by Jeff Swanson
I don’t think liberals are actually racist. I don’t think liberals intend to perpetuate racism. The reality is, intentional or not, liberals are guilty of racism. I’m sure if you were to ask a liberal, they’d be aghast at the assertion.
Yet, when a liberal applies different standards to a liberal minority than is applied to a conservative minority, it’s certainly something.
It’s important to set a baseline; if you perpetuate a stereotype based on skin color, no matter your ideology (or even skin color), you are perpetuating racism. This is my opinion anyway.
Racism can come from those whom are targets of racism themselves. Many liberally persuaded African Americans oft make a target of black conservatives.
A few months ago, Stacey Dash endorsed Mitt Romney in an unintentionally fateful tweet. The liberal Twitterverse was awash with racism. Anonymity can breed boldness. The internet has long suffered from the weak of mind talking big but walking small.
Can you be racist if you are a crusader against racism? Perhaps.
Nsenga K. Burton of The Root states, “Dash, a multiracial woman who identifies as black, has the right to endorse whomever she likes…”
What’s interesting about this quote is Burton’s delineation of Ms. Dash’s ethnicity. In and of itself not remarkable. Just odd. When overlaid with Burton’s remarks about Obama in 2010, it becomes much more interesting, “Some have pondered whether we still need Black History Month with the election of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama.”
President Obama is of the same general racial make-up of Stacey Dash. Because Obama is clearly a liberal, he is fully accepted as black and appropriately so. Why not Dash? This may seem like a small difference but it’s not.
I’m not qualified to determine whether an African American playing loose with racial affiliation, as did Nsenga Burton, has unintentionally perpetuated racism. What is clear, it is racial politics and it is divisive.
Is Stacy Dash less black than Barack Obama?
Liberal fidelity for a black man, as ESPN’s Rob Parker now infamously remarked about Robert Griffin III, is seemingly required to be truly African American, “Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother? … He’s not real. OK, he’s black, he kind of does the thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.” Parker went on to say, “We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican…”
…Griffin is (allegedly) a Republican. I mean, is anyone calling out Ice-T for marrying Coco his Caucasian spouse? Must be the Republican deal for Griffin then.
It would be such a benefit to society to heed the words of Dr. King, that we judge not by the color of skin but by the content of character, veering off the liberal pathway is a one way ticket to racial expatriation for an African American.
The racial divisiveness is not, obviously, unique to black liberals. When speaking about the 2012 Presidential election, HBO’s Bill Mahar stated, “If you’re thinking about voting for Mitt Romney, I would like to make this one plea: black people know who you are and they will come after you.”
Bill is a liberal and stridently so. He donated 1 million dollars to reelect Obama. Still consider the statement that ‘black people…will come after you’.
Within the last year, we’ve heard much about the words Chicago, golf, apartments, Juan, chair, professor and Constitution being racist code words. I’m waiting for the day when ‘has a pulse’ will be imparted as racist code.
Nonetheless, consider the terribly low bar liberals set for this coded racism. This means, perpetuating the ‘limbo’ analogy, the bar is so low that everything said by a Republican is racist.
Still, if a Conservative said what Maher did, rightly this would have been called out as awfully racist. Bill is a liberal, it’s overlooked.
Conservatives don’t get this pass. According to Thomas Sowell, “The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything — and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.'”. Sowell was referring to the recent election and rightly noted this applies specifically to Conservatives.
No longer can a person have an idea of their own and have said idea separated from their skin color. I think this is the most insidious part of the deal.
Instead of liberals celebrating the achievements of Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, Marco Rubio or the number of up and coming Conservative minorities, these folks are ostensibly turncoats (though usually with much harsher language).
In as much as the Republican Party has done a woeful job of outreach to minority communities, more damaging is the liberal racial double standard.
Progress is never achieved by conformance to a single idea. This is the duplicitous nature of liberal fealty for minorities.
Star Jones stated after the Dash endorsement, “Romney-Ryan was against health, voter suppression, and every major policy flipped throughout the campaign. So, you do you (Dash), endorse who your gonna endorse, but understand, I’m gonna come for it.”
So, Star is saying that she doesn’t just disagree and perhaps doesn’t understand why Dash would endorse Romney, Jones is going to ‘come for it’. I understand it is a verbal ‘come for it’ but it does means that Dash simply can’t have an opinion without suffering attacks.
Without the free exchange of ideas, a republic falls apart. Jones would like to subvert that exchange.
The strength of an idea, of a political dogma, is not when the idea echoed by like believers but when said idea is opposed. If the idea still stands after opposition, the idea has validity. This is not happening with liberals regarding minorities. A minority must not wander far from the liberal canons lest they be vilified and called some pretty horrible names.
Minorities that stand strong for their conviction, no matter ideology, should be applauded. A Conservative minority must possess an extra strength in knowing that to be openly Conservative will be followed by censure of the liberal hoards. The ideas of the individual are subverted by the attacks for the politically correct gendarme.
Racism or racially divisive behavior should not be acceptable no matter the ideology: No matter who speaks the divisive words. If there is ever to be a post-racial world, it is going to be one where you are freely allowed your own ideas. Until then, the divide will continue and liberals will be as responsible as anyone else. Possibly even more so…