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article imageOp-Ed: Notre Dame's president models racial fairness

By Hargrove Jones     May 15, 2009 in Politics
There was protest when Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House, and there is protest, 108 years later, when Notre Dame's president invited President Barack Obama, to deliver Notre Dame's commencement address.
Yesterday, I observed Jenn Metz, Editor-In-Chief of Notre Dame’s Observer, on CNN, describing the paper’s opposition to President Barack Obama receiving the same honor that Notre Dame routinely confers on American presidents. During the interview, I noted her studied resolve to deny him his title, every time she mentioned his name. I was convinced by Jenn's performance that she opposes President Barack Obama receiving anything, that accompanies the presidency. And I concluded that her opposition is the fruit of racism; since racism is always expressed by behavior that is designed to exclude people of African descent from anything, that contradicts the idea, that they are inferior.
From the 37th president through the 43rd, all but the two Bushes, have advanced abortion rights in some respect, but only the first president of African descent, has inspired Catholic protest. And by their protest, the Obama Catholic protestors are taking the opposite position from that espoused by the Catholic Church, when it was their goal to justify the election of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president. Then, it was the Church’s position that the Catholic religion does not impose their beliefs on the government, and therefore, a Catholic can function, as president, independent of the Catholic religion. I guess that's all over, now that the first person of African descent is president.
Obama-Catholic protestors rolled over when the sin, that needed opposing, was in their own house. Where were these protestors when the Catholic Church was shielding and recycling pedophile priests? When pedophile priest were using the cloak of God's authority, to appropriate the minds and bodies of little boys, for their prurient and sadistic appetites; distorting their minds by behavior that infers that God Himself, is a rapist. Where were those protestors then?
If Obama-Catholic protestors, could not find their voice when their home turf was in disarray, they cannot expect to be believed when they claim that they're vigorously striving to manage and control President Barack Obama, because one of his policies is contrary to Catholic beliefs. Especially when there have been other presidents with policies, including abortion rights, death penalty, and immoral and illegal wars, racial displacement, racial segregation, all contrary to Catholic beliefs, but the only presidents who has inspired Catholic protest, is the first president of African descent.
Instead of protesting, Obama-Catholic protestors should prayerfully ask God for guidance on how to change their ways.
The most effective tool, in overcoming racism, is to attempt to make one's treatment of all races the same. The best guide to this outcome is to consider if you have done or said to a white person, what you are doing or saying to a black person. If not, don't say it, or do it. That is exactly what Notre Dame's President, Father John Jenkins is modeling by his behavior toward President Barack Obama. Notre Dame presidents have routinely invited white American presidents, who do not share Catholic beliefs, to speak at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony, and Father Jenkins is behaving the same way toward the first American president of African descent.
In 1901 Teddy Roosevelt withstood withering criticism for inviting Booker T. Washington, a Diasporan (a descendant of a survivor of the African diaspora), to dine at the White House. Now Father Jenkins has his cross to bear, as the first Notre Dame president to invite an American president, of African descent, to be the speaker at the Notre Dame Commencement Ceremony. Let us pray that the Obama-Notre Dame protestors will eventually embrace the truth of the Christian Principal, that we should love our neighbors as ourselves.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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