Amy Alexander, writing for The Defenders Online, asks “Has Fear of A Black President Driven Some White People Crazy?”
This provocative article cites Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. of Harvard Medical School, who said in a recent interview with TheDefendersOnline that extreme racism can constitute a form of mental illness.
It is not rational, but [some whites] see America as ‘their country,’ which translates in their minds that this President is not legitimate,” Poussaint explained. “If they are unemployed, if they are struggling to keep their families together, they will blame Obama instead of Bush, even though it is obvious that the Bush Administration was actually in charge when the economy went bad.
“But these folks shouting at the President won’t blame Bush, in large part because Bush is a white man. Obama is black, blacks are inferior and can’t do anything right, so in their thinking, he is to blame for it,” Poussaint said.
Misplaced anxiety and anger over lost jobs, or diminished finances or perceived threats to one’s safety by a political changing of the guard, appear to be exacerbating in those who previously managed to keep racist opinions or beliefs in check, Poussaint said.”
I just got back from Washington, D.C., where you’d think that issue wouldn’t be a problem. But you would be wrong. There are many in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs who have not accepted a black President. And Michelle as First Lady? Denial is the order of the day. Below is a picture of the First Lady doll I spotted on sale in some of the souvenir shops. Finally in a store in Union [train] Station, I could resist no longer and had to take a photo. (I tried to get a better picture so you could see plainly that the sash says “First Lady” but the store proprietor started shouted imprecations, and I was afraid he would take my camera!)