On page 37, a remark, said “privately” by Sen. Harry Reid, about Barack Obama’s racial appeal. Though Reid would later say that he was neutral in the presidential race, the truth, the authors write, was that his “encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.
While what Harry Reid said is offensive and, in fact, truly racist (as opposed to the race card-y Racist ™ ) it shouldn’t surprise us. I’m just surprised he wasn’t chosen as the Vice President! Joe Biden must be patting himself on the back for going even further and calling Obama surprisingly “clean and articulate.” Silly me; I didn’t realize that Post-Racial actually meant making absolutely everything about one’s race. I really need to study my Newspeak Dictionary! Hey, at least Reid never attended one of those racist Tea Parties, huh? He’s not Racist-Racist since he promotes that sweet, sweet liberal policy and isn’t that all that matters?
To the Left, yes, and it honestly shouldn’t be shocking; he’s not the first on the Left whose true colors have been shown. He has apologized, of course, for “misspeaking”. But, he didn’t misspeak; it’s what he truly believes. You see, once again, the people constantly hurling the “Racist!” slur at others are in actuality the people whom only see color. In addition to Harry Reid’s and Vice President Joe Biden’s comments, further proof has been proffered time and time again. Maureen Dowd, not long ago, heard the non-existent word “boy” at the end of Joe Wilson’s “You Lie.” Project much, Maureen? (if that was your own thought and you didn’t plagiarize that as well)
I’m really tired of trying to explain to the Left that they are the ones who see color everywhere, and in everything, and that they are diminishing true acts of real racism with their willy-nilly tossing about of the Racist card; they are diminishing and demeaning the entire Civil Rights movement by incessantly hurling the race card in arguable instances, all the while betraying their thin-veneered cloak with these constant, blatant “misspeaks.”
It’s important for the left to keep reminding us that democrat politicians are members of some great intelligentsia that know better than us. Granted, perhaps I’ve never held the title of Community Organizer, but I live outside of an Ivory Tower, amongst people who have actually accomplished things and done things for others, not just talked and spouted feel good-y theories and rhetoric whilst holding a figurative gun in hand to force others to sacrifice and walk in lockstep with their prejudiced ideas of what one should believe. So, perhaps my observations about race might have some merit.
See, we don’t see color. Unlike ya’ll we don’t live in places where everyone is exactly like we are. We don’t see people as skin colors; we see them as our neighbors, our friends, our kids’ teachers, our local shop owners. But the Smarter Than Us Left doesn’t believe in Post-Racial anything. Their bread and butter is identity politics. They must, in order to maintain power, put everyone in victim boxes and pit people against one and another.
They are not post-racial in the slightest; quite the opposite. They demand that everyone in one of their little boxed up “groups” think the same in order to make sense of their policies; this is the schematic for Race Politics. They praise Martin Luther King, Jr, yet they never heed his words. They always judge first by the color of someones skin. When they hurl the Racist slur at us for daring to disagree with President Obama, they fully understand that they’re denying us the right to the moral imperative to judge a person by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. To me, this is among the worst examples of actual racism and it is truly hateful, as it’s insidious.
With all the crying about what the left has inherited from Bush, there is one thing I do wish y’all had “inherited”. A desire to get rid of the “soft bigotry of lowered expectations.” Instead, you foment it. You exclaim in amazement “Oh, look! He sure does talk purty! For a black guy and all.” How vile. It also means that your race card is no longer accepted. Having you attempt to use a race card would be like Al Gore attempting to use a bitter, old tool card; utterly laughable.
It’s perhaps harsh to say, but often the truth is harsh: in the minds of some on the left, Obama is a “token.” I’d feel horribly sad for him, if he didn’t almost embrace that notion himself.
And if I didn’t care so little for his character.
(cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)
UPDATE: Politico reports that Bill Clinton shows his racist stripes as well:
[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.