Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Even Black people agree that Blacks are more racist than Whites or Hispanics.
Plainly, the poll itself, is racissssssss.
Well, clearly. Because if you say you’re not racist, it means you are.
And if you say, do or thing something racist, you’re a racist – unless, apparently, you’re a liberal blogger.
GREETINGS, MN “PROGRESSIVE” PROJECT READERS: Great to have you here. Quick point of order, though; I don’t say racism is “a liberal problem”. Merely that “Dog Gone’s” rationalization of her use of the term “Uncle Tom” is itself self-indulgent, illogical and corrosively specious.
As she says it, racism is when “You do or say something racist when you make an unfounded claim about someone on the basis of a race or an attribute to race”. That’s just wrong. It’s when you attribute any trait, positive or negative, to someone based on their race. And Dog Gone’s judgment of whether something is or is not “unfounded” is the same precise logic redneck peckerwoods use when they say “N***er ain’t racist, cuz there’s black n***ers and there’s white n***ers”; in other words, the idea that using a a racist term to describe someone is ever “founded”.
And is someone going to seriously claim that the term “Uncle Tom” isn’t racist, whether you believe it’s “founded” or not? Say what you will about Justice Thomas’ legal and personal history (liberals seem drawn to the fiction that he’s unqualified to be a SCOTUS justice, but Sonya Sotomayor is), but who out there can build a case that calling him “a slave who brown-noses his masters to curry favor” isn’t racist? Unless your name is Tom and your siblings have kids, “Uncle Tom” has no other meaning.
As to her constant claim that conservatism is racist? Leaving aside the fact that the claim is bigoted in and of itself, it’s also ideologically nonsense. While there are no doubt conservatives who, individually, are racist (just as there are racist liberals as well – indeed, the most gleefully racist person I’ve ever personally met was a mutual acquaintance of Dog Gone’s and mine who happened to be an east-side Saint Paul DFL ward heeler), one of the bedrock tenets real conservatives observe is judging people as individuals, not by their class, gender or, yep, race.
Martin Luther King was no conservative Republican, but he dreamed that his children would be judged by the contents of their hearts, not their color – and that (hold the stereotypes most of you no doubt romp and frolic in) is a conservative ideal.
I’ve known Dog Gone for 20-odd years, more or less, and sincerely hope she’ll pull her mind out of the fever swamp sooner or later. She could be better than that.
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