Magazine article The Spectator

Substance Abuse

Magazine article The Spectator

Substance Abuse

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Sir: I looked up Venetia Thompson on Google and was not surprised to see, given the lack of any evidence or other proof offered in support of her comments about white men and Obama ('Obama is a modern-day Othello', 23 February), that she does not appear to be a psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist or, indeed, any sort of statistician who might have some knowledge about that of which she speaks.

There is also no indication that she has spent enough time in America to have established credible anecdotally based opinions. I did, however, see that she has studied creative writing.

Ms Thompson seems to think that Mr Obama is found, especially by white American males, to be 'lacking in substance' because they feel their manhood threatened and, it goes without saying, they are innately racist. But Obama is found lacking in substance because he is lacking in substance. …

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