Petitions to secede from the Union are the latest in a slew of incidents that can be considered racially hostile toward President Barack Obama.
Just like when African-American activist Cornel West called Obama a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface,” the Donald Trump-powered birther issue and the interruption of Obama’s congressional address by Republican congressman Joe Wilson — these petitions shouldn’t be viewed superficially as individual events of disrespect, but collectively as a trend of disrespect and considerable racial antagonism.
Just one day after Obama’s victory — following the mudslinging by both major political parties — a Louisiana man started an online petition for his state to secede from the Union. It wasn’t long before cyber-petitioners in other states followed suit.
On the White House website, “We the People,” petitions to secede from the United States and form independent governments have been signed by hundreds of thousands on behalf of all 50 states.
The site, as promoted by the White House, is “a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country.”