Want a bone to gnaw on? Try this one: Imagine for a minute that a public conservative or conservative Republican politician had commented, oh, say about 2 years ago to the effect that then candidate Barack Obama was gaining traction in part because he was light-skinned and knew how to “talk white.” Suppose the remarks had just recently come to light. How do you think the liberal media would play it? Oh, I know you know.
He would be castigated as a racist and blamed for everything from conditions in the bowels of slave ships, to post civil war lynchings, to the earthquake in Haiti. Gnaw on that bone long enough, though, and you might find that the imagined injustice and dissatisfaction distort your judgment — it has already happened to a lot of conservatives.
Yes, Harry Reid was given a pass on his remarks that no conservative would have been given — but substantively, his comments were NOT racist. And just because equally not racist, but similar, comments — had they been made by a conservative — would have been excoriated by the leftist media, is not an excuse for conservatives.
Reid’s observation about Obama being light-skinned, as opposed to dark, is factual. The observation that this probably was a help to his acceptance was very likely the case and applies, by the way, among blacks just as much if not more so than among whites. The observation that Obama as they say, “talks white” — although Reid used a (not PC, anachronistic) term that one would expect from a man of his age — “without Negro dialect” — is factual. The observation that Obama can “talk black” when he wants to is factual, and plenty of blacks have commented on his ability to do that without being called racist. Finally, Reid made these comments in the course of declaring his own personal support for Obama, based in part upon what he considered to be the factors that made Obama electable. Maybe Reid should have been smarter in realizing that conservatives would take his comments and use them to accuse him of racism, but just because he wasn’t that foresighted is no excuse for the conservative side.
To reiterate: just because we know that if a conservative made those comments he would be toast in the media by morning, is no excuse for conservatives to lambaste Reid as a “racist.”
The real reason to lambaste Reid as racist is because of his support for abortion.
A black baby is three times more likely to be
murdered in the womb than a white baby.
Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent.
Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from
AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.
Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than
have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history.
Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and
almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.
About 13 percent of American women are black, but they
submit to over 35 percent of the abortions (statistics from Klan Parenthood).
Today — Martin Luther King Day — is a good day to resolve not to cry “racist” at the drop of a hat just because you think it might be to your political advantage to do so. Even if the other side does it and even if you are fairly sure they would do it again — it is still wrong.
But it is also a good day to remember that a real deadly racist agenda is being carried out in our country and that every politician who supports abortion is unwittingly helping the accomplishment of that agenda. Time to make them witting.