“Post racialism” raises its ugly head.
By Guy Benson
More than any of the visceral emotions this Washington Post story may summon, sadness seems most apt:
“For several months, radio host Tom Joyner has pleaded with his 8 million listeners to get in line behind the first black president. “Stick together, black people,” says Joyner, whose R&B morning show reaches one in four African American adults. The Rev. Al Sharpton, an ally of President Obama who has a daily radio show and hosts a nightly cable television program, recently told the president’s black critics, “I’m not telling you to shut up. I’m telling you: Don’t make some of us have to speak up.”
In other words, he really does mean, “shut up.” The piece continues:
“Even as Obama and his campaign play down the suggestion that support among African Americans is flagging, a cadre of powerful allies is snapping back at critics in the black community and making explicit appeals for racial loyalty. “Let’s not even deal with the facts right now. Let’s deal with just our blackness and pride — and loyalty,” Joyner wrote on his BlackAmericaWeb.com blog. “We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing. And I’m not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he’s a black man.”
As the Post’s story notes, Joyner isn’t some marginal figure; his radio program reaches 25 percent of all black adults living in America. He is using that megaphone to urge African Americans to vote as a monolithic bloc, based solely on skin color, and to disregard “the facts” in doing so. Reporter Krissah Thomspon interviews a bevy of black voters, radio personalities, and academics for her story. Though they express divergent opinions on these increasingly frank racial appeals, not a single person quoted says he or she opposes the president:
“Jack Jackson, who works for the city’s water treatment plant, said he is tired of the appeals to black identity politics. “Leave the race game alone,” said Jackson, 53, who said he supports Obama. “Let’s not keep holding on to that. It’s been done. . . . We should put our faith in God, not Obama.” But Corry McGriff, 42, said the call to stick together resonates with him, and McGriff has begun telling his friends that they have a responsibility to support the president, too. “We need to keep him in there. By him becoming president, he is showing African Americans that it can be done,” said McGriff, who works for a federal defense contractor. “He helped the race. ”
Kychelle Green, 18, a nursing student at Norfolk State University, agreed. “You know it’s not really his fault that things aren’t changing,” she said. “He’s really trying but he can’t change every rule on his own. Now people are trying to criticize him because he is African American.” Green said she listens every morning to Steve Harvey, who is among the radio hosts who are promoting the message that Obama deserves support.
Warren Ballentine, a black talk radio host based in North Carolina who has interviewed Obama about a dozen times, speaks about the president’s accessibility. “It’s not like he is not hearing black America,” he said. Ballentine specifically reminds his listeners of the racial undertones he saw in the 2008 campaign. “It’s almost like we’ve forgotten what this man had to go through to get into the office. We need to remember the hatred and vitriol that came out.”
Sheeeeeeeeit, you want hatred and vitriol, Ballentine? The obscene hate speech, violence, and false accusations of “racist” toward the Tea Party has taken on a surreal, histrionic quality. I lived through the 60’s and 70’s and from what I’ve seen, the malignant hostility coming from Dem politicians alone, rivals anything regurgitated by the likes of the SDS, Black Panthers, and the Weathermen. It qualifies as some of the worst vitriol I’ve ever witnessed. Black Republicans get special treatment.
Hint: it ain’t his skin color we hate, it’s his Marxist agenda. Voting pigment over substance is bigoted. Shove the race card up your ass.
PS: How’s B. Hussein’s popularity among blacks? Apparently, not very good.