By Michael Hoult
Conservatives seem to be under the impression that America was a racial paradise until President Barack Obama was elected. Right-wing host Michael Savage blamed Obama for inflaming racial tensions.
“The race issue was largely resolved before Obama, and then he came along and we’ve had nothing but division,” said Savage on his radio show. “The blacks didn’t start shooting cops until Obama was elected.”
Savage’s comments were echoed by Jeanine Pirro, a FOX News commentator.
“Americans got over the racial divide when we elected a black president – not only once but twice,” said Pirro in an editorial on FOX News. “Americans overwhelmingly voted for the man, blind to his color. His color made no difference to American voters. Long past the issue of race, voters long past the civil war, long past the civil rights era, focused more on the content of the character than the color of the skin.”
However, Pirro claimed Obama had stirred up tensions between the black community and the police.
“Every chance he gets, he stokes the flames. Example: Trayvon Martin, followed by a not guilty verdict. And Ferguson’s Michael Brown, a thug who tried to grab a cop’s gun and got himself shot. There wasn’t an indictment and not even federal charges against the police officer,” Pirro wrote.
Black conservative Jesse Lee Peterson said Obama was leading the country into a race war, according to Right Wing Watch.
“We are definitely headed for a race war for sure, and as a matter of fact, the race war against white Americans has been going on for a number of years now, and it’s just that white Americans have not fought back, so a lot of people don’t pay attention to what’s happening,” said Peterson during an appearance on the Rocky D show.