Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Racism in America: This editorial is proof positive that the editorial writers at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are condescending liberal racists. In decrying the nomination of yet another white male to the Supreme Court, the Journal Sentinel enlightens their readers on the current makeup of the Court.
In losing a woman, the court with Alito would feature seven white men, one white woman and a black man, who deserves an asterisk because he arguably does not represent the views of mainstream black America.
A black man with an asterisk.
Let's leave aside the idea that a group of lawyers applying and not making law needs to be in any way representative of America -- they could be a bunch of robots or Borg for all the difference it would make.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's view of abortion -- that of abortion-on-demand without any regulation or restriction -- doesn't represent the views of a majority of American women. Does she also deserve an asterisk. The 5-4 majority in the infamous Kelo decision doesn't represent the views of mainstream America. Do those justices who rendered that decision get asterisks too?
The truth is that this is simple racism. If you don't think how the liberal Journal Sentinel believes you should think based only upon your skin color, then you're somehow a race-traitor.
Frankly, nowadays, I think some of the worst, most vicious racists are black. Louis Farrakhan comes immediately to mind, but there are others.
Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
This is nothing more than racism, plain and simple, and honest Democratic blacks would own up to the fact and decry the behavior.
"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
"Party trumps race, especially on the national level," she said. "If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It's democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy."
Failure to stand up to the racism, is equivalent to condoning it. I expected a little better of Mfume -- my mistake.
I'm reminded of a guy I worked with at the afterschool job I had in high school. I worked as a "courtesy clerk" (bag boy) at a local grocery store. The guy in charge of monitoring the shipments was a black guy named Reggie who was also a competitive bodybuilder. Reggie was probably the nicest guy in the store. One day when I was working in the store, Reggie ran out the front and yelled at me to follow him. (These were in the days before they prohibited you from running after shoplifters for fear they might decide to shoot you.) Reggie had seen a black couple shoplift some items. As they started to pull away, Reggie reached in the window of the car and tried to retrieve the stolen items -- I don't remember exactly what they had stolen -- and they started yelling at him. "Oreo! Uncle Tom!"
Reggie was unsuccessful at retrieving the items, but he wasn't mad simply because a few bucks worth of merhchandise had been stolen. He was mad because these two criminals had equated respect for the law with "whiteness" and said that Reggie wasn't a real "black."
I learned something about Reggie that day, and my respect for him grew. I also learned something about black racism -- and it's something that is crippling the black community.
Tactics like those endorsed by Mfume and his ilk only hurts African Americans. Most of American society has come a long way since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus for a white man, but black America still has a long way to go.