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Gun Control: Why the Released Obama Skeet Shooting Pic Pisses Me Off

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As if white folks in America– many of whom who identify politically as conservative — weren’t already made uncomfortable by the audacity of a movie being made about a slave with a gun. In steps the White House to add to their fears, by releasing a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting. I’m bothered by the White House releasing this photo, primarily because the image of a black man with a gun appeals to the racist tendencies of “certain people” in America. You know, the very same cowards who have been purchasing guns out of fear of a pending race war, brought on by the election of a black man as president? Yeah, the same folks who ran out and bought guns before he even took the oath of office in 2009.

Forget the recent uptick in sales since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School being attributed to the fear of certain firearms being banned. To me, this photo, while attempting to convey the “see, I’m one of you,” message. The photo inadvertently helps to promote and reinforce the racial stereotype that says all black men are armed with guns. You know, the same stereotype that is conveniently used as an excuse when unarmed black men are shot and killed across the United States whether Skittles, ice tea, or loud music is involved or not. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard of a few of those cases; and yes, this didn’t just start with Trayvon Martin; and, it damn sure hasn’t stopped since then. But aside from that, I’m sick of Obama continuously being forced to prove himself as president of the United States of America.

This from The Fix:

The White House’s decision to release a photo of President Obama shooting skeet at Camp David in order to quiet chatter that he had exaggerated about his firearm usage in aninterview with the New Republic is a prime example of the perils of being the first president of the social media age.

While Obama and his inner circle pride themselves on their lack of drama and their tendency not to overreact to the political winds that buffet Washington (but are little felt outside of the nation’s capital), they have repeatedly shown a keen awareness of and concern for issues that would have likely been considered beneath most past Administrations.

The prime example of that hyper-awareness is Obama’s decision to directly address lingering questions about whether or not he was born in the United States by appearing in the press briefing room with a copy of his birth certificate. (The White House also released a photo of his long form birth certificate.)

“We are not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by side shows and carnival barkers,” Obama said at the time.

obama-skeet-shooting-picWhat this White House knows is that there are no small stories any more. Thanks to the growth of social media and the fracturing of the traditional media, stories can survive and thrive in ways they never could even a decade ago. As we have written before, it’s impossible to distinguish between a molehill and a mountain in politics anymore because today what looks like a minor distraction could tomorrow become a major problem.

Which brings us back to the thinking of the White House in releasing a photo of Obama using a gun. In the wake of Obama’s interview with TNR, White House press secretary Jay Carney had been asked — and refused to answer — questions about the details of Obama’s skeet shooting.

Why should he have ton prove to anyone as represented in a recent interview that he too uses guns for sport? Why should that matter when it comes to advancing the need for new sensible gun control laws in this country? Hell, last time I checked, the last guy who lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Av. never produced any evidence of weapons of mass destruction, but we still went to war. But hey, I suppose that’s the price you have to pay for being black in America. For a black person, having the unfortunate disadvantage of having to work twice as hard, and occasionally producing a birth certificate to prove that you’re qualified isn’t anything new. However, as it relates to Obama it’s old; and, frankly I’m sick of it all.

 
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Published on: February 4, 2013

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  • http://www.theurbanpolitico.com/ The Janitor

    But aside from that, I’m sick of Obama continuously being forced to prove himself as president of the United States of America.

    Amen!

    That was the first thing I said BEFORE they decided to release the pic when Fox News was leading the charge that the President could not possibly have fired a gun because THEY (Fox news/racist bigots) have never seen a picture of it. So naturally, if THEY haven’t seen any proof of something, then that thing cannot exist.

    The nerve of these bastards.