*An enlightening article on InsideHigherEd.com says that when Sarah Palin told Tea Party activists last week that President Obama was “a professor of law standing at the lectern,” she wasn’t just tapping into populist anti-intellectualism-she was also making a not-so-subtle attack on the president’s race.
It goes even further according to Harvard professor and longtime Obama friend Charles Ogletree. He says calling Obama “the professor” is code for ‘uppity.'”
“I think anyone who examines it closely and carefully will see this type of criticism of Obama will ultimately be counterproductive,” Ogletree says in the article. “Do you want to tell your children we don’t want smart people in government?”
The article also says …
Ogletree, founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, says he sees the “professor” label as a thinly veiled attack on Obama’s race. Calling Obama “the professor” walks dangerously close to labeling him “uppity,” a term with racial overtones that has surfaced in the political arena before, Ogletree said. Describing his divisive confirmation hearings as a “circus,” Justice Clarence Thomas called the proceedings “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas.…” It is perhaps ironic, then, that Ogletree, who represented Anita Hill when she made harassment allegations against Thomas in 1991, now sees a bit of the “uppity” label being placed on Obama.
“The idea is that he’s not one of us,” Ogletree says of the professor label. “He has these ideas that are left wing, that are socialist, that he’s palling around with terrorists — those were buzzwords, but the reality was they were looking at this president as an African American who was out of place.”
History professor Thomas Haskell agrees with Ogletree that Americans inclined to feel “frightened” of intellectuals may feel especially uncomfortable “because this particular intellectual is black.”
Read the full article HERE.