“You notice he said anger twice,” Touré said. “He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the otherization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is niggerization. You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
I know Toure apologized for this quote today, but I think he’s got a point. If ever there wasn’t an angry President in my lifetime it would be Obama and for a campaign to go out of its way to say a really un-angry black man is angry is part of an agenda.
He could use some anger, I think folks would feel more connected to him if he was.
In general, I’m completely opposed to the war on anger. Blind rage is bad for you, anger is a normal human emotion that doesn’t look good on television but that doesn’t mean it should be made illegal.