Obama is a 50/50 ethnic combination, but the only part they emphasize is the black half.
From Hot Air.
The context for this little chestnut of racial nastiness was a heated floor debate in the Illinois legislature over a proposed education reform bill. The fireworks started when Democratic Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, who is Hispanic, delivered a speech criticizing charter schools. Ms. Chapa LaVia was no doubt casting aspersions on behalf of teachers unions — who’ve contributed heavily to her campaigns, are bankrupting the state, and don’t much care for competition. In defense of the status quo — which traps far too many children, especially children of color, in failing public schools — Chapa LaVia appealed to her fellow minorities within the chamber.
In doing so, she took a racial shot at her Republican colleagues, pointedly noting that “we’re all over on this side [of the aisle], right?” That didn’t sit well with some people, including State Representative John Anthony, who is a black Republican (via Champion News):
La Via: “Listen to me minorities! I’m over here because we’re all over on this side, right?”
(Jeers and shouts from Republicans)
La Via: “Wait, we have a half. We have a half.“
She was specifically referring to Republican Rep. John Anthony of Morris, who is biracial.
“Representative Chapa LaVia has apologized twice and I take her at her word that she is regretful for her comments; although I wish she would reconsider her unrelenting efforts to dismantle charter schools in Illinois. Education is the foundation of success for every American student and we should be promoting choice and competition.
As a black Republican, I recognize this is not the first time that race has been used in debate in a legislative forum, nor sadly is it likely to be the last. Our reaction should always be to condemn the use of race as a tool to divide Americans from each other; and instead recommit ourselves to debating public policy differences on their merits; and never on racial, ethnic, or purely partisan grounds.”
Kudos to Representative Anthony.
The Left now defines ‘black’ and Hispanic in terms of race+towing the party line=worthiness. You’re not an ‘authentic’ minority unless you buy into the victimology crap. Skin color is used as an excuse for everything from laziness to criminal behavior. Blaming ‘whitey’ for everything while resurrecting the corpse of slavery and color discrimination, is so much easier than personal accountability.
From a previous post:
Don’t think for one minute that the DemLeft minds keeping the poor and minorities in their place. It gives them a demographic to exploit while mouthing platitudes about evil rich (white) corporate owners versus the workers. The myth of the Left being for the working class and minorities has been wrung for all it’s worth. It’s part and parcel of a campaign pitch for a target audience; a monolithic, easily manipulated voting bloc that is all too willing to participate.
Stay classy, Dems.