Who came up with the inane rule that only liberals can hurl an accusation of racism, as if the term belonged to the left exclusively? In that case, what are we supposed to do in those instances where the racists are liberals?
Take rlowney856 for example. That’s the screenname of the left-leaning reader named “roger” who — in language that was less than progressive — took exception to a recent column I wrote criticizing both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his condescending racial comments about Barack Obama’s dialect and skin tone during the 2008 presidential election and a slew of his fellow Democrats for bending their morals into pretzels to defend him and declare the subject closed.
Or as rlowney856 put it:
ruben, my son … how petty can you get??? … to dwell on a year old quote by sir harry is so low i find it hard to believe!!! … are you so hard up you can’t find something less petty to write about?? … are all you right wingers as trashy and stupid as you?? … you take the cake you mexican garbage bag … go back to south of the border where you and your right wing idiots belong … what a total farce you are!!! … roger
By the way, for what it’s worth, I thought the mainstream press was much too kind and generous with Reid when it rushed to label his comments “racially insensitive.” I would have used the word “racist.” Yes, that’s right, I said “racist.” I’ve heard all the excuses and explanations — Reid was complimenting Obama, Reid was really insulting white voters, what Reid said was ugly but true, etc. etc. — and I haven’t found any of them especially persuasive.
When — according to the book Game Change by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann — Reid said privately that Obama could win the White House because he is “light-skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” he seemed to be implying that all Obama has going for him as a presidential candidate is that he’s light-skinned and can flip his “Negro dialect” on and off like a light switch. It’s not that Obama is, in the least, intelligent, charismatic, or skilled in selling himself. Those attributes, we can assume, are more commonly found in 70-year-old white guys from Nevada.