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.

  1. GFHandle

    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.

  2. Spin

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

  3. Albert Arthur

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

  4. Scott R

    “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.  :)

  5. thelonious

    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?

  6. Bereket Kelile

    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). 

  7. Matthew Gilley

    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).

  8. KC Mulville

    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.

  9. Charles Mark

    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?”

  10. Vance Richards

    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.

  11. liberal jim
    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.

  12. Sweezle

    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.

  13. oleneo65

    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.

  14. Eeyore

    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.

  15. flownover

    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 ?…..

  16. Here I Stand!
    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)…

  17. Sweezle

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

  18. Here I Stand!


    Here I Stand!


    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).

  19. Omid Moghadam

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

  20. Pseudodionysius

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

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