Free Markets, Free People
First, I have no idea who “Chauncey De Vega” is. But I do know his type. So when the story broke about his post on AlterNet calling Herman Cain a “monkey” and a “minstrel”, I thought it something that others could handle quite well, thank you very much.
And, deservedly, De Vega was roundly criticized – not only for the language he used, but for the stereotypical and foundationless characterizations he used in his absurd commentary. Just another in a long line of clueless, historically ignorant and confused “commenters” on racial issues who feel the need to use inflammatory language to be noticed. Another race obsessed jerk who cannot fathom that others of his race may, through their own experiences in life, see things of a political nature different than he does. Apparently he is “the one” that decides what is proper and acceptable for blacks to believe and anyone who doesn’t toe that line is a “race traitor”. In his post, Herman Cain was the race traitor of the day.
Today De Vega doubled down on his stupid rant. AlterNet, where the original was posted, made it clear that his first post was in the “Speak Easy” which is a forum provided by AlterNet for “unedited” pieces. This follow up was in a different area which means, one assumes, that De Vega was edited and the inflammatory name calling was deleted prior to publication. Of course that doesn’t change the substance, and the substance, such that it is, isn’t much more acceptable, intellectually, than was the original post.
Why? Because it is an exercise is attempting to justify being an ignorant jerk. It sheds no new light on anything except the writer’s prejudices – which he willingly exposes. One assumes he thinks he’s being convincing, but a quick read through the piece leaves you with the understanding that this is simply “stereotypes are us” on steroids. There’s really nothing thought provoking or even particularly interesting about De Vega’s words. It is the work of a man whose mind was made up years ago and who now proudly wears the blinders of ignorance for all to see.
As most race-baiters realize, the absence of racism within today’s society would be a disaster for them. They’ve built a cottage industry around the word and are seeing their bread and butter slip away. De Vega is reduced to mischaracterizing the speech of another black man (I heard the speech), denigrating him and his beliefs and thereby indicting the crowd that listened and cheered his words as “white masters” to keep the hate alive.
Peddling racial hate is a much tougher job today as witnessed by the fact that he and others feel it necessary to attack any black who strays from what they consider the only way blacks should think. Those sorts of successful blacks give lie to their race-baiting rhetoric. The Chauncey De Vegas of this world deserve the all the condemnation and derision they earn through their vile and hateful rhetoric. They belong in a past era of this country’s racial history and are no more acceptable today than is the KKK. Ironically, both, as it turns out, are in the business of trying to sell the very same thing.