We are now more polarized and more divided along racial lines than the day you took office. By recklessly accusing your opponents of racism, you have turned back the clock on race relations in this country. We are all worse off as a result, and weaker as a country.
Your use of the race card to explain away genuine political opposition to President Obama’s policies upsets many people, particularly black conservatives like myself. You and the president have pandered to Al Sharpton—one of the most divisive figures in our political life, and one who has made his career and fortune by stoking racial animus.
Many on the left have no compunction whatsoever at labeling those with whom they disagree as racists. Twice in the last two weeks I’ve seen people, one of whom I considered a friend, link to an article, the point of which was to say that anyone that sympathized with the original principles of the “Tea Party” movement was a racist. I called both of them on it. Quite passionately. We can not let such vile insults to stand. Former friend.