GrassTopsUSA Exclusive CommentaryBy Don Feder 07-20-10
At its 101st annual convention in Kansas City last week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People directed the Tea Parties to â€œexpel the bigots and racists in your ranks.â€
The resolution was offered by King Samir Shabazz (Minister of Voter Intimidation and Gestapo Tactics of the New Black Panther Party), who told delegates: â€œYou want freedom? Youâ€™re gonna have to kill some Tea Party crackers. Youâ€™re gonna have to kill some of their babies!â€
It was Moveon.orged and seconded by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. (President Obamaâ€™s spiritual counselor for 19 years) who, in a spirit of brotherhood, proclaimed: â€œWhite Tea Party folk done took this country. Youâ€™re in their home, and theyâ€™re gonna let you know it.â€ Wright added that his remarks would probably be misreported, as everyone knows that whites and Jews control the worldwide flow of information.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he couldnâ€™t understand the Tea Partyâ€™s obvious racial antipathy, since Obama is â€œlight-skinedâ€ and has â€œno Negro dialect.â€
Just kidding. Shabazz, Wright and Reid were only there in spirit.
That the NAA Who Cares chose to vent its wrath on the Tea Parties, a populist phenomenon in many ways reminiscent of the early Civil Rights movement, shows the leftâ€™s desperation at Obamaâ€™s sinking presidency and its long-running race obsession.
The Tea Parties were put on notice: â€œWe will no longer allow you to hide like cowards and hide behind signs that say â€˜lynch our presidentâ€™ or anyone else (sic.),â€ NAACP President Benjamin Jealous thundered.
Mr. Jealous then proceeded to produce photographic evidence of racist signs at Tea Party rallies, recordings of racial epithets hurled at black Congressmen going to vote on Obama Care and a video of Representative John Lewis being spat on.
Again, just kidding.
No such evidence exists. The charges are based on anecdotes. In an age of video cameras and recording devices in cell phones, if any of the foregoing had actually occurred, youâ€™d think someone would have documented it. Publisher Andrew Breitbart has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who can produce video or audio evidence of the alleged abuse (physical or verbal) of members of the Black Congressional Caucus. Months later, no takers.
Still, the left is convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that anyone who objects to the messiahâ€™s mega-deficits, take-over of U.S. industry, destruction of the economy and move toward socialized medicine must be a closet Klansman â€“ a white-sheet wearing, noose-swinging in-bred cretin. This is supported by its conviction that those who object its agenda are either stupid, evil or both.
Itâ€™s also the latest expression of its long-standing obsession with people of color. For the left, blacks are the perfect vehicle to indict America. â€œAmerica is racist. America has always been racist. America will always be racist.â€ They tell chant ad nauseam.
In the Sixties, the left came to view blacks as the new proletariat, after the original proletariat failed to embrace the class struggle. When the inner-cities went up in flames, the left was delirious. The racially disenfranchised were rising against their oppressors and would, in due course, smash the hated establishment, people like William Ayers prophesied
That never happened. But the left â€“ which became the establishment â€“ just wonâ€™t let it go. Every inequality is attributed to racism. Every confrontation between white and black is painted in racial hues.
For any so bold as to note that thereâ€™s far more racism among minorities than whites, the left has a ready answer: Racism is a power thing. Since minorities donâ€™t have power, itâ€™s impossible for them to be racist â€“ even when theyâ€™re braining a white truck driver in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict.
Said axiom logically leads to the hilarious conclusion that Barack Hussein Obama, 44nd president of the United States, who can appoint Supreme Court justices and whose party has super-majorities in Congress, is essentially powerless.
From the day Obama stepped onto the national stage as a contender for the presidency, the left has been whining about racism, in part as a ploy (to draw attention away from the candidateâ€™s laughable lack of experience and dubious associations) and in part due to its paranoia on the race issue.
Michelle Obama â€“ who honed her own racial grudges as a downtrodden Princeton undergrad â€“ said America was so â€œmeanâ€ that a black man, like her husband, could be blown away for stopping to pump gas. Implied message: Those who opposed Barackâ€™s candidacy were indifferent about black men murdered at gas stations.
In one of its many editorial swipes at John McCain, The New York Times admonished that by comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton (bubble-headed celebrities) in one of its ads, the McCain campaign was â€œstarting upâ€ a â€œracially tinged attackâ€ â€“ i.e., juxtaposing images of young, white women and black men â€“ playing on what was supposed to be the gnawing white fear of men of color (even those who are â€œlight-skinnedâ€ and without a â€œNegro dialectâ€) going after our womenfolk. (To quote Cleavon Little in â€œBlazing Saddles, â€œWhere da white women at?â€) This notwithstanding that Muy Macho McCain refused to discuss Obamaâ€™s relationship with race-baiter Wright. Perhaps it was The Timesâ€™ version of a preemptive strike.
Obama himself played the race card like a riverboat gambler. Some people wouldnâ€™t vote for him because he didnâ€™t look like the faces on our currency (racism), the candidate complained. On the other hand, some see the president morphing into a leader pictured on German currency between 1933 and 1945.
Economic hard times make bitter Main Street Americans cling to their religion and their guns and â€œantipathy toward people who arenâ€™t like them,â€ he told a San Francisco cocktail party, when he thought he was speaking off the record.
Before Wright became too much of an embarrassment to ignore, Obama solemnly declared that he could â€œno more disownâ€ Mr. God-Damn America than he could â€œmy white grandmother â€¦ who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her on the street.â€
It was the future presidentâ€™s throw-grandma-under-the-bus moment. Except thatâ€™s not the way it happened, according to Obamaâ€™s autobiography. The incident involved an aggressive panhandler who wouldnâ€™t leave grandma alone even after she gave him spare change. In Barryâ€™s World, middle-aged white women are never allowed to show fear of black men, even aggressive, panhandling vagrants.
Even after America elected the first black president (with a white mother and mostly Arab sperm-donor father) in history, the race-baiting didnâ€™t end but accelerated. Writing in Slate (â€œWhat We Didnâ€™t Overcomeâ€), Timothy Noah sternly informed us that while Obama had won the presidency by 53% of the vote, he only got 43% of the white vote.â€ This â€œwhite-vote deficitâ€ â€œstrikes me as a hidden-in-plain-sight phenomenon,â€ Noah commented.
Of course, the â€œwhite-vote deficitâ€ could have nothing to do with the fact that Obama was the most unqualified candidate in more than a century, his scary associations (Wright, William Ayers, etc.) or his plans to remake America.
Hereâ€™s another hidden-in plain-sight phenomenon: Barack Obama got 96% of the black vote. When a white candidate gets 57% of the white vote, something sinister is afoot. When a man of mixed-race (designated a black man) gets 96% of the black vote, itâ€™s a ho-hum moment unworthy of further consideration.
Since the election, itâ€™s been all-racial-hysteria-all-the-time on the left and the political party it owns.
After Congressman Joe Wilson (R., SC) yelled â€œyou lie!â€ at the liar-in-chief, during a speech to a joint session of Congress, Ex-President Jimmy Carter bleated: â€œI think people are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief he should not be president because he happened (sic.) to be African-American.â€ Or Wilson might have been influenced to a major degree by Obama charging, in his speech, that opponents of nationalized health care were lying about the prospect of rationing and death panels.
Poor little Jimmy. How sad that he canâ€™t blame his loss to Reagan in 1980 (when the Gipper carried 44 states to Carterâ€™s six) on racism.
Writing in The Washington Post at about the same time, commentator Howard Kurtz disclosed: â€œBut I began to suspect that race was a factor for at least some critics (of Obama Care) when I heard the shouting about â€˜the Constitutionâ€™ and â€˜taking our country backâ€™ â€¦. Clearly, for some folks, thereâ€™s a deeper rage (hint, hint) at the man occupying the White House.â€ In the leftâ€™s fevered imagination, the Constitution (calls to adhere to same) is now a code word for racism. Those who talk about â€œtaking our country back,â€ clearly are referring to taking it back from a â€œblack man,â€ not from a socialist with a God-complex whoâ€™s determined to benihana the Constitution.
Not to be outdone, over at The New York Times, PMS Poster Sister Maureen Dowd seconded Carter's motion, writing that, â€œSome people just canâ€™t believe a black man is president and never will accept it.â€ When youâ€™re reduced to parroting the very deep thoughts of Jimmy Carter, you may as well file for intellectual bankruptcy.
But Dowd did add a particularly nasty twist of her own, to wit: When Wilson shouted â€œyou lieâ€ at the president, Dowd disclosed, â€œwhat I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie boy!â€ Leftist columnists all come with built-in ESP as a standard feature. (You go, girl!)
In an April 18 column, Frank Rich, Dowdâ€™s feminine counterpart at The Times, tied the alleged assault on members of the Congressional Black Caucus to Virginiaâ€™s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell issuing a proclamation celebrating Confederate History Month a few weeks later. You have to read Rich regularly (a dirty job, but somebodyâ€™s got to do it) to understand how his mutant mind works.
Rich noted that, in a recent poll, 52% of those who identify with the Tea Parties feel too much has been made of the problems of black people, â€œnearly twice the national average.â€ There you have it: If you think too much has been made of the problems of black people, youâ€™re a night-ridding, cross-burning storm trooper. (I know, Iâ€™m mixing metaphors.) Then again â€“ you might just be brave enough to state the obvious.
Al Sharpton, that man of good will who sparked the Crown Heights pogrom in 1991, said the Tea Party mission â€œis to reverse what the civil rights movement didâ€ â€“ witness all of the signs at Tea Party rallies calling for the return of segregated lunch counters. Theyâ€™re probably just a bunch â€œdiamond merchants,â€ right, Al?
And the Rev. Jeremiah said â€œthe name-calling, the nasty blogs,â€ that accompanied Obamaâ€™s campaign to destroy U.S. health care, were â€œpart of that kind of hatred going around the country for people of color and the poor.â€ Wright didnâ€™t tell us if Tea Party revelers were among the rich whites who â€œinventedâ€ the AIDS virus to decimate the black community.
Itâ€™s not just his yapping media pack and political henchmen. This president injects race into every conversation. His administration is the most blatantly racist in memory.
â€¢ The Gates Affair â€“ A few months into his administration, the new president jumped into a local law enforcement controversy involving his friend Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. The black prof. was arrested after being obnoxious and verbally abusive to Cambridge Police Officer James Crowley, who was investigating a possible break-in at Gates home. While admitting that he didnâ€™t know all of the facts, the president insisted Cambridge police â€œacted stupidly.â€ (It turned out the white cop had an exemplary record and even did diversity training for his department.) To justify his favoritism, Obama claimed, â€œThereâ€™s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionatelyâ€ â€“ which might have something to do with African-Americans and Latinos committing robbery and burglary disproportionately.
â€¢ Another Frank National Conversation on Race â€“ In February 2009, speaking to a group of DOJ employees on the occasion of Black History Month (when does White History Month come, I forget?), Attorney General Eric Holder said America was â€œa nation of cowardsâ€ because we avoided discussing race frankly. â€œIf we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have a frank conversation about the racial matters that continue to divide us.â€ When leftists say they want a candid conversation about race, they mean â€“ We talk, you listen. We lecture you on the legacy of racism, you nod your head contritely. We demand racial quotas, reparations, minority ownership of media outlets and more educational indoctrination, and you meekly assent. And no fair raising uncomfortable questions, like â€“ why is it that the homicide rate for black men ages 18 to 24 is over ten times that of whites in the same age group? The conversation Holder has in mind is a more like a monologue.
â€¢ Itâ€™s Racist To Enforce Immigration Laws â€“ Those neo-night-ridding Arizonans â€“ who are demonstrating a decided lack of sensitivity on Mexican drug-runners â€“ seek to enforce the immigration laws Obama studiously ignores. Holder is going to sue them. (Could we have a frank conversation about this?) The president is convinced that the law (which contains safeguards against racial profiling) will lead to the harassment of Latino dads who take their kids out for ice cream, and forget â€œtheir papers.â€ POTUS should look on the bright side. Arizona police will be so busy hassling Latino dads on ice-cream runs, that they wonâ€™t have time to disproportionately stop verbally abusive Harvard professors who break into their own homes. For Obama, absolutely everything is about race.
â€¢ Quotas In Financial-Regulation Bill â€“ Unbeknownst to most of its critics, the so-called reform of financial institutions pending in Congress creates an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion to establish race and gender quotas in private institutions forced to do business with Washington. As the sponsor of the provision, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), who can sling racial guilt with the best of them, explains, the provision will â€œhelp address an indisputable problem, the lack of diversity in financial services.â€ For the race-obsessed left, lack of diversity is incontrovertible evidence of discrimination, which can only be remedied by quotas.
â€¢ Enabling the New Black Panther Party â€“ Bartle Bull, a lawyer who fought for voting rights in the Jim Crow South, called it â€œthe most blatant form of voter intimidation I have encountered in my life in political campaigns in many states, even going back to the work I did in Mississippi in the 1960s.â€ On Election Day, 2008, two leaders of the New Black Panther Party stood at the entrance to a Philadelphia polling place. Both wore uniforms. One carried a nightstick. King Shamir Shabazz, a noted wit and raconteur, accosted whites going to vote with cries of â€œYouâ€™re about to be ruled by a black man, cracker!â€ (Shabazz is renowned for his advice to the black community: â€œYou want freedom? Youâ€™re gonna have to kill some crackers! Youâ€™re gonna have to kill their babies!â€) Unlike the allegations used to bludgeon Tea Party activists, the performance of Shabazz and his colleague was videotaped. The Obama Department of Racial Justice dropped the charges, claiming â€œthe facts and the law did not support pursuingâ€ the case. This caused career DOJ Lawyer J. Christian Adams to resign in disgust, charging, â€œThere is a pervasive hostility within the civil rights division at the Justice Departmentâ€ toward cases where blacks are accused of discrimination. Perhaps this too could be included in our frank national conversation on race. Maybe not.
Obama and the NAACPâ€™s smear campaign are symptoms. The disease is the leftâ€™s pervasive race obsession. It doesnâ€™t want a color-blind society, but a culture where race is all. Standing Martin Luther Kingâ€™s dictum on its head, it wants a nation where men are judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.
Thanks to the man in the White House â€“ the dude with a racial chip the size of a Sequoia on his shoulder â€“ theyâ€™re getting it.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.