Barack Obama has laid down the gaunlet. Obama stated that folks don’t like him because he’s black.
llinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush defeated Obama in a 2000 Illinois congressional primary race. Rush slammed Obama in an interview with The Chicago Reader published on March 17, 2000, saying, “He went to Harvard and became an educated fool,” adding, “We’re not impressed with these folks with these eastern elite degrees.”
Rush also stated Obama’s over-education provided him with an “ivory tower” outlook and he specifically took issue with Obama suggesting that the black community’s days of protesting are over.
“Barack is a person who read about the civil rights protests and thinks he knows all about it,” he said. “I helped make that history, by blood, sweat, and tears.”
Obama garnered only 29.45 percent of the vote to Rush’s 59.37 percent. Salon.com reports that Obama “lashed out” at critics who suggested he was “too white” and “too bright.”
“When Congressman Rush and his allies attack me for going to Harvard and teaching at the University of Chicago, they’re sending a signal to black kids that if you’re well-educated, somehow you’re not ‘keeping it real,’” Obama said.