June 21, 2012

"Things ought to calm down after the election"

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:

  • New M-BS-NBC host Steve Kornacki says, "Because you have the Justice Department -- well, first of all, you have sort of, you know, the caricature of Obama that sort of gets sold on the right a lot is that he's this, sort of, secret black radical and he's looking to, sort of, um, you know, he's looking to sort of, maybe, take away rights or take away, you know, take away this, sort of, you know, money from, you know, from white people and redistribute it and that sort of thing.

  • Morgan Freeman says, "... if you look at the attempts to disenfranchise minority voters - I use the term minority advisedly here because the Hispanic world is growing so fast that in no time at all, I expect that they will be in the majority. But my point is that women, Hispanics, blacks, there is a large attempt, a great attempt, at disenfranchisement. I mean, itís right out in the open. Iím not, you know, this isnít like breaking news or anything. Why is that?"

  • M-BS-NBC's Chris Matthews says "... just look at it- and I don't mean to use this term too much- but it's almost like a stop-and-frisk. Here's a chance to humiliate a distinguished member of the United States government, the attorney general- and everybody knows- close friend of the president's.

    I don't want to start too much forest fire here, but it is my instinct: Is this ethnic?"

  • The Root's Edward Wyckoff Williams on Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro interrupting President Obama at his press conference: "And I think that it speaks to sort of a white supremist [sic] ideology, this idea that being white in and of itself is mainstream and somehow he is more deserving of being in America, even though heís foreign-born than the Hispanics or Asians and Africans who come seeking the American Dream."

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

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Liberals: they see racism where there isn't any. I've been called racist by a LOT of people for disagreeing with Obama, even though my criticisms are of his policies, NOT his skin color.

Posted by: Carl at June 22, 2012 01:53 PM

And they will all say that Obama was somehow able to overcome and win this election despite the incredible racism and disenfranchisement!

Posted by: B.A. at June 27, 2012 10:44 AM