October 28, 2004

From the Mind of Ann Coulter


One thing I admit enjoying about the whole Liberal versus Conservative phenomena is that the white folk within these two groups accuse the others of being racist but Black Introspection know that white folk from both groups are racist and to understand the racism that exist within each group we must critique what one is saying about the other. With that said lets critique some of what the toothpick Ann Coulter writes in her latest op-ed.

Ann “the toothpick” Coulter Boldly states that “Republicans don’t need Black voters”. Ann is correct and where she goes wrong is adding at the end of this statement “but they want them”. Republicans do not want the Black Vote; they would rather us not vote for the Democrats so their win over Democrats could be by a larger margin. Republicans would be just as happy with us voting for an independent candidate or any other candidate beside the Democratic candidate. The toothpick goes on to say that “Democrats don’t want the Black vote but needs it”. This is partially true. The Democrats wish they could appeal to poor racist whites the way Republicans do but they know doing so would definitely cost them the Black vote. The not so funny things about this is; while Ann Coulter admits that Republicans do not need the Black Vote, she states that as if they do not get the Black vote because they do not need it, however the truth is in order for them to not need the Black vote they must do what is necessary to not need the Black vote and that means they must appeal to racist whites and have a platform that is hostile towards Black upward mobility that will attract votes that makes it possible for them to not need the Black vote. Black folk know the Democrats platform for the most part is not our platform, but we know which of these two parties platform is more conducive with what we want. I always say, Republicans talk inclusiveness but what we need is conduciveness.

Ann Coulter then allows us a peek into her mind by stating what she think the 11th hour message of the democratic party is; The toothpick writes that the Democrats say to black folk;

“Here are your crumbs, your scraps, your measly handouts. Too bad you're so childish, incompetent and dependent, huh? Now run along and cast your vote for the guy with the "D" next to his name and we'll see you in four years, 'K? Buh-bye, now.”

This is a great example of a white person who honestly believe she knows what is best for Black men and women and have the audacity to suggest that we vote for the Democrats because we are “childish” meaning child like and unable to think for ourselves, “incompetent and dependent” One of the interesting things about such language being used to refer to Black folk is that poor whites that vote Republican for no other reason than their racist and evangelical platform are never called “childish, incompetent and dependent” though many of them live in condition similar to ours if not worse but yet they vote for the folk that support the rich while they are more likely to benefit from programs rooted in the Democrats platform.

The tooth pick goes on to use the whole “Black faces in high places” argument as if Black folk should be impressed by that, Personally I would not give a damn if Kerry did not appoint one Black person to his cabinet, as long as he does not appoint these racist ideologues to any of the various courts and work with Black organizations to better the Black condition, get rid of that not so patriotic Patriot Act, fully fund NCLB, stop patronizing us with vouchers, who gives a damn about “Black faces in high places” especially those who do not represent or speak to issues important to Black men and women.

The Toothpick goes on to speak about abortion and its racist use by the founder of Plan Parent hood. All of which I agree with but then she says:

“Even today, talk to any white liberal about abortion and within 60 seconds he will raise the black "overpopulation" problem”

This is the mantra of white liberal and white conservatives. This belief is not unique to Liberals and this is why I say when white folk are accusing one another of being racist, don’t take sides, listen to what both of them have to say because in the midst of their arguments they will point out a truth that Black Introspection and Black folk in general are already aware of, THEY BOTH ARE RACIST.

I will end by quoting the toothpick one more time, she writes:

“On the bright side, the Democrats offer black voters loads and loads of meaningless abstractions that will have absolutely no effect on their lives.”

And Democrats say the same about Republicans; are both parties lying or are both parties telling the truth? I believe there is a degree of truth in what both of them are saying and this is why believing that either party is truly in support of us is like living in a dream world and I say to Black folk that do believe it, WAKE UP!!


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Noah TA said...

The attraction of that white womens rhetoric is its humor, not its intellect (funny hahah...but whats it saying? 40 excuses and a mule..the R Kelly reference to young girls). If not for the humor, and one liners, it is simply more right wing political BS. In essence, the two party debates is simply one of which block of white interest, masked as political parties, can best cater to white interest while giving the impression that it cares about black interest too.

We live in a representative form of democracy, diluted by the power of money via lobbyist. Thus, peoples and dollars determine positions and platforms of politicians. Guess what folks? This nation is disproportionately white and whites disproportionately (greater than there percentage in the population) control lobbyist dollars. This is true for both political parties, thus, it is white interest that dominates, with the only difference in parties being in degree that white interest dominates.

The major schism or divide of the two parties is one of class. The democrat’s base is middle-middle class and every thing below; white republicans tend to be for those who are above middle-middle class, corporations and racist whites who want policy that they can interpret as maintaining a condition of white superiority, even if they have to vote against their class interest.

The democrats are class platform overlaps to a degree of racial benefit to blacks, due to the legacy of black oppression making blacks disproportionately poor in this society. However, class issues are not synonymous with black issues and interest. If the democrats tried to move to address the specifics of black issues, they run the high risk of alienating their white base, resulting in no net gain. They realize that their best strategic move, in the short run (changing demographics of race and ethnicity will alter it), is to seek the moderate white vote by moving closer to the ideological center, which focuses more on core white interest.

The truth is that in the game of politics and tricks, being 13% of the population with special interest means that you have no leverage because you lack numerical and in the case of blacks, financial (via lobbyist) leverage. If blacks split their allegiance evenly between the parties, as a political strategy, it would simply result in Republicans winning nearly every time and class and racial issues that profoundly effect blacks would be ignored. It is one thing to shift votes due to an epiphany in ideology, but as a political strategy for leverage, it will not produce a positive resultant for black people.

The truth is that black interest will continue to lose leverage as the Hispanic and other minority population increases and politicians seek to symbolically cater to their needs.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

"stop patronizing us with vouchers"

why are vouchers patronizing ?

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Faheem said...

Not to worry Scott I have an op-ed on the burner to answer your question and I look forward to your response.


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