That's how James Taranto ends his column today on "Race and Privilege." It comes from his last paragraph which reads,
In our view, cries of racism are becoming more intense because they are becoming less effective. Obama is in political trouble not because he is black but because he has done a poor job as president. We will hear a lot about the scourge of racism between now and November, in part because his supporters need to blame somebody other than him for his failures of leadership and in part because they hope that black fear and white guilt will help him to win re-election. In the absence of the latter outcome, things ought to calm down after the election.
The first sentence really says it all. Precisely because more and more people guffaw at spurious charges of "racism," the methods by which it is invoked then become more outrageous -- so outrageous, in fact, as to almost defy reality. Here's just a recent sampling:
I don't want to start too much forest fire here, but it is my instinct: Is this ethnic?"
And it'll only get more and more ridiculous as November approaches. And, if Obama wins re-election, all of the above will quickly be forgotten, and these folks will invoke the same meme as the immediate post-2008 election: That, despite the first black president being elected and then re-elected, race relations still have a looooong way to go.
After all, if they didn't, these folks would be out of a job.Posted by Felix at June 21, 2012 09:25 PM | TrackBack