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CHRISTIAN TOTO: Will the Left Melt Down Over ‘Best of Enemies?’ “The fact-based drama shows the ultimate racial healing, a message some on the far Left don’t want to see.”

Meltdown dead ahead.

THE TYRANNY OF CLICHÉS: Kamala Harris Says America Still Hasn’t Had ‘An Honest Discussion About Race.’

Really? After Charlottesville, Ferguson, Baltimore’s riots, Ralph Northam, Jussie Smollett, Roseanne Barr, Kanye West’s various rants, Philando Castile, #BlackLivesMatter, the Dallas police shootings, the Charleston church shooting, the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina state-capitol grounds, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Rachel Dolezal, former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and arguments about subconscious bias and Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign and microaggressions, the regular controversies about associations with Louis Farrakhan, the arguments about Harvard’s admissions standards and Asian-Americans . . .  in Harris’ eyes, this country still hasn’t had an honest discussion about race?

(Recently in Maryland, a white Democratic state legislator referred to a particular district as an N-word district. Her colleagues censured her, and like Northam, she resisted calls to resign . . .  and life is going on, with local supporters insisting “That’s just not who she is.” If she were of the other party, would her fellow Democrats react the same way? Would “certain whites get a pass for racially insensitive comments, actions, or views because of their partisan affiliation” be part of this national honest discussion?)

We didn’t have an honest discussion about race in this country during the Obama presidency? The nutty birther allegations, Jeremiah Wright, Henry Louis Gates’s arrest, “the police acted stupidly,” the statement that Latinos need to “punish their enemies,”, the ubiquitous presence of Al Sharpton, the emergence of #BlackLivesMatter . . .  none of those moments meet Harris’s definition of “an honest conversation about race”? (The comment is reminiscent of former attorney general Eric Holder’s declaration, one month after Obama’s inauguration, that Americans were “in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, a nation of cowards.” The country didn’t have an honest discussion about race after Green BookBlacKkKlansmanGetOutSelmaHidden FiguresThe HelpCrashThe Butler12 Years a Slave42? Not after #OscarsSoWhite?

Besides, do we even need one at this point? As Jon Gabriel famously summed up the Obama era:

(Classical reference in headline.)

VIRGINIA CLOWN SHOW UPDATE: Governor Blackface Brags about His Moral Compass and Explains How It’s All Our Fault.

When Virginia governor Ralph Northam agreed to his first print interview since his flaming dumpster fire of a press conference, he required the Washington Post to not post audio or a transcript of the entire interview, and the paper assented. (I thought democracy died in darkness.) Why does Governor Blackface think he’s in a position to make demands?

In the Post interview, Northam spoke as if the citizens of his state had done something terrible, and needed to make amends:

“It’s obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do. There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity,” he said. “There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entre­pre­neur­ship. And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia. And so we’re ready to learn from our mistakes.”

What’s this “we” stuff? Northam added that he would take action to ensure that others would not be as insensitive as he had been: “First of all what I plan to do . . . is to make sure that we have sensitivity training — in our Cabinet, in our agencies. I also plan to reach out to our colleges and universities and talk about sensitivity training. Even into the K through 12 age range, that’s very important.”

Governor, Virginia’s kindergarteners are not the problem. You are.

Then Northam did a televised interview with CBS News, and declared, “Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. And that’s why I’m not going anywhere.”

You don’t get to brag about your moral compass when you’re in this situation.

In addition to all of the Oprah-approved language when a well-known leftist seeks media redemption — all that “healing” and “empathy” and “sensitivity,” historically, when a political lefty has screwed up royally, academia and the media have always given him an out on the basis that his crime or mistake is a collective failing among all Americans:

FDR’s decision to intern Japanese-Americans during World War II? America’s shame… JFK’s death in 1963, by a lone Capital-C Communist? America’s collective racist shame. In 2004, John Kerry tried to pass the buck on the Vietnam War from LBJ to Nixon. And on and on.

It was also a frequent tactic of former President Obama, as the late Charles Krauthammer perceptively noted in mid-2009, after Obama’s infamous “beer summit” with Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Joe Biden:

It was a classic example of the Obama style. Here, he starts out by making the mistake — he accuses the cops of acting stupidly. It’s an instinctive sort of a prejudice against the cops and in favor of a professor. If you’re a professor like him, if you live in academia the way he did, it’s sort of an instinctual response. He realized immediately it’s a mistake and what he does is he tries to act the philosopher or a king and he rises above it and he says, “and now we’re going to teach the nation,” whereas he was the one who made the mistake.

It’s the same way with the Philadelphia race speech [in 2008]. It was discovered of course in the campaign that he had had a gaffe of 20 years by being in the church of a raving racist, Jeremiah Wright. And then [Obama] gives a speech which essentially scolds everyone, including his own grandmother, of latent racism — except himself — and he rises above it. He says [it’s] “a teachable moment,” and he gives his speech that had the liberals feeling thrills up their leg and comparing it to Lincoln at Cooper Union. It’s a clever pose but I think it wears thin. [Obama] makes mistakes like others. They’re [the] usual instinctive liberal mistakes, and then he pretends that he’s going to now teach us about this. I found it slightly annoying and I wonder if the rest of the nation over time won’t also slightly annoying.

As with Obama before him, Northam has dramatically accelerated the process of casting off his personal guilt onto the populous at large. Though unlike Obama, Northam lacks the undying love of the DNC-MSM, which is why he’s running a much more personally high stakes game in the hopes that this tactic will save his hide.

At least as of today, it likely will — CBS is certainly going all-in to protect him, as a Hill headline this morning notes: “CBS’s Gayle King: Black people in Virginia don’t believe Northam is a racist.”

King’s comments come as a Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted last week found 47 percent of Virginia residents surveyed want Northam to resign, while the same percentage want him to stay.

Of the African-Americans surveyed in that poll, 58 percent said that they prefer Northam remain in office while 37 percent said they think he should resign. Forty-eight percent of white residents surveyed said they wanted Northam to resign, with 46 percent stating a preference to stay.

And as this Vanity Fair headline asks today, “Could [Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s] Sexual Assault Scandal Save Ralph Northam?”

Related: “Two of the three government staffers to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and two employees of his political action committee resigned following news Friday of a second sexual assault allegation against him.”

$500 EVERYDAY FEMINISM SEMINAR OFFERS TO HEAL ‘INTERNALIZED WHITENESS.’

It is also hard to see how this approach to “healing whiteness” can address the racial issues facing our society, or how white people are going to be convinced to go in for treatment. Is it possible that some white people being told they are sick might take offense and become targets of extreme groups who tell them they are healthy? The bottom line is that conservatives have to get more engaged in anti-racism efforts. Too much ground is being ceded and, left unchecked, progressive approaches are becoming more radical.

It is not enough to laugh at this stuff. It’s out there, it’s pervasive, and almost nobody is offering an alternative. This is in part because progressives sometimes try to shut down speech that challenges their orthodoxies on race issues, but also because conservatives are too willing to turn a blind eye to racism to avoid the fray.

When we roll our eyes and laugh at this stuff, we are also ignoring it. We do that at our own peril. What we have to do is understand it, question it, and offer solutions that we think are better.

The mainstream left not acting as the mirror image of the alt-right would be a good first step. Or as Sean Davis of the Federalist tweets, “If you think skin color is a disease that requires a cure, you’re a racist.”

COIN FLIPS ARE NOW RACIST: Jesse Jackson objects to ‘unfair’ coin flip that decided tie vote for Team USA flag bearer.

To paraphrase Jon Gabriel’s classic tweet about the Obama era, my favorite part about the Olympics is all the racial healing.

WELL, THAT’S NECESSARY TO REFLECT THE SOUL OF ITS NAMESAKE: So, the Obama Presidential Library Is Really Ugly. “A discarded Chinese take-out box. The backside of a Star Wars sand crawler. The Washington Monument with the interesting bits lopped off. That’s what sprung to mind when confronted with the initial design of the Obama Presidential Center, Jon Gabriel writes at Ricochet.

Elsewhere, the Chicago Tribune asks, “Without archives on site, how will Obama Center benefit area students, scholars?”

Jon answers that question as well; he notes that “the Obamas are going to use it as a community organizing bootcamp to teach new generations how to make hyperviolent Chicago an even less comfortable place to live and work.”

To paraphrase Gabriel’s defining tweet of Obama’s two terms, my favorite part about the Obama presidential library will be all the racial healing.

SO I SPOKE AT AN EVENT TONIGHT, TALKING ABOUT CIVILIAN DISASTER RELIEF AND SOCIAL COHESION, and a guy came up to me afterward saying that since Robert Putnam found that diversity is associated with decreased social trust, how did I feel about a bunch of white people going off to start their own country. (My response: Unenthused). But you see this sort of thing on the Internet enough that some people believe it, and while Putnam’s point is supported by research, I don’t think it actually supports the solution. “Diversity,” I suspect, is one of those things that actually is a social construct. If you make people hyperaware of their differences — as is done on college campuses today — you can make things much worse than they otherwise would be. (See also Tito’s Yugoslavia). If you encourage people to think about what they have in common, you can make things much better. And where it suits their interests, politicians will create ethnic cleavages. (Hutus and Tutsis are both “black” in American conception, but politicians were still able to inflame passions that led to genocide.) My prediction is that if you created some sort of racially segregated society, politicians would soon be at work finding other differences to inflame, differences that nobody’s even aware of now. The only real answer is a strong social norm that supports, for example, our common humanity and, in this country, our common Americanness. This seems to be what ordinary Americans believe, and act upon, but politicians will do whatever it takes to gain power. Keeping politicians in check is the key to getting along. Can we do more of that?

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY: Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing.

After the Charleston shooting, citizens of South Carolina, both black and white, joined hands, and more than 15,000 of them marched in a show of love and friendship. As columnist Salena Zito wrote, “They met in the middle; they wept, smiled, laughed, hugged, turned strangers into friends. Homemade signs with messages of outreach, love and solidarity flapped in the wind, as prayers and hymns filled the air. There wasn’t a major network or cable news channel, only local TV crews, rolling cameras to record America doing what it does best — opening its heart; the networks always seem to be on hand for looting or rioting.“

They do, indeed. But many people still noticed, even if the national agenda-setters were, as usual, more interested in spotlighting hate than love.

Today: In devastated Houston, ‘nobody hates anybody’ as people come together. “You hear nothing but bad press, you hear nothing but, you know, this group hates this group, and then you find out: nobody hates anybody. Everybody comes together.”

Why is the press so eager to convince us of the opposite?

UPDATE: A friend comments on Facebook: “It doesn’t take a disaster like Harvey to bring out the best in us; it takes a disaster like Harvey for the press to notice the everyday decency of most people.”

FLASHBACK: Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing: Elites should stop sowing division and follow people’s example of love and forgiveness. One of my friends on Facebook was saying that she travels constantly and nowhere does America look like it does in the news media, or on social media. And thank God for that. . . .

I WAS GOING TO WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE TODAY, but honestly I don’t think I could do better than Roger Simon. I do want to echo his comment that, for all the racial tension we see in the media and in politics, out in the actual world black and white people seem to be getting along pretty well. I wrote something about that here.

ONCE AGAIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES DECLARES ITS CORE LEFTWING READERS TO BE RACIST. NY Times reporter: White women seem racist on the city’s sidewalks,” John Sexton paraphrases at Hot Air – because they don’t appear to get out of the author’s way when he’s walking down the sidewalk:

The author does do some speculating on what this might mean, but all of his thoughts seem to boil down to white women being afraid to acknowledge him. He says he has asked white women he knows and they tell him they don’t know what he’s talking about. “Wait, am I crazy?” he wonders. But then when he asks black male friends and “they know what I’m talking about.”

What I see are a lot of unexplored variables. Since these are people passing in the opposite direction, the author doesn’t really know how these women behaved toward everyone else. In other words, maybe he has just encountered some rude women. The idea that there are rude people walking around New York being rude doesn’t exactly come as a shock to me.

Back in 2013, the Times ran an essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates that similarly assumed the paper’s core readers are racists. As I wrote at the time:

So just to add up the comments by Times contributors over the past couple of years: if you live in the big blank space between Manhattan and L.A. in the New Yorker cartoon, you’re a participant in “the dance of the low-sloping foreheads.”  If you actually live in the Times’ backyard, you’re a potential Progressive racist. (Woodrow Wilson, call your office.) When the Weekly Standard noted recently that in the eyes of the MSM, the customer is always wrong, they had no idea how much he was truly loathed by those hoping that he’ll part with a note featuring Abraham Lincoln’s face and some change for a copy of the Sunday edition.

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Which brings us to the title of Coates’ article: “The Good, Racist People.” About which, [Ann] Althouse herself wrote, “My question is: How did some people get to be considered the ‘good’ people in the first place? It’s that question that fires my antagonism to liberals. They think they are good.”

Perhaps they feel they earn their penitence by paying to be harangued on a regular basis by the Gray Lady. I assume they enjoy wearing their NYT-emblazoned hairshirts, but all of the blue-on-blue action above is yet another reminder of Jon Gabriel’s classic tweet from 2014:

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE MODERN NFL IS ALL THE RACIAL HEALING: NFL’s Kaepernick Compares Cops to Fugitive Slave Patrols.

Related: ESPN Writer Allows Seahawk Player Michael Bennett to Denigrate White NFL Fans.

(Classical allusion in headline.)

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JON GABRIEL LOOKS BACK AT President Obama’s Disastrous Record On Race.

Every time an officer of any race used lethal force against a black suspect, most of them ruled justifiable, Black Lives Matter cast it as another example of privilege and white supremacy. BLM harassed bewildered customers at malls and brunches, and regularly blocked traffic on major freeways. Concerned Student 1959 tried to shut down the University of Missouri as Amherst Uprising did the same for their school.

Did Obama comment on the widespread racial unrest wracking his country? Occasionally. But each time he used his “on the one hand, but on the other” formulation that defines himself as the moral fulcrum amidst the madness. The President didn’t mention that his fingerprints were all over the riots.

Before getting into politics, Barack Obama was a community organizer. This anodyne term was created by Chicago leftist Saul Alinsky who created the position to “rub raw the sores of discontent.” Many thought Obama’s moderate sounding speeches meant he had tossed Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals in the dustbin. Instead, upon entering the White House, Obama created Organizing for Action, which has trained 5 million Americans in Alinsky tactics.

Occupy Wall Street, Wisconsin’s anti-Walker protests, and Black Lives Matter didn’t arise of their own accord. They were the bitter fruit intentionally cultivated by OfA.

More disturbingly, Obama’s goal to “fundamentally transform America” is far from over. In his farewell speech, Obama repeatedly stressed the need for the crowd to “lace up your shoes and do some organizing.”

If Obama had wanted racial healing, he would have pursued racial healing.

FAKE HATE: Black Teenage Girl Cited for Sending Out Racist, Threatening Tweets.

We don’t get to retire Jon Gabriel’s tweet quite yet.

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SHOT: America will miss Barack Obama’s decency.

CHASER: A Divisive Obama Warns of Threats to National Unity in Farewell Speech.

HANGOVER:

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It’s going to be with us for a long time.

JOEL KOTKIN: Obama’s Not So Glorious Legacy.

Like a child star who reached his peak at age 15, Barack Obama could never fulfill the inflated expectations that accompanied his election. After all not only was he heralded as the “smartest” president in history within months of assuming the White House, but he also secured the Nobel Peace Prize during his first year in office. Usually, it takes actually settling a conflict or two — like Richard Nixon or Jimmy Carter — to win such plaudits.

The greatest accomplishment of the Obama presidency turned out to be his election as the first African American president. This should always be seen as a great step forward. Yet, the Obama presidency failed to accomplish the great things promised by his election: racial healing, a stronger economy, greater global influence and, perhaps most critically, the fundamental progressive “transformation” of American politics. . . .

Whenever race-related issues came up — notably in the area of law enforcement — Obama and his Justice Department have tended to embrace the narrative that America remains hopelessly racist. As a result, he seemed to embrace groups like Black Lives Matter and, wherever possible, blame law enforcement, even as crime was soaring in many cities, particularly those with beleaguered African American communities.

Eight years after his election, more Americans now consider race relations to be getting worse, and we are more ethnically divided than in any time in recent history. As has been the case for several decades, African Americans’ economic equality has continued to slip, and is lower now than it was when Obama came into office in 2009, according to a 2016 Urban League study.

And that’s just the beginning of his failures. Read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democrats, Not Trump, Racialize Our Politics.

Heather Mac Donald:

The most absurd Democratic meme to emerge from the party’s ballot-box defeat is the claim that it is Donald Trump, rather than Democrats, who engages in “aggressive, racialized discourse,” in the words of a Los Angeles Times op-ed. By contrast, President Barack Obama sought a “post-racial, bridge-building society,” according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker. Obama’s post-racial efforts have now “given way to an angry, jeering, us-against-them nation,” writes Baker, in a front-page “news” story.

Tell that valedictory for “post-racial bridge-building” to police officers, who have been living through two years of racialized hatred directed at them in the streets, to the applause of many Democratic politicians. Black Lives Matter rhetoric consists of slogans like: “CPD [Chicago Police Department] KKK, how many children did you kill today?” “Fuck the police,” and “Racist, killer cops.” Officers have been assassinated by Black Lives Matter-inspired killers who set out to kill whites in general and white police officers in particular. Gun murders of law enforcement officers are up 67 percent this year through November 23, following five ambushes and attacks over the November 18 weekend that left a San Antonio police officer and a U.S. marshall dead. A few days before those weekend shootings, anarchist wannabes in Austin led a counting chant based on the template: “What’s better than X dead cops? X + 1 Dead Cops.”

President Obama welcomed Black Lives Matter activists several times to the White House. He racialized the entire criminal-justice system, repeatedly accusing it of discriminating, often lethally, against blacks. At the memorial service for five Dallas police officers gunned down in July 2016, Obama declared that black parents were right to fear that “something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door”—that the child will be shot by a cop simply for being “stupid.”

OBLIGATORY:

TONI MORRISON: Mourning for Whiteness.

So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.

On Election Day, how eagerly so many white voters—both the poorly educated and the well educated—embraced the shame and fear sowed by Donald Trump. The candidate whose company has been sued by the Justice Department for not renting apartments to black people. The candidate who questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States, and who seemed to condone the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester at a campaign rally. The candidate who kept black workers off the floors of his casinos. The candidate who is beloved by David Duke and endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Let the pining begin for America’s just-lost Golden Age of Harmony and Tolerance.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: The Uncomfortable Truth of Having a Black Conservative on Campus.

Obligatory:

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FROM DRUDGE:

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Obligatory:

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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: High School Teacher: ‘To Be White Is To Be Racist, Period.’

Obligatory:

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THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER: Teacher Sparks Controversy After Telling Students, “To Be White Is To Be Racist”

“Am I racist? And I say, yeah. I don’t want to be. It’s not like I choose to be racist,” the teacher is heard saying in audio obtained by KFOR. “But do I do things because of the way I was raised?” The student who recorded the statement says the remarks were made during a lecture on healing the racial divide. The student began recording after finding some of the discussion offensive.

“Half of my family is Hispanic, so I just felt like, you know, him calling me racist just because I’m White…I mean, where’s your proof in that? You start telling someone something over and over again that’s an opinion, and they start taking it as fact,” she told KFOR.

Joseph Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools, agrees that the teacher should have handled the discussion differently.

At the very least.

ALL LIVES MATTER: Four men arrested in attack on Alabama teen who said ‘Blue lives matter’

Once more time:

IT’S COME TO THIS: Black Tenant Slams Neighbor’s Noise Complaint As Racist ‘White Tears:’

The noisy neighbor, Richard Brookshire, issued a blistering response accusing his neighbors of racial aggression and calling their note a “direct threat”.

“As a Black man, I take these overt actions as a direct threat to my physical and psychological well-being and as an act of violence upon me (see attached list of the 821 black men, women, and children killed by police or in police custody to date in 2016),” he wrote. “This threat cannot be taken lightly.”

Because for leftists in 2016, the will to power derives from victimhood — and not just on college campuses anymore.

Obligatory:

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13TH IS AN INSULT TO MLK:

Instantly acclaimed as one of the most important documentaries of the year, Ava DuVernay’s film about the mass incarceration of black men, “13th,” wowed audiences at the New York Film Festival and looks like a leading Oscar contender as it premieres in theaters and on Netflix on Friday.

Disappointingly, given the importance of the underlying issues, the film is a morass of distortions, half-truths, calculated omissions, absurd hyperbole and outright falsehoods. Equating Donald Trump supporters with Deep South lynch mobs isn’t even its most outlandish tactic.

Read the whole thing.

Obligatory:

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MOST AMERICANS SAY RELATIONS BETWEEN BLACKS AND WHITES HAVE WORSENED UNDER OBAMA, ACCORDING TO A NEW CNN/ORC POLL.

Why, it’s almost as it America was being governed by a former community advisor who’s chummy with Al Sharpton and spent years in the pulpit of a hyper-racist pastor or something. Forgive me — that’s all science fiction talk, of course.

Obligatory:

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INTEGRATION? White On Black Crime vs. Black On White Crime: New Statistics Show More Killings Between Races.

One more time…

HILLARY: EVERYONE IS A RACIST, NOT JUST THE POLICE.

Jon Gabriel, call your office.

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OBAMA DIRECTS HIS BELEAGUERED TROOPS BACK TO THE FRONT LINES YET AGAIN:  DOJ Sends Same Unit to Charlotte That Helped Ferguson, Baltimore Rioters Organize.

Obligatory:

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As I wrote back in June of 2009, “Obama has demonstrated that he’s always eager to view American politics as the continuation of warfare by other means, to flip Von Clausewitz’s axiom on its head.”

GOOD LORD: At Least 12 Charlotte Cops Injured During Riot After Fatal Police Shooting.

And the obligatory:

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THEY GET THE VAPORS SO EASILY AT THE HUFFINGTON POST: “Cultural Appropriation, the Ultimate Sin” including — quelle horreur! — “The Foes Of Faux Pho” as explored by Dan Gainor at NewsBusters:

Bon Appétit’s readers might have noticed a recent piece that was originally called: “PSA: This Is How You Should Be Eating Pho.” The story included a video of Philadelphia’s Stock chef Tyler Akin. Stock serves Southeast Asian food and Tyler has a problem, he’s white. The video showed how he eats Pho. And that’s a no-no. The HuffPo thought police responded with, “Why The Outrage Over Bon Appétit’s Pho Article Is Completely Justified.” Not just “justified,” but “completely justified.” They proceeded to quote every idiot they could find who was angry that a white guy might be an expert in something that white people didn’t invent. One site even called it “whitesplaining.” Bon Appétit went grovelling and responded “how we screwed up and what we can do about it.” Actual quote: “While Akin mentions in the video that he’s demonstrated his personal, preferred way of consuming pho, the outlet’s packaging still positioned him as an authority.” This is America 2016. It’s controversial to have a white chef make ethnic food. But no one on the left refuses to use electricity or the telephone because scary old white men were involved in their invention.

Read the whole thing – sooner rather than later, as it’s only a matter of time before we all must don our “environmentally friendly death suit,” as spotted by Gainor at the conclusion of his look into how exponentially insane the left has become in recent years.

Related: “Seriously, we have people questioning whether it’s appropriate for white people to eat pad Thai. Turnabout, then: I guess that means that as a native of North Carolina, I can ban the Thais from eating barbecue. (I bet they’d swap.)”

Oh, and lest I forget:

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INCREASINGLY, I’M SO DONE WITH THE NFL: A raised fist and more kneeling players as Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest spreads across the NFL on opening weekend.

I’m so old, I can remember when the left hated Lyndon Johnson. Now they’re borrowing all of the half-century old clichés and poses of his era, as if nothing has changed in America since the mid-1960s. But then, as Jon Gabriel would say, “My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing.”

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raises his fist in the air during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raises his fist in the air during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

WHY RACE RELATIONS GOT WORSE, as explored by J. D. Vance, the author of the best-selling Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Well for one reason, because it helps the left every other November, which is why…

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FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: The America Obama Leaves Behind. Jim Geraghty writes that “His successor will inherit a mess comparable to the one he inherited in 2008.”

Actually, in many ways a worse one – as Bill McGurn noted in the Wall Street Journal on the day of Obama’s inauguration in 2009, “Bush’s Real Sin Was Winning in Iraq.” To the point where shortly thereafter, Obama and Biden were bragging about what a success Iraq was, before, as Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker noted, Obama unilaterally withdrew all American troops for a reelection talking point, thus throwing it all away and giving rise to ISIS.

And then there’s terrible destruction Obama caused taxpayers via one of the greatest lies ever told — repeatedly — by an American president: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Then there’s all of the racial discord that Obama and his attorney general ginned up, again with election years in mind. Or to put it another way:

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DEVASTATING: JAKE TAPPER SHARES A GOLD STAR MOTHER’S TAKEDOWN OF COLIN KAEPERNICK:

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It’s the Twitter version of this 49ers fan’s understandable reaction, setting alight his Kaepernick jersey in a Drudge-lanched video.

In contrast, ESPN continues its descent into MSNBC land: ESPN Writer Pablo S. Torre Thinks Only Trump Backers Offended by Kaepernick Protest.

Speaking of contrast, James Woods neatly sums up the current state of the “fundamentally transformed” NFL:

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And of course, as Jon Gabriel would say:

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WELL, THE OBAMA ERA CERTAINLY DIDN’T BRING ABOUT MUCH IN THE WAY OF RACIAL HEALING: A Hillary Clinton presidential victory promises to usher in a new age of public misogyny.

This is why the next President needs to be a straight, white male Republican. It’s our only hope!

MICHAEL BARONE: Is the end of white Christian America a good thing?

Well, it is for wide swatches of the far left. (QED.) But it’s also a reminder of ExJon’s tweet of the decade:

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GALLUP: IN U.S., OBAMA EFFECT ON RACIAL MATTERS FALLS SHORT OF HOPES.

I dunno – I’d say the half of the country that was aware of Obama’s background as a failed community organizer who spent years listening to Rev. Wright’s racialist sermons aren’t exactly surprised by this development. But still, as Jon Gabriel wrote in his tweet of the decade:

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NFL FINDS A CAUSE THEY WON’T ENDORSE: THE DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT. “Moreover, the NFL’s hypocrisy is also on full display, considering they had no problem allowing Beyoncé to perform her anti-police song ‘Formation’ at the Super Bowl halftime show. A song whose video features a wall with the phrase ‘Stop Shooting Us’ written on it, a scene with Beyoncé sitting on top of a police car that is sinking into the water, and a shot where a child dances in front of a squad of policeman in riot gear.”

Reminders: “NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as counsel to [then] Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Barack Obama’s transition team”; Steelers owner “Dan Rooney fell for Obama” in 2008. Which brings us to the obligatory summation of the past eight years of hopenchange:

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AMERICANS KEEP OUTPERFORMING THEIR ELITES’ EXPECTATIONS: We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.

Brittany Atterberry was walking down East 4th Street in her hometown when she encountered a visiting Trump supporter on his guitar. So she unsheathed her soprano sax, fixed a microphone on its bell, and jumped into the blues with him. Then Atterberry’s brother George Fossett, who was holding an END RACISM sign, started dancing with a bare-chested Biker for Trump.

It was a tableau of can’t-we-all-just-get-along, mere blocks from the site of the fractious Republican National Convention, where each night politicians have done their best to make Americans afraid of each other. . . .

Said Daryl Rembowski, the Biker for Trump: “The silent majority is showing you we can [get along]. We’ve seen it all week.”

Said Fossett, his dance partner and fellow Cleveland resident: “Stop all the white against black, black against white. It’s all about love. This is what Cleveland is about. This is what the world should be about.”

We’ll see how Philly goes, but this just keeps happening. Which must be upsetting for the elites, who keep telling us that we’d all be at each other’s throats if it weren’t for them.

THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: The fear of raising biracial babies could lead to new era of segregation, Naomi Schaefer Riley (the mother of three mixed-race children) writes in the New York Post.

Obligatory:

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SO I DROVE HOME FROM KANSAS OVER THE WEEKEND, AND I NOTICED SOMETHING: Wherever I was, from Lawrence, to Kansas City, to St. Louis or Paducah or Nashville, it seemed as if white and black people were going out of their ways to be nice to each other.

As I’ve noted before, a lot of people seem to want to gin up racial tensions, but ordinary Americans don’t seem so big on that.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED. ABC: Nearly 70% of Americans Say Race Relations Are Bad, New Poll Says.

Obligatory:

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WELL, THAT’S HOW HE WAS SOLD, BUT IT’S NOT HOW HE HAS RULED: “Why is racial discord the problem of the summer 2016? If anyone has what it takes to unify the country over race it is Barack Obama, who is President right now and who had been President for 7 1/2 years. If it makes any sense to be deciding the current presidential election on this issue, if this longed-for capacity is something that can possibly exist, then Barack Obama would be doing it now and would have been doing it for years.”

President Chaos Umpire has no interest in racial healing. Obligatory:

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OBAMA’S BIGGEST FAILURE: The president has substantially set back race relations in the United States.

Obligatory:

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BLUE ON BLUE: Black Lives Matter protest scores victory after putting Pride parade on pause.

Obligatory:

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MIZZOU RACE ACTIVIST HIJACKS ORLANDO VIGIL AS GAY COMMUNITY REBUKES HER.

Perennial:

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EVER GET THE FEELING YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED? Obama Admits He Didn’t Create a Post-Racial Society.

Related: Jon Gabriel’s tweet of the decade:

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I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY HE WASN’T THE DEMOCRATS’ NOMINEE THIS YEAR: Jim Webb: “Any white person whose ancestral relations trace to the American South now risks being characterized as having roots based on bigotry and undeserved privilege. Meanwhile, race relations are at their worst point in decades.”

If there’s a category for “Tweet of the Decade,” Jon Gabriel may have written it:

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GALLUP POLL: U.S. Worries About Race Relations Reach a New High.

If there’s a category for “Tweet of the Decade,” Jon Gabriel may have written it:

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SCENES FROM AN EDUCATION APOCALYPSE:

Earlier this week, several dozen Emory students barged into the school’s administration building to demand protection from “Trump 2016” slogans that had been written in chalk on campus walkways. Acting out a by-now standardised psychodrama of oppression and vulnerability, the students claimed that seeing Trump’s name on the sidewalk confirmed that they were “unsafe” at Emory. College sophomore Jonathan Peraza led the allegedly traumatised students in a chant: “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” As the Emory protesters entered the administration building, they drew on the Communist Manifesto to express their pitiable plight: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

“And at San Francisco State University, the latest thing, apparently, is identitarian hair policing” — which brings new meaning to an old chestnut:

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TRUMP IS NOT SOLELY TO BLAME FOR THE VIOLENCE AT HIS RALLIES, Jonah Goldberg writes:

Trump is merely the latest actor to deliver such assurances to his coddled constituencies. Barack Obama — who recently absolved himself of all blame for the state of politics in the nation he’s led for seven years — has played this game with more finesse than most. But that’s the thing about the great ones: They make it look so easy. Obviously, he hasn’t encouraged violence — that is Trump’s special contribution to the degradation of our politics. But from his contemptuous rhetoric for his political opponents to his unilateral disregard for constitutional restraints, Obama has helped fuel distrust and discord in ways his fans can’t or won’t see.

Sanders lighted his populist fire by insisting the country is held hostage by malefactors of great wealth who are exempt from the rules that bind the rest of us. Hillary Clinton, who got rich(er) giving hidden speeches to those very same malefactors, is not trusted by the voters because she seems to think the rules are for other people, at least when it comes to handling classified materials.

The truth is that politics is downstream of culture. And all of these politicians, Trump included, reflect deeper tendencies. Identity politics on the left and the right — from the war on so-called white supremacy to the bitterness of the white backlash — amount to what the French philosopher Julien Benda described as the “intellectual organization of political hatreds.” What’s remarkable about the violence Trump encourages isn’t its sudden appearance. It’s that it took this long.

Read the whole thing. And of course:

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Related: CNN’s pro-Trump talking head: “Riots aren’t necessarily a bad thing” if Trump is robbed of the nomination.

Shades of the late Elizabeth Edwards being asked in late October by a supporter if there would be riots if Kerry and John Edwards fail to take Pennsylvania the next week: “Uh…..well…not if we win,” was her warning.  Or pretty much the entire rhetorical oeuvre of Al Sharpton before become a Comcast spokesman/NBC News anchor.

WELL, HE’S SELDOM MISSED A CHANCE TO BE A DIVIDER INSTEAD OF A UNITER: The painful twilight of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Call it the curse of high expectations. When Barack Obama took office, the world swooned, America exhaled and pundits declared an end to centuries of racial division. Gazing at the 1.5m people who braved the cold to witness Mr Obama’s inauguration, Steven Spielberg said it would have been impossible to stage for a movie. That was then. Today America’s first non-white president is winding down at the nation’s tensest moment of racial polarisation in decades.

Of course, it’s all Donald Trump’s fault or something. But read this and contrast.

And, of course:

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MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: THE HOST WHO CRIED RACISM:

Harris-Perry has done damage that will last for years, both for her own professional prospects and others who aspire to be like her. Her message to fledgling black, female journalists is clear: if you even suspect that you’re treated differently in a job you may have to work twice as hard for, then stage a public temper tantrum and scream that life isn’t fair. Don’t take the high road. Don’t fight for your show behind closed doors. Don’t quit with dignity if you feel you must. Just yell “racism” and the sympathy will flow. This public display of unprofessionalism is lethal to young minority women who need concrete examples of coping with professional challenges. Harris-Perry is a prime example of what not to do, but I fear that young, idealistic media professionals will imitate her actions and make it more difficult for diversity to thrive in media.

But that was her whole shtick – calling everyone from the CEOs who built America (including by inference, the network that employed her) to those who own its pro sports teams racist – when she wasn’t declaring that kids don’t “belong to their parents,” they “belong to the whole community,” as NewsBusters noted last week in their round up of “Melissa Harris-Perry’s 10 Most Insane Left-Wing Rants.” How else would she have gone out? (I wonder how Sharpton would exit Comcast/NBC — would he have enough self-control to not burn all the bridges, in hopes of landing a similar gig/bestowing protection upon a rival cable network.)

Plus note this:

Racism is a serious and destructive force, responsible for inequality and injustice among black, Hispanic, Asian and many other minority communities. It’s not a bargaining chip in a professional disagreement. Harris-Perry learned that the hard way—let’s hope no others follow suit.

Why would anyone start now, given how cries of racism were weaponized by then-GE-owned MSNBC and other DNC-MSM outlets in 2008 as a tool to advance Obama? Of course, you can only do that so many times before it loses its sting and becomes a joke — hence the sign that started making the rounds at Tea Party rallies in 2009 and 2010: “It doesn’t matter what this sign says, you’ll call it racism anyway.”

Oh and obligatory Jon Gabriel tweet:

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(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

LIFE IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: Nashville library reminds local chapter of Black Lives Matter that segregated meetings aren’t permitted on public property.  BLM blames — no, I’m not making this up — “white supremacy.”

Michael Graham, call your office!

You too, Jon Gabriel:

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CHANGE: “In Competition for Black Votes, Sanders and Clinton Offer Raw Rhetoric on Race

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have begun speaking about racial disparities in America in very blunt terms, talking about themes of entrenched racism in ways arguably more aggressive than any Democratic presidential candidate since Jesse Jackson in 1988. Their raw rhetoric on race is revealed as the competition for black voters in the Democratic presidential primary has quickly become the focal point of the contest as it heads into states with a large percentage of African American voters.

Clinton met with a host of leaders in the African American community Tuesday and delivered a speech on race in Harlem, where she discussed “racial injustice” and “systemic racism.”

Pithy (and true) remarks about “all the racial healing” aside, there was a time when Clinton felt confident enough about her support from the black community that she didn’t have to pander so blatantly.

That time was about a week ago.

TENURED THUGS AND THIEVES, as spotted by Kevin D. Williamson of NRO, who writes:

Professor Melissa Click of the University of Missouri criminally assaulted an undergraduate student and, though local prosecutors were slow to move on the case — there was video of the incident, and the facts were not in question — she eventually was charged with third-degree assault. She will not be convicted of a crime, and, so far, her tenure-track position is safe.

Ironies abound. Click, a professor of Lady Gaga studies (no, really), enjoyed an appointment in Mizzou’s journalism department, which for mysterious reasons is highly regarded. The undergraduate she assaulted was a student journalist going about his proper business, covering a campus protest of which Professor Click was one instigator.

The subject of that protest was, in part, “white privilege,” which the protesters held up in contrast to the purportedly rough and unfair treatment that African Americans, particularly young men, receive at the hands of the police.

Which brings up the obvious question: What do we imagine would have happened to a young black man who criminally assaulted a white female college professor — and then, as Professor Click did, attempted to instigate mob violence against her? On campus? On video?

At the New York Observer, Cathy Young explores “The Totalitarian Doctrine of ‘Social Justice Warriors,’” which she abbreviates as “SocJus” throughout her article. (“The callback to ‘IngSoc’ from George Orwell’s 1984 is not quite coincidental,” she adds):

There is a word for ideologies, religious or secular, that seek to politicize and control every aspect of human life: totalitarian. Unlike most such ideologies, SocJus has no fixed doctrine or clear utopian vision. But in a way, its amorphousness makes it more tyrannical. While all revolutions are prone to devouring their children, the SocJus movement may be especially vulnerable to self-immolation: its creed of “intersectionality”—multiple overlapping oppressions—means that the oppressed are always one misstep away from becoming the oppressor. Your cool feminist T-shirt can become a racist atrocity in a mouse-click. And, since new “marginalized” identities can always emerge, no one can tell what currently acceptable words or ideas may be excommunicated tomorrow.

Or as Jonah Goldberg warned in Liberal Fascism:

This is not to say that there are no racist conservatives. But at the philosophical level, liberalism is battling a straw man. This is why liberals must constantly assert that conservatives use code words—because there’s nothing obviously racist about conservatism per se. Indeed, the constant manipulation of the language to keep conservatives—and other non-liberals—on the defensive is a necessary tactic for liberal politics. The Washington, D.C., bureaucrat who was fired [in 1999] for using the word “niggardly” correctly in a sentence is a case in point. The ground must be constantly shifted to maintain a climate of grievance. Fascists famously ruled by terror. Political correctness isn’t literally terroristic, but it does govern through fear. No serious person can deny that the grievance politics of the American left keeps decent people in a constant state of fright—they are afraid to say the wrong word, utter the wrong thought, offend the wrong constituency.

Jonah’s book was published eight years ago last month — and in the years since, the number of items that campus crybullies find offensive has accelerated exponentially. Which brings us to another evergreen reminder of today’s age:

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The gender healing of the Hillary era will be equally heartwarming to observe.

JON GABRIEL, CALL YOUR OFFICE: ‘Racial Reconciliation’ a Top Priority in 2016, Says Family Research Council.

Or to put it another way:

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THE YEAR REHEATED, in which David Thompson marvels at the mental entanglements of our self-imagined betters:

In July, the militant eco-collective Deep Green Resistance told us of their plans to “abolish masculinity,” “abolish whiteness” and bring about “complete economic collapse.” Thereby saving the world from people like thee and me. While the Guardian’s Aisha Mirza bemoaned the “psychic burden” of living among white people, which is worse than being mugged.

The politics of ostentatiously non-conformist hair was explained to us in August, thanks to Annah Anti-Palindrome, a woman who channels her hatred of “everyone around me” into her feminism. The same month also introduced us to the comically neurotic Melissa Fabello, whose interracial dating advice entails regular confessions of “white supremacy,” which “has to be acknowledged – and dealt with – constantly.” Especially before any sex can commence. Oh, and Guardian columnist George Monbiot revealed his hitherto secret passion for scavenging roadkill – and waving dead, twitching squirrels at bewildered children.

September was enlivened by another collection of agonised tweets from our leftist betters, while Guardian contributor Amy Roe indulged in a spot of recreational outrage and shared her harrowing experience as a “sweat-shame” survivor.

The eternally downhearted Michelle Hanson was inconsolable in October, on discovering that the superhero dolls bought by small children are not in fact geared to the ideological preferences of a self-described “single older woman” who writes for the Guardian. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Inclusive Excellence Centre, we learned that questioning the premises of “microaggressions” is itself now deemed a “microaggression” and therefore impermissible. And thanks to the left-leaning Independent, we learned of the alleged social benefits of paedophilia. The Independent also introduced us to the child-rearing skills of “non-binary” parent Dorian Stripe, who delights in buying dresses and tights for their infant son, and only grudgingly uses the pronoun ‘he’, supposedly because of the “one in one hundred chance my son will be transgender.”

Read the whole thing. And then check out Thomas Sowell, who dubs 2015 “The Year Of The Big Lie,” and bids it “good riddance. We can only hope that people who vote in 2016 will have learned something from 2015’s disasters.”

I wish I could be more optimistic about that prospect — how about you?

CRYING WOLF ABOUT RACISM:

Then there’s John Lewis, a legitimate civil rights hero who allowed politics to get the best of him when he stood by Andre Carson, a colleague who falsely told the press that tea party activists had repeatedly shouted racial epithets at him on Capitol Hill. The problem was that no such incident appeared on video footage. When challenged, Lewis clammed up but never apologized. Perhaps he thought that tainting political opponents with the racism label would avoid the need to argue the question of government overreach on its merits, but all Lewis did by clinging to an easily disprovable racism charge was to soil his own reputation.

Protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after the August 9, 2014, police shooting of teenager Michael Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store. Civil rights activists claimed that police executed Brown after he had put his hands up and asked them not to shoot. Against the backdrop of such outrage, protests spread, millions of dollars in property damage occurred, and several police officers lost their lives in revenge killings in the anti-police fervor that followed Ferguson and other similar incidents. The problem was that the whole “hands up, don’t shoot” line was a myth, unsupported by eyewitnesses or forensic data.

Or to put it another way:

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HOPEY-CHANGEY: OBAMA HURT RACE RELATIONS WORSE THAN O.J. SIMPSON. Well, yes.

Evergreen:

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TIME MAGAZINE: U.S. Race Relations at 20-Year Low, Survey Finds.

Well, that’s a form of change, I suppose. When does the hope arrive?

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HOPE AND CHANGE: Mizzou protesters segregate by race, demanding a “black-only healing space.”  Nice.  Well played, race baiters, well played! There can be no healing when whitey’s around.

What’s next, separate but equal dorms and classes? Because, you know, we wouldn’t want there to be racial violence or anything.

The best thing about the Obama Administration has been all the post-racial healing.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Despite Demagogy By Leaders, Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Despite Demagogy By Leaders, Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Despite Demagogy By Leaders, Ordinary Americans lead the way on racial healing.

HANDS UP, DON’T LOOT: Ferguson Cops Shot A Guy Just Because He Was Shooting At Them, as Ferguson is in a state of emergency AGAIN — after police are shot at and shops looted as town marks anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

As Jon Gabriel likes to say, “My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing.”

RELATED: A friendly reminder from Kurt Schlichter:

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BLUE ON BLUE: BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS BLOCK SANDERS SPEECH, 2ND EVENT DRAWS CROWD OF 15,000:

Sanders’ spokesperson said they could speak after the senator, but they refused to leave the stage or allow him to speak, which drew booing and chanting from the “largely white audience,” reported the Seattle Times. “A few yelled for police to make arrests. Marissa Johnson, one of the protesters, shot back, ‘I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, filled with its progressives, but you did it for me,’ accusing the audience of ‘white supremacist liberalism.'”

As Jon Gabriel likes to say, “My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing” – particularly, in this case, between the crowd and the protestors, all of whom are Obama’s core supporters.

Will the media do any follow-up on “white supremacist liberalism?” It sounds like a perfect topic for CNN or MSNBC to cover in depth…

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, DIVERSITY!: Lawsuit claims white male DC public works supervisor Christopher Lyons was fired because of his race.

Lyons claims in an explosive but little noticed federal lawsuit that he was fired as a District of Columbia Department of Public Works supervisor because black employees did not want to work for a “honkey,” as they repeatedly called him. . . . Lyons finally got the boot after just eight months on the job without explanation. But one employee certainly wished him a bon voyage. The day he was fired somebody posted a sign on Lyons’ door that said, “Get out white boy.” . . .

He was the only white supervisor at the DPW and apparently the first one ever at the Fleet division. . . .

Indeed, all the other workers in the fleet division were black, and if the allegations are correct, they almost immediately resented their new “honkey” boss.

When Smith addressed black workers at his first Fleet staff meeting in March 2012, garage mechanics called him a “cracker,”  “white boy,” and “honkey,” the lawsuit says.

Yeah, the thing I love most about the Obama Administration is all the racial healing this country has experienced.  The liberal/progressive emphasis on “diversity” sure is paying off.

NO APOLOGY NECESSARY:  Greg Jones at The Federalist: “Sorry, Everyone, America Isn’t That Racist.”

It’s called “proof by example,” and it happens all the time. We take one event and point to it as evidence of a trend or, even worse, a universal fact—a dog attacked my child, therefore all dogs are vicious and should be put down. Despite its popularity, particularly in political debate, proof by example is a logical fallacy. But logic is officially an endangered species in today’s hyperpartisan political environment.

Recent events nationwide, particularly the cold-blooded murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, at the hands of a revoltingly racist white supremacist, have propelled this faulty reasoning to new heights. Dangerous ones, in fact: the conversation surrounding race in America has rapidly evolved into a hyperbolic echo chamber into which today’s pundits, politicians, and professors repeatedly shout their false narrative. . . .

The most serious accusation, however, was lobbed from what has become the most ridiculously reactionary arena in all of American cultural and political life: academia. In response to the Charleston slayings, Occidental College Professor Caroline Heldman labeled America a “white supremacist society.” You hear that? Constant racism; America is a sewer; we are all white supremacists. Apparently the America of 2015 is identical to the America of 1860.

News to me, and if I had to guess to 99 percent of the other 300-plus million Americans that peacefully coexist with members of all races day in and day out. Unless, of course, I am so lucky as to “exist in a vacuum” of peace and tranquility light years beyond what most Americans experience. Judging from my neighborhood, and a few commonly ignored statistics, I highly doubt it.

America is a lot of things; racist isn’t one of them.

Consider, for example, that in 1958 a mere 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage. By 2013, that number had grown to 87 percent. In 2012 these once-taboo unions hit an all-time high. . . . In fact, just a little more than two years ago The Washington Post, the same paper that featured Robinson’s editorial, found that America was in fact among the least-racist nations in the world.Ku Klux Klan membership has shrunk drastically from millions a century ago to fewer than 5,000 today. . . .

Most of us interact with people of numerous races daily without conflict or incident. Our friends, and even spouses, have skin colors different than ours, as do our teachers, doctors, and nurses. That’s because proof by example isn’t reality, and the actions of one man or three cops do not define a society of more than 300 million.

The heightened liberal/progressive cry of “racism!” has caused me to start disregarding the appellation. It’s now just background noise that I tune out, rather than taking seriously. Perhaps more significantly, it has started to make me look at blacks with trepidation and less comfort, because now I wonder if they always think such bad things about me regardless of how I behave toward them. I am even beginning to look at old friends and colleagues differently, because I wonder if they think of me as “white,” and “privileged,” rather than just a person who has faced struggles just like everyone else.  That’s not progress, folks; it’s regression.

Thanks so much for all the racial healing, President Obama. You have really used the “first black President” title to help heal past wounds and move this country forward to a happier, more unified place.

TWEET OF THE YEAR: My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing.

ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY: Editorial: America needs racial healing.

RACIST HATE SPEECH ON FOX NEWS: ‘Bow Tie’N White Boy’: Democrat Strategist Hurls Racial Slur at Tucker Carlson. So much for all the racial healing the Obama Presidency was supposed to bring. . . . “NBC will not have to creatively edit it to make it sound racist. Her comment, reversed in any way, would have created an instant firestorm on the left. Media Matters would have republished its entire dossier on Carlson, and may in fact do that in an effort to defend Jehmu Greene. As of this writing, Greene has not apologized for her comment.”

Video at the link.

UPDATE: Jim Treacher: Elizabeth Warren deserves defenders like Jehmu Greene.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More reactions via Twitter.

SO MUCH FOR HOPE AND CHANGE: The Trayvon Martin Case and the Growing Racial Divide.

Polls show that the Trayvon Martin case has split the country apart over perceptions of race and justice, in ways that may dwarf the polarities of the O.J. Simpson trial days of 1994. Or does the new friction simply reflect an ongoing erosion in relations since 2009? Or is it all hype, and things are still about as they were?

This tension was not supposed to have increased with the election of Barack Obama, who ran on “healing” and “unity,” and who was proclaimed by supporters as ushering in a new post-racial age.

Here I list a few random examples of the new racial furies and conclude with the two irreconcilable narratives.

Like pretty much all of Obama’s promises, that one didn’t come true.

CORNEL WEST UPDATE: Via Bill Quick, I found this Harvard Crimson piece from Friday:

Is Cornel West a bigot? Depends on whose standards you’re using. A professional victimologist would immediately red-pencil a statement like this one: “I think in one sense that Larry Summers is the Ariel Sharon of American higher education.” After all, Summers is Harvard’s first Jewish president, and the metaphor seems to hint at Jewish collusion and conspiracy, a lurid pact by powerful Jews to oppress minorities.

Or, you might just say it was Cornel West mouthing off again. There isn’t a whit of evidence West is an anti-Semite; he even coauthored a book entitled Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin with his good friend Rabbi Michael Lerner. A reasonable person would give him the benefit of the doubt.

The point, of course, is not that the former Fletcher University Professor is a closet racist, but rather that when one goes looking for racism, it seems to pop up everywhere. Better to reserve condemnation for those who truly merit it—“racist” is too serious an epithet to be tossed about offhandedly.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop West from doing just that to his erstwhile boss. When National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley asked him whether he thought Summers’ criticism was motivated by race, West declared primly, “Of course, I have not invoked this particular factor as an explanatory one”—then immediately added, “But at a certain point you say to yourself, Good God, if it quacks like a duck and it walks like a duck, there’s a very good chance that it is a duck, and so there could be actually some unconscious or conscious elements at work here, and I would leave that up to the soul of Summers himself.” At another point he said, “His attack on me was the wrong person, the wrong professor and the wrong Negro.” While he never outright called Summers a Klansman, the message was perfectly clear.

West is playing an ugly game. He would prefer that the petty bickering of two headstrong academics be seen as a parable about a white power structure uniting to silence a noble black truth-teller. That might satisfy some of his apparently endless penchant for self-pity, but it threatens to poison legitimate racial progress at a university he claims to love.

Yep. The evidence would indicate that West is a selfish, race-baiting narcissist, but of course, I have not invoked this particular factor as an explanatory one. But at a certain point you say to yourself. . . .

May Princeton have joy of his company.