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Who is the “racist” here?

I don’t fling the “R” word around much, because it is a pretty loaded word.  But every now and then you come across something that just requires its use.

One of the things I’ve noticed about many “progressives” is their smug belief that they’re untainted by racism while most of those on the right are completely eaten up with it.  So what they tend to do is try to validate that belief with outlandish and absurd scenarios that they obviously believe because they actually put them out publicly with a straight face.

For example, take Janeane Garofalo’s recent rambling thoughts on why GOP presidential nominee Herman Cain is in the race.   It has nothing to do with his political desires or issues he’d like to effect.  It has nothing to do with his life’s experiences and how they’ve shaped his political beliefs.

Nope, it has to do with his race and a conspiracy by Republicans to appear to not be what Gerafalo is sure they are.  Thus this explanation:

“It’s actually not new,” Garofalo said. “It’s from the first time I ever saw him, especially after the first Fox debate and Frank Luntz as you know, has zero credibility — has these alleged ‘just plain folks’ polls after these Fox debates — and he asked who won the debate. And he was just about to say raise your hand if you support and before he finished, everybody’s hand went up to support Herman Cain. So it seemed as if they had been coached to support Herman Cain.

“I believe Herman Cain is in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican Party, the conservative movement, the tea party certainly, and the last 30 years, the Republican Party has been moving more and more the right, also race-baiting more, gay-baiting more, religion-baiting more.”

You might believe she was saying all of that to comfort herself and deny the reality that the GOP actually none of the above.  She has obviously been a leftist Kool Aid drinker for years and this is the litany they believe despite facts to the contrary.  Thus it is important to those like Garafalo that they “refute” this new reality by claiming, without evidence (or by making up stuff – coached?), to fit in their manufactured reality.

Herman Cain, in Garofalo’s world and the world of many on the progressive left, is a race traitor.  He can’t be a serious candidate, because she assumes anyone with black skin must reject the right because the right is “inherently racist”.   Of course that must make Allen West, Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley all racial plants as well.  But to explain people like this, it requires a grand conspiracy designed to “deflect” attention away from that “inherent racism” assumed by Garofalo’s ilk:

“But Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go, ‘Oh, they can’t be racist. It’s a black guy. It’s a black guy asking for Obama to be impeached’ or ‘It’s a black guy who is anti-Muslim,’ or ‘It’s a black guy who is a tea party guy,’” she continued. “I feel like, well wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things, whether it be the Koch Brothers or ALEC or Grover Norquist or anything. It could even be Karl Rove. ‘Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican Party.’”

The absurdity of Garofalo’s theory is evident to anyone who knows even a little bit about Herman Cain.  He’s no one’s dupe.  But to the racist left he’s the Clarence Thomas of the political world.  “How dare he wander off the plantation.  We want our escaped slave back!”

Yeah, harsh, I know – but deserved.  Garofalo comes from a long line of projecting progressives who hide their inherent racism with ignorant utterings like this.   The purpose is to warn other blacks away from such behavior, i.e. thinking for themselves, and to again try to use racism as a potent charge against the right.   It is all about narrative building.  

The problem for Garofalo is she comes off as ignorant and transparent in her attempt.  Stupid.  She still doesn’t understand that in terms of narrative, that ship sank long ago.  It is both insulting to Herman Cain and other blacks who’ve chosen the right because that’s where they feel most comfortable  and revealing about Garafalo and where the real “inherent racism” lies.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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17 Responses to Who is the “racist” here?

  • Bruce writes: “One of the things I’ve noticed about many “progressives” is their smug belief that they’re untainted by racism while most of those on the right are completely eaten up with it.”

    This is really the undiscovered continent of progressivism, it’s abjectly racist underpinnings. Margaret Sanger, for instance. Or Woodrow Wilson. She of the eugenic “Negro Project,” still evident in the odd concentration of Planned Parenthood outlets around black neighborhoods. He of the re-segregation of federal government workers. Just as FDR’s New Deal was a progressive-segregationist coalition.

    As for Janeane Garafolo, at some point angry and ignorant accusations of racism are just projections of an inner hatred of the truth, and that all ends up at stupid. Olbermann, though, he’s in a different category; he’s something off the telescreen in the doublethink paroxysm of the five-minutes hate.

  • Err…To the left, Clarence Thomas is still the Clarence Thomas of the political world.

  • I think it may have been H.L. Mencken who, on observing a hairy-legged Commie broad declaiming somewhere, said…

    “She makes you want to burn every bed in the world.”

    I know how he felt whenever I see GrrrBuffalo.

  • Accusations of racism, like accusations of any other kind of inherent bias (anti-semitism comes to mind also): are these days far less about any such actual concept and far more an attempt to censor or control. It’s far easier to marginalize your opponent with a smear about their character than to address the substance of a topic. Additionally, the people usually making these accusations are seeking status in order to show others in their group that they have the correct beliefs. A dim bulb like Garofalo will parrot the standard Hollywood line unthinkingly, giving us moments of unintended hilarity as noted in the post.

    When the left starts talking about the anti-white racism of black culture, let me know . . . but I won’t be holding my breath. Doesn’t fit the narrative, you know.

    • PangurAccusations of racism, like accusations of any other kind of inherent bias (anti-semitism comes to mind also): are these days far less about any such actual concept and far more an attempt to censor or control. It’s far easier to marginalize your opponent with a smear about their character than to address the substance of a topic.


      Exactly.  Why risk honestly discussing the goals of the Tea Party when you can (attempt to) just villify them as bigots?  Why risk engaging a black conservative like Clarence Thomas or Herman Cain when you can (attempt to) disimiss them as a Tom?

      Lefties yap about tolerance and understanding when, in fact, they are quite intolerant and close-minded.  I suggest that part of the reason is that leftism is so intellectually bankrupt that it cannot afford open debate; it’s impossible to honestly defend a philosophy based on the idea that most people are too stupid to take care of themselves, and that the handful of their “betters” should not only steal on their behalf but also tell them how to live their lives.

  • “The problem for Garofalo is she comes off as ignorant and transparent in her attempt.  Stupid.”

    It’s hard to come off as something other than what you are.  You would think, her being an actress, it would be easy.  But then she isn’t much of an actress either.

  • That;s because Jenine is an educated air head – if there’s inherent racism in a party, it’s in HER party, the party of slavery, the Democratic party.

    end of story.

  • Nothing like smug, well-off white people who feel qualified to tell black people what they should think and feel so they’re “authentic”

  • Assume she is right, just for a moment.

    Who would you rather have as your president — a black guy who says and does what Cain does even though he doesn’t believe it in his heart of hearts, or a black guy like Obama who fully believes in what he is doing to the country?

    • ” a black guy who says and does what Cain does even though he doesn’t believe it in his heart of hearts,”
      What what?  Are you implying here that Herman doesn’t ‘walk the walk’?  If so then you are an idiot and should be shunned.

  • Garofalo’s punditry is funnier than her comedy. She is on my list of the ten people I would least like to be stuck in an elevator with. She is possibly the most boring person I have ever heard. She should do earplug ads. Her great-great grandmother is the reason Van Gogh ripped his ear off.

  • Perhaps it’s obvious, but much of what we hear from the left is as much a kind of group grooming ritual to cement solidarity as an actual attack on outsiders.

    It is a litany, as McQ remarks, and it functions to keep the left together. It doesn’t matter that much of it may sound crazy to outsiders. They aren’t trying to convince outsiders so much as to police each other and foster group identity.

    The group identity is intoxicating and that’s the reward that keeps the left going. I’m speaking as a person who was on the left for most of my adult life.

    • I think that this is true, but that in the past, it wasn’t so bad. I think its starting to slowly de-rail.

  • Why, exactly, do we care what she or any of her ilk think? You cannot change their minds, they are not interested in common sense, they don’t understand it.