Racial interpretations

Kathleen Parker–yes, the one of blut und boden–wonders:

Can we critique the issues—and the man—without resorting to racial interpretations and recriminations? If McCain wins, can his victory simply be a loss for Democrats—and not a loss specifically for African-Americans?

The answers to those questions will be the measure of whether we have really progressed to the point we claim.

This is not directed at herself of course.  For the other day she wondered whether Obama had enough generational equity to be truly American.  His family had not poured enough into the soil.  She wrote:

It's about blood equity, heritage and commitment to hard-won American values. And roots.

Some run deeper than others and therein lies the truth of Fry's political sense. In a country that is rapidly changing demographically—and where new neighbors may have arrived last year, not last century—there is a very real sense that once-upon-a-time America is getting lost in the dash to diversity.

We love to boast that we are a nation of immigrants. But there's a different sense of America among those who trace their bloodlines back through generations of sacrifice.

Contributing to the growing unease among yesterday's Americans is the failure of the federal government to deal with illegal Immigration. It isn't necessarily racist or nativist to worry about what these new demographics mean to the larger American story

I can't really see the "issue" in that.

This is because this remark is directed at Democrats.  Can, in other words, Kathleen Parker and her friends say racist things without fear of being called racists. 

This, she thinks, is progress. 

3 thoughts on “Racial interpretations”

  1. I’ve finally figured out what this particular MSM meme is: it’s the guy who drops the n-bomb, gets called on it by the black guy he didn’t realize was standing nearby, and says,” Aw, man, I didn’t mean all black people, I just meant the way certain people behave, makes them a n——.” It’s dressed up in fancier semantics and carries and air of honest desire to get past issues of race to more relevant campaign issues, but it’s really just another white person looking for an excuse to say n—–.

  2. I think the first quote is talking about racism whereas the 2nd quote is more about a case of xenophobia.

  3. In a sense, perhaps, BN. But the xenophobia of the second quote is particularly racial and cultural–new “demographics” doesn’t refer to the recent new wave of Irish and Polish immigration (some of which was rather illegal).

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