Commentary | The Texas secession petition was a hot topic in the days and weeks after the election of President Barack Obama to a second term earlier this month, with supporters advocating deepening the divide among Americans and detractors decrying the talk as ugly, unpatriotic and unappreciative of the great damage wrought upon this land the last time we decided to try that experiment.
The Texas secession petition drew attention nonetheless, and despite having little legal ground or possibility of success, it seemed many of those whose candidate of choice failed to prevail in a free and open election enjoyed salving their emotional wounds with talk of seceding to right the wrongs they perceive as plaguing America since Obama’s election in 2008. But many of those disheartened by the movement felt that it was one of many racially motivated attacks on the President by a portion of the populace that refuses to accept a black man as the legitimate leader of the free world.
The Texas secession petition garnered signatures in the six-figures in its few weeks over on the White House’s website, and one filmmaker has spoken out about what he seems to suggest is the elephant in the room when it comes to the Texas secession petition — and indeed, the contentious subject of race is what Ken Burns says the Texas secession talk is really all about.
Burns discussed the Texas secession petition movement on yesterday’s Meet The Press, and explained that he couldn’t imagine such talk being bandied about for a white candidate — and to Burns’ point, we haven’t really talked much about secession since the mid-1800s, and what was all that about again? Oh.
Burns riffed to the panel, citing the Tea Party as an element in particular that seems to have been moved to action seemingly due to race-based dislike of the President:
“Race is always there in America….Do you think we’d have a secession movement in Texas and the other places, faddish secession movement, if this president wasn’t African-American? Do you think the vitriol that came out of some elements of the Tea Party would have been at the same level had this President not been Africa-American?”