By Rev. Wayne Perryman
September 14, 2009
Approximately three weeks before the 2008 election a white pastor friend of mine asked to meet with me. He wanted my advice and counsel on how to deal with the discussions within his congregation regarding the election and what I thought would happen as a result of the election. Some of his members supported Obama and others supported McCain.
After a healthy discussion on the Bible and Politics, I predicted that Obama would win in part because Americans were tired of the war in Iraq and because Obama was well educated, good looking, very articulate, America’s first black candidate and because many whites wanted to prove that they were not prejudice – but his presidency (from a racial standpoint) will divide us, not unite us. Why? Because there will be those in the media and in his camp who will not hesitate to play the race card when whites disagreed with his policies. Well, we all know my first prediction came true, he is the President, but sadly, we see the second one coming true as well. Those who disagree with his policies are being called racist.
Since the April Tea Parties whites by the thousands have protested against government spending and more recently they have strongly voiced their opposition to Obama’s costly health care policies. Although conservative blacks disagree with these same policies and have participated and spoke at these rallies as well, the media has only focused on the majority white participants and labeled the participants as “white right-wing racist.”
Keeping the racist label on America is not only profitable for the media (by selling a lot of newspapers), it is also profitable for those who earn healthy incomes by constantly playing the race card. In an effort to prove that America was not and is not a racist nation, I published the book: The Drama of Obama – Regarding Race, a book that the CEO of the NAACP said was very insightful and thought-provoking. I wrote the book to provide an accurate depiction of our nation’s history in regards to the issue of race and because I was convinced that the Obama presidency would do more to divide our nation than to unite it.
The book was written shortly after Obama’s March 18, 2008 speech where he defended Rev. Wright and accused America of being racist. My goal was to reduce potential racial tension by presenting the truth about those whites who joined with blacks to rid our nation of slavery and to highlight the efforts of other whites who gave their lives and financial resources to eliminate both slavery and Jim Crow – a story that is not well known in this country.
When conservative whites like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh voiced their opposition to Bush’s spending policies, no one called them racist. One might say that during the Bush Administration there were no major protests like the current Tea Parties demonstrations that’s taking place during the Obama Administration. This is true. It is also true that Bush’s spending policies during past eight years pale in comparison to Obama’ spending practices during the past eight months.
When the Congressional Black Caucus protested because the Obama Administration decided to cut federal funding for Historical Black Colleges by $73 million, no one called the Congressional Black Caucus racist. When the Black broadcasters protested because the Obama Administration refused to give them stimulus money to bail out struggling black radio stations, no one called the black broadcasters racist. When black farmers protested because Eric Holder and the Obama Administration refused to give the black farmers the entire court award of $3.2 billion in the case that they won against the Department of Agriculture (during the Clinton Administration), no one called them racist. When members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined with their white Democrat counterparts and booed Bush during his speech to Congress on Social Security Reform in 2005, no one called them racist, but many are calling Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst during Obama’s recent speech, racist. According to Star Parker’s recent editorial, Obama is currently losing support among blacks, but no one is calling these black defectors racist.
From the incident involving officer Crowley (the white police officer) and Professor Gates (the black professor), to individual citizens protesting about government spending, Hate Speech legislationm, Abortion and Illegal Aliens, Americans are fed up with being called racist simply because they disagree with certain government policies, even though they had these same concerns during the Bush Administration. According to some experts this anger has resulted in record gun sales – with expectations of future violence between the races. This is not good, but something that I predicted.
If such violence does break out (and I pray that it doesn’t), every one will have an opinion regarding the cause. But right now no one is anticipating such violence and no one sees it coming with the exception of those who are being called racist and those who are members of black and white militant groups.
Please pray for our pastors and churches, because if such violence does break out, few will have any credibility to speak on the subject. Their silence today – will demand their tomorrow. I am speaking out today, so I will have a credible voice tomorrow.
Rev. Wayne Perryman
P.O. Box 256
Mercer Island, WA 98040