Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 6 Comments
The election may demonstrate that racism is no longer an issue for white Americans, but it will never prove it to the satisfaction of those who benefit from keeping racism an issue.
Obama himself is the perfect demonstration of how useful racism is to such people. As a descendant of a white mother and a part African father who was never descended from slaves and had nothing to do with America's racial issues, he nevertheless successfully exploited American guilt over slavery and race, time and time again, defended by the cry that any criticism of him, including calling him a socialist, was racist. And when you have something as useful as that at your disposal, why give it up?
Once occupying the White House accusations of racism will be trotted out to shield and defend Obama at every turn. Are Republican Senators slow to adopt an Obama proposal? Clearly it's racism the media will proclaim. Are they rejecting a proposed judicial appointment, clearly racism. Bonus points if the judge is actually black. Just as during the election there will be no such thing as legitimate criticism of Obama, any criticism of Obama during his term will quickly be labeled a manifestations of racism and intolerance. There will be saddened head shaking and quotes from Black academics saying something along the lines of, "We thought America was finally moving forward, but now we're not so sure."
Anyone imagining that they will be able to cite Obama as proof that America is not a racist society in a conversation, will soon be in for a rude awakening. The quick reply will be, "Forty-Four Presidents and only one of them was Black and look how much they hate him."
The thing about racism is that it is far more useful to have around than to declare victory over, especially if your politics of entitlement is based around the twin poles of telling white people that they should feel guilty because they're racist and telling black people that they should expect to fail because white people are racist. So whenever some milestone is reached the usual quote goes something like this, "We've come a long way but we've still got a long way to go."
That's how the race game is played. Like Communism we've always got a long long way to go until we're there and we can lean back in the easy chair and move on. And a long way to go is a synonym for 'it's never gonna happen."
Obama's victory will be used as proof not that America is post-racial, but that America is still racist. After a short round of back patting, any opposition to Obama or any of his policies will be used to prove that America is still racist.
After all if we actually closed the door on that black and white picture of America, what would the race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Obama's own coven at Trinity Church do for a living?
To have a truly post-racial society means moving beyond racial stereotypes, beyond racial apologetics, beyond race hustling and beyond exploring race for both negative and positive outcomes. But the Democratic party, once it veered away from its formerly enthusiastic racism, has with the same eager cultivated reverse racism, overlaying its class warfare with a racial component. And it will not go away until it ceases to be rewarded. Obama's victory has been the Democratic party's biggest payday yet proving that it remains a winning combination. What to some was the finish line for America's racial problems, to the Democratic party is a new phase of racial hucksterism.