Co-blogger Dusty wrote something that I think bears further examination. He stated:
This is why i say we should never elect a black person, a female, or a person of ANY minority, because if we do so we are stuck with them regardless of how poor of a job they do or how criminal they are in their actions. It doesn’t matter how badly they destroy America, saying anything about it is merely racism, period.
First, let me say that I do not think that Dusty is making a racist statement. What he is doing is highlighting the use of race as the universal defense of Obama, used by both liberal blacks and whites.
I do really wonder if the precedent has been set that any president – or high official that is a member of a minority class – can ever be criticized and have that criticism be viewed as legitimate policy differences after the “progressives” and members of the liberal black political establishment have set up race as an omnibus defense.
Or is this only a valid defense for a liberal minority?
I’ve said in the past that voting for a person due to their race is every bit as racist as voting against a person for that same reason…and I think that there can be little doubt that there were a percentage of Americans, white and black, who voted for Obama for that reason. At least some black Americans did vote for Obama for the same reason that Samuel L. “Snakes on a Motherfuckin’ Plane” Jackson did. In an interview with Ebony magazine, Jackson explained:
“I voted for Barack because he was black. ‘Cuz that’s why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them … That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama’s] message didn’t mean [bleep] to me.”
I would argue that a large number of white Americans voted for him to assuage white guilt or because they thought having a black president would be cool or somehow show the world how “evolved” we are as a country.
Of course, there is also a growing percentage of Americans who, unfortunately, see nothing wrong with socialist/Marxist policies.
I initially agreed with Dusty but after thinking about it for a bit, I realized that this iron rule of political racism isn’t applicable to non-liberal officials. Think about how the Congressional Black Caucus routinely ignores conservative black politicians, how Condoleezza Rice was excoriated, how Justice Clarence Thomas was (and still is) routinely savaged, how Herman Cain and Allen West were vilified during their campaigns.
It is truly political racism – the defense of liberal and “progressive” policies and politicians through the use of race to intimidate and silence the opposition.