Friday, July 05, 2013

Race, Discrimination, and the Left

Jonah Goldberg nails it in this essay.  Here are a few snippets:
Of course there are important differences between an incestuous or a polygamous marriage and a loving committed relationship between two homosexuals. Indeed, it’s instructive that many gay-rights activists take offense whenever opponents say that legalizing gay marriage will lead to polygamy, incest or bestiality. They insist such comparisons are ridiculous. And they’re right! But it’s also ridiculous to equate Jim Crow prohibitions on interracial marriage to prohibitions on gay marriage.

If you can’t see the problem, it’s this: The whole point of the civil-rights movement is that skin color is superficial. Sex — i.e., male, female — is actually a real and deep biological difference. You could look it up...

When Republicans tried to filibuster the Affordable Care Act (a k a ObamaCare), Sen. Harry Reid lamented, “When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today.”

That’s true! But . . . so what? How, exactly is opposition to an ever-more disastrous health-care reform bill akin to denying the humanity of African-American citizens? Is any filibuster threat now tainted by Dixiecrat opposition to civil rights?
Let's remember which party those Dixiecrats represented...and now back to our snippets:
The Washington Post reported this week that civil-rights activists in Florida are dismayed that the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida isn’t racially divisive enough. “It makes you feel kind of angry and kind of bad that race is not a part of this,” the Rev. Harrold C. Daniels, told the Post. “It’s a missed opportunity"...

When the Supreme Court recently ruled that the Voting Rights Act needed to take into account that blacks now vote more than whites in jurisdictions that are presumed to be racist, many responded as if the Supreme Court reinstated Jim Crow. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry cried out on Twitter, “Damn, that citizenship thing was so great for awhile.”
The article's denouement is powerful.  The thesis?  Times have changed, and liberals haven't.


allen (in Michigan) said...


Which party had until quite recently a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter and official in the Senate and saw fit to ignore that affiliation?

MikeAT said...

No Darren, liberals haven't. If they get off the race baiting poverty tour they would have to get a real job.