June 29, 2007

Democrat debate thy name is "irony"

The Democrat presidential candidates "debated" again last night, this time at the historically black Howard University. You know what that means: Time to declare that "there's still much to do" in the country with regards to race, that "racism" still exists and is still to blame for many ills in society, and that the GOP really doesn't care about black people (with apologies to Kanye West). And you know MSNBC.com's coverage is guaranteed to offer to softball coverage, too! Let's get started ...

“We have made enormous progress, but the progress we have made is not good enough,” said Sen. Barack Obama, the son of a man from Kenya and a woman from Kansas.

Of course!

A historically diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates — a woman, a black, a Hispanic and five whites — denounced an hours-old Supreme Court desegregation ruling Thursday night and said the nation’s slow march to racial unity is far from over.

Irony: "Civil rights activist Al Sharpton and Princeton University scholar Cornel West were among those in the audience."

They stood united against the Supreme Court and its historic ruling rolling back a half-century of school desegregation laws. [Hillary] Clinton said the decision "turned the clock back" on history.

Irony: School desegregation laws, stemming from the monumental Brown decision from 1954, outlawed using race in determining where students could go to school. The recent SCOTUS decision outlawed ... using race in determining where students could go to school. That sure sounds like some "roll!"

Oh, and notice the excellent editorializing in MSNBC's "news" article: "... and its historic ruling rolling back a half-century of school desegregation laws." But it's not surprising. Brown outlawed the use of race in school assignments, but since, this dismantling of desegregation barriers has become synonymous with "diversity." Since "diversity" is a "good" thing," it is therefore OK to use race to achieve it. (Unfortunately, the reality is that "diversity" is actually merely a nebulous "feel-good" concept that has little to no educational benefits.)

Further irony: What Clarence Thomas asked in the SCOTUS case: That if "diversity" is necessary to achieve educational benefits, why does one of the defendants in the SCOTUS case, the Seattle School District, operate a K-8 "African-American Academy" which was established to improve black student test scores?

Even more irony: All this criticism of the SCOTUS decision from a debate ... at a [virtually] all-black university.

Clinton drew a huge cheer when she suggested there was a hint of racism in the way AIDS is addressed in this country. "Let me just put this in perspective: If HIV-AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34 there would be an outraged, outcry in this country."

Actually, Hill, there would not as most people know that irresponsible personal behavior (unprotected sex, intravenous drug use) is by far the main method by which to contract the deadly disease. It doesn't matter what color the person is.

Segregation was not the only issue. In turn, the candidates discussed their hopes to stem poverty, close the economic gap between the rich and poor, fight AIDS and overhaul a judicial system that doesn't always seem colorblind.

Irony: Justice system must be colorblind, education must not.

Lastly, the laugher of the night:

"This issue of poverty is the cause of my life," said John Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Hube at June 29, 2007 10:22 AM | TrackBack

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Great post! I put up a link over at Permanent Waves (http://ryans.townhall.com).

Posted by: Ryan S. at June 29, 2007 12:25 PM

Very well said. I agree that we have a ways to go with equal rights of any sort (and I kind of have to question whether it's even totally achievable), but very well said all the same. I think it's only natural to find them capitalizing on the sensitivity on race at an HBU, though... you'll find that happening in the better part of the politician population. Doesn't mean it's right to be less than sincere in what you're saying, or to pander to a group (to a degree, patronizing them), just means that this is hardly unique to the Democrats. Send the GOP candidates to a megachurch and watch them all talk about how faith is losing its grip in an increasingly immoral America.

Posted by: Mat Marshall at June 29, 2007 01:13 PM

"there's still much to do" in the country with regards to race, that "racism" still exists

Are those things untrue?

Posted by: dan at June 29, 2007 04:25 PM

That last quote by Edwards should read, "The issue of avoiding poverty is the cause of my life."

Posted by: G Rex at June 29, 2007 04:38 PM

dan: Not to the degree that Democrats think they are.

Posted by: Hube at June 29, 2007 04:41 PM

BTW, thanks for the link Ryan!

Posted by: Hube at June 29, 2007 04:55 PM

Come on- I watched about 15 minutes and the questions suggested we were still in 1960 for God's sake.

The nutcase from NPR asked if "there should be a right to return" for all NOLA residents! That is a UN term used about Palestine / Israel conflict and shows she is loony.

This is a free country and anyone can move back to NOLA if they want to re-build their life.

All the Dems pandered to her question like there were some obstacle to blacks returning- and offered to pay gobs of our money to them.
I was hoping just one would have the ball to say it is still a free country and last I checked the higways are open to NOLA.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at June 30, 2007 09:45 AM