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The Left: Trying To Make Legitimate Dissent Racist

That’s one of the trends now. If you can’t argue the merits of the legislation, make gross and unsubstantiated assumptions and claims and take off from there. For instance, this from Keith Boykin at “The Daily Voice”, which claims to be “black America’s daily news source”:

In the past few months, we’ve witnessed the unleashing of the radical elements of the Republican Party base. The anti-tax economic conservatives, racist Obama-haters, gun-toting Second Amendment fanatics and birth certificate conspiracy theorists have two things in common: they’re mostly white and they despise President Obama.

With the groundwork laid (one has to wonder – if blacks despised George Bush, was that because they were racists or because they were ideologically and substantially opposed to his agenda?), however loosely with everyone lumped into the same category and characterized by race, Boykin finally gets to his point:

And it doesn’t matter that the president’s domestic policies of providing universal health care, middle class tax cuts, and economic stability will benefit the very people who cry the loudest. This is not about policy. It’s about politics. The politics of rage and race.

Of course Boykin again assumes things not in evidence to make his claim that it is all about race. First, he dismisses the legitimate arguments which have been brought forward about health care, secondly he seems to believe that the spending spree the administration has been on won’t have to paid off and third, he’s apparently blind to the fact that the “economic stability” he touts has been purchased with a future debt which will cripple us economically. Notice I made those points easily and without once even hinting about the race of the president.

They all are legitimate reasons to speak out, all legitimate reasons to be a bit enraged about the direction of the country. But, with his grand generalities and false assumptions in place, Boykin continues to build his case for this all being about race:

The town hall meetings have been branded “town brawls” by the media, but they are really “town mauls” where angry mobsters silence dissent and discourse. And despite the denials from the right, race is a deciding factor here.

So now, Americans acting like Americans are not only un-American for doing so, they’re racist.

And Boykin isn’t the only one pushing this line. David Boaz at CATO has a couple more examples. Paul Krugman, whose arguments for the health care legislation have been weak at best, also pulls the race card to lump “town hall mobs” in with “birthers”:

But they’re probably reacting less to what Mr. Obama is doing, or even to what they’ve heard about what he’s doing, than to who he is.

That is, the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that’s behind the “birther” movement, which denies Mr. Obama’s citizenship.

Philip Kennicott throws race around in a Washington Post piece entitled “Obama as the Joker: Racial Fear’s Ugly Face”::

[T]he poster is ultimately a racially charged image. By using the “urban” makeup of the Heath Ledger Joker, instead of the urbane makeup of the Jack Nicholson character, the poster connects Obama to something many of his detractors fear but can’t openly discuss. He is black and he is identified with the inner city, a source of political instability in the 1960s and ’70s, and a lingering bogeyman in political consciousness despite falling crime rates…

Superimpose that idea, through the Joker’s makeup, onto Obama’s face, and you have subtly coded, highly effective racial and political argument. Forget socialism, this poster is another attempt to accomplish an association between Obama and the unpredictable, seeming danger of urban life.

This is a building theme which is a classic diversion by the left. Using it allows them to play the powerful “politically correct” card they’ve so lovingly cultivated for decades. And it is something which needs to be nipped in the bud right now.

The assumption that this is all about race attempts to plaster that claim over the obviously horrendous problems evident with government taking control of health care and the history of Americans of all races protesting such attempts at government expansion. It is, in reality, a classic move by the left to use political correctness as it was intended to be used – to stifle debate. And what we see coming out of the likes of Boykin, Krugman and Kennicott are the racialists laying the ground work to make the charge.

Their arguments are weak, but their intent is clear – broad-brush tarring of those who oppose this administration as nothing more than racist whites opposing the administration’s plans for no other reason than the president is a black man. That, of course, makes dismissing their arguments much easier to do and that is precisely the intent of playing the race card.


27 Responses to The Left: Trying To Make Legitimate Dissent Racist

  • This tactic fails because it was so entirely predictable, so obvious.

    But think of the real implications of the accusation for those — like Boykin — who are making it.

    Obama’s numbers are heading south, so it could only be racism that’s rearing its ugly head.

    He is losing face, so it can only be because he is black.

    Americans are growing increasingly skeptical of his policies (numbers that presaged the fall in his approval ratings), so it can only be counted as a matter of race.

    This will rally exactly no one who is not a part of their nutjob base to their side. I can only hope, and pray, really, that American blacks will not be completely suckered by this, again. But liberalism has gained such an ideological stranglehold on American blacks, and has inserted so many government tubes in them going back now to the Great Society to keep them in their place, that it is unlikely they would shrug Obama’s failures off as bad policy and rotten leadership.

    So, while the target audience for these predictable accusations is the great “dynamic center,” the buyers are not likely to be found there, not this time. It is a bad faith proposition handed back to them for their acceptance of Obama in good faith. It is an insult. With more, and more serious insults, on the way.

    The bloom is off the Obama rose, one would hope for good.

  • “they’re mostly white and they despise President Obama”

    So, do explain to me something: if this were true, how come The Clown™ won the election? If so many “whiteys” don’t like him, obviously they would have voted against him, and we would be talking about President John McCain right now.

    Where did all of these black haters come from? Did they just appear? Or, as I believe, as they the figment of the imagination of some really dimwitted loons on the Left?

  • Who knew that Mrs. Shehan, a white lady, could have been dismissed so easily? As I recall, when Mrs. Shehan was anti-war and not merely anti-Mre. Pelosi, Shehan was authentic. Now find she was just another white lady.

    Breaking news, the one declares Kenneth Gladney to be white.

  • when someone continually tries to cast their idelogical adversaries as racists without any actual evidence of it racism they’re just projecting their own prejudices onto others..

  • Some armchair psychoanalyzing:
    Crying “racism” is the manifestation of mental gymnastics.  McQ, you’re fond of quoting “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”  Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.  Obama has turned out to be very much like any other politician — including Bush (executive signing statements spring to mind.  “Fishy” reports, tracking public web activity, staffing up with former lobbyists and tax cheats … there’s a lot not to love.)
    They believed in him, and the betrayal is becoming more and more evident.  When they cry “racism,” it’s just a weak cover.  They have to say something to justify the sense of creeping dread, the bile in the throat.
    Why did they so quickly jump to “racism” in response to Obama/Joker?  Because they know it’s true, something that Mark Steyn wrote recently:  “Tyranny is always whimsical.”  The response is, “I feel sick.  Why do I feel sick?  It must be racism.”

  • You forgot that clown on MSNBC who claims that “socialist” is merely a new code-word for “black”.

    This sort of thing may well backlash as people who KNOW that they aren’t racist are going to become increasingly indignant at being tarred with that brush.

    Martin McPhillips – “This will rally exactly no one who is not a part of their nutjob base to their side.”

    I agree. It seems to me that MiniTru is increasingly becoming a bubble chamber, ignored by all but its own members a the relative handful of Americans who are very interested in politics and hence voraciously consume the tripe published by MiniTru, if only to mock and ridicule it.

    As an aside, it seems to me that MiniTru has completely shed all but the faintest pretence of impartiality in the past several months as they’ve worked tirelessly to promote TAO and his agenda. What does it mean for democracy when the media is so openly biased?

    • This sort of thing may well backlash as people who KNOW that they aren’t racist are going to become increasingly indignant at being tarred with that brush.

      That is my thought as well.  If the anger and the dissent at town halls was really just a well-funded distraction that went against what the majority was thinking, the cries of “racist white Republicans!” might very well be effective.  But if the anger is legitimate, if it reflects majority opinion, and if it’s more than just rabble-rousing, then playing the race card becomes a slap in the face to ordinary Americans, many of whom probably voted for Democrats in the past election.  Do they really think that these people will forget that insult?

  • Look, when Obama got elected,  anyone with a brain knew that any opponent of Obama would be called a racist.  Personally, that overused tag line means almost nothing now.  It certainly doesn’t scare me.  I oppose Obama and every person on his team regardless of their skin color, so I guess I am worst racist of all.  Assuming Obama has hispanics, Indians, whites, native Americans, etc, this means I hate virtually all races, haha!  Oh well, it will all be worth it to see Obama fail.

    • Bill is absolutely right. The charge of “racism” has been so overused that it’s virtually meaningless. It’s now just a generic pejorative like “meanie” or “jerk” that black people apply to anything they don’t like coming from a non-black. Black folks should read the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

      Here’s a riddle. What’s a racist? Anyone who is winning an argument with a black man.

  • But the Black voters voted for Obama because he was the best candidate and not because of his race??  Sure we all believe that!!  There are Racist in American and most of them are Black!

  • American voters are waking up!  They are turning against Obama, Nancy & Reid because they see the same policies at National level that has destroyed Calif.!

  • The only people paying any attention at all to charges of racism are black people. And the only black people who really believe that opposition to Obama’s policies is due to racism are those that WANT to believe it’s due to racism.

    You see, racism lets blacks off the hook. It’s an easily explained bogeyman that can be blamed for every black failure (i.e. it’s not my fault I got fired for being late; it was just racism). If “racism” didn’t exist, black paranoids would have to invent it.

  • I hope they keep throwing that charge around like a monkey throwing feces.  The more they obviously and blatantly throw it around the less power it has.

    I’m a racist. Fine. Whoopee.

    Now what?

  • The only people paying any attention at all to charges of racism are black people.  You see, racism lets blacks off the hook.

    Hehe I love when closet racists expose themselves without realizing it.

  • It’s time for a corollary to Godwin’s Law: as an argument gets increasingly long, the probability of charges of racism or other prejudice approaches 1.

  • JohnR, you’re exactly right. The sad thing is that this paranoid mentality only hurts black people.  It offers them reason to give up instead of trying their hardest to be productive citizens.  It discourages them from taking ownership of their own lives.  Instead, they go through life fearing “racist” bogeymen.

  • No, JohnR. Blacks are not the only ones paying attention to all the charges of racism. Many of the ones paying attention are those who are not old enough to have ever seen the real face of racism in this country. Prejudice, maybe – but not racism.

  • This is an age old tactic of the left. When you cannot defend your position you attempt to discredit your detractors, muddy the waters and hope to create some sort of moral equivalence.

    The White House has upped the anti with their new “fishy” data collection program, and whether this was just a stupid mistake on their part or if they actually have ill intentions, the public has every right, indeed the duty to be outraged.

    Visit for an extensive collection of information and video related to the new White House snitch program and the ongoing healthcare debate.

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  • TomD
    Yeah like all the democrats who called Colin Powell and Condi Rice nasty names.
    Aren’t you late for your Klan meeting?

  • Here’s something odd: I used to post at TheNextRight until I was banned a couple weeks ago and two of my “birther”-related posts were deleted. I’m still trying to figure out who did it; was it Jon Henke? (In case anyone wonders about or is moved to comment on that coverage, make sure you read it first; it’s at my name’s link.)

  • “The Daily Voice”, which claims to be “black America’s daily news source”
    I’m curious – who claims to be white America’s daily news source?  I’m sure no one would complain or protest an organization that called itself that.
    The race thing drives me crazy – I’d like to say get over it, but when there are groups that are race based (ie. BET, Ebony, etc.), and race pimps like Sharpton and Jackson, they are never going to let it go.

  • And all the people on the left were so apoplectic when anyone accused them of being unpatriotic if they didn’t support the war. Yet, somehow if you don’t support Obama’s policies they cry racism. EXACTLY the same thing, (except with the former it was mostly true).
    Hypocrites.  But entirely predictable.

  • Pop Quiz Nutshots:   What do you call someone who ascribes negative behavioral characteristics to a group of people purely based on their skin color?
    Bonus Question:  Did you really think you were being clever by answering Rev. Wright while ignoring JohnR’s racist statements?

  • What do you call someone who ascribes negative behavioral characteristics to a group of people purely based on their skin color?
    Ah, How about calling them Walter Williams?
    Sorry, but I don’t see much difference between what JohnR wrote and William’s wrote.
    Perhaps you will. Both refer to “Blacks”.