So what's fueling the dogged questioning of Obama's origins? Many critics of the birther movement say its core tenets--and its stubborn resistance to evidence disproving those beliefs--can be traced to racial hostilities. The fundamental birtherist conviction, these critics say, is that an African-American can't have legitimately won the presidency -- and that his elevation to power therefore has to be the result of an elaborate subterfuge.Nonsense. These folks have very short memories. I heard far more people say that G.W. Bush did not legitimately win the presidency.
"There is a real deep-seated and vicious racism at work here in terms of trying to de-legitimate the president," Peniel Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University, told The Ticket.
"This is more than just a conspiracy," Peniel added. "I think this is fundamentally connected to white supremacism in this country."
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in early April called for the connection to be publicly drawn between birthers and racism: "So it is time to call this birther nonsense what it is--not just claptrap, but profoundly racist claptrap."
USA Today reports:
What's behind the questions about Obama's bithplace? Racial prejudice plays a role, suggests a study led by Eric Hehman of the University of Delaware in the March Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, which contrasted voter's perceptions of vice president Joe Biden, "the most comparable target" with Obama.This is bogus. There are reasons for saying that Pres. Obama is less American that have nothing to do with race.
"Overall, as expected, White participants tended to view Obama as less American," says the study, as well as worse-performing. "Moreover, Whites higher in prejudice rated Obama as less
American, and as performing more poorly as president."
Obama was born in Hawaii. His father and step-father were not Americans. He grew up in Indonesia. He was surrounded by people with anti-American views. There are many unanswered questions about his past.
The more current reasons for regarding Obama as less American are in his speeches and policies. He denies American exceptionalism, and he spent a month trying to get Arab League approval for bombing Libya, without bothering to consult the US Congress. Biden, Bush, McCain, Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dole, etc. are all more American in their political philosophy than Obama, and it has nothing to do with race. The racists are the only trying to make a racial issue out of this.