In Poland a lawmaker proclaimed in Parliament that the Obama election would be the "the end of the white man's civilization." Maybe he's right. If a "white man's civilization" is defined as an institution that creates a society of second class citizens, openly insults other human beings, and consciously (or unconsciously) provides second class services, education and rights to certain groups in their constituency, then yes, it is the end of "white man's civilization."
It would make total sense that Klaus Emmerich, Artur Górski, and Jürgen Ganse would be afraid. Their sense of superiority is now threatened.
from the Washington Post:
- In Austria, Obama's win prompted a harsh, on-air reaction from a well-known journalist, Klaus Emmerich - [in his] interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, he said that "blacks are not as politically civilized." He also called Obama dangerous and implicitly compared him to Hitler, citing his "rhetorical brilliance" and his ability to "appeal charismatically to people."
- Artur Górski, a legislator from the Law and Justice party...In a speech Wednesday, Górski called Obama "the black messiah of the new Left" and a "crypto-communist" who would undoubtedly prove a "disaster."
- Jürgen Gansel, a party leader and an elected lawmaker in the German state of Saxony, blamed Obama's victory on "the American alliance of Jews and Negroes
- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. On Thursday, during a visit to Moscow, he praised Obama for being "young, handsome and even suntanned."
Racism Rears Its Head in European Remarks on Obama
Some Public Figures Display Open Scorn
By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, November 11, 2008; Page A15
BERLIN, Nov. 10 -- Europe erupted in cheers to celebrate Barack Obama's election as president, but the continent is seeing its share of insensitive racial blunders, too.
Over the past week, a number of European lawmakers and journalists have made foot-in-mouth comments regarding America's black president-elect, suggesting that some otherwise respected public figures in Europe are far from enlightened on racial matters... more