Is President Obama Judged Unfairly Due To His Race? Former Secret Service Agent Talks about being Black While Protecting America at the Highest Levels
America’s attitude toward race has certainly progressed, as the 2008 election of President Barack Obama helps to illustrate. But since getting the job, has his performance been judged unfairly because he’s Black?
“It seems the president is in a ‘damned if you do / damned if you don’t’ situation,” explains Donald Tucker, author of the new book The Two-Edged Sword (www.DonTuckerBooks.com). He uses the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden as an example: “Instead of getting the praise well deserved, the media scrutinizes President Obama for the number of times he said ‘me’ or ‘I’ in his address to the nation that Sunday night.”
Tucker served his country in different capacities for most of his life, most notably as a United States Secret Service agent during some of the toughest years in this country’s history of civil rights. Personal experience in government service reminds him that judgments on job performance are not always unbiased. Tucker reflects, “I overcame the racist attitudes, discrimination and label of troublemaker to fight for equality, not only for myself, but for every person in the agencies I worked for.”
According to Tucker, there are certain buzzwords that surround this administration tipping off race as an issue. ”Think about the vitriol spewed at this sitting president over inviting the rapper Common to the White House and the speculation of legitimacy of his birth certificate,” he remarks. Does that happen if he’s White?
About Donald Tucker
Donald W. Tucker served nearly 25 years in the United States Secret Service. His career in law enforcement began as an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now called the DEA). Over the course of his career, Tucker oversaw one of the largest seizures of counterfeit U.S. currency in history and coordinated the investigation of the bombing of the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Tucker’s journey from the ghetto on the South Side of Chicago to rising through the ranks to become one of America’s foremost federal law enforcement administrators and reformers was not easy and is chronicled in the new book The Two-Edged Sword (www.DonTuckerBooks.com). The discrimination he faced and stood up to during his professional journey earned him the nickname “Tucker the Troublemaker” and encouraged him to become a voice to be reckoned with as a civil rights advocate.