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Whites say blackness defined by 'darker complexion'

admin | 11/23/2011, 10:54 a.m.

In case you didn't know, white Republicans have become the definitive voice on what constitutes blackness. The real problem, according to Victor Davis Hanson, a conservative commentator, is that Cain is really black, while Barack and Michelle Obama are not. Hanson argues that Cain's "authentic blackness" has made him a target of the liberal media and Democratic operatives. There are few statements that leave me speechless, but this, along with Ann Coulter's latest rant comparing Blacks in the GOP versus those in the Democratic Party, in which she said "our Blacks are better than their Blacks," has so stumped me that I have no choice but to lend voice to their ignorance. Since when did we tolerate white Americans liberal or conservative defining what it means to be Black? Have they been transplanted back to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention at which the three-fifths compromise between Southern and Northern states was agreed? This is either a storyline out of The Twilight Zone or some Monty Python-like farce. Either way, it is not the real world. The complicated history of race in America has been a rich man's war and a poor man's fight. It still is. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 was not the post-racial moment many had hoped for. In fact, the past three years have been a journey backward to a time when racial divides led to civil unrest. Beginning with the rise of the Tea Party movement and their race-baiting attacks against Obama, the GOP establishment has continued to use race as an effective wedge to gain political points and rally a base laden with insurrectionist tendencies. The result has been a Republican-led Congress skillful at obstruction, a reinvigorated neo-conservative movement and a well-oiled, conservative media attack machine, hell-bent on unseating the nation's first Black president. As the 2012 election approaches, the Republican establishment is well aware they have to clean house at least temporarily in order to appear decent. Their strategy? To rally behind a Black candidate of their very own. Despite his lack of political experience or policy acumen, Herman Cain has ascended from the shadows with help from the billionaire Koch Brothers of course to become the unlikeliest of GOP presidential front runners. This is a ridiculously transparent tactic and one that has proven ineffective in the past. Following Obama's historic election, the Republican National Committee decided to make history of its own by appointing Michael Steele as its Chairman a short-lived experiment that failed miserably. By Edward Wycoff Williams