When fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in Irving, Texas, for bringing a homemade clock to school, President Obama stood by the young science enthusiast and praised him for his interests. “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great” tweeted out the official POTUS account. It was an gratifying show of support for the profiled teen and a silent critique of the Islamophobia being propagated across the nation by xenophobic Republican politicians.
Bristol Palin, the daughter of failed Vice Presidential candidate and Tea Party matriarch Sarah Palin, took to her blog to express her uncalled for opinion on the invitation. “This is the kind of stuff Obama needs to stay OUT of. This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ crowd and encourages victimhood… But why put more people against them? Why egg it on? Childish games like this from our president have divided our country… even more today than when he was elected.”
The “family values” hypocrite has once again followed in her mother’s footsteps and fed a load of incendiary nonsense to the ravenous infotainment media, following FOX News orthodoxy to the letter. The campaign to somehow paint President Obama as a divisive figure who is actively encouraging violence against law enforcement by the far-right wing is one of the most shameful political attacks that our nation has ever seen. The right’s absolute refusal to even consider a discussion on the role of police violence in our society and the issues of racial profiling that accompany it proves that they have no desire to even pretend to govern; and the sheer disrespect is abhorrently offensive.
The false narratives being propagated by the right are inexcusable and do far more damage to our country than we can measure. President Obama’s gesture was an act of kindness meant to help a confused and hurt kid feel better; to politicize it as race-baiting is a callous and cruel way to approach it. As someone who has been under fire for her own poor decisions- having a child out of wedlock while preaching abstinence- one might think Palin might have a little empathy for someone suddenly thrust into the national spotlight.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.