LA Times op-ed reveals new racist code word: “Elitist”

posted at 3:37 pm on April 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

A new breakthrough towards the left’s unified field theory of how all criticism of Obama is essentially racist. The last great advance came from Harvard prof Orlando Patterson, scanning Hillary’s pedestrian 3 a.m. ad on Obama’s inexperience and finding the lost sequel to “Birth of a Nation.” Now comes David Shipler, thesaurus in hand, following a trail of synonyms that leads straight to the darkest heart of racist AmeriKKKa:

[W]hen his opponents branded him an elitist and an outsider, his race made it easier to drive a wedge between him and the white, rural voters he has courted. As an African American, he was supposedly looking down from a place he didn’t belong and looking in from a distance he could not cross.

This could not happen as dramatically were it not for embedded racial attitudes. “Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,” that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves…

Furthermore, casting Obama as “out of touch” plays harmoniously with the traditional notion of blacks as “others” at the edge of the mainstream, separate from the whole.

If you take this tool seriously, there’s quite literally no good-faith way to accuse a member of a minority group of being snobbish or condescending. Every road through Shipler’s copy of Roget will lead inevitably back to “uppity,” no matter how circuitous the route may be. He’s also playing games with the definition of “out of touch,” a term typically applied to Republicans not to suggest that they’ve been marginalized from mainstream society but that they’ve become so consummately mainstream and establishment that they no longer relate to average people. The classic example of being “out of touch” is George Bush not knowing how much a gallon of milk costs. “Otherness” is practically 180 degrees from the concept.

But that’s all prelude. Here’s the master stroke, reminding us once again that for people for whom racial stereotypes are supposedly such alien concepts, progressives’ thoughts seem to turn awfully quickly to them:

When Clinton mocked Obama for the supposed emptiness of his eloquence, the chiding had a faint historical echo from Thomas Jefferson’s musings in “Notes on the State of Virginia” that “in music they are more generally gifted than the whites with accurate ears for tune and time,” but “one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid.”

Hillary tells Obama he’s a blowhard and this guy hears Ralph Bellamy in “Trading Places” talking about what a “musical people” blacks are. QED.

Exit question: What doesn’t qualify as a racist term? Exit answer: See the end of this Perfunction post to find out.


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Wonder if cranky, choleric, angry, irritable, dyspeptic, spiteful, classless,ungrateful and snotty will be banned adjectives for describing Mrs. O?

whitetop on April 16, 2008 at 6:06 PM

If this goes on long enough, someone might catch on … and that would cook the Dem’s postmodernist, PC goose. Let’s hope for it.

njcommuter on April 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Duckspeak, as Orwell put it.

Empty yammering.

profitsbeard on April 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Oh come now, aren’t the races equal? If so, then Blacks can have all the same negative character traits that Whites can have. There’s no racism here . . . just equality. Somebody needs to tell the left that they simply cannot have their cake and eat it too.

rplat on April 16, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Potfry,
“Bambi is a homeless orphan whose mother was gunned down by white hunters.”

Bitter white hunters who were angry about the mill closing.

exhelodrvr on April 16, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Call me racist, or what ever you want, but Obama is a bum and not only should he not be President, he should be ousted from the senate. He is a liar and a racist. I judged him not by the color of his skin, but the very lack of character he has displayed for a very long time. It is what happens when white trash gets layed by visiting Africans.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Rick,
“I guess this means Hillary and Bubba are now officially “racists.” ”

Not sure about that, but since Bill was the first black President, he would now be considered an Uncle Tom.

exhelodrvr on April 16, 2008 at 6:47 PM

If the Obamas wouldn’t be elitist, we, and they, wouldn’t be talking about it, at nauseum, and ad infinitum (or at least until beg. Nov. 2008).

The fact that it took the media, and a whole bunch of people for Berry and Michelle Obama to actually point it out, as if their displays and speeches weren’t enough, is double, no endlessly hilarious. Therein lies the biggest Schadenfreude.

Entelechy on April 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Bizarro world. I hope nobody is taking this guy’s nonsense seriously.

mikeyboss on April 16, 2008 at 6:53 PM

I judged him not by the color of his skin, but the very lack of character he has displayed for a very long time. It is what happens when white trash gets layed by visiting Africans.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

An interesting concept. From that I assume you are opposed to racial mixing? Or class mixing?

a capella on April 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

I judged him not by the color of his skin, but the very lack of character he has displayed for a very long time. It is what happens when white trash gets layed by visiting Africans.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Your logic is as non-existent as is Shipler’s.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 7:29 PM

It’s Unassailable Moral Authority Take ad nauseam

The Dems can’t hide forever from a fair debate on the issues by trying to hide behind some ascribed characteristics of their flawed candidates and imputing all criticism of aid candidates to impure motives.

Sekhmet on April 16, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Bambi had light brown skin so your criticism is definitely crypto-racist.

Or should I say fur.

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Easy.

Bambi is a homeless orphan whose mother was gunned down by white hunters.

Or…

Bambi is a common name for black exotic dancers. I’ve heard.

See, there are a couple routes, which makes you, like, extra racist.

Potfry on April 16, 2008 at 5:36 PM

I knew I was being racist, I just didn’t know how.

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It is what happens when white trash gets layed by visiting Africans.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Am I being elitest if I think this guy is a tool and I want to apologize for him?

misterpeasea on April 16, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Exit question: What doesn’t qualify as a racist term?

I think “smacktard” might fit the bill.

Trainwreck on April 16, 2008 at 10:19 PM

As a typical white person, all I can say is this is going to really hurt the messiah come November.

jukin on April 17, 2008 at 12:44 AM

You know, Ann Coulter was right after all when she criticized the Jersey Girls, widows of Sep 11 victims who railed against Bush. Lefties love to have spokesmen who can not be criticized. The Jersey Girls, whatever crazy venom they spat, were above criticism because they lost their husbands and so possessed unassailable moral authority. Cindy Sheehan became the spokesman for the looney left because of the unassailable moral authority of losing her son in Iraq. Now, Obama has unassailable moral authority because he’s black, which means any criticism of him is de facto racist.

The Left does not believe in free speech. What the Left wants is a monopoly on public forums by any means. It wants to evade and suppress debate and criticism by any means. It’s absolutely an un-American approach which should be rejected.

Tantor on April 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Excellent comments and insight, Tantor.

wise_man on April 17, 2008 at 6:04 PM

What a twit. Does that work? For both of them?

Blackacre on April 17, 2008 at 7:58 PM

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