THERE are more than 44 million strong Afro-Americans in the United States. There are more than 44 million strong Hispanic in the Untied States. There are about 20 million strong Asians in the United States. In other words, every third American belongs to a community of color.
In the presence of 100 million Americans who happen to be the members of one community of color or another, why did president elect Obama select a white Jew to run the White House? Why could not he find an Afro-American, a Hispanic or an Asian for this important post?
The same question was asked when he selected a white American as vice president. It was the best time and perhaps the only time to select an Afro-American, a Hispanic or an Asian as a vice-president. Selection of a Hispanic as a voice president specifically had cemented the political alliance between the Afro-American community and Hispanic community for generations.
No body would have blamed him for racism if he had selected a vice president or chief of staff from the community of color. Every White president of the United States has selected a white vice president and a white chief of staff.
There are reasons why president elect Obama select a white Jew to run the White House. He knows that it is Senator Clinton who is the favorite daughter of the Jews and they want her to be in the White House.
President elect Obama is right in his assessment about Senator Clinton. This is a fact that almost entire Jewish leadership loves Clintons for her pro-Israel stance. One segment that had some reservations about Mrs. Clinton also started loving her because she proved that she is committed to the cause of Israel.
"The Jewish Press endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for United States senator from New York. In her six years as senator, the former first lady has distinguished herself as a knowledgeable and effective advocate for New YorkState in Washington. She has mastered the intricacies of the Senate and has excelled, even in the opinion of her detractors, as a coalition builder. She has emerged as a hard-nosed and respected voice on foreign affairs with views her colleagues on both sides of the aisle take seriously.
"Sen. Clinton has emerged as an important supporter of Israel, both publicly and, perhaps more important, behind the scenes. She is held in the highest regard in this connection by those who regularly plead Israel's cause in the halls of government.
"We were vocal critics of some of Sen. Clinton's actions during her husband's administration and had real reservations when she ran for office six years ago. Indeed, we endorsed her opponent at the time. But, providentially, we were proven wrong" (Jewish Press, November 1, 2006)
Chicago Jewish News also proves that Obama was the least choice of Jews. They are either for Senator Clinton or for Senator McCain.
"Seven years of hard work cultivating the Jewish leadership in New York and nationally had paid off for Clinton. Her approval rating among Jewish Democrats, according to the American Jewish Committee poll, was 70 percent. Among all Jews it was 53 percent.
Once elected to the Senate, Clinton reached out to Jewish organizational leaders and soon became a staple of the Jewish circuit. Hardly a Washington event run by a national Jewish group does not include an address by Clinton-often on Tuesday morning, just before delegates go to the Capitol to lobby. (Ron Kampeas, HILLARY AND THE JEWS: Clinton's journey to Jewish favorite, chicagojewishnews.com/story)
In this context, to select a white Jew to run the White House makes sense. It assures Jews that Senator Clinton loss is not the loss of the Jews.
Second reason to select a white Jew to run the White House is the Jewish numerical strength in the 111Congress. There will be 13 Jewish senators sitting in the Senate. It means that every 8 senator in the Senate will be Jewish. There will be 31 Jews sitting in the House of Representatives. It means that every 44 member of the House of Representatives will be Jewish.
1,Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) 2. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) 3. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) 4. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) 5. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) 6. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) 7. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) 8. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) 9. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) 10. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) 11. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) 12. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) 13. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) 2. John Adler (D-N.J.) 3. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) 4. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) 5. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) 6. Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.) 7. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) 8. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) 9. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) 10. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) 11. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)12. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) 13. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) 14. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) 15. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) 16. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.)17. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) 18. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) 19. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) 20. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) 21. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) 22. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) 23. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) 24. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) 25. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) 26. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) 27. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) 28. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) 29. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) 30. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) 31. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) ( Senators who were re-elected (Coleman defeated Democratic challenger Al Franken in Minnesota by 571 votes, but a recount is expected. Franken also is Jewish, leaving 13 Jewish senators regardless of who emerges as the winner.) (Source of the list of Jewish senators and members of Congress 111 is Ami Eden, The Chosen: Jewish members in the 111th U.S. Congress, JTR, November 5, 2008.)
A Jewish Chief of Staff is a first gift to win the hearts and minds of the Jewish senators and Members of the House of Representatives. Obama knows very well that Jewish leadership determines the fate of every president. It makes and it unmakes.
And note Obama's first selection. Chosen one is U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-111) who will run the White House. He represents Illinois's 5th Congressional district. His father is Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel who was the member of terrorist organization Irgun.
Few notes: 1. America was, is, and will be a race-based society. 2. Phrase, community of color, is acceptable phrase for the members of community of color. 3. A member of the community of color is the most lethal weapon in the hands of the white ruling elite. It does not matter to which community of color he belongs. Note how the white elite used secretary of state Powell, Condoleezza Rice and U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales. Two of them, Secretary of State Powel and U.S. attorney general Gonzales, were used and then humiliated. Both of them did not "resign"; both of them were fired. As Condoleezza rice is concerned, she is the most despicable figure in the eyes of the communities of colors.
How the white elite uses Obama, watch. Remember it was January 20, 1832.
"While standing before the Virginia House of Delegates on January 20, 1832, Mr. Henry Berry, Esq., made it clear what was needed to produce and maintain the condition of slavery. He said: 'Pass as severe laws as you will to keep these unfortunate creatures in ignorance, it is in vain, unless you can extinguish that spark of intellect which God has given them. Sir, we have, as far as possible, closed every avenue by which light might enter their minds. We have only to go one step further – to extinguish the capacity to see the light – and our work will be complete. They would then be reduced to the level of the beasts of the field, and we should be safe …'" (Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, A new beginning, The final Call, November 4, 2008.)
In 1832, tool to destroy the Afro-American was destruction. 2008, the lethal tool in the hands of American ruling elite is incorporation. President elect Obama is incorporated.
In this context, note the victory speech of President elect Obama. "To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you." A new defender of American world-wide occupation is created. His name is Barack Hussein Obama. Color does not matter when you are in the service of White racist leadership.
(Jafar Syed is a researcher in International Affairs based in New York)