We’ve written about the racism of liberal elites here, here, and here. Geraldine Ferraro’s comment–that Barack is fortunate to be in his position because of his race–borrows from the same subtle theme.
It’s not the overt, burn-a-cross-in-the-front-yard type of racism people associate with the Klan. And it’s not even the self-congratulatory racism of Hillary Clintons comment about LBJ “giving” blacks civil rights. As though civil rights were liberals’ rights to give.
No, this racism is the invidious racism borne of the paternalistic, liberal-state-knows-best affirmative action policies. In liberal America, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton and others of their ilk are the dispensers of justice and equality. Supposedly, they’re not racist because they give minorities opportunities they don’t, were it not for affirmative action policies, merit.
It’s why Clarence Thomas keeps his Yale law degree in a box in his basement. He earned his way in and was one of the best students, but because Yale was known to practice affirmative action, Thomas couldn’t get a job with top law firms because it was assumed he was a subpar candidate.
Thus, when Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee for President, it won’t be because he’s an incredibly articulate and talented politician (which, admittedly, he is). It will be because Geraldine Ferraro, et al., were enlightened enough to give him a chance he wouldn’t otherwise deserve.
Barack is right. He doesn’t like being patted on the head and told how well he is doing. Who would?
This type of condescending racism doesn’t belong in America.
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