Oct 13, 2011 - Issue 445
In Search of "The Great White Hope" (Again)
The Republican Party, in all its iterations, held its breath this week in anticipation that New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, would enter the race for the 2012 Presidential Election. Christie, after taking conservatives to the brink of hope, has decided not to run. So, the search continues to try to find somebody, anybody, who can successfully disrupt the re-election of President Barack Obama.
want to beat him. They wanna’ beat him bad.
The Tea Party wants him to lose worse than they want to save the American
people in this depressing economy. If Obama is the cure for
It’s become obvious that some of them hate Obama more than they love their country, and they’ve made it clear that they can’t do both. Country singer, Hank “Are You Ready For Some Footbaaalll?” Williams, gave the nation some insight to that mindset on FOX this past weekend when he compared President Obama to Hitler and called the President (and Vice President Biden) “the Enemy.” ESPN pulled Williams’ opening from the Monday Night Football game this week.
We cannot escape
that there is a panicked mentality out in the society that wants “a change”
that has nothing to do with what’s best for the country.
The “Great White Hope” mentality started 100 years ago when Jack Johnson won the heavyweight championship of the world in 1908 at the height of the post-Plessy “Jim Crow” era. Promoter Jack London put out a worldwide call for a “Great White Hope” to get the title belt back from Johnson, who cavorted with white women and was full of braggadocio at a time when his victories literally fueled race riots. This was the case after Johnson beat retired, previously undefeated heavyweight champion, James Jeffries in the “Fight of the Century.”
Two weeks after
Johnson beat Jeffries (and collected $65,000),
President Teddy Roosevelt wrote an editorial supporting a national ban
on boxing. Johnson, who held the title until 1915, was considered the
most notorious black in
lost to a
It’s been 100
years since black
Perry must’ve forgotten new racism rule number one - no hate speech. He forgot Republicans don’t use that word anymore, at least not publicly. They use other codified language. Whoever the next Great White Hope is has to know how to play the game. Obviously, Christie wasn’t ready to, or didn’t want to. They will find somebody, though. And not Herman Cain either. They tried that before with Alan Keyes. That’s how we got Obama in the first place. He beat the blackest white person the Republicans could find. Didn’t work. They need a real white person this time. It would help if they really were “great,” but it’s not a prerequisite. They just have to be white, hopeful and willing to take on Obama, while carrying their same ole’, same ole’ message.
The only reason Obama is so despised is because he is so good at his craft. Too good, and the Republicans know it. So they have to get him before a second term where he will likely become great at his craft. Oh, and it doesn’t help that he is black…something they never let him or us forget. That’s the reality of unforgivable blackness. There has to be a great white hope out there somewhere to deal with this “black holding the white man’s title” thing, and they intend to find him (or her). They’re also hoping Obama gets tired before the end on the fight November of 2012 and will get knocked out.
In the meantime, the search continues…
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum and author of Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom. His Website is AnthonySamad.com. Click here to contact Dr. Samad.