By Diane Rufino, January 1, 2014
My husband read the title of an article that he read online (posted on facebook) to me - "Professor Wonders if the Tea Party Would Support Obamacare if Obama was White" - and I was so insulted - as a white woman AND an attorney AND a Tea Party leader - that I had to post a comment.
“Professor” Gloria J. Brown-Marshall, who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, wrote a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Marshall is African-American. She also wrote: “Southern White radicals vowed to stop implementation of the Obama-care law leading one to wonder if Tea Party members would oppose affordable healthcare if it came from a non-Black President.”
Let’s take a look at President Obama. He is half white and half black. I put “white” first because his black father abandoned him yet his white mother raised him and his white grandparents helped make sure he got the best education possible in Hawaii. So while his color is darker, his young life was shaped by the white half of his family.
Ms. Marshall has no problem claiming that President Obama is “black” knowing this reality and this part of his history. She has no problem claiming that he is “black” when he is also half white. Yet, she can’t fathom that whites can also call him their own as well, even though he shares so much in common with them. For some reason, she assumes that because he is half black, whites automatically divorce themselves from any association. He can’t belong to “the white club” because his skin is darker. She assumes that people like myself think that because there is some “color” in him, he no longer be one of us. I have never thought of President Obama as a “black” President. I’ve always seen him as simply the President of the United States. I’ve seen him as a President that appears to represent a fairly common trend here in the US – the product of a mixed marriage. I’ve been outraged over the years to hear the black community continue to claim him as their very own. Again, the black community seems to have no problem accepting the “white” half of him but is incapable of thinking the white community can accept the “black” half of him. It’s absolutely disgraceful and the epitome of racism.
I’ve seen a great deal of white families who adopt black babies and love and treat them like their very own, yet I have never seen the reverse. Never. The black community - and by that I mean the community that buys into the dribble that people like Marshall and Al Sharpton and other race hustlers spew - seems to have a hard time accepting the good intentions of the white community.
My question is this: What kind of “Constitutional” law professor can Ms. Marshall be when she makes her living teaching THE LAW and promoting the law of equality while at the same time publicly accusing innocent white people of being inherently incapable of being color-blind. Perhaps it is the other way around. How can she teach about a colorblind society when she herself is one of the reasons that it still hasn’t happened and won’t likely happen in the near future.
Again, President Obama is neither black nor white, but an equal combination of the two. That’s right… equality. So maybe “professors” like Ms. Marshall should stop playing the race card when it comes to our President.