One of things that continues to irk me since Obama was elected has been the Conservative rush to declare “Mission Accomplished” and that we’ve reached the "nirvana nervosa" of "colorblindness" and "postracialism." In other words, that race no longer matters. If that’s so, why did Ann Coulter infamously refer to Conservative African Americans as "Our Blacks?”
And why do Conservatives dangle “their Blacks” over the rest of us and glorify them as "independent thinkers" so long as they wrap themselves in the Conservative Confederate Flag, minimize the impacts of slavery, segregation, and discrimination, and worse? One of the fringe benefits of that “honor” bestowed to such Blacks is that they get to cry “racism” and receive Conservatives' support – as long the alleged perpetrators are Liberals.
As in so many areas of American life, Blacks have to be “twice as good “ to be considered the “equal” of a comparably situated White person. That’s why Conservative Blacks are compelled to constantly prove that when it comes to spreading “white supremacy,” they’re “superior” to even White Conservative racists.
In this regard, the first "Our Black" I pay tribute to is Herman Cain - the Koch brothers' Black "Brother From Another Mother." He outdid even the most cruel Conservatives with his "BLAME YOURSELF - IT'S YOUR FAULT" gestalt, "Blacks are brainwashed," electrify "illegals," and hateful anti-Muslim rants. And then in his best victim voice Cain reclaimed Clarence Thomas' "high tech lynching” refrain, and reprised Conservatives' vicious "high tech rape" of Anita Hill by doing the same against women who came out against his own “family values hypocrisy” and alleged sexual misconduct.
And let’s pay tribute to Republican Alan West from Florida, who seems primed to help make Republican Majority leader, Eric Cantor, the "Jewish Jefferson Davis" of the New Conservative Confederacy" and himself its VP. This would prove that Conservatives are NOT racist, despite the fact that the original Conservative Confederacy was formed to maintain slavery and continued it in its prison peonage form until 1942. As the excellent 2012 PBS Documentary, "Slavery By Another Name" exposed, White Southern Conservatives exploited the “prisons exception” in the 13th Amendment to accumulate enormous wealth after the Civil War at the expense of Blacks.
If the Confederacy plans are delayed or need to be revised, perhaps West and Cain can form the “Three Fifths Party,” reprising the Constitution’s infamous “Thee Fifths Clause.” Recall, Blacks in Slave States were counted as three fifths of a human for purposes of determining the population and hence the number of Congressional Representatives White people could have. The “Three Fifths Party” would be made up of Blacks who had met the rigorous requirements necessary to be officially honored with Conservatives’ “Our Blacks” designation.
The “Three Fitties,” as they would be lovingly called by Conservatives, would aggressively attack the key legacy effect of slavery - the fact that the median net worth of the average White family is 20 TIMES MORE that of the average Black family – by offering “the Blacks” the following substantive solution, i.e., slogan: “IT’S YOUR FAULT. BLAME YOURSELF.”
At their founding convention, Michelle Bachmann would no doubt be invited to give the keynote speech, which would entitled: “Why the Blacks Owe America Reparations For Slavery.” The “Three Fitties” would promise to support Bachmann’s proposed legislation repealing the 13th Amendment (which outlawed slavery except in prisons). Alan West would be her co-sponsor and a President Cain would promise to sign it without delay.
In a twist of Gingrich doublespeak, they'd call it the "Black Family Reunion Act," since Bachmann and her particular brand of "Conservative Christian" believe that Black families were better off during slavery because they at least were "two parent headed households" back then (Recall how Gingrich called legislation gutting the EPA the "Full Employment Act").
I could go on with this, but since I’ve written many articles on race, which contain a plethora of citations, links, videos, humor, irony, satire, and goddmamnit make a good read, I’ll end here. Below, I provide the titles and hot links to the articles, and humbly ask that you read/re-read them when you can (many of them have been substantively revised since you may have first read them). Thanks Much and a "Happy End of Black History Month" to Ann Coulter’s “Blacks.”The Hurtful Legacy of Herman Cain's "Suspended," "Brother From Another Mother" Presidential Campaign