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August 29, 2013 - 9:45 am

There’s the right way to commemorate Martin Luther King’s legacy – and then there’s Mark Pryor’s way.  On August 27, the incumbent Democratic senator was caught playing the race card in a pathetic attempt to divide the Arkansas electorate.  Pryor is vulnerable, inept, and desperate.  As a result, his campaign decided to go through Rep. Tom Cotton’s columns in the Harvard Crimson. Why? It’s because Cotton wrote about liberals’ favorite subject: race in America.

Slate, a Washington Post-affiliated site, wrote about Cotton’s pieces.  Emma Roller, who wrote the post last Wednesday, said:

Here’s the most salient part, by my eye [emphasis added]:

The systematic and quantitative case they make is difficult to refute, and it comports with simple common sense: If one counts by race, then race counts, which of course means that it divides rather than unites.

Common sense, however, has never been the forte of race-hustling charlatans like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Unfortunately, it also seems lost on supposedly educated people like Roger Wilkins, Lani Guinier, and Derek Bell. They and other leaders of the civil-rights establishment—one of those many groups that lives off the capital of a noble heritage—blithely ignore all data on racial attitudes in America, as well as all trends of behavior that prove the sincerity of those attitudes. They state that racism is still “as virulent and as obvious as weeds in a garden,” racism is “worse today than it was in the ’60s,” and that “white men are the most lying creatures on the face of the earth.”

These are not unintelligent people. They could pass the QRR and can analyze trends and data. They know, however, that to acknowledge the incontrovertible arguments of this book would be to marginalize themselves even more than has already been done. If race relations are better now than at any time in our history and would almost certainly improve if we stopped emphasizing race in our public life, what would the self-appointed ‘civil rights leaders’ have to do with themselves? For this reason, they continue to make hysterical and wholly unsubstantiated claims that inflame public opinion and create a gnawing cynicism in the American people.

Oh! I can hear the saliva hitting the ground.  This content always gets left-wingers foaming at the mouth – but here’s the catch. It was Pryor’s people pushing this narrative.  Here’s the screen shot thanks to Jason Tolbert of Talk Business Arkansas

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Granted, Tolbert noted how even Slate didn’t think this was a big deal, but Roller frivolously emphasized  ”how much of an uber-conservative Cotton is. People who already support Cotton and read this may even grow to like him more.”  Yet, Roller should know that Cotton being an “uber-conservative” is a plus with our people.

Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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