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Bob Herbert: Bigotry in Black

Bob Herbert, New York Times [1], attempts to slime John McCain, only to show his true and bigoted colors:

The racial fantasy factor in this presidential campaign is out of control. It was at work in that New Yorker cover that caused such a stir. (Mr. Obama in Muslim garb with the American flag burning in the fireplace.) It’s driving the idea that Barack Obama is somehow presumptuous, too arrogant, too big for his britches — a man who obviously does not know his place.

Mr. Obama has to endure these grotesque insults with a smile and heroic levels of equanimity. The reason he has to do this — the sole reason — is that he is black.

Well Herbert is right, half right.   The race card is bieng played but its being played by Barack Obama.

From a recent BO campaign rally in Florida, as attributed by Ed Morrissey, Hot Air [2]

Protester: So my question is: In the face of the numerous attacks that are made against the African community or the black community, by the same US government that you aspire to lead — and we are talking about attacks like the sub prime mortgage that you spoke of — it wasn’t just a general ambiguous kind of phenomena, a phenomena that targeted the African community and Latino community, attacks like the killing of Sean Bell by the New York police department and right here in St. Petersburg by the St. Petersburg police, and Jena 6 and Hurricane Katrina, and the list goes on. In the face of all these attacks that are clearly being made on the African community, why is it that you have not had the ability to not one time speak to the interests and even speak on the behalf of the oppressed and exploited African community or black community in this country?

Obama: Well, I, ah, I guess, I… Hold on a second, everybody. I want everybody to be respectful. That’s why we are having a town hall meeting. That’s democracy at work. And he asked a legitimate question, so I want to give him an answer.:

Ed has the video posted.   The unnamed protester’s question is in no way legitimate.

The sub prime mortgage lending was not an attack on anybody by the federal government.

The killing of Sean Bell [3] was not an attack on a community, it was an attack on an individual.   It was an incident.   An incident which was investigated by New York city and resolved by New York State.   You can debate and question the outcome of the cases   It is not appropriate to call the Bell tragity an attack by the federal government..

The Jena Six [4]incident was an attack by six black teenagers on one white teenager.  Jena Six is more akin to an attack by the black community than an attack on the community.

The problem with the govenment response to Hurricane Katrina [5]is that the local mayor and the state governor were both incompetent, and the former, Ray Nagin, is black.

In his lust for office, Barack Obama accepts false black sterotypes.  Obama may call this judgement and leadership.  I call it racial bigotry.  What say you?