From Mad World News
Liberals are currently losing their minds because someone had the audacity to say that Barack Obama was “raised white.” Now, they want to know what the hell that’s supposed to mean, but apparently they forgot one thing, and it has nothing to do with how Obama was raised, but rather, something they say all the time.
All the fury began when Ben Carson, the black 2016 Republican presidential candidate who was raised in the ghettos of Detroit, made a comparative statement about his upbringing to that of Barack Obama’s, stating Obama was “raised white.”
In full context, Carson said, “Like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night-and-day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination,” Carson said. “Not even close.”
He continued, “He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch,” the retired neurosurgeon told Politico’s Glenn Thrush on his Off Message podcast Tuesday, CNN reports.
Ben Carson’s comments were factual, seeing how Obama was allegedly born in Honolulu to a white American mother and a Kenyan father, then moved to Indonesia with his mother and stepfather, before being sent back to Hawaii to be raised by his white grandparents. On the other hand, Carson was born in Detroit to two black American parents, who later divorced. Carson and his brother were then raised by a single black mother, who worked numerous jobs to support her sons, living in the inner-city.
Barack with his white grandparents, the Dunhams
However, liberals are still screaming foul. Their complaints hinge on that one phrase – raised white – in particular. Unfortunately, it’s not simple facts about Obama’s upbringing they seem to be neglecting to consider; there’s something else they are missing. As they demand an explanation for what “raised white” means, maybe they want to consider some of the nonsense spewed from their own mouths.
I don’t know about you, but to me, “raised white” puts me in mind of another two-word phrase I often hear from the liberal left. Does “white privilege” sound familiar? Twitter users were quick to suggest that “raised white” should have been “raised well,” but doesn’t this go against their own “privilege” argument? Furthermore, isn’t it a slap in the face to Ben Carson, a black man raised in an underprivileged environment that plagues the black community because of their lack of “privilege”? Seems to me that once again, liberals are speaking out of both sides of their mouth.
Ironically, Carson had this to say, “I think the way that I’m treated, you know, by the left is racism,” before adding, “Because they assume because you’re black, you have to think a certain way. And if you don’t think that way, you’re ‘Uncle Tom,’ you’re worthy of every horrible epithet they can come up with; whereas, if I weren’t black, then I would just be a Republican.” By the looks of the headlines following his “raised white” comment, he’s being proven right.
While liberals find it inconceivable for Ben Carson to allege that being raised by white people provided Obama a different experience than his, they are adamant that white privilege exists. Just to review, here’s how white privilege is defined:
White privilege is a set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others. White privilege can exist without white people’s conscious knowledge of its presence and it helps to maintain the racial hierarchy in this country.
Again, Obama was raised by his white grandparents for a significant portion of his upbringing. Those white grandparents would have had white privilege, according to liberal logic. Therefore, Obama, living in their home, would have reaped the benefit of some of that alleged privilege, should it actually exist like they demand it does.
With that, there’s only one question left to ask of the tantrum-throwing progressives: Does white come with advantages or not? If you are so hellbent on insisting that it does, then it is feasible to think Obama enjoyed some of those benefits when raised by his white grandparents. If being raised white is a slanderous, hateful rhetoric, then drop the privilege argument. You don’t get it both ways.