The Racist Left
By Leon H Wolf Posted in Democrats — Comments (73) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I'm sure that it's frustrating to most left-leaning bloggers these days that they can't seem to make the Democrats listen to them or win any elections. I'm sure that many of them are wondering why despite their best efforts, despite giving all their money, despite fighting and bleeding for the cause, they manage to make no headway. The answer is simple: there is a fundamentally racist grain to American leftism that the Democratic Party can't afford to be associated with, and that the American people by and large reject.
It is no surprise, then, to find modern leftists engaged in a desperate and ridiculous campaign to dig up allegations of racism on the right. As long as human beings have had character flaws, they have striven mightily to deflect and project those flaws on to others. It is even less surprising to find the left-leaning blogosphere engaging in smear campaigns rather than engaging in the search for legitimate solutions to real life problems that affect the black community.
UPDATE [04/03/06 11:55:00 EDT by Leon]: Thanks to Matt Stoller for proving my point perfectly.
The history of racism associated with leftism and the Democratic Party has been well-documented. For the sake of this post, we'll ignore the institutional racism that led the Democratic Party to split the nation in Civil War, and to oppose (in higher ratios) the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. It's important to understand that the modern American Left has not departed from the old-school Democratic roots.
For instance, the modern American Left is defined by nothing if not by slavish devotion to the Birth Control movement and legalized abortion. What they'd like for you to forget is that the movement was founded in large part by a woman who was a devoted eugenicist. They've gotten much better about suppressing racist rhetoric in support of abortion rights, but it's hard not to notice the incredibly disparate impact that abortion has on the black community. In fact, even if one wasn't aware of the history of Planned Parenthood, it would be difficult to intentionally formulate a policy that would stagnate the black population from a demographic standpoint more effectively than legalized abortion has.
You see, the American left has to go on fishing expeditions for racist rhetoric because they don't want people to notice that they consistently advocate racist policies. Apart from legalized abortion, the left also boldly advocates a policy which says that educational sucess is inherently a function of race, not class. Nothing displays the fundamentally racist assumptions the left has about non-Asian minorities better than their resort to the positively Orwellian deflection in which they call conservatives racist because conservatives believe that black and hispanic students who grow up in similar backgrounds and attend the same school as white students are capable of scoring just as high on their ACT/SAT. I don't know of a single conservative who would object to a program that would give a leg up to those who are disadvantaged on the basis of socioeconomic status or inferior school systems; leftists, on the other hand, insist hysterically and condescendingly that a program which effectively labels non-Asian minorities as less intellectually capable must be sustained. True liberals (as opposed to leftists) would be ashamed to be associated with crowd that touted such assumptions: I know that conservatives are. American Leftists, on the other hand, are proud of their racist assumptions, all the while screaming "Racism on the Right!"
American Leftists - particularly the online left - are also so concerned to find racist rhetoric on the right because they need to distract attention from the racist rhetoric of their own. While leftists have to hopelessly distort "code words" to divine racism on the right, the racism of the left is open and bare for all to see. Inevitably, whenever you find genuine and overt racism rearing its head in political discourse these days, it's a leftist at fault, like Oliphant or Danziger or Trudeau or Gilliard. I understand the desire to level the playing field when it comes to embarrassing racist gaffes, but it seems to me to be a counterproductive waste of time. Which is probably why the online left is doing it: counterproductive wastes of time are their specialty.
Before any of you fill up my inbox with a bunch of profane, ranting complaints, please understand that I, at least, can grasp the principled that just because there are a lot of racists on the American left, that doesn't mean that all (or even most) leftists are racist. And yes, I realize that this kind of post is inflammatory and counterproductive: in fact, that's the whole point. There are (liberal) people I respect who recognize that minorities in this country face real and serious problems which demand practical solutions. Sadly, these people do not seem to be leading the way for the modern left. The people who are leading that way are more concerned with expending the limitless energy of their slobbering minions trying to dig up insenstive phrases than they are using that same energy trying to do something that might actually help someone solve an actual problem.
As for us, we will continue to work with people who are honestly working toward solutions, even if we might disagree about methods and philosophy. We won't be surprised when our opponents engage their energy in petty rants and vendettas instead.