Following on the heels of an infamous microaggression committed recently by Hillary Clinton against blacks, Barack Obama committed what could be described as a microaggression against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, when he spontaneously broke into a song that celebrates the “frontiersman” Davy Crockett. (Trigger warning: Listen above to Obama praise white oppressor Davy Crockett in song.)
Obama’s impromptu aria was seemingly prompted by a question from a man who shares the more-famous Crockett’s name:
“You don’t have a beaver cap,” Obama said to the man [the modern-day Davy Crockett] as he asked about … pushing through his application for social security.
“Y’all remember that TV show? Actually a lot of people are too young here,” he said before singing a few bars of the tune.
Now that I think about it, how is it that Obama himself remembers that show? First broadcast as a miniseries on ABC in 1955, the program was then rebroadcast in color sometime between 1961-1969, when the Disney show moved to NBC.
In 1955, Obama was (allegedly) not yet born. He lived in Indonesia from age 2 (1963) or age 6 (1967), depending upon which story you believe, remaining there until age 10 (1971). Was that Disney program shown in Indonesia during the Sixties? In English?
By the way, Davy Crockett wore a coonskin cap, not a beaver cap. Was that Freudian slip, in itself, another microaggression? But I digress …
You might ask, “How was Obama’s singing of a song about Davy Crockett a microaggression?” I’m glad you asked that question.
Remember the Alamo!
The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing all of the Texian defenders. …
On the afternoon of April 21 the Texian army attacked Santa Anna’s camp near Lynchburg Ferry. The Mexican army was taken by surprise, and the Battle of San Jacinto was essentially over after 18 minutes. During the fighting, many of the Texian soldiers repeatedly cried “Remember the Alamo!” as they slaughtered fleeing Mexican troops. Santa Anna was captured the following day, and reportedly told Houston: “That man may consider himself born to no common destiny who has conquered the Napoleon of the West. And now it remains for him to be generous to the vanquished.” Houston replied, “You should have remembered that at the Alamo”. Santa Anna was forced to order his troops out of Texas, ending Mexican control of the province and giving some legitimacy to the new republic.
Over a decade later, after Texans expressed a desire to join the United States of America, Mexico entered into war with the USA, promptly lost, and in the process ceded/sold 55% of its territory to the United States of America for the price of 15 million dollars plus assumption by the USA of another 3.25 million dollars of Mexico’s debt.
The purchased land is the very area of the Southwest USA that many of Obama’s friends in Mexico and in the Mexican-American “community” believe still “belongs” to Mexico and, by rights, should be subject to “reconquista“, either by force or by gradual invasion and cultural revolution.
How DARE Obama be so tone deaf as to sing a song that praises a white man who, by his very death, inspired a revolution that ended with Mexico losing 55% of its land?
How insensitive can Obama be?!!
But wait! Not only did Davy Crockett fight Mexicans, but he also participated in the massacre of Native Americans, albeit after they massacred whites:
In 1813, following a massacre by Creek warriors of the occupants of Fort Mims in southwest Alabama, Crockett enlisted in the Tennessee militia. He participated in a massacre of Indians at Tallussahatchee in northern Alabama.
Again, how insensitive can Obama be?
Does he not understand that the song Davy Crockett symbolizes, like the Confederate flag or the Minnesota State Flag, the oppression of “persons of color” by evil white men who gloried in white privilege from the outset of this nation?
What did Obama mean by singing that song? Was he subtly demeaning persons of color by reminding Mexicans and Native Americans that beneficiaries of white privilege, such as himself, kicked their butts, so to speak?
Certainly Obama’s singing that song represents
microinsult: communications that convey rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s racial heritage or identity; subtle snubs; unknown to the perpetrator; hidden insulting message to the recipient of color.
What does Davy Crockett represent to Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, or Native Americans? Can Obama be so obtuse?
Oh, the horror. The horror!
And Obama professes to be the president of all, even of (or especially of) persons of color!
What are we to make of these recent slips by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Democrats, both! Where are their advisors? Don’t they know history?
While we’re at it, we may as well ask, “Where’s the mainstream media?”
They made a huge issue of a Republican candidate’s microaggression against Indian-Americans when he used the term macaca. Why the double standard?
Is it because the Democrats believe that “communities of color” have no other choice but to hold their noses and vote (legally or not) for Democrats, even if Democrats not-so-subtly and habitually microaggress as they wallow, insensate, in their white privilege?
(In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is sarcasm.)