the race card is getting dog-earred.
In the news today is an article about NY Governor David Patterson wherein Paterson is quoted on a radio talk show complaining about his party’s concern about his electibility in the primary next year. He blames his troubles on the media rather than his own blunders. In doing so, he demonstrates a growing trend in the defense of poor performance, a refusal to take responsibility for his own problems and instead blaming others and raising the stakes by playing the race card.
The whole idea is to get me not to run in the primary.
We’re not in the post-racial period.
The reality is the next victim on the list – and you can see it coming – is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more than trying to reform a health care system.
Increasingly, it seems to me that prominent blacks respond to any criticism by first denying whatever the charge is and then accusing anyone who questions them of racism. To make matters worse, in Paterson’s case he then denys that he did it.
Later, Paterson looked to downplay his comments, saying, “At no point did I claim that this media piling-on effect was due to race.”
“What I did point out was that certain media outlets have engaged in coverage that exploits racial stereotypes,” he said.
He wants to eat his cake and have it too. Claim racism and the deny that he claimed it. This sort of thing is getting really old.
A couple weeks ago we had the Crowley/Gates flap where Professor Henry Gates unjustifiably played the race card when he didn’t feel like complying with the legal direction of an insistent police officer. President Obama then commented during a press conference that while he knew nothing about what happened it was his view that the police acted “stupidly”. Its ironic to me that the only stupid behavior came from Gates and Obama. Obama then had to go into full damage control having exposed himself on national tv as a bigot.
Maybe nationally known blacks would benefit from reading the story about the boy who cried wolf. In fact, it would be a good idea for blacks of influence to decry the spurious use of the charge of racism – particularly from those who have clearly benefited as a direct result of their race. Prominent blacks such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would never get the press they do if they weren’t blacks complaining about racism. They don’t seem to have anything intelligent to say or anything origninal to contribute. What they “bring to the table” is the instantaneous charge of racisn whenever anything negative happens to a black person. Not once have I seen comments from either of them in which they criticized a black person for their behavior. Their rantings result in the perpetuation of racial bias.
If they continue to “cry wolf”, some of us villagers are going to ignore them…
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