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Rupert Murdoch, Ben Carson and the first (really) black president

Written By | Oct 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 – “Obama doesn’t look eastern (versus western) African,” wrote Debra Dickerson in a January 2007 column appearing in Salon. “He looks like his white mother; not so subliminally, that’s partially why whites can embrace him, but blacks fear that one day he’ll go Tiger Woods on us and get all race transcendent (he might well have never been in the running without a traditionally black spouse and kids).

“Notwithstanding their silence on the subject, blacks at the top are aware (and possibly troubled?) by Obama’s lottery winnings: ‘black’ but not black. Not descended from West African slaves brought to America, he steps into the benefits of black progress (like Harvard Law School) without having borne any of the burden, and he gives the white folks plausible deniability of their unwillingness to embrace blacks in public life. None of this is Obama’s doing, of course, but nonetheless a niggling sort of freebie for which he’ll have to do some groveling.”

Perceptions on race from the Black perspective

As if to make Dickerson’s point concerning white fear of “blacks in public life,” Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic Senate majority leader at the time, described Barack Obama as acceptable to him and Democratic Party elites due to his “light-skinned” complexion and facility for speaking “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

After he secured the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN’s Jason Caroll noted, “There are some who pointed out Obama is just as white as he is black. He may be the nation’s first black president, but he would also be the nation’s 44th white president. This is an issue that has sparked debate not only in our newsroom, but also among my friends and family. Most Americans see Obama as a black man, and he identifies himself as a black man. But there are some who will argue that by labeling Obama as a ‘black [presidential] candidate,’ we are all ignoring a vital legitimate side of his life.”

When Obama defeated his Republican rival John McCain, under the headline “He’s not black,” the Washington Post’s Marie Arana wrote, “He [Obama] is also half white… To me, as to increasing numbers of mixed-race people, Barack Obama is not our first black president. He is our first biracial, bicultural president. He is more than the personification of African American achievement. He is a bridge between races, a living symbol of tolerance, a signal that strict racial categories must go.”

Nearly eight years into the Obama presidency, many Americans forget Obama wasn’t all that accepted by the hard-left’s grievance-consumed, African-American intelligentia. By their twisted, South African-like apartheid measures, the community organizer from Chicago wasn’t quite black enough.

Ben Carson: Bridging the race divide

So, it’s a little funny that the media is outraged by media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s Tweet concerning GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson.

“That is a hell of a thing to say in the middle of this presidential race,” chimed CNN’s Don Lemon, “but what does the media mogul really mean by this? And, is he helping or hurting Ben Carson?

“For seven, for eight years,” answered CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter, “there have been challenges to this president’s legitimacy, to this president’s citizenship, to his race and to his legitimacy in office.”

“But I’ve got to say,” continued Stelter, “this is the kind of Tweet that is in a whole other league. This is the kind of thing that he’s going to have to explain, going to have to respond to… And he owns Fox News, the Fox broadcasting network, FX, Fox Sports – one of the most powerful men in the media world.

“We know that Carson is the only African-American in the presidential race, and we should mention – he [Murdoch] has been boosting, he has been championing [Carson] for months. In fact, four of his last posts on Twitter were all about Carson. We know that Murdoch is a supporter of Carson. We know that Murdoch has conservative tendencies, he’s a Republican king-maker and has been for decades. But to have this sort of tone, speaking about the president, I think has a lot of people in shock.”

Here are a couple of the questions: Are people shocked that Rupert Murdoch, with all his “conservative tendencies,” supports a black candidate for president?

Or is it his borrowing of the left’s idiotic 2007 criteria for assessing an African-American candidate’s blackness that has them befuddled?

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.