This is what happens to a black man in America!
Posted by danishova on July 25, 2009
So much for “shared sacrifice”. The Obama’s vacation plans for August. Sucks to be them.
The Cape Cod Times reports:
CHILMARK — President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to stay at the spectacular Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark during the last week of August.
The Martha’s Vineyard Gazette reported yesterday that the first family has rented the 28.5-acre farm, located off Cobb’s Hill Road, from Wallace and Company Sotheby’s International Realty. The realty company reportedly leased the property for two months in August and September from the owners.
The Blue Heron Farm is owned by William and Mollie Van Devender, who bought the property for $20.35 million in 2005, at the time the second highest price ever paid for a single piece of real estate on the island, according to the Gazette.
"It’s a spectacular piece of property," said James Shane, chairman of the Possible Dream Auction and an Edgartown resident.
Overlooking Tisbury Great Pond, Blue Heron Farm boasts views of surrounding pasture and Pond View Farm, an active horse farm, Shane said.
The New York Daily News notes:
The White House wasn’t disclosing the rental price, but similar properties go for $35,000-$50,000 per week. The Obamas were expected to pick up the tab.
The Daily News adds this description:
The four dwellings on the estate are dominated by a white Victorian armhouse, and the property overlooking a finger of the Tisbury Great Pond includes an apple orchard, flower and vegetable gardens, stone walls, a swimming pool, a golf practice tee and a small basketball court.
The Obamas have vacationed on the Vineyard before as guests of Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, who represented Obama pal and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., in his recent dispute with a Cambridge, Mass., police sergeant.
No word on whether the beleaguered and downtrodden Professor Gates will leave his slum housing in Cambridge to spend time in the rarified air of Chilmark with the Obamas.
Trevor Loudon has an illuminating report on Vineyard resident Charles Ogletree (a long time friend and mentor of the Obamas) here. Among other highlights to his radical biography, Ogletree co-chaired a reparations committee whose objectives include:
”To ascertain, document, and report comparative repair and restitution in the United States and abroad on behalf of the contemporary victims of slavery and the century-long practice of de jure racial discrimination which followed slavery;”
Emphasis mine. Perhaps fair restitution would be to spread the wealth around and pay for the vacation homes of the contemporary victims of slavery like Ogletree, Gates, Oprah, Spike Lee, the Obamas, and others who vacation in the Vineyard?
Oh wait! Scratch that reparations thingy. According to Henry Louis Gates, in this interview with Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, things aren’t all that bad after all:
Q: Have you noticed an increase in integration your social life here?
A: Yes, I think the degree of integration at social events here has increased in the twenty-seven years that I’ve been coming to the Vineyard. It’s partly because, over that quarter of a century, black people have made tremendous economic strides in American society, so there are more people of color coming to the Vineyard now who are already connected to white friends and associates from the workplace. Integration on the Vineyard reflects a larger integration of institutions such as investment banking firms, universities, law firms, and the government.
So, the divide here is more around class?
Yes, the divide here is about class, not race.
Gates went on to say this in the M.V.M. interview:
Q: What are some of the biggest problems you see facing the United States today?
A: The gap in economic achievement, without a doubt. Whereas fifty years ago, race was the most important problem facing the United States, it’s class today. We have to figure out how to move people from the non-working class to the working class, and from the working class to the middle class. It’s a problem for all people now, not just black people. People are terrified because of the shrinking size of the pie, and when people are frightened, they become suspicious of each other. Homophobia, anti-black racism, anti-Semitism, and sexism all increase in times of scarcity. People scapegoat other people. The biggest problem facing a Barack Obama administration is going to be how to regenerate the economy and increase economic mobility for all Americans – for the white people in West Virginia with whom I grew up, but also for black and brown people and everyone else in the inner cities.
People scapegoat other people. Like white police officers, perhaps? Oh well, if Gates’ share of the pie is shrinking, perhaps he won’t be going to Martha’s Vineyard this summer after all.
Meanwhile, Mark Steyn has a brilliant analysis of Gates v. Crowley, and make this point, which is germane to the theme of this blog post:
A black president, a black governor and a black mayor all agree with a black Harvard professor that he was racially profiled by a white-Latino-black police team, headed by a cop who teaches courses in how to avoid racial profiling. The boundless elasticity of such endemic racism suggests that the "post-racial America" will be living with blowhard grievance-mongers like professor Gates unto the end of time.