Forgiving a little college racism

According to Newsmax, Hillary Clinton blasted Don Imus as a bigot and a sexist. "Small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism" were her exact words.

And via Glenn Reynolds I see that now she's milking the denunciation of Imus for all its worth by turning it into an integral part of her campaign.

While Imus's remarks were in execrable taste and he deserves condemnation for them, by what logic do they become a campaign issue for Hillary Clinton? I know Imus is a Democrat, but has he announced?

I'm concerned that there's a double standard where it comes to who gets a pass for these things. Conduct that would be condemned in Republicans is rarely condemned in Democrats, and the double standards coupled with the sickening moral sanctimony have become unbearable. (Which explains the attempts to transform Imus into a "conservative.")

Ann Althouse and Don Surber (both linked by Glenn Reynolds earlier) have described the opportunistic sanctimony quite well -- better than I could right now.

Frankly, I am so sick of partisan-based race sanctimony that wasn't going to write about it anymore today, but on top of all this, now there's Hillary's latest move -- appointing as her campaign co-chair a man who said "US English is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks."

Sorry but it's too much by way of double standards to have to endure in one day.

Which is why I have decided to mention something I wasn't going to mention -- and that's this postcard for sale on Ebay, sent by Bill Clinton to his grandmother in 1966.

From the Item description:

William J. Clinton, early, scarce and most extraordinary Autograph Letter Signed twice, "Wm. J. Clinton" and "Bill", one page, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, Washington, February 2, 1966 to his grandmother on the verso of a color postcard bearing a racist image of a black youth eagerly polishing a watermelon bearing the title "HOPE, ARKANSAS / HOME OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST WATERMELON". Clinton, then a graduate student at Georgetown, writes to his mother, "Dear Mammaw, Thought I would send you one of your cards just to prove I'm using them! My tests are over and I'm just startin ght second term. Hope you are well and happy. Say hello to Budlye Ollie - See you later - Love, Bill" At the top center, he writes his return address, hence adding the second signature "Wm. J. Clinton Box 289 GT, DC 20007" Addressed in his hand to "Mrs Edith Cassidy / Hope Nursing Home / Main Street / Hope, Arkansas" Below the address, Mrs. Cassidy has noted the date of receipt "Feb 3 1966" Stamped with a Washington, D. C., February 2, 1966 postmark at top center. A superbly ironic association piece revealing Clinton's roots and his sense of humor. In very fine condition. Housed in a lovely custom green-cloth slipcase bearing two black and white portraits of Clinton on flaps with green leather binding on the exterior with gilt titling on a ribbed spine.
I won't post the image, because after all, it really is racist.

But I am mentioning it and linking to it out of protest. I normally wouldn't, but I'm just plain overdosed on double standards, OK?

It's not that I condemn Bill Clinton for sending this card to his grandmother (who apparently gave it to him). But what annoys me is the certain knowledge that had this same card been sent in the same year by any Republican presidential candidate, people would condemn him for it.

So, to the extent I have the right to forgive, I think Bill Clinton's silly act of 1966 racism is eminently forgivable. What's harder to forgive, though, is the partisan obsession with race. I think it's becoming a form of national hysteria.

MORE: It's probably worth noting that while Imus is an anti-Bush Democrat, he's also quite vociferously anti-Hillary.

Coincidence, right?

posted by Eric on 04.12.07 at 06:24 PM


The use of an Abraham Lincoln stamp to mail the postcard is a bit of contrary genius.

Captain Ned   ·  April 12, 2007 9:24 PM

Hillary Clinton had a fund raiser hosted by rapper Timbaland. No wonder she blasted Imus.

Translation: how are we to know at whom and when to be outraged?

I want to know the rules.

M. Simon   ·  April 13, 2007 12:59 AM

Hillary hates Imus because Imas didn't suck up to her and was on Bill's case and her case during the impeachment.

Imas's downfall is just part of the Clinton scorched earth policy.

rob   ·  April 13, 2007 9:22 AM

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