This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

Some prominent white liberals, in this case Bill Maher and Michael Moore, are pretty quick to portray conservatives and particularly Tea Partiers as racist.

But in fact, it is these white liberals who harbor negative stereotypes about blacks.  They just don’t see the stereotypes as negative, but rather, in some way “cool” and “hip.”

And when it comes to Obama, what they got apparently isn’t black enough for them:

Maher and Moore apparently want Shaft, and anything less is just a white guy.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes at The Atlantic:

But it really isn’t [a great line]. In fact, it’s racist, and Michael Moore would do well to stop repeating it. It really is no better than the Kenyan anti-colonial bit, indeed it is a good deal worse. I said this yesterday on twitter, but it would be as if my Jewish accountant messed up my taxes and I said, “Dude, you’re Jewish, what the hell?!?!”

Examining the stereotypes of blacks held by prominent white liberals could be the starting point of a frank discussion of race, but it would not turn out the way white liberals want.

So instead, white liberals too often project their own prejudices onto conservatives and Tea Partiers as a means of shutting down the conversation and avoiding self-examination.

For political gain, of course.