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The Grey Lady Offers Up a Racist Inanity

 

Over on Commentary, historian and commentator John Steele Gordon dissects yet another inanity in the New York Times:

There is a New York Times op-ed this morning that is somewhere beyond appalling. It is by Adolph L. Reed Jr., a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Reed writes about the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott [pictured here] to replace the retiring Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Scott, in Reed’s view, is essentially an Uncle Tom because he does not agree with the politics of most black Americans:

“. . . his politics, like those of the archconservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, are utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr. Scott has been staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion.”

Of course, Tim Scott will not be representing black Americans in the Senate, he will be representing South Carolinians, who are, overwhelmingly, staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion. So it would seem that while white people can be liberals or conservatives according to the dictates of their thinking, blacks cannot. If you’re black but not liberal, in Professor Reed’s worldview, then you’re not really black….

Professor Brooks writes, “Redistricting and gerrymandering have produced ‘safe’ seats for black politicians across the South but have also concentrated black votes in black districts, giving white Republicans a lock.” Well, whose idea was that? It’s a liberal one and not a very bright one at that, as concentrating black votes in certain districts necessarily drains them away from the other districts, making those districts more conservative. And it is based on the thoroughly racist idea that only black districts will elect blacks to Congress. Frank, Watts, West, and Scott prove that idea wrong.

Professor Reed calls his piece “The Puzzle of Black Republicans.” But the puzzle is easily solved. Tim Scott is not a black Republican. He’s a Republican who happens to be black.

A Republican who happens to be black…and articulate, and determined, and cheerful, and very, very tough.

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  1. Profile photo of GFHandle Member

    Penultimate paragraph in long quotation attributes to “Professor Brooks” instead of “Reed”?

    I guess political science does see the world in terms of ethnic and other groups. Fine for description, I guess. But such science, being inhuman because value-free, has no arguments to make to us humans.

    • #1
    • December 20, 2012 at 3:42 am
  2. Profile photo of Spin Inactive

    Wait a second….what’s wrong with being anti-tax, anti-union, and anti-abortion. Or did I miss something?

    • #2
    • December 20, 2012 at 3:46 am
  3. Profile photo of Albert Arthur Coolidge

    Typical liberal reaction to learning a black person is a Republican: “Does not compute. Does not compute. Must destroy. Exterminate! Dalek!”

    • #3
    • December 20, 2012 at 3:47 am
  4. Profile photo of Scott R Member

    “A Republican who happens to be black…and articulate, and determined, and cheerful, and very, very tough.”

    Plus he’s clean. It’s storybook, man. 🙂

    • #4
    • December 20, 2012 at 3:53 am
  5. Profile photo of thelonious Member

    Isn’t the Democratic party more out of touch with the black community since the majority of blacks are against abortion and same sex marriage?

    • #5
    • December 20, 2012 at 4:05 am
  6. Profile photo of Bereket Kelile Member

    I recently had to deal with this myself. A couple of months ago someone called me a sellout when I was on campus tabling with my fellow College Republicans. I didn’t get angry because the black guy who said it was just a kid. He looked like he was 14 and not very bright. People like Professor Reed are only effective because there are too many people out there who will give it a place in the public discourse. I think the average black person isn’t as ideological. The way to make them irrelevant is to simply prove them wrong without engaging their comments. Of course, it would be great to see more GOP candidates who are black and the party itself improve its outreach to blacks too, but that’s another debate for another post (which I think I’ve written about already). 

    • #6
    • December 20, 2012 at 4:10 am
  7. Profile photo of Matthew Gilley Member

    I was wondering when all that nonsense was going to start. Tim is going to be called worse than all that, I’m afraid (and probably already has).

    • #7
    • December 20, 2012 at 4:16 am
  8. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    That’s what conservatives have been saying to the black community for years … we are not your enemy. 

    Black Americans do have an enemy, but it isn’t us.

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    • December 20, 2012 at 4:49 am
  9. Profile photo of Charles Mark Member

    I read this bilious rubbish via RCP a couple of hours ago. How low can these 21st century race-baiters go? I ordinarily disapprove of making adverse comment about a person’s parent-given name but in this exceptional case I ask:” Adolph??? Can’t you change that?”

    • #9
    • December 20, 2012 at 4:53 am
  10. Profile photo of Vance Richards Member

    When I was in grade school they taught us to avoid stereotypes. We were told not to judge individuals by their race. However, today’s version of “diversity” only works if people live up to the stereotype assigned to them. When they don’t, liberals get mad.

    • #10
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:24 am
  11. Profile photo of liberal jim Inactive
    Nick Stuart: “Grey Lady Offers Up a Racist Inanity”

    “Dog bites man”

    “Water is wet”

    “Sun rises in East” · 9 hours ago

    Same old stuff is posted on the main page of Ricochet.

    • #11
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:31 am
  12. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    I am so tired of the racist politics that insists all black Americans must be liberal Democrats. It is illogical and a mindless way of viewing people. The real story here is how far South Carolina has come in the last 250 years.

    • #12
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:35 am
  13. Profile photo of oleneo65 Thatcher

    thelonious while I agree that the black community is reported to be anti abortion and gay marriage, their voting presidential record does support that they actually find those matters worth a vote for the presidential candidate who is in agreement with their reported beliefs. Concrete action, belies an individual’s true beliefs. Could it be that ‘race’ trumps beliefs? Sadly it appears so.

    • #13
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:36 am
  14. Profile photo of Eeyore Member

    Only one good thing to say about this post.

    After 875 comments, there must be enough of a sense of a way forward that “The End of Ricochet” has begun its drift down the Main Feed.

    • #14
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:41 am
  15. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    I thought I was reading the joker from ESPN or Jason Whitlock.

    Might be some pretty easy pickings on the black journo race card these days. 

    Dead people, white fiancees, and not aligning with the demagogue squad 

    (Cong Black Caucus) ! Nice crew

    Yeah Sen Scott.

    Yeah Clarence Thomas

    Yeah Condi Rice

    Yeah Allen West

    Yeah Thomas Sowell

    Yeah Walter Williams

    Yeah Colin Powell ( just throwing some down some crumbs on the way back from some Gingerbread House on Pennsylvania Ave)

    …how many race cards do I have left ?…..

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    • December 20, 2012 at 5:46 am
  16. Profile photo of Here I Stand! Inactive
    Randy Weivoda: My whole life I’ve heard about the privilege that comes with being a white man in America. In one respect, it’s very true. A white man can vote for anybody and any party he chooses and nobody will call him a traitor to his race. People with different viewpoints may call you stupid but no one will suggest your vote is incompatible with your race or gender. There are numerous other categories of citizens who are apparently supposed to be the property of the Democratic party. 

    I too have been a victim of “white” privilege.

    I was raised in a loving family – all the while I was being white.

    I went to college – all the while I was being white.

    I was commissioned in the Navy and hunted the commies – all the while I was being white.

    I was a member of a major police force – all the while I was being white.

    I provided investment information to people of unknown ethnicity – all the while I was being white.

    I provided information to mortgage lenders so they could legally lend funds to people of undisclosed (to me) ethnicity – all the while I was being white. (continued)…

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    • December 20, 2012 at 5:57 am
  17. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    Speaking of race cards & white fiancees what is a “Cornball?”

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    • December 20, 2012 at 5:58 am
  18. Profile photo of Here I Stand! Inactive

     

    Here I Stand!

    Continued…

    I provide services, on behalf of the state, to help businesses, of determined ethnic incorporation, be in accord with the current environmental law – all the while I am being white in the performance of my chosen vocation.

    When repeated so often, does “being white” loose impact and the person who serves his neighbor is found to be without color of distinction?

    (Chew on the choice of word here… color of distinction versus color of description…)

    Pray for the day it is said once too often and we are found to be with one less obstacle between brothers (sic).

    • #18
    • December 20, 2012 at 5:59 am
  19. Profile photo of Omid Moghadam Member

    Was that a Freudian slip: “Professor Brooks”!??!

    • #19
    • December 20, 2012 at 6:13 am
  20. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    Race is a social construct as is the New York Times.

    • #20
    • December 20, 2012 at 6:33 am
  21. Profile photo of Lavaux Inactive

    Great pick, and hopefully a great conservative leader in future. Heck, I might just move to South Carolina to get a chance to vote for this guy!

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    • December 20, 2012 at 6:58 am
  22. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    “Grey Lady Offers Up a Racist Inanity”

    “Dog bites man”

    “Water is wet”

    “Sun rises in East”

    • #22
    • December 20, 2012 at 7:00 am
  23. Profile photo of Joseph Eagar Member

    I’m sick of this sort of liberal racism. New York and Pennsylvanian conservatives need to organize protests over this. We tolerate too much racism on the other side.

    • #23
    • December 20, 2012 at 7:12 am
  24. Profile photo of Hoyacon Member

    Next up for me on the sports paraphernalia front: a customized ‘Skins jersey with”Scott 16″ to go with my Griffin III.

    • #24
    • December 20, 2012 at 7:20 am
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    Sweezle: Speaking of race cards & white fiancees what is a “Cornball?” · 1 hour ago

    Here ya go.

    • #25
    • December 20, 2012 at 7:21 am
  26. Profile photo of Johnny Dubya Member

    Perhaps one day Prof. Reed will judge people by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin. Or perhaps that’s just a dream.

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    • December 20, 2012 at 8:08 am
  27. Profile photo of Freesmith Member

    1. John Dililio, who was Bush 43’s first head of the office of faith-based initiatives and who resigned from that post in a huff about “Mayberry Machiavellis” in the White House, is a member of the same political science department at Penn as Adolph Reed. Shall we wait to see how long it takes a man of conscience like Dililio to condemn the Racial Identity crowd at his own university?

    2. Professor Reed’s comment about the GOP quartet was true: all four have represented majority-white districts. Tim Scott now rises from a local office (Congress) to one of greater national purview (the Senate). Let’s see if Senator Scott undertakes the national goal of being the voice of conservatism in black communities and forums. He won’t be invited; he’ll have to force his way in. But his new position will give him great leverage. And the resistance to him from the black political monolith will open eyes among a population with an historical sympathy for the underdog, the oppressed and the cast-out.

    We don’t need black conservatives in white districts; we need black conservatives in black districts.

    And so do black districts.

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    • December 20, 2012 at 8:29 am
  28. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    CC – TY.

    I was wondering if it had any historical significance. Apparently it is just another made up word for racists to throw around when a black person steps out of line and thinks for him- or herself. I am so glad RGIII didn’t dignify the ESPN slurs by acknowledging them.

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    • December 20, 2012 at 8:45 am
  29. Profile photo of Randy Weivoda Thatcher

    My whole life I’ve heard about the privilege that comes with being a white man in America. In one respect, it’s very true. A white man can vote for anybody and any party he chooses and nobody will call him a traitor to his race. People with different viewpoints may call you stupid but no one will suggest your vote is incompatible with your race or gender. There are numerous other categories of citizens who are apparently supposed to be the property of the Democratic party. To stray is a moral offense.

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    • December 20, 2012 at 8:59 am
  30. Profile photo of Freesmith Member
    Randy Weivoda: My whole life I’ve heard about the privilege that comes with being a white man in America. In one respect, it’s very true. A white man can vote for anybody and any party he chooses and nobody will call him a traitor to his race. People with different viewpoints may call you stupid but no one will suggest your vote is incompatible with your race or gender. There are numerous other categories of citizens who are apparently supposed to be the property of the Democratic party. To stray is a moral offense. · 9 minutes ago

    Oh, that is good!

    I can’t wait to spring that fine comeback the next time some academic in my circle of friends starts spouting off about “white skin privilege.”

    Thanks!

    • #30
    • December 20, 2012 at 9:13 am
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