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Liberal Racism

I can’t help it.

I’m laughing and I probably should not be, but I can’t help it.

I suppose it was bound to happen.

The President has been out barnstorming for his jobs bill. A bill still not submitted to the House and a bill  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t let come to the Senate floor for at least a few weeks. A bill, nonetheless, President Obama exclaims we must “pass the bill now.” Most understand this to be an effort to please his base and get his falling approval numbers back up to a level of unpopular.

So, I’m sitting here drinking my morning coffee, reading the daily head-lines and low and behold there is this head line: Black President, Double Standard written by Melissa Harris-Perry. No relation to the Governor. The article is in the liberal bastion “The Nation” therefore I expected this to be another article about the racist Republicans being against our wonderful President because of the color of his skin. Then I read this:

The 2012 election may be a test of another form of electoral racism: the tendency of white liberals to hold African-American leaders to a higher standard than their white counterparts. If old-fashioned electoral racism is the absolute unwillingness to vote for a black candidate, then liberal electoral racism is the willingness to abandon a black candidate when he is just as competent as his white predecessors.

There you have it!

How does it feel my liberal friends?

Read how she concludes the article:

President Obama has experienced a swift and steep decline in support among white Americans—from 61 percent in 2009 to 33 percent now. I believe much of that decline can be attributed to their disappointment that choosing a black man for president did not prove to be salvific for them or the nation. His record is, at the very least, comparable to that of President Clinton, who was enthusiastically re-elected. The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be possible to read that result as the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

Maybe I should not be laughing, but after being called a racist for the last few years by some of the very people this woman is calling racist, I cannot do anything but laugh.

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