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Pointless Punditry Rules Amongst Reverse Race-Hustlers

HEADLINE:  "Studies provide conclusive proof that blacks' IQs far above that of whites"

HEADLINE:  "Honor student killed by street gang"

 

Two stories; two headlines; two questions:

 

Which story would you read?   Which one would you believe? 

 

If you're like some, you may or may not read the first one, but are likely to be left incredulous over what it suggests. As for the second headline, whether you read it or not, you would be quite confident about what its storyline entails. 

 

Unfortunately, some Americans would instantaneously assume that there is simply no way any study would ever result in a finding that blacks are intellectually superior to whites.  Moreover, some would also automatically assume that the honor student was a white person whose murder came at the hands of inner-city black "gangstas."  

 

Here's the deal.  The first headline is in fact, a fabrication. It depicts a story that to my knowledge does not exist (although there are plenty that suggest otherwise).  The second headline is also fictional in that it was entirely composed by yours truly.  But it depicts a true story involving the murder of a person of color by a white gang.

 

Quite obviously, I bring all this up to make a point about the connection of racial stereotyping to the thought processes of some Americans of all races.  But first, let's delve into the back story. 

 

As most folks know, sometime people who write need inspiration and very recently, I was among them.  So, I decided to visit a fairly non-extremist conservative website on which happened to be posted, an article titled:  Hey Kwame, Take a Look at my Mailbag, written by Larry Elder, a black conservative and author of the revealingly-titled:  Stupid Black Men:  How To Play The Race Card  -- And Lose.

 

Elder, obviously no loser, clearly knows how to play the race card (based on his having adopted the winning formula of fashioning a career as one of America's high priests of racial hyperbole).  Other than that, I won't comment on the book right now.  But I will discuss the website article, which consists of a string of poorly-spelled, barrenly vulgar hate mail received by Elder from blacks whom Elder claims are upset over some of the premises put forth in Stupid Black Men. 

 

Apparently, Elder's inspiration for writing the article emerged once he discovered that Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's sick joke of a Mayor, is claiming to be a victim of white racism.  In the article, Elder quotes Kilpatrick: "In the past three days, I have received more death threats than I have in my entire administration." 

 

This apparently was sufficient to energize Elder -- who wrote of his outrage at Kilpatrick's chutzpah in utilizing "the time honored tradition of blaming everything and everybody but global warming and the Loch Ness monster" -- into setting the record straight by penning an article consisting of hate mail Elder says he receives from blacks.

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"Perhaps the good mayor might want to take a look at my mailbag," Elder suggested.  He then followed up with about a dozen verbatim examples of his hate missives.  Needless to say, despite some salacious content, the only thing I found significant about Elder's piece was its unfathomable pointlessness.

In fact, this is precisely the point I made a point of pointing out in his article's comments section.  For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what premise Elder wished to prove by publishing samples of his own hate mail in this context.  It most certainly can't be used to make the point that Kilpatrick's use of the over hyped "race card" will result in overwhelming support for him among blacks in Detroit.  Recent polls there have shown that about half of the city's black residents want the Mayor to resign. 

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)
 
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No.I am mixed up by all the sides you point to. Is... by Wolfie on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 11:32:17 AM
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