May 27, 2009
fear is for racists!
That's because, in a numbingly familiar process, the identity politics card has been played again. In a statement that horrified Roger L. Simon, Justice Sotomayor elucidates tellingly on her philosophy:
I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male...The idea behind identity politics is that criticism of any member of a certified minority group by other than a certified member of that group (especially by a white male) is certifiably racist.
Few people these days would notice the arrogant racism inherent in the above statement, and fewer still would dare to criticize it. Imagine the outcry, though, were a white male nominee discovered to have been on record saying this:
I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina female...The latter statement would be considered racist by all reasonable people, across the political spectrum. It would be universally condemned, and it would doom the nomination of any white male candidate who made it, as it should, because it is racist. No sane white man with career ambitions would say such a thing, even if he were a racist, because racism is the ultimate taboo. However, in a supremely rich form of irony, the taboo operates in a selectively racist manner solely against whites.
Actual racism is perfectly acceptable if directed against white males; in fact, it has become an untouchable minority prerogative and privilege -- to the point where criticism of it is now seen as racism.
Thus, it is not Justice Sotomayor's statement that is racist, but all white criticism of it. (Yes, a few Republicans in Congress will criticize it, but we all know they're racist, and in any event, it will not stop her nomination.)
This process is intimidating for everyone; white people are cowed into silence, and many otherwise free-thinking members of minority groups become fearful and fall into line.
This is a major reason the business community is afraid to criticize Barack Obama. The operative principle is fear -- the fear of being called racist if the critic is white, or of being called a sellout (or worse) if the critic belongs to a minority group.
And if you're not afraid of being called racist, why, that's proof that you're either a racist or a sociopathic kook. No reasonable and responsible person would fail to exhibit this fear. Of course, those who do fear being called racist are obviously racists too, and the fear proves their racism.
After all, we have a president who is against fear, and who campaigned against it.
It follows, then, that fear is racist.
posted by Eric on 05.27.09 at 10:00 AM
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