I’m Free, White, and Twenty-One: The Real Origins of the Tea Party GOP’s Addiction to Birtherism « SpeakEasy

Primarily, Obama is a black man who happens to be President. This is unsettling to many white folks–as well as to their erstwhile coloured colonial administrators black and brown Conservative enablers such as Herman Cain and Alan Keyes. Sure, economic insecurity and realistic group conflict are part of the story. But, there is more going on. Here, I would make two interventions. First, the hatred by the New Right towards President Obama is not only about policy (to the degree that Conservatism can even be decoupled from White supremacy) but also speaks to symbolism: the White Racial Frame cannot accept that a person of color, a black man, is the leader of The Free World and resides in the White House. This is an upset that many of The Greatest Generation and their Conservative spawn cannot countenance because in their eyes to be White is to be quintessentially “American.”

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