Last century’s leftist politicos left behind copious evidence of race-card playing.October 2, 2011 – 12:00 am – by Mary Grabar
The increasingly absurd charges of racism — like the one leveled at Rick Perry’s reference to a “black cloud” of debt, or Morgan Freeman’s wholesale imputation — seem to have commentators stumped: at least those commentators who still operate on the basis of logic and evidence. Mona Charen points to the obvious, like the support for tea party favorite Herman Cain in the Florida straw poll. I made similar observations in 2009, when I covered Cain’s Tea Party gathering in Cobb County and his announcement rally in May in Atlanta.
I learned something in May when I attended Cain’s announcement rally with a black friend. Spotting my friend’s Uncle Sam hat and Cain buttons, another black man who was otherwise at the park struck up a conversation. They discussed just how much pressure black conservatives feel from fellow blacks.
It has not always been this way, and it is no accident. White radicals have been fostering this kind of behavior for nearly a hundred years. Divide and conquer according to class — no less for blacks than for whites — has been the modus operandi of the left since at least the 1920s.
As the black middle class grew after World War II, radicals had to resort to increasingly absurd claims to make the charge that things were getting worse. Ignoring the statistical evidence, they scoured the ghettoes and trotted out the criminal and down-and-out black as representative of black America. The influential white writer Norman Mailer valorized the black criminal in his 1957 pamphlet “The White Negro.”
The prisoners and “disadvantaged” are still used as illustrations of the evils of our capitalistic system by those like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And to criticize profiteering black spokesmen, like Al Sharpton, is to invite charges of racism. It is to the benefit of the left’s political cause that the “disadvantaged” remain disadvantaged in perpetuity.
Those who are not “disadvantaged,” who do not need their “help,” are vilified. Self-made men, the “bourgeoisie” like Herman Cain, are dismissed with charges of “racial self-hate” or as pawns of the white, ruling capitalists. While Cain might identify with the Tea Party — indeed he shouts it from the rooftops — the Tea Party will be called “racist,” “reactionary,” and “fascist.”