The First Black President Speaks of Racism
No, the first First Black President, William Jefferson Clinton.
Watch the video at Real Clear Politics, and follow along.
“He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected,” former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd.
“And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done come and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does. There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians,” he added.
Stuff like this just makes me sick. Apparently, if a politician has “D” after their name, it stand for “Definitely not Racist, even if it’s Racist.” Not only do we have Byrd’s longtime association with the Klan to forgive him for, but even using racial slurs in recent memory. But it’s OK, because he was just trying to win an election? Please.
The same hold true for others, such as Harry Reid, D(efinitly not Racist even if it’s Racist) Nevada, who praised then-candidate Obama for not having a “negro dialect,” whatever that means. Maybe he just should have said he’s “clean and articulate,” like then-Senator Biden quipped.
On the other side of the spectrum, I guess an “R” means “Racist, even if it’s not Racist.” Trent Lott tried to make an old man feel good on his birthday, and got ripped to shreds, whether he meant anything racist or not. George W. Bush took heavy fire from the NAA(L)CP over the dragging death of a black man in Texas while he was Governor. Even though two of the three white men involved in the killing were put to death for it, that wasn’t good enough; he was a raaaaacist! for not supporting so-called “hate crime” legislation. Arguments can be made by reasonable people on both sides of the hate-crime law debate, without it being automatically racist.
And now, anyone who wants to question any policies or actions of President Obama must now also be a seething, hate-filled racist, because they are questioning a black man. Nothing racially charged needs to be said, no action needs to be taken whatsoever, but it must be racist, right?
I’m telling you, race-baiters, you are very quickly, if not already, taking every bit of meaning from the term “racist.” When it is charged over and over again for meaningless political debate, it cheapens any stance you had.
Which is a shame, to be honest. I know there is still true racism out there. And when you cheapen the term, when there are true incidents out there, less public scrutiny will be given to it, and the cycle will continue.