Maureen Dowd apparently thinks Obama's election ended racism in America:

Obama is oozing empathy compared with his attorney general, who last week called us “a nation of cowards” about race. Eric Holder, who showed precious little bravery in standing up to Clinton on a pardon for the scoundrel Marc Rich, is wrong. We have just inaugurated a black president who installed a black attorney general. We need leaders to help us through our crises, not provide us with crude evaluations of our character. And we don’t need sermons from liberal virtuecrats, anymore than from conservative virtuecrats. In the middle of all the Heimlich maneuvers required now — for the economy, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, health care, the environment and education — we don’t need a Jackson/Sharpton-style lecture on race. Barack Obama’s election was supposed to get us past that.
Sure, because voting for a black presidential candidate is exactly the same as having a frank conversation about race. No difference whatsoever. Exept for the 47% of the population that didn't vote for Obama. And the fact that pulling a lever in no way involves talking about race. Other than that, though, it's totally the same. Dowd also seems to be unaware that there are more than 2 races: in her world, there are white people and there are black people. And that's it. Seriously, is it even possible for Maureen Dowd to be more shallow?


Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out what your "Exept for the 47% of the population that didn't vote for Obama" statement means.

Are you suggesting that racism would be dead if Obama had garnered 100% of the votes or are you suggesting that those that didn't vote for him are not able to have "a frank conversation about race"?

Economics of Contempt said...

Neither actually. I was suggesting (or at least trying to suggest) that Dowd's own logic didn't make sense. She was essentially saying that inaugurating a black president excuses us from a lecture on race. But 47% of the population didn't want Obama to be president.

(I still don't think I'm being clear. One of those days when the words don't seem to come together, I guess.)

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