Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Got MLK?

John McWhorter blasts (with cool reason) the overreactions (some of them, no doubt, phony) to Hillary's Martin Luther King remarks.

Money Q:

"To be able to hold in one's mind the notion that Mrs. Clinton would attack King suggests a bone-deep hypersensitivity that overrides sequential reasoning. "We have to be very, very careful how we speak about that era," Rep. Clyburn explains.

But why so very, very careful? What effect does it have on anyone's life if that era is occasionally discussed in less than perfectly genuflective phraseology? Is the Klan waiting behind a hill? Will a black man working at an insurance company in Cleveland have a breakdown because someone didn't give King precisely enough credit in a quick statement?

There is a willful frailty, a lack of self-confidence, in this kind of thinking. It suggests someone almost searching for things to claim injury about, donning the mantle of the noble victim in order to assuage a bruised ego."

Read the whole thing.

3 Comments:

Anonymous randal said...

Black hypersensitivity is feigned. It is designed to keep whitey on the defensive and walking on eggshells so as to prevent honest and frank discussions about race so they can perpetuate their vicimhood and the associated reparative extortions.

January 16, 2008 at 9:33 AM 
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January 17, 2008 at 11:07 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Sure. I’m a Rightie. We see people as individuals and not as members of Lib codified victim groups.
Despite what we hear from the eternally aggrieved and their Lib enablers, all racial injustice of the past on the part of whites has long been corrected and resolved. The fight is over. But some people want it to continue.
This is 2008, Dave, try coming out of the past and living in the present.

January 17, 2008 at 1:58 PM 

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