On the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict, when this nation deeply needs a tense situation defused and soothing, reassuring words of racial unity, the President and attorney general give us just the opposite.
We desperately need to strive for racial harmony and unity, but our task is exceedingly more difficult when President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder repeatedly invoke race and stir racial tensions.
Trayvon Martin's death was terribly tragic, but Obama's and Holder's racially charged statements (and sometimes actions) are damaging. Even if Obama hadn't promised to be a uniter, he'd have a duty, as do all political leaders, not to stir tension between blacks and whites.
When Obama became a serious presidential contender, I was concerned about his apparent attitude toward race. There were the candid admissions in his books, his long attendance at a race-oriented church and certain statements he had made that indicated racial bitterness as part of his makeup.
All of this was completely at odds with the public image Obama carefully sought to project and with the promise that he would inaugurate a new era of post-racial politics.
The mere suggestion that Obama had racial hang-ups brought condemnation from those who a) love to characterize conservatives as racist, b) believe that, by definition, blacks can't be racist toward whites, c) glow in feelings of self-congratulation when they point the accusatory finger of racism at others, and d) were idealistically invested in the idea that racism would be extinguished upon the election of the first African-American president.
I hoped I was wrong about Obama, but in office, he has steadily removed any doubt. He began employing identity politics from the get-go and encouraging supporters to brand opposition to his policies as racist.
Holder said Americans are cowards on the race issue. Obama let stand the suggestion that many of his opponents have a "subterranean agenda" concerning race. He appealed to blacks and Hispanics in explicitly racial terms, telling them they had to elect Democrats.
In its report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the administration chastised America as racially discriminatory. It expressly condemned Arizona's immigration law as racist.
The entire liberal establishment has smeared supporters of voter ID laws as racists. Holder attempted to deflect attention from his own wrongdoing over Operation Fast and Furious by saying that his accusers were pursuing him as a way of getting at President Obama because they are both African-Americans.