Posted on | August 24, 2012 | 12 Comments
Via Jim Treacher’s Twitter feed, we have Jamelle Bouie Racism Plays a Big Part in our Politics. Period. This piece is so wretched that I won’t link it directly; you’ll have to swing through Google. And why might that be? Let me help: the Raaaaacism Industrial Complex (RIC) derives too much power from the status quo, that’s why. This is not to say that there wasn’t:
- A massive historical example of racism known as slavery.
- A 1787 Constitution that horribly enshrined the evil of slavery.
- A bloody Civil War fought to correct the injustice of slavery.
- A Civil Rights movement, led by Republicans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leading to a Civil Rights Act championed by Republicans like Donald Rumsfeld.
Now, I’m not going to contend that you can’t find some Nazi-tattooed jackwagon in a compound somewhere ranting on about our precious bodily fluids. But the RIC is so far out there, I would be unsurprised to discover that the RIC supports the neo-AZI swine. Because if integrity is just another abstraction, anything is possible. However, as a veteran who has served with the entire rainbow spectrum of Americans, across the country and around the world, I’d like to share six letters:
A sampling of Racism Plays a Big Part in our Politics. Period.:
|The power and symbolism of Obama’s election is compromised by the extent to which his presidency has been shaped by white expectations and white racism. Obama can’t show anger, he can’t propose policies tailored to African Americans and he can’t talk about race. In other words, he can’t remind white Americans that their president is a black man as much as anything else.||On what basis, other than your pointed finger, do you base ‘white racism’? Are Thomas Sowell and Allen West racists? Both have criticized BHO. But if Obama had the wisdom of the former and the raw American courage of the latter, Barack would be giving any comer the Mondale treatment in November. Barack probably also wouldn’t govern like a miserable Commie.
Barack can show all the anger he wants, if he first puts forward something like an adult idea. When budget proposals earn zero (0) votes in Congress, one is tempted to question: should budgets be written in the political equivalent of crayon? (Aside: is Jim Clyburn a racist for failing to support BHO?)
Barack needs to convince Americans he is a sober adult. Then we can throw on some Ray Charles, or whatever, with the fellow.
|At the risk of sounding cynical, I expect that Coates will inspire howls of unfairness from the Right. It’s almost forbidden to discuss the role racism has played in shaping opposition to Obama. Conservatives dismiss such concerns as “playing the race card”—and use it as an opportunity to accuse liberals of racism—while more neutral commentators note that Bill Clinton also faced a rabid conservative opposition. But as Coates points out, no one called Clinton a “food stamp president” or attacked his health care plan as “reparations.” Local lawmakers didn’t circulate racist jokes about the former Arkansas governor, and right-wing provocateurs didn’t accuse Clinton of fomenting an anti-white race war.||I am not howling that this piece is ‘unfair’. Fa(ir|re) is what you pay to ride a bus; and no amount of racist Affirmative Action is going to create enough racial feng shui to retire the Racism Industrial Complex.
Indeed, it is a fantastic thing that this tired trope’s trotted out. So that the false charge of racism can be crushed.
The unrepentant Bill Clinton faces opposition from honorable men who cannot abide philandering scum. When Bill brings forth fruit meet for repentance, he’ll merit being given the time of day.
Clinton may not have been called a “food stamp president” because his welfare reform was one aspect of his administration that did not involve suction. Obama, however, blows that.
And fomenting a race war? How about we ask George Zimmerman just who is fomenting what, m’kay? Jamelle, you’re either obliviously ignorant, or a hack’s hack, and a tool for hacking forth more hacks from the hack stash, if you refuse to recognize what this administration has done in its effort to squeeze another swipe from the race card.
You can track down the source and read the entire, despicable thing if you want. I’ve got enough. . .matter stuck to my shoe for the nonce. As a palate cleanser, here is that chestnut from, of all people, Jon Stewart:
Here me, you Lefty jackwagons: false claims of racism have the merit of an Elizabeth Warren genealogy claim. Bring forward a specific case of purely DNA-based decision making (i.e. racism) and I’ll cheerfully call it like it is. By the same token: Stuff. Your. False. Generalizations. I’m calling out dishonest arguments wherever, whenever I see them.
The good nature of honest Americans has been thoroughly abused by academics and politicians in the RIC. But the Jamelle Bouies of the world have cried wolf too many times: Blitzer has reached the saturation point, CNN’s ratings are parked in the toilet, and sincere Americans are pushing back against the lies of the RIC.
By the way, Jamelle: you’re not a bad writer, style-wise. Now, please quit perverting your talent with this RIC filth. Let me double down: come on down to CPAC 2013 for some Road to Damascus action. Find out what conservatives are really about. Meet some genuinely great women and men like Alfonzo Rachel:
The only loser here is the Raaaaacism Industrial Complex. If you hate racism, take time to grab another paragraph from Jamelle’s lame exercise in finger pointing, laugh at it, and send me the link. Racism and the RIC have got to go.
Update: great follow-up post at The Camp of the Saints.
Update II: thanks, Hogewash!