Friday, March 28, 2008

Battling The New Racism

Uprooting the New Racism

By Patrick J Buchanan

Posted: March 28, 2008

1:00 am Eastern

© 2008

In his Philadelphia address on race, Sen. Obama identified as
a root cause of white resentment affirmative action – the
punishing of white working- and middle-class folks for sins
they did not commit:

"Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel
that they have been particularly privileged by their race,"
said Barack. "As far as they're concerned, no one's handed
them anything. ... So when they ... hear that an African-American
is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good
college because of an injustice that they themselves never
committed ... resentment builds over time."

On this issue, Barack seemed to have nailed it.

But then he revealed the distorting lens through which he and
his fellow liberals see the world. To them, black rage is grounded
in real grievances, while white resentments are exaggerated
and exploited.

White resentments, said Barack, "have helped shape the political
landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and
affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. ... Talk-show
hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers
unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate
discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political
correctness or reverse racism."

What Barack is saying here is that the resentment of black America
is justified, but the resentment of white America is a myth
manufactured and manipulated by the conservative
commentariat. Barack is attempting to de-legitimize the other
side of the argument.

Yet, who is he to claim the moral high ground?

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