Please, Won’t Somebody Think of the White People?
Maybe I’ve just not been reading it, but this Martin Luther King Jr. Day seems to lack the phoned-in “King wanted black people to shut up and get over slavery already” columns that usually pepper conservative media. The Republican National Committee, for example, only said that it “strongly believes in the dream [King] so eloquently and passionately gave his life for.” I see no “King would have hated affirmative action” columns at National Review.
Roy Edroso collects some of the duller commentary that I have seen.
Rightblogger MacsMind, for example, says that racism is yet with us: “It’s a forgone conclusion that the main reason that Barack Obama was elected president had little to do with the content of his character, but with the color of his skin,” and therefore “It’s not a day of rejoicing, it should be a day of shame.”
Other rightbloggers, like Clayton Cramer, also felt that we haven’t overcome racism: “there is still racism out there — but much of it isn’t whites against blacks, but blacks against whites.”
You hear this sometimes on conservative talk radio: blacks are the most racially-biased voters, because they went for Barack Obama because he’s black. I don’t quite get it. Black voters went 95 percent to four percent for President-elect Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain. That’s up from Sen. John Kerry’s 88 percent to 11 percent win among black voters in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, black support for the Democratic candidate surged a whopping … eight percent. And black voters had gone for Al Gore by a margin of 90 percent to nine percent. So from 2000 to 2004, black support for President George W. Bush had surged by 22 percent. I don’t recall a lot of commentary about the collapse of black “racism.”
The point is that black voters don’t like the national Republican Party, though they can be occasionally moved to support individual Republicans like Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Conservatives who blame black voters for this … well, they’re sort of revealing the problem.