He's not all that… How is it that Barry Hussein Obama Christ gets plaudits (which stop just short of, I'm CUUUMMMMIIIINNNG!!!) for "the most extensive discussion of race ever by a presidential candidate", when the fact is that anyone lighter than a dusky caramel who says anything intelligent on the topic is exiled by the same effusive punditry?
It seems like a contest rigged so that only blacks can speak honestly (or "honestly" as in this case) about racial issues and only when they feel like it and only when their closing statement is along the lines of "and this is why we need to tax and spend the wealth of people other than you".
Is it really all that courageous for a black politician to say anything that Obama said? And if you peer more closely at what he said -- rather than just enjoying the way it made you feel -- isn't there a rather empty quality to his applause lines? But once again, Barry can say he "understands" why [insert broad stereotype here] feel the way they do, and educated people mistake this for sympathy or unity. It is more like emotional sleight of hand.
Remember, if you are a black politician you can say anything you want about blacks such as Barry's spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as long as you remind everyone that rich white people and corporations are still the enemy.
Postscript: Mickey Kaus dissects Barry's speech at length, saying what our useless pundit class is too afraid to say (while the applause for Barry's courageous yet empty rhetoric trails off). Money quote: "Obama's explanations of black anger seem intimate and respectful. His explanations of white anger seem distant and condescending."
One aspect of this is that Barry refuses to confront the ugly side of the black church (from a certain point of view the uglier side) and of the black electorate -- confrontation that goes beyond mentioning but not refuting the deranged belief that the government created AIDS to kill black people. (Between murder and abortion, black people are doing just fine without anyone else's help.)
The ugliness includes a hypersensitive paranoia and narcissism on all issues touching race, plus a media reward system which gives attention to those who shriek like babies over every dubious expression or double entendre while withdrawing it from those who behave with class and dignity. This is all less the result of anger over injustice and more the product of liberalism's infantilization of the black adult -- which includes Democratic politicians who shout and sway with them darkies on strategically picked Sundays but sneer at dumbass evangelicals for creationism. Holding whites to a higher standard is a factor in black misbehavior.
The black church itself is more a tribal regime than a religious institution, as is made blindingly obvious by its politics and its rhetoric. Yet why talk about the political machine that keeps 90% of blacks in lockstep? Our pundits would rather listen to Barry slander his grandmother -- but it's a brilliant speech, we are told by the airheads who refuse to allow a serious conversation about race to ever happen. America in its current declension is a pitiful and stupid place.
Meanwhile, Bob Somerby has a very thoughtful liberal take on Barry's speech, expressing concern with both the speech's late timing and the way Candidate Barry uses race to bash his opponent. Somerby is mostly appreciative of the rest but is sensitive to the losing way that liberals often talk about race: we still have a long way to go until you share my views.
Obama will be knocked for his hamheaded moral equivalence -- being scared of indigent, physically aggressive black men is just as bad as screaming bitter white-hating demagoguery and worse -- but I am inclined to agree that the real damage will be done by tone-deaf liberal pundits who cannot restrain themselves from lightheaded, flowery praise. When people troubled by certain aspects of Barry's speech hear that it was the greatest statement about race in the history of the world, they tend to hear a silent condemnation.
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