October 6, 2008

Obama Presidency will limit Yeagley’s influence

from the Bad Eagle blog

When the celebrated patriot and reformer Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, a change in the racial perception of children will occur, according to new research. Apparently, children easily recognize the white male bias of the US Presidency and that perception will be directly challenged when Obama takes the Oval Office.

I am sure that David Yeagley will lament ad nauseam about how the country is becoming immoral and degenerate, or some other pile of negative attributes that have no basis in reality, like the so-called offense of blasphemy. Obviously, to any rationale thinker, “blasphemy” is truly a victimless crime (would-be “crime”). But setting aside Yeagley’s usual biblical hyperbole, his white supremacist rants can be easily seen.

YEAGLEY — “this matter pushes the envelope, really, about the whole idea of whether the Negro race is something other races enjoy looking at... In fact, it's so sensitive that the laws of America tend to require a non-Negro person to dutifully respect and value the Negro... The law thus makes a world of hypocrites, in a way, in the name of equality” (2005).
First, there are no laws that dictate one must “dutifully respect” nor “value” the “Negro” as Yeagley distorts. There are, of course, many civil rights laws designed to guarantee equal rights for all people regardless of color.

But see how Yeagley has twisted this measure of good-natured, altruistic citizenship of equal rights for all into a rather whiny lament about his having to obey civil rights law.

Really, folks are nice to others because of an evolutionary characteristic of altruism born into us through natural selection. In other words, most people don't like to "hate" anyone in America, though the ones that do shout more obnoxiously.

Secondly, Yeagley frets about his own hypocrisy regarding civil rights, and thereafter “projects” onto other citizens his own apprehension as if all citizens would somehow agree with Yeagley’s supremacist views.

Of course, mostly-white Yeagley (German by lineage) is part of the smaller and crassly vocal minority that still thirsts for the old plantation America.

Well, a new study brings happy news for the rest of us!

According to the research, the denigration of nonwhites will take a hit when Obama becomes America’s highest leader, and consequently we can expect Yeagley’s voice of white supremacy to become smaller too. Read the article:
Children aware of voter prejudice in US

AFP — “Children are aware white males have monopolized the US presidency, and most attribute the trend to racial prejudice, according to a study published Sunday.

Calling into question the idea children live in a color- and gender-blind world, researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, reveal ‘most elementary-school-aged children are aware there has been no female, African-American, or Hispanic President.’

In addition, ‘many of the children attribute the lack of representation to discrimination,’ said Rebecca Bigler, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, and lead author of the study, published in the journal Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.

The research team interviewed 205 children aged five to ten in 2006, a year before Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama began their historic bids for the White House. Clinton lost to Obama in the primary fight for the Democratic nomination.

The study asked the children, from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about the US presidency, and specifically about similarities between presidents and the absence of female, African-American and Hispanic presidents.

A third of the children said the white male monopoly was due to ‘racial and gender bias,’ and another third believed members of the excluded groups ‘lacked the skills to hold the position,’ according to the study.

One in four participants told researchers they thought it was ‘illegal for women and minorities to hold the office of president.’

The study found children were generally optimistic about the possibility that they could be president.

Girls who attributed the lack of female presidents to discrimination, however, were more likely to believe they could not become president.

‘The US presidency is a high profile case of racial and gender exclusion,’ Bigler said in a statement.

‘And because this topic is not typically explained to children, they appear to create their own explanations for the exclusion,’ she said.

The 2008 presidential election between Republican candidate John Mcain and Obama, who is black, has the potential to significantly alter children's view, said Bigler.

‘If Obama loses his bid for the presidency, there may be little change in children's attitudes, but it could fuel their perception that American voters are racially prejudiced,’ she said.

‘In contrast, if Obama wins children may believe that exclusionary laws and racial prejudice no longer shape the outcomes of the presidential elections.’ (October 5, 2008)