In a move that is increasingly unsurprising, CNN has opened its website opinion page to a racist attack on GOP presidential contender Ben Carson. (I don’t link to racist literature, if you want to read it FIFY.)
The author of this racist hit-piece is the equally racist “David A. Wilson,” who may or may not be black or real, but who certainly has the full-dork going for him.
His basic thesis is that the reason that about 30 of the nation supports Dr. Ben Carson is that they are racist to the core and Carson makes them feel good about their racism.
Many in the GOP and tea party have been accused of bigotry for denying the legitimacy of and being unwilling to work with the nation’s first black president, although many conservatives will argue that their disdain for the President has nothing to do with his race, but with his politics. Even so, the “racist” label has begun to take a toll on the party’s brand and, I believe, their conscience.
However, Carson is their latest “magic negro;” he is someone who makes them feel good about themselves and their beliefs. The divine intervention that transformed him from being a violent, quick-tempered black boy in an impoverished Detroit to a celebrated Yale-educated brain surgeon is what evangelicals’ dreams are made of. He presents himself as an example of how minorities can lift themselves up from poverty through God and with little government intervention. Although some of the accounts of his childhood are now being questioned, it may do little damage to his reputation with his growing conservative fan base.
His harsh criticism of Obama, the Black Lives Matter movement, Muslims, and Mexican immigrants provides the political right with racial cover. Their logic is that if a black man says it, then it can’t be racist. Their support of him is proof to progressives that they too are willing to vote for a black man. If you’re trying to boast your racial tolerance credibility these days, “I’m voting for Ben Carson” sounds a lot more convincing than “some of my best friends are black.”
One hardly knows where to begin with this crap. In Wilson’s piss-ant life race is all there is. Race exists even when it isn’t race. Obama is as much white as he is black, culturally he is just another spoiled, self-entitled, left-wing brat. Muslims are a religion. Mexicans are a nationality. You can be against any or all of these and not be racist because, by definition, they have nothing to do with race.
Hell, I am not a Ben Carson supporter and though I agree with his views on all of the things Wilson labels, stupidly, as racist I don’t need Ben Carson to validate them and I proudly held those views before I’d ever heard of Ben Carson.
Wilson goes on to attack, former GOP chair Michael Steele, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain as mere tokens:
But for many African-Americans, Thomas, Steele, Cain and now Carson’s popularity with the right is reminiscent of an old racial dynamic. During and post slavery, white slave owners and employers would often provide special treatment to select blacks, who in turn would help assuage their white guilt. It became the role of these black servants — who were often deemed a “credit to their race” — to heap praise on the “good” and “God-fearing” white boss, often at the expense of their own people.
(The strange thing is that Cain’s candidacy only took off when Rick Perry’s campaign cratered, which leads to the uncomfortable implication, if Wilson is correct, that Rick Perry was black.)
Yup. When you look at those guys you don’t see people who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, graduated with honors from top universities, and reached the pinnacle of their profession. You just see some hapless black guy who doesn’t make you feel guilty about being white and racist. In the end, though, they were disavowed because suddenly, in Wilson’s view, well, he doesn’t say. Presumably, we all started being threatened by their blackness or something.
Carson, like Cain, is hardly Barack Obama’s political equal. He lacks serious political knowledge and at times appears lost when pressed on details of his domestic and foreign policy agendas. His skin color and his willingness to criticize other black and brown people is at the heart of his appeal to the right. The Republican Party is now engaging in political affirmative action of the worst kind and in the most visible way.
Carson has excelled at telling the far right precisely what they like to hear and think. He doesn’t challenge their beliefs, he confirms them. News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch — the foremost expert on all things black — went so far as to say that Carson would be a “real black president.“
No one can confidently predict what will ultimately become of Ben Carson’s campaign. However, with the caucus and primary season fast approaching, we’ll know soon enough if his popularity with the base is for the benefit of their conscience or if he truly has their confidence.
Again, this is just Wilson abject racism at work. No intelligent person, so I’m not addressing Wilson here, could look at Obama’s track record as president and see anything but failed policies, and as politics is defined by being successful in interpersonal relationships with people who don’t agree with you, and failed politics.
Were Wilson really interested in racial harmony he would be quick to see the power in having prominent black politicians in both parties. Were Wilson really interested in advancing the economic and social well-being of black Americans he would instantly perceive that your vote is worth more when both parties are competing for it. But neither of those are his agenda. He makes his money based on racial grievance mongering. He gets his social standing because the Democrats look at his opinions as something other than the racist claptrap that they are. If the status quo changes, Wilson is going to be just another bitter, unemployed, goofy-looking progressive looking for a hand-out.
Wilson’s critique is nothing more than a narrow-minded racist attack on someone who has accomplished more that Wilson can ever hope to. What Wilson can’t accept is that Carson’s message of racial inclusion, of Americanism, of hard work and accomplishment based of personal effort resonates — and it resonates even with people who don’t see him as a serious candidate — and this offers a real danger to the nasty little racist ghetto that Wilson runs and profits from.