Dinesh D’Souza posted some inane ramblings last week, which are hard to know if he typed with a straight face…
In an essay entitled “Obama and the End of Racism” he states in the first paragraph:
Perhaps the best way to recognize Obama’s historic achievement is to vote for John McCain this November.
His reasoning is based on this conjecture:
The more privileges they [the Obama’s] have received on the basis of race, the more embittered they seem to become.
I love how this swipe is just put out there — no evidence to support his claim, no willingness to elaborate. He paints the picture of “welfare royalty,” King and Queen O, the pampered and priveledged couple, harboring bitter feelings of resentment toward the hardworking (implicitly white) taxpayers who have vaunted them into a life of leisure and fortune… wtf is D’Souza talking about?
On top of that he argues there really are no race problems in the US (because Obama is the Democratic nominee) and even if there were race problems, the best way to deal with them would be not to talk about them. His position is summed up nicely by his closing paragraph; first:
The solutions are obvious. If you want to get rid of racial obsession, stop talking and thinking about race so much.
If you want a party that stands for color-blindness and equal opportunity, you might consider voting for the Republicans.
The problem is that he is equivocating on a truth. Yes, if we were not concerned about race, we would not discuss race and, by definition, we would not be racist. But to ignore the problems is not the same as creating an environment where race is unimportant. “Ignoring” is not the same as “nothing to see,” and unfortunately, the US is not yet at the “nothing to see” stage (and yes, the problems are on both sides of the race line)…
The worst part of this, though, is that some people will read D’Souza and think, “Yeah! Voting for the black guy is racist!“