Friday, 19 November 2004
|1038 - Leftist racism|
The Left - in all of its various incarnations - has, as a central tenet of its beliefs, that all people are created equal and deserving of equal consideration regardless of their race, national origin, and so on. This is one thing I do agree with them unreservedly about. Where I differ with them is that they seem to want equality of outcome, not just opportunity, and I believe that true equality of opportunity will inevitably lead to differences in outcome.
At any rate, there seems to be a rising outcry among those on the left side of the spectrum that violates that principle. It seems that any black person - especially any black woman - who dares to disagree with the Left's agenda is open to nakedly racist attacks from the Left. It's not just a talk show host in Madison, WI, or a series of political cartoonists. It seems to be a pandemic.
Would someone explain to me why the Left should be allowed to get away with naked racism, after championing its abolition for so long?
current mood: disappointed
That's the first time I'd ever seen anything vaguely like that at all.
In my experience, folks on the left advocate equality, but they're still human beings, capable of racism, bigotry and all the ugly behaviors that humanity is capable of.
They try to act in a morally superior way, but the veneer of civilization lies just as thin on them as it does on all other human beings.
Differentiating of course between "Democrats", "The Left", and "Ratings Driven Media Sensationalists."
I like how you manage to try to say "in all of its various incarnations" and indicate that you respect that there's a wide range of viewpoints that tend to fall under the blanket of "liberalism"... and then go on to say "the Left's agenda" once again as if it were some single monolithic thing. Oops.
Nobody, "left" or "right", should be allowed to get away with racism. I think something important that you omitted here (perhaps intentionally?) is that many of his listeners as well as top liberal politicians and groups in the state immediately condemned this guy's words. Senator Russ Feingold, D-WI, immediately called on "all Wisconsinites" to unite against this guy and his racist blurtations:
"While it is not my intention to comment on every extremely inappropriate remark made in our society, given the proximity to the unfortunate comments made by another member of the media, I feel it is necessary to completely reject and repudiate these recent comments," Feingold said.
There are, occasionally, "liberals" who make racist comments like this. However, your choice to ignore the most important fact of the matter, that the "liberal community" around him immediately condemned his statements and dissociated themselves from it, indicates your own agenda in trying to smear liberalism in general using a single person's statements that the rest of the community obviously doesn't want to stand by.
To answer the question you asked, people who make these comments are not
allowed to get away with "naked racism", whether they're self-proclaimed "liberals" or not.
As a further comment... when people on "the left" make racist comments like this, their peers usually jump on them, and quickly. When people on "the right" do so, their peers usually defend them vigorously, and label those who call them racist "the liberal elite" and the "vicious media with its attack agenda" and such.
The best example of that was Rush Limbaugh's comments about Donovan McNabb and how he was overrated as a quarterback, in Rush's own words, "because he's black". I listened to Hannity defend him, I listened to local right-wing commentator Mark Davis defend him, and I listened to people on the Fox News Channel say that the big story in all of this was how the media was unfairly attacking him for his comments. I also listened to his listeners defend him, over and over again.
There are plenty of people on "the left" who denounce racism in all its forms. I can't say I personally believe that applies to "the right" as well.
Thank you for those articulate, reasoned comments. Somebody had to say it!
No one should be able to get away with naked racism but ask yourself Jay, does it somehow seem more racist coming from someone on the left?
I have a little idea called the Micheal Moore Syndrome. Why does he seem SOOO outrageous? As a nation, we are so accustomed to insane bombast from the right (Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Bill "Hot Falafel" O'Reilly) that we dont even bat an eye at it. When the same level of frenzy came from the left, it hit us like a truck.
The right has for so long incorporated inequity in its dialog that we dont even notice it any more where as the left as long stuck to egalitarianism so when the left acts up, it seems so much worse.
Today we have Naming of Parts.
Part of the problem, at least, is defining of terms. There is a school of thought (at least for a while when I was at OU, the sociology department was, for some reason, in the Physical Sciences Center, so I got to see a lot of this sort of thing) that actually defines racism in such a way that, for example, they assert that in the US only whites can be racist.
As further proof that this is slanted and of a personal agenda... the NAACP, that bastion of leftism as it is
, attacked the "Aunt Jemima" comments as "just as bad as those who hide under sheets and burn crosses."
So no, people on "the left" certainly aren't
allowed to get away with "naked racism" if they ever suffer a lapse of reason long enough to have it. And any attempts to say that they are is complete ignorance of the truth and the fact that most
"leftists" actually believe in the equality that they preach.