I hate having to repost this but there’s a reason. If you watch the GOP rally’s lately, they are becoming filled with hate, with near-violence, with hyperbole calling Obama as terrorist. McCain isn’t my candidate, but that’s it—I may not agree with him, but I know he’s no terrorist; I know he’s not evil. But the GOP is now explicitly calling up it’s more violent, racist base in its desperate attempt to claw its way back to the top.
A lot of folks around here like primates. In fact, all of the bloggers around here are primates. So a number of us are pretty riled up about a recent story out of Georgia (although I don’t advocate another apocalyptic March to the Sea). There is another poll to crash with the linked story, so go have at it.
In a similar vein, I posted a piece on my old blog a little while back about an article that wasn’t written by an ignorant redneck, but by a writer for a prominent conservative news outlet. What follows is the repost.
I don’t usually blog on politics. It’s just not my thing. Not that I don’t have opinions—I just save the research and writing for my own specialty. But this went so far over the line that I can’t leave it alone. I’ll give you the specifics, but this vicious attack on Obama’s parentage is belongs at a Klan rally rather than a respected (by some) national publication. Let me show you.
[A]ll of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics… Usually the Communist Youth League. Or maybe a different arm of the CPUSA. But, for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics.
So, by generalizing your limited experience, it is clear that all mixed race couples came together through communist mentors. Care to offer up some actual data? Of course not. It’s too absurd.
I don’t know how Barak Obama’s parents met. But the Kincaid article referenced above makes a very convincing case that Obama’s family, later, (mid 1970s) in Hawaii, had close relations with a known black Communist intellectual… it’s an open question what it means practically to have been politically mentored by an official Communist. (emphasis mine)
Exactly the point…you don’t know how they met, and yet you are willing to (literally) tar him with your racist brush. And, yes, despite your protestations below, it is racist. I’ll explain in a bit. And of course, since his parents knew a communist, Obama is a communist. Is that the transitive theory of communism? Is it the Lamarckian communist theory? How does that work? Has Obama written, said, or otherwise proposed centralized ownership of the means of production? DO YOU HAVE ANY DATA TO BACK UP YOUR RIDICULOUS ASSERTIONS???
Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama’s mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student. Love? Sure, why not? But what else was going on around them that made it feasible? Before readers level cheap accusations of racism — let’s recall that the very question of interracial marriage only became a big issue later in the 1960s.
P.C. was invented to keep people from asking about interracial couples’ private business? How…far-sighted of them, whomever “they” may be. Racism isn’t a “cheap accusation”. You have taken an individual and made certain very offensive and harmful assumptions about the person based on senseless generalizations, and published them in order to cause him harm. You just can’t get anymore racist without a hood and a noose.
It was, of course, an explicit tactic of the Communist party to stir up discontent among American blacks, with an eye toward using them as the leading edge of the revolution. To be sure, there was much to be discontented about, for black Americans, prior to the civil-rights revolution. To their credit, of course, most black Americans didn’t buy the commie line — and showed more faith in the possibilities of democratic change than in radical politics, and the results on display in Moscow. Time for some investigative journalism about the Obama family’s background, now that his chances of being president have increased so much.
And to cap it off, an invitation for the rest of America’s racists to jump on her Klandwagon.
This is easily the most offensive piece of “mainstream” journalism that I’ve seen in years. I’m hoping it is a measure of how desperate those on the far right are as their ideas have bankrupted the country, morally and financially, over the last 7 years. Lisa Schiffren should be ashamed. But of course, she has no shame.