"No He Can't" -- A Black Professor's Response to the Election

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  1. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    “No He Can’t” by Prof. Anne Wortham
    Introduction to her article by Michael Eden


    Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer’s television series, “A World of Ideas.” The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. Dr. Wortham is author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues. She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality. Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afro-centricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004 she was awarded tenure.

    No He Can’t by Anne Wortham

    Fellow Americans,

    Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president.

    Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is
    worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.

    I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival, - all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts has come to America.

    Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them. I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration, - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

    I would have to believe that “fairness” is the equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

    Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!” Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

    So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America . Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine, - what little there is left, - for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.
  2. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    Wow. Very good article. I hate being labled a racist because I can't stand Obama. As we both know, race has nothing to do with it. It's the mans mind that turns me off, not the color of his skin. I'd have no problem at all giving my enthusiastic support to a black president, if he stood for the right things.

  3. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    New Iberia, Louisiana
    Great read. Thanks. I really hope that the puplic will wake up but I doubt that they will. At least not before it's too late.

    We had a Rally today. About 500 people showed up. No media coverage at all. But they'll cover a peace protest consisting of 7 nut cases on a street corner. True story.
    I'm so pissed I could choke someone. :mad:

    There was a letter to the editor in the Baton Rouge news paper yesterday. It was about Black on Black crime. It's the White Man's fault. :rolleyes: :mad:

    How the hell do you get that kind of mentality. How do you try to work as a country with people with this thought pattern. I'm at a fing loss.

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  4. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Dec 14, 2003
    I was having a conversation with a black guy a few years back about jesse jackson and al sharpton... and he flat out told me that those ***holes did not speak for him, not one little bit!...in a fairly angry tone.

    I wasn't expecting that....

  5. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Jackson County West Virginia
    I liked the article a lot. It shows that the author is capable of independent thought and is not corrupted by fanatisim that so many were during the election. It is a shame that so many others were drawn into the illusion that Obama would make all things right again. It now looks like the best that could be hoped for with Obama is that he does not do any more harm to our nation.
  6. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I think that many blacks feel that way....just no coverage by the media. I wonder what it is that turned the media into such "white Christian hating people"?
  7. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    A wretched hive of scum and villiany
    I agree with you 100%. I"ve told Obamites that I voted against Barry not because he's black, but because I WILL NOT vote for a socialistic closet-commie that wants to take my money and my guns. They don't what to say to that at all and just give me the "deer caught in headlights expression" because a retort would require thought on their part.:rolleyes: If Colin Powell had run, I'd have voted for him in a heartbeat, but he didn't, and instead we got Barry:( To put it in perspective, Sneaky Joe is white, and I wouldn't have voted for him either. But I'm a racist because I didn't vote for Barry. I'm a racist because I don't believe is his socialism. I'm a racist because I believe in working for what I own and not sitting on my ass and taking a gov't welfare check handout. Pffft!
    *makes rude noise and goes and fondles my firearms*:p
  8. SaddleSarge

    SaddleSarge New Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Excellent article. It's reassuring to read that intellectuals can have an independent opinion that is patriotic. (not to mention, correct.)
  9. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    I think this last statement speaks for the whole article, as it should.

    Obliviousness, apathy, ignorance (both inherent and willful), blind hate, self-righteousness, jealousy, entitlement mentality...

    All those terms seem to describe how Barack Obama was elected by the masses. :rolleyes:
  10. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir New Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Greeley, Colorado
    I always appreciate seeing that there are free thinking people still out there, and working to make others free thinking as well.
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