At the start of his appearance in Miami yesterday, Donald Trump drew huge applause from crowd when he walked on stage to the tune of Do You Hear the People Sing in front of a giant projection of Les Deplorables. It’s quickly become a badge of pride which Trump supporters sport on shirts, bumper stickers and other campaign paraphernalia, all provided courtesy of Hillary Clinton’s moment of honesty when she let the country know what she really thought of most of them. But was Clinton really “out of touch” with the nation when she said that?
Certainly not with one of the more important segments of her base. Take for example this opinion piece at the Washington Post from yesterday, cleverly titled, Sorry, Deplorables: Being called racist doesn’t mean you’re being oppressed.
Whether Trump and his voters feel like victims is beside the point, as is the apparent belief among white NFL fans that politics must never interfere with their enjoyment of the sport.
In Clinton’s case, the reaction led her to walk away from the truth: “Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” she said in a statement over the weekend.
The only thing Clinton should have apologized for was her lowball estimate.
To borrow a reaction from Star Trek’s former helmsman, Mr. Sulu… Oh my! That’s certainly a straight shooting response if I’ve ever heard one. The only error that Clinton made was to estimate that only half of the Trump’s supporters (or half the country in some estimates) is a bunch of unrepentant racists.
The author of this screed is one Stacey Patton, listed as an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Morgan State University. She’s the author of such classics as, We don’t need Lincoln-inspired racial ‘unity.’ We need whites to stop being racist. She also penned the immortal advice column, Black America should stop forgiving white racists.
Every once in a while it’s nice to run across someone who stops trying to hide their hatred behind standard political talking points and just lets you know where they stand.
Reading the entire piece will prove illuminating. It begins (and essentially ends) with a large helping of derision aimed at anyone who is offended by being called a racist. Whether or not you actually harbor any sort of racial animus or are simply trying to debate public policy as it applies to this incendiary topic is irrelevant. You either agree with the author’s world view (assuming you don’t take the equally acceptable path of keeping your stupid mouth shut) or you are a racist. It’s as simple as that.
Any argument put forth which disagrees with activists who block the public highways, issue calls for the murder of police officers or demand reparations for evils which took place more than a century ago is, in this world view, a barely concealed membership card for KKK aficionados. “White supremacy,” we are assured, “requires a nonstop diet of aggressive deceit, trickery and diversion.”
The rejection of any discussion of the subject unless you meekly accept the proposition being pushed forward is a hallmark of the Social Justice Warrior today. It’s the foundation which brought us “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” on our nation’s college campuses. There is to be no discussion… only obedience. And a failure to agree will not be met with debate or public relations campaign to garner support. It will be answered with punishment.
Hillary Clinton did precisely what she needed to do when she issued that offensive statement. She may have apologized later, but she got the message out to the people she was trying to reach. The candidate desperately needs to gin up support among the coalition which carried Barack Obama to victory twice and the message which sells is one of anger and resentment, pinning the blame on a lowball estimate of half the country which is ironically being targeted because of the color of their skin.