... He is bringing us back, Sean, to days that… You can hearken back to days before the Civil War, when, unfortunately, unfortunately too many Americans mistakenly believed that not all men were created equal. And it was the Civil War that began the codification of the truth that here in America, yes, we are equal and we all have equal opportunities, not based on the color of your skin. You have equal opportunity to work hard and to succeed and to embrace the opportunities, God-given opportunities, to develop resources and work extremely hard and, as I say, to succeed.The whole interview is at C4P, "Governor Palin’s Interview on Tonight’s Hannity."
Now, it has taken all these years for many Americans to understand that that gravity, that mistake that took place before the Civil War and why the Civil War had to really start changing America. What Barack Obama seems to want to do is go back to before those days when we were in different classes based on income, based on color of skin ...
And also, checking over at Memeorandum, it looks like the progs are looking to counter Breitbart's Obama tapes with the totally unsurprising meme of --- wait for it! --- RAAAAACISM!!
See Paul Waldman, at The American Prospect, "The Race-Baiting Continues."
Look, progressives only have one rebuttal to conservative criticism of Barack Obama: RAAAAACISM!! Waldman's piece is particularly odious in how it gives pass to the truly reprehensible racism of Professor Bell. And even more, the guy misrepresents the people he attempts to criticize, as Dan Riehl notes, "Paul Waldman at The American Prospect Shouldn't Misrepresent My Work":
All Waldman does in response is spew nonsense, ridiculous charges and misrepresentations. Only Waldman and others on the left would suggest this is about trying to tell white people blacks are out to get them. Bell's thinking as embodied in Critical Race Theory is obvious and easily understood.Exactly. But again, all the left can do is lash out with allegations of RAAAACISM!! It's a pathetic smokescreen for their own truly sick and racist --- and I do mean racist --- critical race paradigm.
I have called Bell a racialist, not a racist, though any race should see him as that. His position was, any race will always and forever act in group think and out of a race-based self-interest over any other race. Consequently, every multi-racial society must be inherently racist, because the majority will act without interest in, or concern for any minortiy race residing within it.
I reject that short-sighted thinking and put my faith in individual liberty, not race-based liberty. The argument we're having is no more complex than that. There is nothing nutty, racist, or evil in understanding Bell's thinking and asking to what extent it may have influenced Barack Obama's thinking, and to what degree it still may. If anything is cause for concern, it should be Obama and the left's failure and fear as regards even engaging this debate honestly.
See John Podhoretz for more on that, "Derrick Bell in 1994: ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’" (via Memeorandum). And Robert Stacy McCain picks up on that with a beefy entry, "Explosive: Obama’s Mentor Derrick Bell on ‘Jewish Neoconservative Racists’."
So, yeah, Sarah Palin is absolutely correct. President Obama and his progressive defenders are taking us back to an earlier era of racial castes and race hatred. It's awful.