Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Left's Obsession with Race

Hasn't the election and inauguration of President Obama cut the Gordian knot of race?

Last night, AP Radio News began their 6 p.m. (eastern) news reading with "Darkness has descended on Washington, D.C...." I cringed. While the comment is most assuredly not a racial slur on the A.P.'s part, I could not help recall a parallel with the episode of "Chappelle's Show" in which Rick James refers to Charlie and Eddie Murphy as the "Darkness Brothers." James sees the two entering the room and announces, "Darkness! Darkness is descending, y'all!" After listening to the A.P., I felt like I had "UNITY" in reverse across my forehead.

The CBC-1 program "As It Happens", after playing an interview with someone decrying the notion of American exceptionalism, played an arrangement of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," by The Band. Why would they choose this song as a bump? Not something I would think to use unless I was a vindictive leftist radio producer, fearful of how others perceive my white race, trying to find a subtle method to stick it to the evil republican/conservative crackers. I know this is a Canadian program, but it illustrates the leftist's unhealthy and overblown concern with race.

Let's take Tom Brokaw, for instance. On the "Morning Joe" show:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: As I was explaining to my wife, as my conservative brethren continued to beat me up, 'Why do you say, you know -- this guy is not going to be a leftist, how do you know he will not?' -- I said because of the people he is surrounds himself with. They are steady people. They are professional. A lot of ugliness you have seen in White Houses over the past 16 years, absent with this group.


BROKAW: Comfortable in his own skin, to use that phrase, he had the self-confidence. It was not overbearing and could laugh at himself easily. He could hammer him and criticalof [sic] a quote. At one point he burst out laughing, I was in the middle of reading back one of these things. "Some people said nice things about me as well.

Listen, I just want to say one thing. Having been in the South in the '60s and Los Angeles, in Watts and northern urban areas, when we were evolving as a country, I'm thinking of all the bigots and rednecks and people I met along the way. I'm saying to them, "Take this." You know?

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I like that thought. I think you might be right.

Unless you are a leftist, being white means "racist" in liberalspeak. I believe that his election was, in a significant part, the result of white guilt. There are people in this country who are so concerned about the percepton of their character by others that they will go to extraordinary extremes to avoid being viewed as a racist. To include taking leave of their better political judgement to vote for someone based purley on the color of his skin. I don't care what color his skin is. I oppose him because he is a committed and admitted socialist.

It is the view of the leftist to see "people of color" as pathetic and helpless. It is the view of the conserative to see the man, as a man, able to look out for his own interests, and entitled to the freedom which derives fom God.

By the way, Mr. Obama is not technically the first black president. That distinction belongs to Condoleezza Rice. Sort of.

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