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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Jumping ugly on Lynn Swann 

At the risk of drawing some ire from my friends on the left, I do think that the right blogosphere does a (slightly) better job of attacking Republicans who play the race card than the left does of policing its own. Glenn Reynolds was a loud voice in taking down Trent Lott, and now Michelle Malkin is all over the Scranton campaign for its ugly innuendos about Lynn Swann.

One wishes we had seen this reaction on the left to Hillary's disgraceful pandering, among other recent examples. There is too much racial division in this country, especially between whites and blacks. Politicians who exploit the raw emotions around that division and pander either to whites or to blacks are not honorable. There is a difference between traditional American ethnic politics -- which are just fine -- and exploiting the great tragedy in American history for political advantage. Just freakin' stop.

5 Comments:

By Anonymous docdave, at Sat Jan 28, 05:06:00 PM:

"There is too much racial division in this country, especially between whites and blacks".

Tigerhawk, I don't believe that at all, at least not here in Texas. Really no one mentions race except the race baiters like Jesse, panderers like Hillary and the major media. Another example of the wrongness of your statement is that many of the blacks that vacated New Orleans for Texas cities are planning to stay and they are not living in exclusive black areas although I'm not sure those exist anymore. I believe that the general public has become color blind with regard to race, unfortunately, those that personally benefit from racsism will not let it rest.  

By Blogger John, at Sat Jan 28, 06:56:00 PM:

not to making with the free-passes, I think that's got to do with the audience you're in. if we're talking the Super Bowl, then there's not going to be an issue of race. the best players play. I think that sentence you pointed out was just part of a larger idea, where politicians use cheap ploys to garner the audience's attention, respect, vote whatever.

the times when you call out someone on your own side, that's where he was going with it. and yes, right now, the right side tends to police it's own. in fact, I can find multiple examples (the Chris Matthews "right-wing" boycott) of the left automatically assigning some form of racism to where it is not merited.

am I off-base on that?  

By Blogger Zimri, at Sat Jan 28, 07:46:00 PM:

docdave, Houston took a big hit in terms of race relations when that failure Lee Brown got himself voted Mayor in the late 90s. He locked up a near-unanimous black vote, without which it is safe to say he would have lost at least the 2001 election. That told the rest of Houston that its black population cared less about the content of one's character than about the colour of one's skin.

Houston is also facing a crime wave: half thanks to Brown's mismanagement of its police department, the other half thanks to the influx of gangsters among the Katrina population.

We keep getting told that the majority of the black population is "equally patriotic"; okay then, so they believe in common welfare of all American citizens, right? So, if they vote as a bloc for people whose policies increase crime, raise taxes, and drive away business; then what are we supposed to think?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jan 29, 12:19:00 AM:

For a different take on how the Republicans really play the race card, see:
"Confederacy of Dunces."  

By Blogger jpe, at Sun Jan 29, 07:43:00 PM:

Here, Scranton's campaign guy implied that being white confers a political advantage through easier access to the political establishment.

That's not a racist statement; instead, it uncovers the (allegedly) racist structure of politics.

Malkin's problem isn't that the Scranton guy's comment was racist; it's that it acknowledges the ugly truth that race still matters.  

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