August 13, 2007
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August 13, 2007
Enough already.The Ann Coulter bashing isn’t all that impressive.
Left wing syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall referred to Condaleeza Rice as a ‘House Nigga.’ Strange as it might sound, none of the leftist hypocrites calling for Coulter’s apology made the same demand of Rall.
Michelle Malkin hit the nail on the head when writing of Rall. She asks
…Which other minority conservatives are you just itching to tar as “HOUSE NIGGAS” or “HOUSE CHINKS” or “HOUSE SPICS?”
(It’s also valuable, by the way, to see Rall’s mainstream media clients such as the Washington Post continue to stand by him…while at the same time, moan about the lack of civility in public discourse.)
Rall is not the far Left fringe. He gets away with this pen-and-ink-stained excrement because he reflects the closet thinking of mainstream media editors across the country and their mainstream liberal audiences. His work is reportedly carried in 140 newspapers. He and his ilk are everywhere. I grew up with his kind. I went to school with his kind. I work in the media with his kind. I have been getting contempt-filled, profanity-laced, “You-are-a-traitor-to-your-race/You banana/coconut/Aunt Tomasina/white wannabe” diatribes from his kind in my mailbox for the past 12 years.
Advertisers are being pressured to ditch Coulter. Rall gets a pass.
Dr Sanity’s The Left’s Theory Of Relativity hits the mark. In looking at the outrage (and their own shallowness) of the left in demanding that Coulter be excoriated, she notes
For Democrats and the left, there is no “disconnect” or even cognitive dissonance about such contradictions. As a group that wholeheartedly subscribes to moral relativity and subjective ethics, it makes perfect sense that they have no problem with any “moral authority” as long as that authority just happens to agree with and justify their beliefs.
After all, if morality is relative; if truth is subjective and there is no objective “good” or “bad”; then why bother to look any further?
Cindy Sheehan is a prototype of an “absolute moral authority” on the Iraq war because her son was killed in Iraq. To the leftists, it doesn’t matter that there are hundreds–even thousands–of parents who happen to believe the opposite from Sheehan about the war. The only opinion that matters and conveys “authority” is one that they agree with…
the persons in question have become the left’s vocal “moral authority” because they happen to agree with the left’s beliefs about the key political issues and are anti-Bush , anti-Republican, along with varying degrees of anti-Americanism and anti-capitalistism thrown in for good measure.
What these three examples (and there are many more) have in common is both a breathtaking subjectivism and relativism in one breath; and ideological absolutism in the next.
They all demonstrate the inherent philosophical and psychological contradictions that the postmodern left exploits in order to achieve political power. They are perfectly aware that their positions don’t make any sense and can be refuted by anyone with basic knowledge of logic and logical fallacies; but their goal is to maintain the psychological denial necessary to believe in the left’s ideology. Interpreting this defense and exposing it is essential to countering that ideology.
Clarence Thomas has been referred to as an ‘Uncle Tom,’(see Time here ) and Black conservatives are often called ‘Uncle Toms’ and worse. Jesse Jackson called black conservative Ward Connerly a ‘house slave.’
Theres’ more, from How The Left Trashes Black Conservatives:
The late columnist Carl Rowan sarcastically suggested that “if you give Thomas a little flour on his face, you’d think you had [former Klansman] David Duke.” San Francisco mayor Willie Brown called Thomas not only “a shill for the most insidious form of racism, but also a man whose views are “legitimizing of the Ku Klux Klan.” Brown added that Thomas “should be reduced to talking only to white conservatives,” and “must be shut out” by the black community.”
The ugliness goes on and on. Political scientist Manning Marable asserts that Thomas has “ethnically ceased being an African American.” Movie director Spike Lee calls Thomas “a handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom.” Author June Jordan characterizes him as a “virulent Oreo phenomenon,” a “punk-ass,” and an “Uncle Tom calamity.” The late Haywood Burns, who was the dean of a New York law school and chairman emeritus of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, called Thomas a “counterfeit hero” whose ideals had “crushed or forever deferred” the dreams of millions of blacks. Columnist Julianne Malveaux told a television audience, “I hope [Thomas’s] wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter, and he dies early, like many black men do, of heart disease. . . .He’s an absolutely reprehensible person.”
The article continues:
Thomas was denounced as a “pimp” and a “traitor” to the black community. With comparable contempt, the Reverend Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference once said, “I have told [Thomas] I am ashamed of him, because he is becoming to the black community what Benedict Arnold was to the nation he deserted; and what Judas Iscariot was to Jesus: a traitor; and what Brutus was to Caesar: an assassin. Missouri Democrat William Clay labels Thomas and other black conservatives “Negro wanderers” whose goal is to “maim and kill other blacks for the gratification and entertainment of ultraconservative white racists.” Similarly, Mr. Clay described black conservative Gary Franks – when Franks was a Connecticut congressman – as a “Negro Dr. Kevorkian, a pariah,” who exhibited a “foot-shuffling, head-scratching brand of Uncle Tomism.”
Former NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks denounces black conservatives as “a new breed of Uncle Tom [and] some of the biggest liars the world ever saw.” Afrocentric historian John Henrik Clarke calls them “frustrated slaves crawling back to the plantation.” The late Khalid Abdul Muhammad put it still more bluntly: “When white folks can’t defeat you, they’ll always find some Negro, some boot-licking, butt-licking, bamboozled, half-baked, half-fried, sissified, punkified, pasteurized, homogenized Nigger that they can trot out in front of you.” It is notable that Muhammad’s words – though very crude – express precisely the same message that Mr. Bond expressed somewhat more delicately.
Perhaps the most effective response to these many inanities comes from, of all people, Clarence Thomas. “Long gone is the time,” he says, “when we [blacks] opposed the notion that we all looked alike and talked alike. [But] somehow we have come to exalt the new black stereotype above all and demand conformity to that norm. . . . [However], I assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I was an intellectual slave because I’m black.”
Of course, there are also sacred Uncle Toms:
Civil rights leaders of the 1960s were called Uncle Toms by more militant Blacks. Whitney Young, Executive Director of the Urban League from 1961 to 1971, was a “radical integrationist.” His willingness to work with Whites led to charges that he was an “Uncle Tom.” Reverend Martin Luther King’s unwillingness to advocate retaliatory violence led Stokely Carmichael to accuse him of “Uncle Tomism.” Bayard Rustin, one of the chief tacticians of the Civil Rights Movement, was also called an “Uncle Tom” by Black militants. Roy Wilkens was called an “Uncle Tom” because he publicly stated that Blacks could achieve political power “in the system.” Civil rights leaders were judged to be too passive, too religious, too eager to integrate — too much like the stereotypical Version A “Uncle Tom.” Older, more established Blacks have often been accused of being too conservative, too passive, and too desirous of White approval. In the 1950s Louis Armstong was called an “Uncle Tom” by young bebop musicians.
In recent years the “Uncle Tom” slur has been directed against Christopher Darden, the Black member of the prosecution’s team in the O.J. Simpson murder trial; Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer; Karl Malone, the Utah Jazz basketball player; and Colin Powell. Cornell West, the author of Race Matters and a lifelong civil rights activist, was called an “Uncle Tom” by the African United Front because of his “support” of Jews. The “Uncle Tom” slur has even been appropriated by other ethnic groups to exert in-group pressures on their members. A Native American, for example, who is believed to be too friendly with or admiring of Whites, is called an “Uncle Tomahawk”; Chinese Americans use the term “Uncle Tong.” Even W.E.B. DuBois, arguably the greatest, most sustained civil rights voice of the 20th Century, was called an “Uncle Tom” — by Marcus Garvey, who added that DuBois was “purely and simply a White man’s nigger.”
Bill Cosby has yet to be called designated an official ‘Uncle Tom,’ despite uttering some very Uncle Tom like remarks. See this, for starters:
Cosby told the audience that being poor had a different meaning to older generations and said the “housing project was set up for you to move in, move up and move out….” One of my grandmother’s favorite admonitions was “You don’t have to be rich to be clean.” Yesterday’s gross material poverty among blacks is all but gone. In all too many cases, it has been replaced by the worse kind of poverty — poverty of the spirit.
Bill Cosby also admonished blacks to stop blaming the white man for our problems. “This is a time, ladies and gentlemen,” Cosby said, “when we have to turn the mirror around.” He’s right again. Nobody can sensibly argue that racial discrimination has altogether disappeared. The relevant question is: How much of what we see can be explained by racial discrimination? The 70 percent illegitimacy rate among blacks is devastating, not to mention unprecedented, but can it be blamed on discrimination? Is the white man responsible for today’s all-time high number of black single-parent families? What about the crime rate that has turned many black neighborhoods, once stable and civilized, into battlegrounds and economic wastelands?
Look for Bill Cosby to be the next ‘Uncle Tom.
As Dr Sanity notes,
The truth is that the postmodern leftists don’t need to believe anything that they say. In fact, they can easily ignore evidence that contradicts their arguments; never acknowledge that their arguments (or more precisely, their beliefs) have been debunked and; and ultimately they can simply redefine words or resort to word games.
Which is just a lot of psycho speak for saying the leftists don’t don’t give a rats ass for anyone but themselves.
And thats’ just a nice way of saying they are nothing but hypocrites and full of crap.
Portions of this post have been previously published.