Eriposte at TheLeftCoaster * has an excellent post on the Grand Unified Theory of Teh Race (GUTTeRTM) But is eriposte referring to the campaign or the racial makeup of the candidates? It seems very strange to me that the so-called post racial, transitional candidate continues to benefit from a racial bias by the rest of us, as if there are no other reasons for us to reject him except the color of his skin. It’s the stupidest thing I think I’ve ever heard from a candidate since George Bush asked us if we wanted to buy some wood at a debate.
Obama is a less than a full term senator who has absolutely NO executive experience (having never served with an executive in any capacity-at all), has about as much foreign policy experience as I have, never met a politically sensitive bill he couldn’t avoid, wins in states that we can’t win in the fall and suppresses the results of MI and FL in order to keep the perception of a delegate lead, copied his campaign rhetoric almost to the letter from Deval Patrick’s and has one of the dirtiest campaign organizations out there and *I’M* a racist because I think the media and John McCain are going to wipe the floor with him while MI and FL turn their backs on the Democratic party? Please. Who started all of the racist accusations anyway? Well, who stood to gain from them? Eriposte doesn’t say exactly, though you’d have to be pretty dim if you can’t figure it out. But the damage to the party in an effort to win by exploiting a “perception” of racism that by and large does not exist in any great magnitude in *this* party can be severe:
Let me say that, in this context, it is also worth reading Anglachel’s post “Otherness“. I don’t agree with all of it, but she raises a key point that pertains directly to the segment of the Democratic party that revels in making sweeping and false accusations of racism, especially against fellow Democrats. This segment is the foundation of the Reverse Racism Chasm within the Democratic party and reverse racism is their electoral firewall. The toxic stain they leave within the Democratic party is fundamentally dangerous to the party’s ability to win amongst the broader electorate and to defeat real racism everywhere in society, especially emanating from portions of the Republican party. People like David Sirota, who falsely cry racism, and repeatedly so, do enormous damage to the civil rights movement and negate the real hard work being done by thousands of activists in the fight against real racism in American society.
For a person who claims to be all about getting past race, he sure has managed to get pretty far as the black candidate and making the rest of US feel guilty about it.
(Oh, excuse me for bringing up what everyone is thinking. I must be spanked.)
*TheLeftCoaster- def. The place where I put my highball glass?
PS. My mom likes to quote Oscar Wilde who said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”