Monday, September 07, 2009

The Hypocrisy of the Left on Race

In reading this post by Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club defending Van Jones, it occurs to me that the left doesn't even see or realize how condescending they are to the African American community.

In this post, while admitting that what happened to Van Jones wasn't about race (and it most certainly wasn't), he says that some of the words used by Van Jones makes white people uncomfortable and that led to the firing.

Carl says:

Calling Bush a "crack-head" is seen by a large part of America as worse than calling him "addict-in-chief" because crack is not just a drug -- it is a drug used largely by black people. It reminds those Americans who are still uncomfortable with Barack Obama that we have a black president.

Really? Crack is used mostly by blacks? Ok. Maybe I don't know enough about people who use crack, but I never thought of it as a "black" drug. I thought of it as a drug used by drug addicts. Period.

But get his reasoning here. Since crack is supposedly the drug of choice by black people, then we automatically think of Pres. Obama when we hear the word "crack-head."

Could that any more insulting to President Obama? I think I can speak for most of my conservative brethren when I say that when we hear the word "crack-head" we DO NOT think of Pres. Obama.

Good grief.

But it gets better:

If you watch the infamous "assholes" video carefully, it's clear that what Jones was saying was that Republicans play hardball better than Democrats, and that we need to start playing by their rules. He said it, though, in the language of his own community -- and that, at the end of the day, was his crime. He spoke to and was of a part of an America that Fox and the reactionary right would like to put back on the plantation or pretend is not part of our nation.

So let me get this straight. Jones calls Republicans "assholes" because that is how blacks talk! Come on people, he seems to be saying, we all know blacks cuss like sailors!

Isn't that just a bit racial and insulting? Like white people don't cuss that much. Please. Why doesn't he just say black people eat more watermelon? It's the same denigrating stereotype that is meant to group one type of people as the same.

And WE are the ones who want blacks back on the plantation? Really? You might want to tell that to Colin Powel, Condi Rice, Rod Paige, J.C Watts, Michael Williams, Ken Blackwell, Michael Steele, Otto Banks, Joe Hicks, and Larry Elders to name a few.

Finally, he says Fox News is a "lynch mob in the making." This statement is the one that really makes my blood boil. I grew up in a time and a city where there were actual lynchings of blacks. We heard about them. We read about them. They happened in our own town. When someone like Carl Pope uses this act of horror as a way to denigrate a news organization, it diminishes the actual horror of what happened then with lynchings. It insults the memory of those who were murdered that way.

Shame of Carl Pope. Shame on his stereotypes and his condescension of black people.

The ironic thing? He honestly thinks he is own their side. But you see? He just so much smarter than they are. They need his help.

This my friends, is the liberal mind.