We’re All Racist Now

September 30, 2011

As someone who has been a conservative since his mid-twenties, I am used to being called a racist. Indeed, it is fairly common to hear conservatives being called racists – one of the main charges against the Tea Party by the left is that it is motivated by racism. One can understand the association, because as we all know, when the Klu Klux Klan wasn’t terrorizing black people in the south and burning crosses, it was wrangling over budget deficits and tax policy.

What is surprising however is to find that we conservatives aren’t alone in our racist tendencies. It turns out, at least according to a professor writing for The Nation that liberals are racists as well. As Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University explains it, the disappointment white liberals are expressing towards Obama is a product of their inherent racist tendencies:

These comparisons are neither an attack on the Clinton administration nor an apology for the Obama administration. They are comparisons of two centrist Democratic presidents who faced hostile Republican majorities in the second half of their first terms, forcing a number of political compromises. One president is white. The other is black…

President Obama has experienced a swift and steep decline in support among white Americans—from 61 percent in 2009 to 33 percent now. I believe much of that decline can be attributed to their disappointment that choosing a black man for president did not prove to be salvific for them or the nation. His record is, at the very least, comparable to that of President Clinton, who was enthusiastically re-elected. The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be possible to read that result as the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

It is not possible of course that white Americans are less favorable towards Obama than they were towards Clinton because the latter had an infinitely better record economically, so race must be the factor that determines the difference.

The problem with that is it isn’t just white Americans who are complaining about Obama.

Here is Tavis Smiley, black commentator on PBS commenting on Obama’s failure to help black Americans:

So if being disappointed by Obama makes one a racist, then apparently Smiley is a racist too.

Another black (and apparently racist) Obama complainer is Congressperson Maxine Waters, responding to President Obama’s recent talk to the Congressional Black Caucus, as reported here in the Huffington Post:

Rep. Maxine Waters says she’s not sure who President Barack Obama was talking to when he told black Americans to quit complaining and follow him into the battle for jobs and opportunity.

The California Democrat, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, says she found the president’s language “a bit curious.” She says Obama didn’t address Hispanics in such a blunt manner and would never use that language in a speech to a gathering of gays or Jews.

Of course she is noting that President Obama himself is treating a group of blacks differently than he would treat other groups – making him…a racist.

So if you haven’t been keeping count, this appears conservatives are racists, liberals are racists, black liberals are racists, and our transracial president is also racist.

Given that there appears to be no one left who isn’t racist, we either have to come to the conclusion that the word no longer has any meaning, or it is being used improperly – or that everyone is a racist.

Either way, it would seem to make accusations of racism irrelevant with regard to the upcoming Presidential election. And that is a good thing given we have much more pressing issues to consider.

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Observations

October 28, 2010

The narrative of the Democrats this elections season appears to go as follows:

“The previous Republican administration created this mess through policies and programs that produced an economy crushing debt. We have sought to remedy this situation by advancing more policies and programs creating significantly more debt. The Tea Party is bad because it actually seems to want to eliminate or reduce these policies and programs to reduce said debt. Vote Democrat!”

Is it any surprise this strategy isn’t working?


Observations

October 26, 2010

What the American Left doesn’t understand about the Tea Party is that it now represents the anti-establishment faction of American politics. The Left doesn’t understand this because it still thinks it is the anti-establishment party; of course it isn’t because the far Left currently controls the Whitehouse and the Congress. The Left needs to realize the establishment is no longer an old conservative white guy; it is now a young-ish liberal black man.

 Yes, in an almost impossible turn of events, Barack Obama has become The Man.


Observations

September 17, 2010

For the life of me, I will never understand why a Taiwanese news service understands the role the Tea Party plays in American politics better than the average liberal:


The Tea Party Fails to be Racist, Again…

May 5, 2010

One of the recent and regular allegations by the Left against the Tea Party is that they are ‘racist’. Now this isn’t your father’s racism – you know, the sort where people actually discriminated against others based on race. No, this is the sort that expresses it self more subtly, in the form of opposition to higher taxes, overwhelming debt, and socialized medicine.

Not that the Left hasn’t tried to find incidents of actual racism – you know, as in imagined racial slurs which proved to be the product of lies by Tea Party Opponents.

The problem the Left keeps running into is that the principles of the Tea Party – fiscal responsibility, a smaller, less intrusive government, keep attracting people of all races. So much so that the typical white, leftist protestor at a Tea Party rally may very well end up opposing the very people he pretends to care about.

Now comes the latest devastating blow to the Left’s racist claim – as the New York Times reports today, a record number of blacks are running for office – as Republicans, and seeking the endorsement of the Tea Party:

“Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials. 

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.

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Many of the candidates are trying to align themselves with the Tea Partiers, insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown.”

Wow, that’s embarrassing for the Left; people of color thinking for themselves, not following the party line. The problem of course is that spurious charges of ‘racism’ are about all the Left has to stand on, since no one actually supports their policies, and they have abandoned logic and reason as a means of persuasion.

Of course such a rhetorical device doesn’t work very well when it is upper-class white leftists using it against hard working racial minorities who just want a government that allows them to succeed according to their talents, not one that pays them to be dependent.


Yeah, it’s about race…

April 16, 2010

Karen McConnell, center, of Ypsilanti, asks Rick Keith, left, of Ann Arbor, why he keeps disrupting Thursday night's Tea Party protest on the University of Michigan Diag. Their heated exchange quickly evaporated.

Recently the left attempted to falsely accuse Tea Party ralliers of racist motivations and yelling racist slurs at their rallies, claims which later turned out to have no basis in fact whatsoever. I wonder what Karen McConnell, pictured above at a Ann Arbor Tea Party Rally, thinks of those claims as she is intimidated by a large, white, left wing thug?