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Is The Race Card Becoming Less Effective?

There’s a good bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth going on with the left since Van Jones resigned under pressure. They’re turning to some very interesting introspective analysis which isn’t at all complementary to the Obama administration.

But there’s one absolutely expected line of counter-attack that you could literally bet your house on emerging as expected. I give you the tried but not so true anymore “race card”:

“It struck me, why go after this guy? He is a minor player, he has no power, no budget, why take him? It’s because he looks like Obama and he has all those same attributes of being well-educated and he’s an electrifying speaker with an elite education,” said John Anner, a good friend of Jones and former chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization Jones founded in Oakland. “It seems to me that he is symbolic of what the Obama administration is and could be and that’s inspiring for me, but for some people on the right, it’s terrifying and threatening.”

It couldn’t be because he’s unaccountable and, to many, unacceptable based on his prior words and deeds, could it? Must it be because he “looks like Obama?” The fact he is “well educated and an electrifying speaker with an elite education” doesn’t mean he isn’t a radical who people don’t want associated with their government.

In fact he’s a self-described communist. Few Americans are going to be comfortable with a communist sympathizer having access to the White House policy making apparatus that may one day have a direct effect on their country. Especially one unaccountable to the people. Is that discrimination – you bet. But not because he “looks like Obama”. Because his ideas and ideology are diametrically opposed to those America was founded upon.

My guess is, if anymore are found with similar backgrounds in the Obama administration, the same sort of pressure will be brought to bear to dump them as well – and race won’t at all be a factor.

Of course Anner isn’t the only one pursuing that ridiculous argument. Carl Pope, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, also tossed it out:

So was the decision by the White House to treat the initial attacks not as part of an assault on the president but, instead, to allow them to be viewed as being about Van Jones. What we underestimated was the power of the fact that both Jones and the Barack Obama are black. Yes, the hysteria was about politics — I don’t think Fox News really cares about Jones’s ethnicity — but it was enabled by race. Calling Bush a “crack-head” is seen by a large part of America as worse than calling him “addict-in-chief” because crack is not just a drug — it is a drug used largely by black people. It reminds those Americans who are still uncomfortable with Barack Obama that we have a black president.

Don’t you just love it when those who claim not to know what makes the right tick, then zero in on precisely what they’re sure made the right react is it did in this particular case?

In fact, this is simply an attempt at rationalization. Apparently, in Pope’s world, using derogatory descriptions of a president he disagrees with is fine. But when there are consequences for doing so, it’s obviously because those objecting are racist. The remarks are ignored for the race of the speaker. In fact, the side he seems so determined to make racist is objecting because the term used was derogatory regardless of the race of the speaker or the race of the target.

Pope needs to learn the meaning of the term “racialist” and how making everything about race causes it to lose the power it once had. When every set back and failing is because of race, soon the accusation looses all meaning. As each group accused of racism does a self-assessment and finds the accusation to be frivolous, the power the accusation might have the next time it is used is forever diminished.

Reasonable people understand it is entirely possible to disagree completely with a president and his agenda without once caring what race the president might be. But you have to be a grownup to admit that. Screaming racism is so much easier. And you don’t have to examine your own failings when you play the race card.

Ironically, the opposition should welcome its use, because each and every time the race card is played in situations in which it is obviously not a factor, it loses more and more of its effectiveness and what little power it has left.



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10 Responses to Is The Race Card Becoming Less Effective?

  • These temper tantrums of the Left are like golden rays of sunshine through ominous storm clouds. I drink it up.

  • “It seems to me that he is symbolic of what the Obama administration is and could be”


    Yes, and that is EXACTLY why he had to go.

    Of course, it’s not for the reasons this guy thinks.

  • The horrible tragedy of the left, when political correctness trumps ideology. Faced with a choice of a white Marxist and a black one, PC demanded they pick the black one, and in an obviously racist country, in which a black man can get nowhere, all their plans to bring forth the socialist utopia in the first six months of the new administration are brought to ruin. Oh! The humanity!

    Had we only elected the white Marxist, none of these problems would be happening. Right?

  • When the left picked this guy, they figured they would have an unassailable means to have their agenda pushed through.

    So if anyone challenged Obama’s agenda, then it would be because they were against the black man. Push that button long enough and it just becomes whining. And no one can stand a whiner.

    When is the left going to clue in? They wouldn’t be the left if they got that particular clue as it would completely undermine their whole worldview.

  • Must it be because he “looks like Obama?

    Actually, Van Jones looks a lot BETTER than Obama. Obama is a scrawny metro-sexual half-black man. Jones has a physique Obama would like to resemble after all those gym hours. That is one jaw-droppingly handsome Communist.

    I’m sure the Obama White House saw Jones’ activist, Communist agitator past as a feature, not a bug.

  • Speaking as one of the bigoted white racists who run this country and keep the black man down, I am disturbed by the fact that so many of these black folks have ‘elite’ educations. How did that happen? Where did we go wrong?

  • Yep, we are going after the Negroes in charge, because we hate their black skin. Rule no. 10 in the Liberal Playbook:

    10. Use race and racism wherever possible. Make white people believe that they are opposing certain policies only because the policies are being espoused by black people.

    Of course, if they weren’t unabashed and unapologetic Communists, no one would care what color they were. It is their ideas, and not their skin color, that is their undoing.

    Of course, it appears that the American people are just not buying this pile of horsecrappola. Even the leftist LA Times is reporting (with some urgency) that The Clown™ is rapidly losing support among white Democrats and white independents.

    Maybe this country got really racist after they elected a black man as President, but I don’t think that argument will work, either.

  • Victor Davis Hansen has a short opinion piece on this issue. I think that many on the left are willing to use the race card until it is completely worn out, on the assumption that they can then revive the issue by claiming that it was really just another Republican ploy.

    But it’s tough to take the claims of racism seriously when they’re being used in the defense of people who have college degrees and are financial successes before they were placed into politically powerful positions. I think that we’re getting close to the point where the accusation of racism is more detrimental to the accuser than to the target.