Trending Topics

How Obama Divided America

8a364bae-dfe8-47d6-ac00-7b478fc6122aI’ve heard Republicans and Democrats, Black people, white people and everyone in between talk about how Obama has divided the country, and to a certain extent I agree. Racial tensions, xenophobia and the hostility between liberals and conservatives have become much more pronounced during the course of his presidency. And here’s how he caused the turmoil (brace yourself): He had the audacity to become president of the United States of America while being a Black man! (Gasp)

That’s it. He hasn’t led a rally or incited a riot. He hasn’t called anyone to arms or given an opinion on any group or individual that would inspire hatred. He’s just a descendant of Africans who have never known slavery, holding a position that should constitutionally bind every American to show him respect. Certain Americans have found their way around that because how dare he?!

So let us be clear, it is not the actions of Obama that have been divisive for this country. Outside of the long-running conservative versus liberal ideological divide, it is Obama’s Blackness that has become the catalyst for divisiveness among conservative bigots from the Midwest to urban centers. And since Black people don’t take subjugation lying down any more, the racist reaction of the bigots to Obama, begets the retaliatory reaction of the Black population to racist, white, conservatives. In short: The cycle continues.

Alas, Obama’s Blackness is so divisive that before he began one day of work in his capacity as president, the opposition stated out loud that they would do everything possible to ensure his failure. To some extent they’ve succeeded — the narrative of Obama as a failure has stuck well. But in reality he’s pulled us out of recession, shored up failing banks, helped homeowners not to become homeless, given everyone a chance to benefit from healthcare, made our kids healthier (by Michelle’s efforts), and even instrumentally helped bring down gas prices. They blamed him when the gas prices were high, and they’ve found a way to blame him when they’re low, too. He’s made our country safer. Bin Laden is gone, and the Taliban and Al Qaeda may scare us with gruesome YouTube videos, but they are far weaker than they have ever been.

Those who fell in love with Obama at the outset did so because of the character of the man. Steadfast and unwaveringly balanced, he is the model by which all presidents should be measured. He has never appeared rash or brash, and he gathers all pertinent information before making remarks or taking action. He at least got started on most of what he wanted to get done, and has achieved more than anyone thought he could, with or without the support of a do-nothing Congress. That is what makes him so divisive. That a Black man would dare to take the highest office in the world and do what many bloviating white men who believe their whiteness entitles them to more than the rest of us, very likely could not do.

So in truth, it is the white conservatives who have divided this country with their infantile petulance. For them, the weak, soft-spoken, should-have-been-a-slave Black man can’t do anything right — even when he’s doing everything right. And in this election year they are doubling down on that part of the narrative in a very dangerous way. In an era of international diplomacy that Obama has ushered into reality, white MEN in a testosterone-induced frenzy, seek to beat their chests like Tarzan, put American and other lives at risk, and flex military might that we can muster but really don’t need, just to prove that they can. My mother taught me as a child that it isn’t nice to call anyone stupid, but in this case there’s really nothing else to call these people but stupid.

It would be truly unfortunate for one of these stupid white men to be given the chance to undo all that Obama has done, not just for America, but for the world. Hopefully the country goes for one of the smarter ones, or the lady in the bunch.

Calibe Thompson is an outspoken Jamaican-American television producer and personality, public speaker and author. Follow her at

What people are saying

7 thoughts on “How Obama Divided America

  1. …the lady in the bunch is worse than all of the men combined IMO

  2. Really??? Praying that you not only come to your senses but that you do it soon!!!!

  3. Penelope Brown I'm interested to know why you think Hillary would be for …anybody. What I'm hearing from her mouth and her past/present actions have so far not endeared me to her, maybe you know something I'm not aware of and I would like to know what that is because I am trying to remain in a teachable state; thanks for any insights you care to provide.

  4. Gregory Reynolds The email thing didn't even cause me to blink an eye. The remarks about black people; of course, that one struck a nerve, but ok. Not even what Bill supposedly did with the incarceration rate. No my WHOLE thing with Hillary is that she (and apparantly President Obama) is deep in the pockets of Monsanto. Anybody who is concerned about eating at any point in their lives would do well to steer far away from that because, as many of you will see, it is not a white or black issue and when she "touches" us, you best believe that everyone else will be too –except those in that 1%
    …anyway, thank you for your concise points. Peace.

  5. Deitra Brunner What were her past and present actions? I mean her present actions as Secretary of State include the sanctions that brought Iran to the table on their nuclear program. The cease fire in Israel with Palestine and most of the foreign policy wins the President has had including Osama Bin Laden. So are we talking about the Republican led smear campaign about Benghazi and her emails that they continue to find out weren't compromised nor were they an issue when she was Secretary of State just like Colin Powells and Condoleeza Wrights weren't. Or maybe your alluding to what you thought was implied when she spoke of gangs and the fact that younger kids were getting involved and some could become SuperPredators if nothing was done to get them at an early age. I mean I just like you know that only blacks are criminals and only black kids are in gangs, right (being facicious) right now. Or maybe it was that crime bill that alot of Criminals or those committing crimes got incarcerated under. The funny thing about it supposedly incarcerating alot of blacks is that in 1991 Bernie Sanders spoke of how a blacks were being incarcerated at a larger rate then anyone else. Funny thing about that is in 1991-1993 George H W Bush was President not Bill Clinton. But you go right ahead and not check those facts out and run with your narrative of the evil Hillary and Bill Clinton. I'm still waiting on the video's to show up with Bill and Hillary making black criminals commit crimes even though they knew if they were already repeat offenders it was going to be harsher. How many of your brothers got locked up for being criminals?

  6. I'm just trying to remember a time in my life or in history that I read about a time when white & black America werern't divided.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top