Roger L. Simon

Pfleger-Axelrod: Reactionary Movie Magic

I was (semi) stunned to read that Michael Pfleger was to be the subject of a suddenly “dormant” documentary by Barack Obama’s top aide David Axelrod. From the Sun-Times: Pfleger is the subject of a documentary being made by Chicago-based David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist. On Friday, Axelrod told me in an e-mail that the film project has “been dormant for much of the last two years due to other commitments.”

For anyone still interested, this is a classic case of why this kind of liberalism has become reactionary. Pfleger proclaims to the adoring crowd that blacks have the right to be angry forever about slavery. They should not forgive. Think how racist and condescending that statement is toward African Americans if you examine it. It is like saying that Jews should never forgive the current generation of Germans for the Holocaust. How cruel and self-defeating would that be? Yet Pfleger and, by extension the monumentally naive Axelrod, wish to continue racism “by any means necessary” (subconsciously or consciously for their own profit). Pfleger even resurrects the hoary “white skin privilege” from my days on the left. What self-defeating junk. And this is the cesspool from which Barack Obama has sprung. No wonder he doesn’t know what to say other than platitudes.