In his Philadelphia address on race, Sen. Obama
identified as a root cause of white resentment affirmative action -- the
punishing of white working- and middle-class folks for sins they did not
"Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that
they have been particularly privileged by their race," said Barack. "As far as
they're concerned, no one's handed them anything. ... So when they ... hear that
an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a
good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed ...
resentment builds over time."
On this issue, Barack seemed to have nailed
But then he revealed the distorting lens
through which he and his fellow liberals see the world. To them, black rage is
grounded in real grievances, while white resentments are exaggerated and
White resentments, said Barack, "have helped shape the
political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and
affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. ... Talk show hosts and
conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism
while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as
mere political correctness or reverse racism."
What Barack is saying here
is that the resentment of black America is justified, but the resentment of
white America is a myth manufactured and manipulated by the conservative
commentariat. Barack is attempting to de-legitimize the other side of the
Yet, who is he to claim the moral high ground?
does this child of privilege who went to two Ivy League schools, then spent 20
years in a church where racist rants were routine, come off preaching to anyone?
What are Barack's moral credentials to instruct white folks on what they must
do, when he failed to do what any decent father should have done: Take his wife
and daughters out of a church where hate had a home in the pulpit?
needs to reread the Lord's admonition in the Sermon on the Mount: "And why
beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the
beam that is in thine own eye?"
Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer once
wrote that all great movements eventually become a business, then degenerate
into a racket.
That is certainly true of the civil rights movement. Begun
with just demands for an end to state-mandated discrimination based on race, it
ends with unjust demands for state-mandated preferences, based on
Under affirmative action, white men are passed over for jobs and
promotions in business and government, and denied admission to colleges and
universities to which their grades and merits entitle them, because of their
gender and race.
Paradoxically, America's greatest warrior for equal
justice under law and an end to reverse racism is, like Barack, a man of mixed
ancestry. He is Ward Connerly. And his life's mission is to drive through
reverse discrimination the same stake America drove through
And when one considers that the GOP establishment has often
fled Connerly's cause and campaigns, his record of achievement is
Connerly was chief engineer of CCRI, the 1996 California
Civil Rights Initiative, Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action
based on ethnicity, race or gender in all public institutions of America's most
populous state. Two years later, Connerly racked up a second victory in
In 2006, Connerly went to Michigan to overturn an affirmative
action policy that kept Jennifer Gratz out of the University of Michigan, though
she had superior grades and performance records than many minority students
admitted. The Michigan proposition also carried and has been upheld by the
One U.S. senator, however, taped an ad denouncing Connerly's
Proposition 2 in Michigan and endorsed affirmative action for minorities and
women. That senator was Barack Obama.
Comes now the big test. Connerly is
gathering signatures to place on the ballots in Nebraska, Arizona, Oklahoma,
Colorado and Missouri -- the latter two crucial swing states -- propositions to
outlaw all racial, gender and ethnic preferences. Voting would be the same day
as the presidential election.
"Race preferences are on the way out,"
Now that our national conversation is underway, Barack
should be asked to explain why discrimination against whites is good public
policy, while discrimination against blacks explains the rants of the Rev.
America is headed for a day, a few decades off, when there will
be no racial majority, only a collection of minorities. When that day arrives,
if some races and ethnic groups may be preferred because of where their
ancestors came from, while others can be held back because their ancestors came
from Europe, America will become the Balkans writ large.
Folks need to be
able to separate the true friends of racial justice from the phonies who believe
with the pigs on Orwell's Animal Farm -- that "all animals are equal, but some
animals are more equal than others."