I have long maintained that the Democratic Party in America views minorities in a fundamentally racist way, and that this racism is clearly expressed in the policies they support. Just to give one example, there is quite a bit of merit to the notion that children who come from financially disadvantaged homes and neighborhoods deserve a leg up when it comes to, say college admissions. However, when the Democrats go about setting policy, they don’t seek to give children from financially disadvantaged children a leg up, they seek to give minority children a leg up (so long as those minorities are non-Asian). No one argues that there is a 1:1 correlation (or even nearly a 1:1 correlation) between being a non-Asian minority and being financially and socioeconomically disadvantaged, but any attempts to implement an affirmative action plan that operates on relevant socioeconomic factors (instead of on race per se) are stridently resisted by these Democrats, who are apparently under the impression that even wealthy non-Asian minorities are, as a class, less intelligent than whites and non-Asian minorities. This view is, by definition, racist.
Time and time again, elected Democrats expose this bigotry by admitting – often in embarrassing ways – that they have the same set of expectations for all people of a given minority (be it black, hispanic, or other). In their worldview, these privileged white liberals are simply incapable of understanding that people of a given minority are capable of thinking, believing, acting, or achieving as individuals, but instead must be patronizingly dealt with as some inferior class. Behold Exhibit A, Barbara Boxer attempting to deal with Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. The NBCC has done quite a lot research on cap and trade and climate change issues, and was testifying before the Senate Public Works Committee in support of the NBCC’s view. Boxer, apparently of the belief that all black people should feel the same about every given issue, counters the NBCC’s view with a resolution passed by the NAACP, despite its total non-relevance to anything Alford was discussing. Alford’s reaction was… well, you can see it for yourself:
Oh, but that is not nearly all. The Democrats have had a banner week in improving race relations this week. More below the fold…
Exhibits B and C come to us courtesy of Dick Durbin. Exhibit B we already covered yesterday. In Exhibit C, Durbin explains the District of Columbia shouldn’t be prevented from spending federal $ on abortion, despite the fact that 41 per cent of all pregnancies in the District of Columbia are already terminated in abortion even without federal funding.
The issue arose last Thursday when the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the bill that funds the federal district. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) invoking President Bill Clinton’s formulation that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” asked why Congress should pursue a policy that will make abortion even more common in D.C. than it already is.
“Forty-one percent of pregnancies — that’s not rare,” he said. “We do not need to have more abortions in the District of Columbia.”
Durbin’s reply to this point — and Brownback’s interruption of him — follows below.
Durbin: In terms of safe, legal and rare, to the Senator from Kansas, I will tell you two things. First, it is a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans seek abortion in America, not just in the District of Columbia, but all across the nation.
Brownback: 41 percent?
Durbin: No, but it’s also a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans live in the District of Columbia.
Brownback: 41 percent?
Durbin: I’m telling you, look at the numbers.
Brownback: I’m telling — I’m just asking you, aren’t there enough [abortions] here?
Durbin: Look at the numbers, and you will find this to be true.
Brownback: This — this is not high enough?
Unbelievable. It is not so much that Durbin is pointing out a statistical fact about abortion (that a disproportionate number of pregnancies in the black community end in abortion), it is that he is using this as an argument for why there should be more abortions in D.C. That Durbin can say such a thing without any apparent effect on his conscience indicates how ingrained this racism is.
Look, we could do this all day. We could harken back to Biden explaining that Iowa’s schools performed better than DC schools because DC schools have more black kids than Iowa schools (sure, he eventually got around to the socioeconomic stuff, but his first thought? Too many blacks in DC.) But the point should be obvious by now to anyone who is paying attention – elected Democrats expect less as a class from minorities, both in terms of intelligence and behavior.
And that, folks, can’t be called anything other than what it is: racism.