Larry Mantle |

Should a "racist" President lead a dialogue on race?

Now that I have your attention, I confess that I just couldn't resist an inflammatory title. 

I am, of course, referring to Fox News host Glenn Beck saying the President "has a deep-seated hatred for White people or the White culture."  Beck apparently views the President as a half self-loathing individual, who thinks more highly of his Black heritage than his White one.  I'm picturing a Saturday Night Live skit of Mr. Obama calling himself anti-White epithets, while simultaneously attempting to defend himself.

The blog title also refers to Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus' call for the President to either lead a national conversation on race, or to appoint someone else to do it.  Doyle's point is that we still have a lot to talk about in coming to terms with inequality, and how to improve racial relations.  However, he also points out the political reality that not much good can come to Obama when he talks about race.  He can't win on that topic, despite his dynamite campaign speech on race in Philly.

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we'll open up the phones to talk about whether there's a need for a national racial dialogue, and whether it could accomplish much.  Having hosted a wide-ranging series of discussions on race in the 1990s, I have my own strong opinion on that.