My newspaper, though it occasionally has defensively liberal columns from local writers, syndicates at least two infamous right-wing windbags: first, the sometimes insane, sometimes sensible, often brutal, and always controversial Bill O’Reilly. Secondly, and most distressingly, the completely insane Ann Coulter, the Far Right’s resident Jezebel and perhaps the most cravenly dishonest commentator in history short of Rush Limbaugh.
Yesterday’s article got me especially riled up. Coulter, in her typically general form, had this to say:
Still furious about the election, liberals are lashing out at blacks. First it was Condoleezza Rice. But calling a Ph.D. who advised a sitting president during war “Aunt Jemima” apparently hasn’t satiated the Democrats’ rage. Even the racist cartoons didn’t help.
So now, they’ve turned with a vengeance to Clarence Thomas. Only the Democrats would try to distract from their racist attacks on one black Republican by leveling racist attacks against a different black Republican.
Curiously, of all the liberals launching racist attacks on black conservatives I’ve quoted above, only two are themselves black: the two who write for The New York Times. So I guess there are still a couple of blacks taking orders from the Democrats.
Isn’t there an expression for that? I think it begins with “Uncle” and ends with “Tom.”
But of course, when Coulter refers to “The Democrats,” what she actually means is “a radio host.” Coulter’s reference to “Aunt Jemima” and her unattributed reference to “Uncle Tom” comes from John “Sly” Sylvester of WTDY-AM in Madison.
Sylvester, who is white, said he called Rice “Aunt Jemima” on Wednesday’s show to describe her and other black officials as having only a subservient role in the Bush administration. He also referred to Secretary of State Colin Powell as an “Uncle Tom”—a contemptuous term for black people whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile.
I would hope anybody reading is intelligent enough to realize that criticizing two black conservatives (the tone is Ann Coulter’s addition) on political grounds does not in any way constitute racism. That she would draw those conclusions from two poorly cited examples (given her legendary ability to lie and get away with it) is as shameful to her cause as it is to her.
To quote Richard Belzer, “She’s a repugnant person who says the most vile things.