Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner accused President Obama of deliberately dividing America along racial lines, charging him and his administration with pervasive "anti-white racism."
In his July 26 column, Kuhner wrote that "the racial divide has increased over the past several years" because Obama "has deliberately fanned the flames of racial bitterness and hatred." Kuhner claimed that "[a]nti-white racism pervades" the Obama administration, and called the president's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin, in which he discussed race, "morally revolting." Kuhner also falsely claimed that the Justice Department sent employees to Sanford, the Florida town where Martin was killed, to "foment racial unrest" -- in fact, the Justice Department employees were sent to cool down tensions.
From Kuhner's column:
Race relations have deteriorated dramatically under President Obama. Both whites and blacks agree: the racial divide has increased over the past several years. The reason is simple. Mr. Obama has deliberately fanned the flames of racial bitterness and hatred.
Anti-white racism pervades his administration. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panthers for intimidating white voters at a polling booth in Philadelphia. Mr. Holder has ordered the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division not to investigate crimes perpetrated by blacks against white victims. If this is not a racial double standard, then I don't know what is.
Yet, the most pernicious race baiting took place in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal. During the anti-Zimmerman protests in 2012, the Justice Department sent liaison officers to Sanford, Fla. Their mission: to aid black activists, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, to foment racial unrest on behalf of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin. Mr. Zimmerman was rightly found not guilty of killing Trayvon. Instead of respecting the jury's verdict, Mr. Obama personally interjected himself into the case.
Mr. Obama claimed that he "could have been" Trayvon 35 years ago. Moreover, at a hastily convened news conference, the president wallowed in self-pity, decrying that he had been "profiled" as a young black man in department stores and elevators. In short, Mr. Obama portrayed himself as a long-standing victim of white bigotry.
The spectacle was not only politically perverse, but morally revolting.
Kuhner has long used his Washington Times column to launch race-baiting attacks on the president and his administration, including claiming that Obama "has unleashed class hatred and racial hostility" and accusing him of harboring "black nationalist sympathies."