It is claimed that in 1775 Samuel Johnson said “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” although the context of his statement has been lost over time. After reading this piece by Victor David Hanson I’m beginning to wonder if Johnson were around today if he would say the same about claims of racism.
Americans were assured that with the ascendance of Barack Obama we would evolve beyond race. Yet in the last ninth months it is almost as if precisely the opposite has occurred — but with a strange twist. The country has been serially lectured about race from some of the most privileged Americans in the country. Columbia law grad elite Eric Holder accused the country of cowardice for its reluctance to speak about race. Harvard-law alum Barack Obama accused the Cambridge police of profiling and acting stupidly in taking elite Harvard professor Skip Gates down to the station after his screaming invective episode. Harvard-law educated Michelle Obama explained Justice Sotomayor’s unease at Princeton by comparing her own ordeal there. Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel who had serially dodged his tax obligations claims that white angst explains his IRS problems. New York governor David Paterson blames his sinking polls on white racism, more prominent than ever in the age of Obama. Now Yale law graduate Van Jones claims smears did him in. The list could be easily expanded.
What we are seeing is a very unfortunate turn of events in which racism is now the guaranteed retreat position once many prominent African-American elites find themselves in controversy.
It’s actually not much different then the African kleptocrats who have raped that continent of its wealth and continue to keep the African people in poverty. Dictators like Robert Mugabe, for example continue to blame the US, Europe and the few remaining whites in Zimbabwe for his own policies that have turned one of the most resource rich countries in the world into a shithole.