You have to be careful when dealing with Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent at Slate.
He is one of those leftists who takes it upon himself to define what is and is not racist. In short, he believes left-wingers cannot be racist. In other words he lies for a living. To him, minorities cannot be racist . Racism is an accusation that can only be leveled by those without power against those who have it. Of course black Americans, like Bouie, cannot be racist, the thinking goes, because they do not have power.
It’s a heads-I-win/tails-you-lose proposition. Unless you’re the “right” color, you are not allowed to talk about racism, and this includes when defending yourself from accusations of racism. It’s an argument ender.
After Hillary Clinton smeared a huge chunk of the electorate, that is, half of those who support her opponent Republican Donald Trump, at a fancy Manhattan fundraiser Friday, Bouie leapt to her defense even as she began backpedaling.
First let’s recap what Clinton said.
To just be grossly generalistic you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.
But the other basket—and I know this because I see friends from all over America here … but that other basket are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures—they’re just desperate for change. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.
Clinton was wrong to back away from this harsh characterization, argues Bouie.
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ’half’—that was wrong,” Clinton said in a statement.
But “half” wasn’t wrong. “Half” wasn’t a gross generalization at all. “Half” was by all indications close to the truth.
When pollsters and researchers want to measure racial bias, they don’t ask if respondents are “racist”; the stigma of being a racist is strong enough that most people won’t answer honestly, to say nothing of the fact that racial prejudice exists on a continuum. A binary answer doesn’t capture the complexity of bias and bigotry. Instead, they ask proxy questions that try to capture attitudes associated with racism. One such question—asked in multiple surveys by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm—is whether respondents believe President Obama was born in the United States and whether they believe he’s a Muslim. These questions begin to scratch the surface of racial bias. And what are the results? In one survey, two-thirds of Republicans with a favorable opinion of Donald Trump said that Obama is a Muslim, and 59 percent said he wasn’t born in the United States.
Regardless of what Bouie says, it is not racist to believe (i) Barack Obama was born outside the United States or that (ii) Barack Obama is a Muslim. The burden is on these race-obsessed propagandists like Bouie to prove racism. The late Andrew Breitbart had the correct response to unfounded allegations of racism.
Obama is a Marxist so he almost certainly is an atheist or an agnostic. Regardless of his faith or lack of it he himself has provided his critics ammunition.
Obama has gone to elaborate lengths to conceal his past. Records related to so many aspects of his life are sealed. Obama’s memoirs are jam-packed with lies and composite characters. Obama himself is the original “birther” in the sense that he allowed promotional material to circulate that identified him as Kenyan-born. Hillary Clinton supporters picked up on this and went wild with the “birther” allegations in 2008 when she was battling Obama in the Democrat primaries. Years later Donald Trump simply rehashed the material Obama and Clinton provided. He was very late to the party.
And Obama sure sounds like a Muslim. He joined a Nation of Islam-like church in Chicago and waxes poetic about Islam — never about Christianity, the religion he claims to be an adherent of. Obama famously said, “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” and “the sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.”
Bouie’s vile Slate article and his TV appearance on “Face the Nation” yesterday that allowed him to spread his nasty lies, offer a window into the minds of left-wingers everywhere across the fruited plain who exist in an alternate reality.
Clinton’s speech will be studied for a long time to come because it so beautifully encapsulates the ugliness of the leftist outlook. If you don’t agree with these people, they say you are scum.
(photo credit: Breitbart News at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/18/hillary-clinton-original-birther-accuses-breitbart-birtherism/)