Carol Platt Liebau: Soft Bigotry

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Soft Bigotry

How gleefully the MSM points out that African American Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Blackwell and Lynn Swann struggled in this year's elections -- all lost, as did Michael Steele in Maryland's Senate race.

Harold Ford, a Democrat, also lost a Senate race in Tennessee. Of course, according to the MSM, the cause was racism. (Wonder where the outrage was when vile, racist attacks were being launched against Michael Steele?)

It's amazing. Black Republicans lose in blue states like Maryland, Pennsylvania and (at least this year, given all the Republican scandals) Ohio. That, apparently, is just par for the course. A black Democrat loses in Tennessee -- a solidly red state -- and, all of a sudden, it must be racism.

Seems that there's bigotry afoot only when voters don't support African American Democrats.


Blogger Red7Eric said...

In situations like this, I think it's important to look at who African American voters are voting for. It's true that a number of black leaders in Prince George's County (Maryland) who usually endorse Democrats endorsed Steele, citing frustration over the Democrats' inability to protect the interests of African Americans. However, I doubt that Blackwell received many votes of African Americans. It wasn't self-loathing that got them to vote for the white guy; it's simply that they had nothing in common, and that many perceive him to be a man who might have cost Kerry (the overwhelming favorite of African Americans in Ohio) the state's electoral votes (Vanity Fair printed a fairly scathing portrait of the situation in Ohio '04, written by a well-known conservative).

Furthermore, many black Tennesseeans perceived that an ad that was paid for by the RNC featuring a blonde "loose woman" purring at the camera, "Harold ... call me," was clearly designed to ignite racist ire by placing in image of Harold Ford Jr. in the arms of a white woman. The ad was fairly shameless. I personally don't believe that the ad cost Ford the election; if anything, it probably turned more people against the Republicans. But it was clear that racism is alive and well in the politics, in the U.S., and in the South in particular.

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