Veteran actor and producer Robert Redford says in this interview that opposition to President Obama is due, in part, to racism. Redford’s position is more nuanced than the soundbite suggests, unlike other celebrities who have compared America to apartheid South Africa.
I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there’s probably some racism involved
Pictured here are some prominent people who oppose the president. What do you see? That’s right, none of them is from Hollywood. We see a doctor, a CEO, and an economist. Do Ben Carson, Herman Cain, and Thomas Sowell oppose the president because he’s black? Probably not.
Let’s take a moment to define “opposing the president.” Generally, this means opposing his policies. Dr. Carson, for instance, is a staunch opponent of socialized medicine. Republicans in Congress are expected to oppose the president’s policies with policies of their own. That’s why they’re called “the opposition.” It’s a contest of ideas.
In polls, “opposing the president” might mean giving him low approval ratings. Pollsters struggle to distinguish policy from execution, which are different aspects of the president’s job. The latter, by the way, is why it’s called the Executive Branch. Policy is not the president’s main job.
So, why do Hollywood people persist in believing that opposition stems from racism? Following Saint Francis, we must seek a reason more sympathetic than “they’re stupid.” Imagine that you are a millionaire movie star living in California. Ahhh. Okay, snap out of it.
If you’re a Hollywood person, everyone you know strongly supports the president – on his left. You don’t know a single Republican, and you can’t imagine what motivates them. Hmmm. It must be racism.
Rasmussen did a poll on this very issue. They asked people if they thought that other people were racists. LOL. The sad truth is, there are some people who oppose the president only because of his race, while others blindly support him for the same reason. Both groups are stupid.
See also: Our First Black President