White Guilt, Obamania, And The Reality Of Race

Race is

so important
in American politics that it has even
propelled a

Chicago politician
less than two years removed from

Illinois state senate into the
limelight of the upcoming Presidential race.

Yet we still aren`t supposed to engage in

honest public discussion
about it.

VDARE.COM is not in the business of endorsing
candidates. So let me note that

Senator Barack Obama
(D-IL) strikes me as no less
(and no more) credible a candidate for President than

of the

usual suspects.

Still, VDARE.COM can play a useful educational role
by mentioning some of the unmentionable reasons behind

Obama is

constantly compared

Tiger Woods.
But he differs in two ways. First, his
list of accomplishments in his chosen profession is a
shorter than the

. And, second, Woods rejected Nike`s
suggestion that he identify himself as solely black to
maximize his marketability in America because he did not
want to

his mother and more distant non-black
ancestors. Woods declared himself "Caublinasian,"
his childhood term for his Caucasian, black, American
Indian, and Asian ancestry.

In contrast, like


Halle Berry
, Obama identifies as black although that
requires symbolically disowning his white mother and
maternal grandparents—despite the fact that they did far
more for him than the Kenyan father who abandoned him
when he was two.


: "I ceased to advertise my mother`s race
at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by
doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.

That sounds quite self-sacrificial…but, oddly enough,
it sure hasn`t hurt his popularity with whites.

The brutal truth: Obama is a "wigger".
He`s a remarkably exotic variety of the faux
African-American, but a wigger nonetheless. He has no
ancestors who were

slaves in the U.S
. Moreover, his upbringing by his
white mother

and Indonesian stepfather in Indonesia
and by his
white grandparents in

, where mixed-race children are

close to the norm,
was almost wholly divorced from

African-American life
… except for what he could see
and aspire to on TV.

Even genetically, Obama, whose

East African descent
is apparent in his

unusual features
, has only a distant relationship to

West Africans
who are the ancestors of almost all
African-Americans. (Here are photos of Obama with

Jesse Jackson
and with the rapper

, both of whom have conventional West
African features.)

But details like these just seem to make this nominal
African-American that much more attractive to whites.

So why are so many whites, especially in the media,

excited about promoting Obama
for President in 2008?

The Barack Attack phenomenon is similar to the

Colin Craze
of 1995. Of course, General Powell had
better qualifications. He`d been intimately involved in
managing a successful national enterprise, the

Gulf War of 1991
. And he had articulated a
thoughtful, cautious policy for when and how to conduct
military operations, the

Powell Doctrine
, the wisdom of which subsequent
events have

only underlined

Supporting Obama for President, like supporting
Powell a decade ago, is seen by many whites as the
ultimate in White Guilt Repellent.

It`s important to understand, however, that White
Guilt is very different from, say,

Catholic Guilt
, which consists of

straightforward feelings
of personal moral failure.

In comparison, I don`t recall ever meeting any white
person who personally felt guilty for the
troubles of African-Americans. But I`ve known

many whites
who want to

loudly blame
other whites for

black difficulties.

Some whites at least heap guilt upon

their own ancestors
, but

who publicly proclaim the reality of White
Guilt aren`t averse to noting that their own forefathers
arrived at

Ellis Island
long after slavery was over.

In other words, White Guilt is just another ploy in

Great American White Status Struggle
. Minorities
are merely props for asserting moral superiority over other

Finding and punishing Guilty Whites has become a
national obsession. One notorious current example: the

of the

Duke lacrosse players

Durham district attorney Mike Nifong
(with the
enthusiastic assistance of the

New York Times
) in the endless hunt for what

Tom Wolfe

"the Great White Defendant."

So, many whites want to be able to say, "I`m not
one of them, those bad whites, like

that guy
on Seinfeld. Hey, I voted for a
black guy for President!"

Plus, I suspect there`s an even more hidden reason
many whites wish Obama is elected President: They hope
that when a black finally moves into the White House, it
will prove to African-Americans, once and for
all, that white animus isn`t the

cause of their troubles
. All blacks have to do is to
act like President Obama—and their problems will be

It`s a seductive vision. And it plays right into our
national dream that

race is just skin deep
, that it`s all in our heads,
that the solution for all racial conflict is simply

thinking right thoughts
, etc. etc.

Of course, electing Obama President won`t actually
have that effect on black behavior—any more than

Tom Bradley mayor of Los Angeles
for five terms in a
row from 1973-1993 prevented

black rioters
from burning down much of the city`s
commercial districts in 1992.

The unfortunate reality: there is no panacea for
race. The roots of racial differences in America stretch
far back into the history and


other continents
. Symbolic gestures won`t make them
go away.

[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and

movie critic

The American Conservative
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