An old saying is “If you’re in a hole, stop digging!” Back in March, I wrote that there was a serious element of racism in the Left’s criticism of the President. The past few days have reminded me of that, as I’ve watched the reaction to Melissa Harris-Perry’s response to Joan Walsh’s article in Salon. Watching their reaction to Professor Harris-Perry’s article, and to other commenters and bloggers, has been an exercise in watching them continue to dig, while denying they’re in a hole to begin with.
One of the reasons I came to the conclusion that race was behind much of their attacks on this President was:
But you know why I think that? The Republicans are working to roll back women’s rights, unions, environmental protections, social programs, and education. Social Security and Medicare are being targeted. The programs and protections that progressives spent decades getting into place are being removed or weakened with startling speed. Do you see a real focus on this from the Professional Left and the Frustrati? Have they decided to spend most of their time going after Republicans? No, they’re still spending most of their time attacking the black President.
You see, I was around when Bill Clinton was President. What I don’t remember was the vituperation directed at him by the Left that has been directed at this President. The Right? Sure, I saw that, and I expected it with this President. I didn’t expect it from the Left. It’s been a litany of disrespect, dog-whistles, and unreasonable expectations. Think I’m kidding? Town, over at Pragmatic Obots Unite had this in a comment:
He’s an INADEQUATE BLACK MALE!!
I thought I was voting for a black guy, but got a white guy instead
Barry is a p*ssy, he’s not a REAL black man bussin’ caps up in Republicans’ azzes
My dear brother Obama is scared of real black men b/c he’s not one
Building a fake Oval Office set and mock Obama’s SOTU speech to show him how it should have been done
Those are all things that the Professional Left and others have said, excused, or applauded. They claim that their attacks on this President are based on “policy differences,” yet somehow their “policies” are never fleshed out in detail, just an amorphous wish, and never with a plan of action on how they’re going to get it through Congress. They attack – and no, it’s not criticism – even when the fault lies elsewhere. Reading their diatribes, you’d think that Congress doesn’t exist, or if it does, it’s simply a rubber stamp for an imperial President.
Now that someone they pay attention to called them out, and they’re twisting themselves into knots to argue that no, really, they’re not racist! But everything they say keeps digging them deeper into that hole. They need to stop digging, and start listening. Here’s what John Cole had to say:
As a general rule when a black person or persons tell me something is racist or bordering on racist, particularly people I respect like ABL and TNC, I don’t argue. If I disagreed with them initially or just didn’t notice the racist aspect of something, what I try to do is just be quiet for a minute. Then I try to figure out what it is that made me not recognize something as racist.
Which is what should have happened. They should have stopped and examined it, and themselves. Instead, they protested, denying it. I don’t buy the denials. As I said in my March post, they’re protesting too much. Too many people are pointing it out, and we’re not all doing it just because we’re “overly sensitive.” Then again, I know when I’m in a hole.