Tag: Racism

Political Ponderings #1

A friend of mine sent me a message a few days ago containing some random ideas on cause and effect, trends, and his conclusions. His thoughts got me thinking about several things, and I decided to do a little research and explore a few of his ideas. After doing a little digging, I then decided to share a bit of what I found in a short post. I may explore a few more of his musings as well. This one turned out to be interesting.

Random Idea #1

Sensationalism in the media has finally stirred enough pots so now we have an entire cross-section of society that believes police target minorities.

Do the police actively target minorities? We hear about it from the mainstream media, groups like BLM, and Left-wing politicians all the time. I have heard some statistical claims by some that I know are complete nonsense because I am interested in these things and do quite a bit of research myself.

Unfortunately, most people with an ax to grind, start with their belief, and then search for statistics to back it up. In addition, they will often take statistics out of context and completely ignore any statistics that do not support their belief. This is intellectually dishonest.

An intellectually honest person forms their belief based on the information the statistics provide.

You also have to understand the context in which the statistics exist. Many today, especially in the media and the radical Left, choose to ignore the background of the statistic they happen to be quoting at the time and instead choose to focus on that all-important “bumper-sticker” slogan or attention-grabbing headline rather than FACTS.

And too often, it seems, they continue to quote statistics that have already be debunked by well-respected research groups, think-tanks, and institutions of higher education.

But what is the truth …

The Bureau of Justice Statistics keeps and provides data on public interaction with police. The latest BJS figures are from 2011 and comprise the latest, most extensive, and accurate data set available.

When it comes to street stops and traffic stops by law enforcement, they fall firmly in line with the demographics of the nation. In 2011, 65.2 percent of those stopped in street stops were white, 15.3 percent were Hispanic/Latino, 12.4 percent were black, 3.6 percent were Asian, 3.1 percent were two or more races, and .6 percent were American Indian.

This demographic breakdown of traffic stops by police officers very closely tracks the demographic makeup of the population. It does not show any propensity for the over-policing of minority populations.

What Harvard says …

A study by a Harvard professor released in 2016 found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings even though officers were more likely to interact physically with minorities than whites.

Mr. Fryer, who happens to be black, told The New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was “the most surprising result of my career.”

The 63-page study, “An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force,” appears to support research conducted at Washington State University showing that officers in simulation tests were actually less likely to shoot at blacks than whites.

This does not surprise me since if you are a cop and you are involved in the shooting of a black suspect, you will be publicly charged with felony murder before any investigation is even launched, never mind completed.

The Left, failing in several coup attempts since the 2016 election, has simply now revived the anti-police rhetoric of the Obama years

Biden’s criminal-justice plan promises that after his policing reforms, “black mothers and fathers will no longer have to fear when their children ‘walk’ the streets of America” — the threat allegedly coming from cops, not gangbangers.

President Barack Obama likewise claimed during the memorial for five Dallas police officers killed by a Black Lives Matter–inspired assassin in July 2016 that black parents were right to fear that their child could be killed by a police officer whenever he “walks out the door.

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has said that police shootings of black men won’t be solved “until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism.”

Beto O’Rourke claims that the police shoot blacks “solely based on the color of their skin.”

I have to admit, it’s enough to scare the proverbial crap out of anyone, especially if you are American who happens to be black! But is it accurate?

Another point to consider …

In 2016, the Obama administration recommended that all police departments lower their entry standards to qualify more minorities for recruitment. Many departments had already reduced reliance on written exams and eliminated requirements that recruits have a clean criminal record (Does anyone else see a problem with this one especially). These practices intensified after his administration’s suggestion.

The PNAS warned that these efforts would not reduce racial disparities in shootings.

In fact, a 2015 Justice Department study of the Philadelphia Police Department had already found that black officers were 67 percent more likely than white officers to mistakenly shoot an unarmed black suspect. And, Hispanic officers were 145 percent more likely than white officers to mistakenly shoot an unarmed black suspect.

Whether lowered hiring standards are responsible for those disparities was not addressed.

A study by Michigan State University and the University of Maryland at College Park show that police actually do not target minorities!

A study published in 2019 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings. While the radical Left claim that white officers are engaged in an epidemic of racially biased shootings of black men, it turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer.

The more often officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the higher the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, the study found that if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians.

This study looked at 917 officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015 from more than 650 police departments. Fifty-five percent of the victims were white, 27 percent were black, and 19 percent were Hispanic.

  • Between 90 and 95 percent of the civilians shot by officers in 2015 were attacking police or other citizens.
  • 90 percent were armed with a weapon.
  • So-called threat-misperception shootings, in which an officer shoots an unarmed civilian after mistaking a cellphone, say, for a gun, were rare.
The Black Lives Matter narrative, however, remains impervious to the truth

The truth is, the persistent belief that we are living through an epidemic of racially biased police shootings is a creation of selective reporting on the part of the media.

In 2015, a PNAS study addressed white victims of fatal police shootings that included:

  • A 50-year-old suspect in a domestic assault in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that ran at the officer with a spoon.
  • A 28-year-old driver in Des Moines, Iowa, who exited his car and walked quickly toward an officer after a car chase.
  • A 21-year-old suspect in a grocery-store robbery in Akron, Ohio, who had escaped on a bike and would not remove his hand from his waistband when ordered to do so.

I suspect that had any of these victims been black, the media and activists would probably have jumped on their stories and added their names to the roster of victims of police racism. Instead, because they are white, they are unknown.

The biggest threat facing minorities in crime-ridden cities is not “over-policing” or “brutal policing.” The most significant danger facing minorities in crime-ridden cities is “de-policing” and allowing criminals free reign.

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Betsy Ross, A Founding Mother!

Elizabeth Griscom Ross was born on January 1, 1752, the 8th of 17 children. Ross worked as an early American upholster and seamstress, and claimed to have done tailoring for George Washington. She had seven children, five of which lived to adulthood.

According to the popular story of the origin of the Stars and Stripes, George Washington, commander-in-chief of the fledgling Continental Army approached Betsy Ross with a design for a new American flag. He was accompanied by two members of a congressional committee, Robert Morris and George Ross.

betsy ross

Betsy Ross convinced General Washington to change the shape of the stars in the sketch of a flag he showed her from six-pointed to five-pointed stars by demonstrating that it was easier and faster to cut the latter. While there is no real historical evidence this meeting ever took place, it is known that Betsy Ross was hired to make flags for the Pennsylvania Navy during the Revolutionary War. Below is an order entry dated May 29, 1777 to pay Mrs Ross for her work.

An order on William Webb to Elizabeth Ross for fourteen pounds twelve shillings and two pence for Making Ships Colours [etc.] put into William Richards store……………………………………….£14.12.22.2

Wikipedia

Betsy Ross was a Quaker, an outspoken abolitionist, and a strong supporter of the women’s right to vote movement. She died on January 30, 1836 and has been buried in three different locations:

  • Free Quaker burial ground at South 5th St. near Locust
  • Mt. Moriah Cemetery
  • On Arch Street in the courtyard adjacent to the Betsy Ross House.

Fear the Angry Black Man? WTF!

Wow!   The left-wing progressive democrat’s race baiting soars to new heights!  Touré very obviously blindly supports a socialist who is intent on destroying this country,  has had three and a half years of failed economic policies, increased unemployment, blamed George BushATMs, Kiosks, Congress, Arab Springs, George Bush, Republicans, George Bush, the Tea Party, Arab Falls, Seagulls, Bill Clinton, under-inflated tires, … oh, and did I mention George Bush …  and can’t open his mouth without lying … and who also happens to be black!

So, what does he do?  He calls his Messiah’s  opponent, Mitt Romney, a racist, that’s what he does!

Some of the really great conservative minds have been black: Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, Alan  Keyes, Clarence ThomasAllen West, and  Condaleeza Rice.  You would never know that here in Obama’s “post racial” world.

It does not matter if you simply disagree with Obama’s policies, his political agenda, and his vision for America.  If you disagree with Obama, you are racist and, according to Touré, you are engaging in the “niggerization of Barack Obama” because you fear the angry black man!  Tell me … who is the true racist here?

Joe Biden makes a blatantly racist comment saying, in effect, that Mitt Romney wants to put black people back “in chains.”  Romney states there is no room for that kind of racially charged dialogue in the campaign … and somehow Romney is the racist!  Un-freaking-believable!  And the lunacy of this logic and Touré’s statements go right over the head of far too many cool aid drinking Americans!

Well … keep it up! You see …  Americans are not as dumb as Obama and his Obama-zombies think they are!  They are waking up and seeing through this blatant BS!

Yet another side of Racism …

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English: Barack Obama speaking at a rally at the University of Minnesota Field House in Minneapolis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let me start out by saying I am not a racist.  I try my very best to always judge people individually … based on their actions, their character, their personal integrity, and how they treat me.  I have had black friends, Lebanese friends, Korean friends, Chinese friends, American Indian friends, and other friends of many different races and nationalities I did not even know about.  The popular new idea among many liberals (especially from Minnesota) is that all Whites are racist … they can’t help it.  It is part of their ancestry.  Now … that is a racist idea if I ever heard one!!

I remember when former President, Bill Clinton, was labeled “the first Black President” by the liberal press!  Hmmm!  What was that all about?

So … what about Obama?  Is he the really true first black President?  If so, is being black simply a matter of skin color?

Should I actually be a true racist (according to Ayn Rand‘s definition) and judge Obama … strictly on the basis of his 50% black ancestry?  Well … I guess that would actually make him kind of gray … because he is only half black.

Or, should I actually judge him based on his failed policies, corrupt political dealings, unconstitutional shadow-government-based administration, and wanton wasting of my tax dollars, etc. … and risk being called a racist by liberal race-baiters?

Actually, I think I agree with a post I read on a blog by UT Professor, Harold Black  … who from what I can tell is a very intelligent black conservative … that says that Obama is black simply as a matter of political convenience.

If we are supposed to judge folks by their actions, character, habits, etc. …. this is really not too much of a stretch.  It is only if we judge Obama racially … on his color … that we have a racial problem.

Wasn’t he, after all,  raised by his white grandparents?  Didn’t he go to mostly white private schools? Didn’t he graduate from Columbia and Harvard? When did he actually become black?  Perhaps,as Harold Black says, it was when he decided to run for political office.  While I disagree that Obama is very smart … he is indeed very clever.  Those two qualities are not the same.  Obama probably did figure out that being black was his best chance to be elected to political office.

So for Barack Obama, I think I agree … his new-found blackness is simply a matter of convenience.

Is Obama a friend of black people.  Unemployment among blacks has sky-rocketed under Obama.  And … who are Obama’s people anyway?  Are they Bernanke, Geithner, Romer  Axelrod, Plouffe, Volcker, Emanuel, Gibbs, and Carney?  Not a black person among them I can see.  I do not think Obama is a friend to black people.  In fact, truthfully, many black people have been adversely affected by Obama’s socialist ideology-driven policies.  There are many black people I really respect like Alan West, Condaleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, and Hallerin Hilton Hill who would, I think agree, with that premise.  I do suspect that … if Obama were white … we would be seeing many blacks rioting in the street.

It is kind of funny in away! As Mr. Black noted, you simply do not find many blacks in key positions in Obama’s administration!  President Bush did have Colin Powel and Condaleeza Rice.  I had great respect for Colin Powell as a military man … until he became a politician, fell under Obama’s spell, and switched allegiance.  Condaleeza Rice is one smart lady and a true credit to her race … that is if you measure her based on intelligence, character, work ethic, and personal integrity.  I suppose race baiters would call her a Race Traitor, an Auntie Tom, or maybe an Oreo … who knows?

But wait … you say; “Obama has lots of black supporters!”

Well yes!  I know he does … or at least it seems that way on the surface.  Race-baiters like Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, Van Jones, and Al Sharpton (and their followers) support Obama.  But these guys also know that their wealth and their personal success are closely tied to keeping the un-washed masses brain-washed and drinking the cool aid!  This is accomplished by attacking the so-called one percent (while … trying to keep you from waking up and remembering they are actually members of “one percent” group) and, of course,  the republicans.

Playing this race card is simply a means to shift the focus; an attempt to lay the blame on successful, hard-working  Americans … people who it is easy to be jealous of; rather than on the democrats and Obama … who are busy growing government,  destroying jobs,  and preventing needed reforms that would spur economic growth and a recovery that would benefit all people.

I think in another time and in another place; some blacks (like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) would have been calling Obama … the Oreo.

The Other Side of Racism

Indigenous Races of the Earth (1857), Josiah C...
Indigenous Races of the Earth (1857), Josiah Clark Nott and George Robins Gliddon implied that “Negroes” were a creational rank between “Greeks” and chimpanzees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just wondering about something.  If, no matter how dishonest, misleading, or corrupt a president is, and no matter how badly his ideology-based policies are hurting the country and destroying the economy; you blindly stick by him because of his color … isn’t that also racism?

Racism is simply the most primitive form of collectivism.  Racism is about assigning moral, social or political significance based on a man’s genetic lineage … the idea that a man’s intellectual and character traits are produced and perpetuated by his internal body chemistry.  This means that, in practice, being a racist means that you judge your fellow man, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of his ancestors.

This sounds  exactly like what the University of Minnesota’s new racism campaign and many angry African-Americans do to white people.  Therefore, they may actually be guilty of racism in its most basic and purest form!

Racism ignores the single most important attribute found in Mankind, that one attribute that distinguishes Mankind from all other species indigenous to this planet … Man’s  ability to reason and make his own choices.

According to Ayn Rand:

The respectable family that supports worthless relatives or covers up their crimes in order to “protect the family name” (as if the moral stature of one man could be damaged by the actions of another) — the bum who boasts that his great-grandfather was an empire-builder, or the small-town spinster who boasts that her maternal great-uncle was a state senator and her third-cousin gave a concert at Carnegie Hall (as if the achievements of one man could rub off on the mediocrity of another) — the parents who search genealogical trees in order to evaluate their prospective sons-in-law — the celebrity who starts his autobiography with a detailed account of his family history — all these are samples of racism, the atavvistic manifestations of a doctrine whose full expression is the tribal warfare of prehistorical savages, the wholesale slaughter of Nazi Germany, the atrocities of today’s so-called “newly-emerging nations.”

“A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race — and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.”

Hoffa says “take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

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Jimmy Hoffa, Jr?   What a joke!!  Hoffa said that the Tea Party was engaging on a “war on workers” and that the teamsters would “remember in November” which lawmakers were for or against the president’s agenda. 

Well, there is no doubt that the Tea Party is against the president’s agenda!  But how is that a “war on workers” or; could Hoffa simply be a left-wing political hack (a useful idiot) who is “not letting the facts get in the way of a good story?”

Let’s look at some facts … shall we?

It is time to get over blaming everyone and everything under the sun except “the anointed one.” Obama’s policies, his stimulus, his shovel-ready jobs have all been dismal failures; and have not created jobs or economic recovery.  While he runs up miles on his golf cart and vacations at Martha’s Vineyard, my 401(k) just keeps on shrinking.  Pretty soon it will be invisible!  Yet, Barack and Michele Obama take separate (yes … I said separate) jets to and from Martha’s Vineyard because they cannot even bother to coordinate travel times in this “tough” economy. But … hey … that’s what tax payer’s dollars are for, right?

Most of the not nearly enough jobs created recently have been created thanks to Tea Party states like Texas.  Where was Hoffa when Obama banned oil drilling in the Gulf? Who hauls oil rig construction parts, oil and petroleum products?  American truckers do … that’s who! Where was Hoffa when Obama start regulating coal mines out of existence?  Who hauls coal around in this country?  Truckers do … that’s who! What about this proposed pipe line from Canada to the U.S. that Obama’s administration won’t approve?  Who would haul all the materials, parts, etc. for a project that would create thousands of jobs and stabilize American energy resources?  American truckers … that’s who!  More than three years have passed since the $700 billion dollar stimulus. Unemployment and foreclosures are still at record highs!  67% of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing!  ZERO jobs created in August. 74% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy! 

The fact is that Obama’s administration is explosively disintegrating and the last weapon  the progressive-liberals have in their arsenal for their panicky efforts to stay in power is to blame the Tea Party (since “blame the Jews” has already been taken) for everything.  Therefore, Hoffa says unions have to “take out” the Tea Party “sons of bitches” and Vice-president Biden (who, by the way, along with Obama … took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution) refers to Tea Party members again as terrorists and now also as “barbarians.”  I guess Biden does support violence against those with whom he disagrees.

Obama and his administration just do not understand the economics of this nation.  His “job creation” speech on Thursday will undoubtedly contain new government programs to “stimulate shovel-ready” jobs.  Of course, he will not use those words because they have been tainted by his past failures (or successes … depending on what you believe his motivation is).  His “enlightened” administration will have found new “code words” for the same old big-government crap and they will have poll-tested them to measure them against the typical American voter’s gullibility level!  But, whatever he proposes … it will increase the deficit and cause higher taxes, because they simply do not get it! The American economy is driven by private sector and small business jobs … not by having everyone work for the government! Despite the statements of his “oh so smart” administration and cabinet officials; food stamps and unemployment are simply not job creation programs!

Jon Faraci, CEO of International Paper told CNBC that “to create jobs what we need is demand. This economy is 70 percent consumer driven, so we need consumers spending some of their discretionary income if we’re going to have demand that’s going to lead to more jobs.”

John Schiller, chairman and CEO of Energy XXI, said that “if the government would get out-of-the-way, from a regulation standpoint, and let us [XXI] do what we do good you’ll see us continue to hire and grow this economy.”

Obama’s lack of leadership and ideological driven agenda are killing the nation! This is not a racist comment or racism … it is simply pointing out bad policy.  Obama’s policies would be bad if he was white, red, yellow, green, or purple with pink polka dots!  The truth is that the people who want to scream RACISM anytime anyone disagrees with Obama in any way … are actually the racists.  They simply cannot get past blaming everything on racism. They cannot see that Obama is simply the worst president ever elected. And the Tea Party is certainly not to blame for that!!

The Tea Party is fighting to balance our budget, restore some common sense to government spending habits, and create economic growth through producing private sector jobs.  What happens to the government-funded infrastructure improvement jobs when the job is done or the program fund runs dry? The job goes away!!  Government jobs simply do not create sustainable growth and they REQUIRE higher taxes to pay for all the new government employees and/or programs!  Private sector jobs based on demand continue to produce and grow … and produce still more jobs!  That is how freedom and capitalism work hand-in-hand!  It does require some personal initiative, imagination, and acceptance of personal responsibility … some things progressive-liberals seem to be pretty short of.

Let me tell you something!  Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. takes hard-earned money from hard-working union members and then uses it to schmooze with Obama and his elitist cronies, supporting the very same left-wing politicians and their socialist economic policies that are killing this country and its economy!  He screams their socialist slogans like a paid lapdog … because he wants the power he hope it will give him.  When the economy is thriving, truckers are working, and things are going well … Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. loses power!

So … I agree … we do need to take the “son-of-a-bitches” out!  We just need to be sure who the son-of-a-bitches really are!!  When are union members going to wake up and realize the Tea Party is not your enemy!  Gangsters and communists in your organizations are the real enemy.  They are not out for you … the little guy!  They are simply out for amassing power and getting rich.  How much does Jimmy Hoffa make?  What does he do that really protects your interests?  Have you been to Detroit lately?  Detroit was once the automobile manufacturing center of the world.  It is now a wasteland!  Do you think the Tea Party caused that to?  Who do you think “collectively bargained” those jobs right out of existence?

Obama’s “Mein Kampf”

I stumbled on this interesting article by Ann Coulter and liked it so much I decided to post it here in its entirety. There is so much nonsense about how wonderful Barack Obama is! How he will unite the races! How he will save the poor white folk who are simply scared of black men!

What a load of crap!

Sorry … Folks! There is absolutely no possible way that Barack Hussein Obama was an active member of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ congregation for over twenty years, claimed to be his friend, and even claimed he was mentored by the good Rev. Wright; without knowing about and hearing the good Reverend’s venom filled, racist, anti-American views about whites and this country!  Jeremiah Wright even performed the wedding ceremony for Barack and Michelle Obama and baptized their children!

How stupid does he think Americans are?   He stayed there … and listen  … and “Amen’d”  …. for twenty-plus years … be real folks!  Now I ask you … would you stay for twenty-plus years in a church you disagreed with what the pastor was preaching?  Can you answer that honestly?  Are are you simply enslaved by Barack Obama’s RockStar charismatic personality?

If you actually swallowed that story you, my friend, are an idiot!! And … sadly, as stupid as Obama thinks you are ….

I am not a racist … unless calling a black racist a racist qualifies me as one. But … I am also not a white apologist. My family never owned slaves, my ancestors fought to free slaves, and I grew up with friends of many races and religions.

I treat all people equally based on who they are as person … and I certainly do make judgments about who I will like and dislike, accept or reject as a friend, or … even who I would defend and who I consider an enemy! But that judgment is not based on race, religion, or creed. It is based on that individual person’s moral character, integrity, and how they view and treat other people.

Morality, judgment, character, good, and evil … while they might have some gray fringes … they are certainly not relative and they are not outdated concepts.

Obama’s Dimestore ‘Mein Kampf’

If characters from “The Hills” were to emote about race, I imagine it would sound like B. Hussein Obama’s autobiography, “Dreams From My Father.”

Has anybody read this book? Inasmuch as the book reveals Obama to be a flabbergasting lunatic, I gather the answer is no. Obama is about to be our next president: You might want to take a peek. If only people had read “Mein Kampf” …

Nearly every page — save the ones dedicated to cataloguing the mundane details of his life — is bristling with anger at some imputed racist incident. The last time I heard this much race-baiting invective I was … in my usual front-row pew, as I am every Sunday morning, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Obama tells a story about taking two white friends from the high school basketball team to a “black party.” Despite their deep-seated, unconscious hatred of blacks, the friends readily accepted. At the party, they managed not to scream the N-word, but instead “made some small talk, took a couple of the girls out on the dance floor.”

But with his racial hair-trigger, Obama sensed the whites were not comfortable because “they kept smiling a lot.” And then, in an incident reminiscent of the darkest days of the Jim Crow South … they asked to leave after spending only about an hour at the party! It was practically an etiquette lynching!

So either they hated black people with the hot, hot hate of a thousand suns, or they were athletes who had come to a party late, after a Saturday night basketball game.

In the car on the way home, one of the friends empathizes with Obama, saying: “You know, man, that really taught me something. I mean, I can see how it must be tough for you and Ray sometimes, at school parties … being the only black guys and all.”

And thus Obama felt the cruel lash of racism! He actually writes that his response to his friend’s perfectly lovely remark was: “A part of me wanted to punch him right there.”

Listen, I don’t want anybody telling Obama about Bill Clinton’s “I feel your pain” line.

Wanting to punch his white friend in the stomach was the introductory anecdote to a full-page psychotic rant about living by “the white man’s rules.” (One rule he missed was: “Never punch out your empathetic white friend after dragging him to a crappy all-black party.”)

Obama’s gaseous disquisition on the “white man’s rules” leads to this charming crescendo: “Should you refuse this defeat and lash out at your captors, they would have a name for that, too, a name that could cage you just as good. Paranoid. Militant. Violent. Nigger.”

For those of you in the “When is Obama gonna play the ‘N-word’ card?” pool, the winner is … Page 85! Congratulations!

When his mother expresses concern about Obama’s high school friend being busted for drugs, Obama says he patted his mother’s hand and told her not to worry.

This, too, prompted Obama to share with his readers a life lesson on how to handle white people: “It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned: People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved — such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn’t seem angry all the time.”

First of all, I note that this technique seems to be the basis of Obama’s entire presidential campaign. But moreover — he was talking about his own mother! As Obama says: “Any distinction between good and bad whites held negligible meaning.” Say, do you think a white person who said that about blacks would be a leading presidential candidate?

The man is stark bonkersville.

He says the reason black people keep to themselves is that it’s “easier than spending all your time mad or trying to guess whatever it was that white folks were thinking about you.”

Here’s a little inside scoop about white people: We’re not thinking about you. Especially WASPs. We think everybody is inferior, and we are perfectly charming about it.

In college, Obama explains to a girl why he was reading Joseph Conrad’s 1902 classic, “Heart of Darkness”: “I read the book to help me understand just what it is that makes white people so afraid. Their demons. The way ideas get twisted around. I helps me understand how people learn to hate.”

By contrast, Malcolm X’s autobiography “spoke” to Obama. One line in particular “stayed with me,” he says. “He spoke of a wish he’d once had, the wish that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged.”

Forget Rev. Jeremiah Wright — Wright is Booker T. Washington compared to this guy.

I hear ya … Ann!