media uses any excuse (even racism) to distract from Obama's incompetence. He's a playboy who wants accolades and fun, and people have to endure a speech nearly day from this buffon. .

Posted by: Billw3 | June 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I am crazy but I alwasy thought that holding your anger is the professional way. What the hell does it have to do with race? That is what is wrong with america, we make excuses for every thing. A person how blows his top no matter what race is wrong. So you think it is more wrong because he is a black man?

Posted by: tinch | June 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

capehart, you talking about men, especially strong professional black men is definitely an oxymoron. this president should not change his demeanor to placate a particular group who would criticize and castigate him no matter how or when he reacted to any crisis. their real reasons are quite obvious. he is cool, intelligent and in charge those are some of the many reasons we elected him.unlike his predecessor, the flight suit wearing cowboy swaggering cheerleader.

Posted by: ninnafaye | June 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dear Jonathan, There's the Sonny Corleone move, and there's the Michael Corleone move. You want to be successful, be like Michael. Being like Sonny gets you killed. That's one of the lessons from the Godfather and it has nothing to do with race. Women and children can be emotional. Men can't be emotional. I believe that's what Vito tells Michael at some point in the movie. If Pres. Obama learned that, he was taught well.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Pay close attention. What Joanthan is saying is regardless of what professional level black males have achieved, anger is still a negative that black male was taught to avoid. Example: T.O. is still a good football player; Why haven't a team signed him to a contract?

Posted by: dudna | June 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Well said, creatia52. I couldn't agree with you more. The right has been screaming full blast since the day Obama was elected with the media following their every move. As for Capeheart, I also agree there is a fine line you have to walk as an African American in this country. For me, a black woman, I have to make sure I'm not too aggressive in my pursuits or too passionate about a subject or else I get labeled the "angry black woman". The stereotype for black women is on both sides and the media plays a big role in that as well. Even Michelle Obama isn't immune. Just read the message boards on any article about her and all you read is "she's angry" or "bossy" or "aggressive". I read enough of the comments to see that most people will disagree with Capeheart, but until you live it, you have no idea what it's like.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | June 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to see anger in Obama, I want to see competency and leadership. And it wasn't so much his coolness as Obama's lack of concern in going to the Gulf and being more hands-on with a disaster which is unprecedented and the outcome unknown. Oh, and it would have helped if he had cut thru the red tape for Jindal in April rather than June. Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: janet8 | June 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the BP Oil Spill - this was the acid test of the tea baggers to prove their central issue really is the Ayn Rand fantasy and not just hatred for Obama. And they have failed miserably. Any Rand would oppose strenuously the federal government being involved in this at all. Not only because, in Rand's "philosophy" a rational business like BP, acting in its own interest, would move quickly to protect its investment. It is also something that is outside the scope of what government should do. The tea bagger super hero, Rand Paul, has clearly espoused the Randian chapter and verse on the line between government and business. So what is the big cry about Obama from the movement now????? He did not get involved quick enough, he did not take charge and he left it up to BP to stop the leak. Where is the "Rational Self Interest" when the rubber hits the road????" What a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | June 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"African American men are taught at very young ages (or learn the hard way) to keep our emotions in check, to not lose our cool" Oh sure. Obama will kick ass, Gates yells Yo mama, and the inordinate percentage of blacks in prision just had little slip-up there. .

Posted by: Billw3 | June 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It is true. Professional black men are conditioned to contain their emotions, particularly anger, in the workplace. I have seen white men throw papers across the office in a fit of rage with no reprocussions. Had that been me, I'd be written up or fired. I think guilt and fear have a great deal to do with whites not wanting to experinece black male anger in the way they can tolerate their own.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Billw3, it is a known fact that blacks and other minorities receive prison time for offenses that whites would receive probation. As for Gates, how many police officers would still arrest a white man inside his own home after it was clear that a mistake had been made. People like you kill me, you rant and rave about the white fire fighters not getting a promotion but you can't see discrimination when its against anyone else.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | June 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It is true. Professional black men are conditioned to contain their emotions, particularly anger, in the workplace. I have seen white men throw papers across the office in a fit of rage with no reprocussions. Had that been me, I'd be written up or fired. I think guilt and fear have a great deal to do with whites not wanting to experinece black male anger in the way they can tolerate their own.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no executive experience. "The Presidency is not the place for on the job training," said Joe Biden in the campaign. Obama is a talker. Obama is not a do-er.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | June 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic strategist said, "I don't need my president to feel my pain. I need my president to take on problems and solve them." =========================================== AMEN. I don't care if the President is cool or unemotional, I want a President who gives a damn and knows what the hell he is doing.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This commentary seems to be more a musing regarding a stereotype than a reflection on the actual situation. But in any case, people in general are not complaining that Obama is not mad. They are complaining, quite fairly, that he has not responded adequately to the situation. It's been more than 40 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The Gulf of Mexico is now totally polluted. The president has not done anything to remedy the situation. He has demonstrated a woeful inability to take action.

Posted by: ttj1 | June 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The only "angry black" man I have seen is Michael Steele. I guess he finally realized he was being pimped by the huge mass of ignorance, otherwise known as the Republican Party...

Posted by: alfa73 | June 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama -- at some point -- is going to have to show some leadership. He is losing folks who put him in office on a daily basis. WE DID NOT ELECT A DICTATOR TO HAVE TEMPER TANTRUMS AND TRY TO FIX ELECTIONS! We did elect someone who said they would be guided by integrity and ethics. We thought we were electing a leader -- but too often it appears that we elected a teleprompter and, a nice looking suit! Feigning anger is a high school play stunt! It comes down to trust. Gibbs will come out and deny issues before he has the facts, then, they will wait months (Sestak) before granting or providing any answers. When the issue blows up in their face, they become very defensive -- they just look and sound guilty as sin! Then, there comes the Andrew Romanoff affair. Rather than being candid up front, the White House attempted the dodge and dart, until Emails were released. Then, Obama claims that he did not know what was going on, while Gibbs was announcing that the 'head of the party' did those sorts of things (I guess he meant -- violate the Hatch Act).

Posted by: wheeljc | June 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I never knew what to make of capehart;; but now I say right on! So Exactly it- he didn't right this with his public in mind- he wrote it from the hip. White guys expressing anger come off as Kirk Douglass or Harrison Ford espressing righteous umbridge. Put a little (or a lot) of pigment in the mix and people are think Mr. T or some neighborhood mugger that wants to jump on and invade your daughter (me included) Of course, make no mistake- big non-white boys (and girls) know that white people are scared by this stereo-type and (we) take advantage of it at times. Of course things can go horribly wrong: like when you try your angry non-white routine on someone who has played on a mixed-race sports team- they know we are just like them, and if you cut us we bleed.

Posted by: interactidiomas | June 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama was given a good childhood even though his father wasn't there and his mother was off doing her thing while his well off grandparents took over. He went to private, expensive schools and didn't know what it meant to be poor and on welfare. No excuse for him. Also, after reading Michelle Obama's college thesis, I saw a lot of anger. Looks like this anger you talk about seems to run in two well off individuals that attended liberal colleges and universities. Posted by: 45upnorth | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse ==================== How I wish that there were enough words in the dictionary to tell you how stupid this comment really is. "Was given a childhood" really? Really? Your comments seem to imply that he was somehow given something that he was not entitled to. He was raised by his maternal grandparents! "Runs in two well off", so when Michelle was in college writing her thesis somehow she knew that she would meet and marry Barack Obama?? There aren't enough words....

Posted by: justonevoice | June 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Blacks need to forget race. Yes. Really. Dr. King, when he said "judge a man by his character and not his color", didn't mean for that to apply only to whites. It's meant for all of us. Else, why even say it? We're all cut from the same cloth. The sooner we realize that, the better off we're going to be.

Posted by: avatar666 | June 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Blacks need to forget race. Yes. Really. Dr. King, when he said "judge a man by his character and not his color", didn't mean for that to apply only to whites. It's meant for all of us. Else, why even say it? We're all cut from the same cloth. The sooner we realize that, the better off we're going to be.

Posted by: avatar666 | June 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Blacks need to forget race. Yes. Really. Dr. King, when he said "judge a man by his character and not his color", didn't mean for that to apply only to whites. It's meant for all of us. Else, why even say it? We're all cut from the same cloth. The sooner we realize that, the better off we're going to be.

Posted by: avatar666 | June 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Blacks need to forget race. Yes. Really. Dr. King, when he said "judge a man by his character and not his color", didn't mean for that to apply only to whites. It's meant for all of us. Else, why even say it? We're all cut from the same cloth. The sooner we realize that, the better off we're going to be.

Posted by: avatar666 | June 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This piece is wasted on the mainstream. It's not even really relevant to all black men. It’s for just for those black men who work in corporate America. The challenge is to battle all of the stereotypes so prevalent in America. Most black male stereotypes are negative and distancing himself from these is the challenge of every black male before being seen as just another professional. The president is no different.

Posted by: rp10661 | June 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

So hilarious, meetingbook. Consider Bush's "executive experience" before he was appointed president: FAILED in oil. Profited from stadium welfare as a figurehead in a non-competitive enterprise (baseball is an exempt monopoly). Was governor of Texas, which thanks to the state constitution is among the least powerful governorships in the union. Maybe he bungled Katrina; shoved 'small' gummint into Terri Schiavo's hospital room; started two wars he had no effing idea how to end; cooked the books to hell and back; gutted Justice, EPA, and SEC; and turned a substantial surplus into a third-world economy. But at least it wasn't the first time that ignorant jackass FAILED as an executive.

Posted by: redlineblue | June 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse