Black politicians, journalists, businessmen and hip-hoppers around the country are starting to go berserk. Since the 1960’s to get white politicians, bankers, journalists, teachers, policemen, farmers, etc., off their backs for real or perceived grievances or to clear the playing field in whatever endeavour interested them, all African-Americans had to do was call whites one word, racists. After years of the Mainstream Media (MSM), public schools, colleges, movies, songs, advertisements, magazines, etc., having portrayed whites as being horrendous to blacks, some politically correct whites specially liberals, progressives and democrats have the concept of “white guilt” so deeply engraved into their psyche that they would do anything, and I mean anything, to avoid the R word. On the other hand for years blacks have been portrayed as hip, cool, defiant, etc., and have grown empowered to use the race card to get what they want.
Don’t get me wrong slavery of blacks by whites was bad and to us modern western dwellers of planet earth it is almost inconceivable to accept that one race enslaving the other was once an accepted norm in our own country. But even today we just have to look towards Africa to see that in some places slavery still goes on as well as in certain parts of Asia. Haiti comes to mind when looking for slavery in the Americas. Huge strides have been made in the Western world to fight racism but other parts have a ways to go to eliminate slavery never mind racism.
Enter Barack Hussein Obama into mainstream American politics. At the beginning no one knew how to handle an African-American candidate as quickly became obvious. During the Democratic primaries many prominent white democrats from ex Representative Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman ever to be nominated VP by a political party, to two term ex President Bill Clinton, called by a prominent African-American the first Black President, were demeaned and publicly called racists by their own when questioning Obama’s ability to be POTUS. Hillary Clinton was also not immune. White news anchors, commentators, talking heads, etc., were in turn called racists and bigots by black news anchors, commentators, talking heads, etc., because they questioned Barack Obama. Even writing or calling Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, was considered taboo.
Unforeseen by many, the constant use of the race card began losing it’s power.
Quick forward to today. A few days ago a writer for the Associated Press wrote that Sarah Palin might have used the race card against Obama because she said Obama hung around with unrepentant terrorist William Ayers. Two years ago a piece like that from AP would have been a career killer. These days, outside of the the MSM and democrat surrogates, no one really cared. Black and white democrat spokespersons that show up on radio, tv and cable bring up the race card constantly and it is either ignored or brushed aside without much fuss. Black democratic politicians like Yvette D. Clarke, Bill Perkins, Kevin Parker, Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Gregory Meeks, and Jesse Jackson Jr. have all come out saying the McCain / Palin campaign has tainted, to put it mildly, their election efforts with race. Is anyone listening to their complaints? We’ll see in a week or two when in all probablility Reverends Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pleger will be brought up by the McCain campaign.
The race card is no longer the atomic bomb it was 19 months ago. That is why many African-Americans who thought it could be used as a silver bullet to thwart any attack made against Obama by McCain are going berserk.