Victor Davis Hanson writes for the National Review, which has fired like a billion racists this year. You would think, therefore, that when writing on issues of race, the National Review would show caution and some semblance of restraint when talking about it.
You would also be a goddamn idiot.
In a piece titled ‘White’ On The Brain, Hanson decides that people are just obsessed with the term ‘white’ and ‘white’ people and all the associated attitudes surrounding ‘whiteness’, which, if it were true, would mean that there would still be new episodes of Friends. (CONGRATS, JEN!!!!!!!)
Consider the increasing obsession with the term “white” (as in versus “black”), along with the old standby charge of “racism” — nearly all of it emanating from the president’s surrogates and celebrity supporters. Upon the announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, almost immediately Donna Christensen, the non-voting congressional delegate from the Virgin Islands, tweeted: “Wait a minute! Are there black people in Va? Guess just not w Romney Ryan! At least not seeing us. We know who’s got our back & we have his.”
Not a tweet from a nonvoting delegate from an American territory! If this is not the full force and fury of the race-obsessed left, I do not know what is! (It’s old episodes of Martin.) After such a terrible thing in which this Zulu priestess brought a race war to Twitter by noting that there were like no black people at the Romney/Ryan announcement — dishonest, because there were two who did not care at all — the race hostilities spread!
“Got our back” — compare the Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith’s video appealing to African-Americans to cover the president’s back — of course implies that Paul Ryan is a veritable racist who by virtue of his skin color and conservative politicswill stab blacks in the back. In that vein, Mia Farrow, viewing the initial Romney/Ryan rally, offers, “Camera pans crowd: whole bunch of white people.”
Mia fuckin’ Farrow, ladies and gentlemen. The Angela Davis of people who’ve seen Frank Sinatra’s penis. Now on to Melissa Harris-Perry, who is the Angela Davis of black ladies except for Angela Davis.
Here is what Melissa Harris-Perry, the weekend host of MSNBC’s Hardball, said of Paul Ryan’s referring to the Declaration of Independence: “The thing I really have against him is actually how he and Gov. Romney have misused the Declaration of Independence. I’m deeply irritated by their notion that the ‘pursuit of happiness’ means money for the richest and that we extricate the capacity of ordinary people to pursue happiness. When they say ‘God and nature give us our rights, not government,’ that is a lovely thing to say as a wealthy white man.” In the postmodern world of Ms. Harris-Perry, which is the world of Barack Obama, what we say has no innate meaning apart from our class, race, and gender.
I do find it odd that MHP would treat a statement about the nature of rights as if it had some impact on how people live and experience their rights today, but that’s probably a remnant from her days agitating on street corners for reparations and/or her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke and professorships at Princeton and Tulane. WAIT, haha, affirmative action, those are the same things. Am I right? Am I right?
(Also, the name of her show is Melissa Harris-Perry, which I know is much harder to remember than a different show hosted by a white man with blonde hair that airs at a completely different time.)
Yet there is no indication of a new racism on the part of conservatives or Republicans. Herman Cain — until dismembered by media accusations — led the Republican primary field for weeks in the polls. Michael Steele ran the Republican National Committee for two years. Allen West remains the Tea Party’s most popular politician. And many polls showed that Condoleezza Rice was the favored vice-presidential candidate among the Republican faithful. George W. Bush chose two African-American secretaries of state. That post has not been held by a white male since the ancient days of Warren Christopher.
Yet when Romney goes to Poland, Cokie Roberts hypothesizes that he is angling for the votes of Polish-Americans.
It does seem odd that a party that is antithetically opposed to most policy positions that African-Americans like might have a few black people who agree with the party, and whom the party likes because they aren’t like “those other” black people. The solution must be that Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Republican.
Also, how does Romney going for the votes of a certain group of white people mean he doesn’t like black people? All that means is that Romney wants votes. It’s a completely separate thing, the him not liking black people. Silly.
There is more to this piece, but it can best be summed up like this:
In short, until the election of Barack Obama, “white” was an increasingly rare designation. Intermarriage, integration, and assimilation were making race itself an irrelevant consideration. That notion was what Barack Obama correctly assessed would get him elected — and, now, exploding that notion is what he thinks will get him reelected.
It’s time to be serious for a second, because it is fairly obvious that Victor Davis Hanson may be too stupid to actually understand human interaction or history in a meaningful way. The idea that “white” was disappearing as a designation or that race was becoming an irrelevant consideration before the 2008 election only come from a place, oddly enough, of a sheltered white person whose main interactions involving black people consist of pointing to all the ones they speak to more than once a year as their friends.
Still, oddly enough, I’m guessing he gets all of their eponymous cable shows’ names wrong. Because he doesn’t see names. Or race.Related