July 30, 2010
"freedom to think what they want to think"
If Sherrod wanted to meet with you, what would you tell her?It's my goal too!
Breitbart has touched on something very important, and it has long been one of my pet peeves about identity politics. Regardless of whether you're liberal, conservative, libertarian, communitarian, religious, atheist, if you are not allowed to think what you think about a given issue, then you are simply less than a free citizen. I have repeatedly argued that to the extent gays are not free to take whatever positions they want on issues, they are second-class citizens, and to see Breitbart saying essentially the same thing about black people confirms in my mind that not only is he not a racist, but he's about as far from being a racist as it's possible to be.
For the umpteenth time, if you don't have the freedom to make up your mind independently, you are less than a free citizen.
I wrote this post because I think Breitbart's remarks will be spun by the left only as a sort of shilling for the cause black conservatism, for he obviously supports black conservatives, and the left is very threatened by that.
But that would be wrong, for it misses the larger (and even more threatening to the left) issue of citizens being free to make up their own minds.
(No minor point. I've been carping about it for over seven years....)
UPDATE: Thanks to Memeorandum for the link!
posted by Eric on 07.30.10 at 10:36 PM
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