If “No” Is Racist, then Race Must Be an Ideology

Jerry Landay provides an inkling as to why the Left is so viciously anxious to destroy any successful minorities who do not carry its water: They scuttle a semantic game that otherwise allows disagreement to be portrayed as bigotry. Consider:

Race determined the primary outcome in three industrial swing states. Hillary Clinton, a white, won by large margins in the Democratic primaries of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Barack Obama, half-black, but self-identified as an African-American, lost. Some 15 to 20 percent of voters confessed to post-election pollsters that race was a “factor” in their decision. Obama must win these states. …
A York law-enforcement officer declared that America was ready for a black president. But . . . “I just don’t think Obama’s the right one.” He declared that Palin “has more experience than he does. No one has ever told me what a community organizer is.” In fact, in speeches and two books, Obama has repeatedly described his efforts to help the people who live in southside Chicago. “Community organizer” in this context has been made a code word for “black.”

I’m sure that in certain company this is treated as high wisdom, but for my part, this “code word” legerdemain is so much gibberish. The officer in the anecdote raises “community organizer” in Obama’s biography as a comparison to “mayor” in Palin’s. The utility of liberal word games, though, is that any phrase may be made suspect for the purposes of promoting representatives of the ideology.
If Obama loses, many among his supporters will not ask themselves those tough introspective questions that failure ought to inspire. They’ll simply blame racism — so simple, so comforting. And if Obama wins, the rest of us will have the opportunity to observe how quickly it becomes a matter of racial bigotry to oppose a far Left agenda.

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joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Seems to me that a lot of “community organizers”around here are White,and more often than not from well-to-do families that send them to Brown.They must have an “activism” major there.
I actually know of somebody who got a degree in “Storytelling”fom Brown.Hard to believe,but true.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

When you think of it, religious leaders are community organizers, too, although I’m sure James Dobson and Pat Robertson would prefer a different term be used to describe their work.

Mike Cappelli
Mike Cappelli
12 years ago

“I actually know of somebody who got a degree in “Storytelling”fom Brown.Hard to believe,but true.”
Joe, let me guess – was that Lincoln Chafee?!

jope bernstein
jope bernstein
12 years ago

No Mike-it was a lady named Valerie Tutson,who I have nothing against.I just found it curious that she was able to literally design her own major.I guess she couldn’t have been the only person to do that.
Sometimes you’ll see her on a news story about some local ethnic festival.She tells stories for a living.
My sister in law works for a gastroenterologist and gives people enemas for a living -there are all kinds of weird jobs.

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

Sorytelling?
Didn’t Cicilline get a dual-major in that field?

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

Should have been “Storytelling”.

Monique
Editor
12 years ago

“I actually know of somebody who got a degree in “Storytelling”fom Brown.”
That’s it, everybody, wrap it up. The apocalypse has arrived.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

I’m glad I was able to induce some amusement here-Ms.Tutson has a website where she mentions that she had a self-designed major in the field.
BTW,my wife’s sister was highly qualified for her job-she was married to an a##hole for 26 years.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

I’m glad I was able to induce some amusement here-Ms.Tutson has a website where she mentions that she had a self-designed major in the field.
BTW,my wife’s sister was highly qualified for her job-she was married to an a##hole for 26 years.

Anthony
Anthony
12 years ago

I assume that her degree in “storytelling” was a BS?

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