Why the Left needs racism.
As innocent Americans are attacked by Democrats for being “racist,” this column from James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal says that the Left needs to be able to continue to bash Republicans and/or conservatives as “racist” in order to keep blacks voting for the Democrat Party. Let’s hope eventually they’ll wake up from the abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of Democrats these last 40 years.
(The New York Times’ Charles) Blow visited a tea party in Dallas last week and didn’t like what he saw:
I had specifically come to this rally because it was supposed to be especially diverse. And, on the stage at least, it was. The speakers included a black doctor who bashed Democrats for crying racism, a Hispanic immigrant who said that she had never received a single government entitlement and a Vietnamese immigrant who said that the Tea Party leader was God..
The juxtaposition was striking: an abundance of diversity on the stage and a dearth of it in the crowd, with the exception of a few minorities like the young black man who carried a sign that read “Quit calling me a racist.”
Blow was especially put off by Alphonzo Rachel, a black comic who spoofs the president by performing skits as “Zo-bama.” Blow sums up the experience this way: “Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.”
Blogger Conor Friedsdorf notes that there is a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose quality to the Blow approach:
It’s this kind of piece that causes people on the right to think that on matters of race, they’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t–if they don’t make efforts to include non-whites they’re unenlightened propagators of privilege, and if they do make those efforts they’re the cynical managers of a minstrel show, but either way, race is used as a cudgel to discredit them in a way that would never be applied to a political movement on the left.
The political left claims to love racial diversity, but it bitterly opposes such diversity on the political right…Since 1964, blacks have voted overwhelmingly Democratic. If Republicans were able to attract black votes, the result would be catastrophic for the Democratic Party. Even in 2008, the Democrats’ best presidential year since ’64, if the black vote had been evenly split between the parties (and holding the nonblack vote constant), Barack Obama would have gotten about 48% of the vote and John McCain would be president.
To keep blacks voting Democratic, it is necessary for the party and its supporters to keep alive the idea that racism is prevalent in America and to portray the Republican Party (as well as independent challengers to the Democrats, such as the tea-party movement) as racist…
… Among Blow’s evidence that the tea-party movement is racist is “a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday [that] found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic.” Other polls have put the black proportion as high as 5% (and, as Tom Maguire notes, Blow misreports his own paper’s Hispanic figure, which is actually 3%). But with blacks constituting some 12% of the population, there’s no question that the tea-party movement is whiter than the nation as a whole.
Yet to posit racism as an explanation is to ignore far more obvious and less invidious causes for the disparity… The (Tea Party) movement arose in opposition to the policies of a Democratic government, and the vast majority of blacks are Democrats, or at least vote for Democrats. Pride in the first black president, a normal and wholesome attitude, reinforces this partisan allegiance.
Another good reason for Democrats to paint the Tea Parties as racist is to keep blacks away from the Tea Parties. With that perception out there they won’t be showing up in droves will they, right? Sickening, isn’t it?
… Add to this the risk of race-based opprobrium from fellow blacks and even from white liberals for deviating from the way blacks are “supposed” to think. Charles Blow’s nasty descriptions of the blacks at the Dallas tea party reminded us of an Associated Press dispatch we noted April 7:
They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement–and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first black president.
When even whites have a problem admitting that they are conservative or listen to Rush Limbaugh in a room full of liberals, imagine what it must be like for blacks. You’d have to multiply that at least ten times for blacks who might be interested in the Tea Party movement but are leery of outing themselves as conservatives or pro-American in their values because of the hit they would take from their own community. Sad, but it will take a while before that old “Republicans are racists” meme dies out. Read it all here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704671904575193921155425154.html
Black Tea Party protestors.
This is a terrific video from Reason TV. They went out with a video camera to a Tea Party to find out what people of color in the Tea Party movement have to say about a number of things. Be prepared for some good, old-fashioned non-hyphenated Americans. A very refreshing piece of news. Please watch it here:
This is from a commenter called WMP (a former liberal) on The American Spectator website. I thought this was interesting and seemed quite valid. He is referring to Bill Clinton’s latest attempt to paint Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Partiers with the violent terrorist brush. It is also relevant in the context of the Democrats’ stirring the racist pot. They always have to ratchet up the rhetoric.
The left is following the Weather Underground playbook to a T, and they have been for years.
“Find an incident, a spark to ignite the flame, ratchet it up to a raging inferno.”
When the left is in power they use it as a way to gain more power. When they are out of power they claim the govt. is becoming a dictatorship.
You’ve got the exact same pattern as far back as the Rodney King beating in 1991 that resulted in the LA riots in 92 that launched Bill Clinton into the Whitehouse. Four different presidents, and you have the exact same thing.
Bush 41(R)-R King beating /race riots-Bush was becoming a dictator
Clinton(D)-OKC bombing -right wing extremist attempting to overthrow the govt.
Bush43(R)-9/11- First Bush stole the election then he allowed 9/11 to take place Bush was becoming a dictator
Obama(D)-(?)Right wing extremist attempting to overthrow the govt
This is just a partial list, but you can clearly see the pattern.
You can check out James Antle’s article on Bill Clinton’s latest foray into bashing conservatives and his projection of what the left is doing onto the right. You can also read all of the comments (there are a lot) here: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/04/19/crying-hate-suppressing-debate