This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:
You know the line. When accused of being racist, some white people start to list all their friends who are black. That has been the focus of many a comedy routine.
And it’s why white Tea Partiers keep looking for people of color at Tea Party rallies:
It’s also why anti-Tea Party types, namely the entire mainstream media, do just the opposite, and try to minimize the number of non-whites at Tea Party rallies, so they can say, “Oh no you don’t” have lots of black friends:
But there is another version of the black/white head count game, in which white liberals defend accusations of racism not by listing all their black friends, but by invoking their vote for Obama.
Tonight’s card game story revolves around a plan to put 600 mostly black and hispanic students in Park Slope, a high priced neighborhood in Brooklyn populated by many investment bankers, lawyers, and Wall Street types (it’s a short subway ride to lower Manhattan). The mostly white liberal residents of Park Slope, or at least some of them, were not happy about it.
One woman in particular responded to suggestions that she may be racist by invoking her support for Obama, as reported by The Gothamist , Park Sloper: I’m Not Racist, I Voted for Obama.
The woman insisted that she was concerned only about the menacing behavior of the students, not their race, and to prove it, she played the Obama Vote Card:
“By the way, I am an Obama Democrat. I love Obama. I would want anyone in his family living next door to me. I work mostly with people of color every day…”
That leaves me in a bit of predicament.
If accused of racism, I can’t say I voted for Obama.
I’m not even sure I can say “some of my best friends voted for Obama.” In fact, I’m quite sure I can’t say that, at least if my screening methods have worked.
I’ve got it, here’s the best defense I can mount:
“I’m not racist, I know people who voted for Obama, although I try not to talk politics with them because we’ll just get into an argument and they’ll accuse me of being racist when they’re losing in order to end the discussion.”
That should work like a charm.