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.

§468 · December 17, 2004 · Tags: , , ·

5 Comments to “Ann Coulter: She-Devil”

  1. Lina says:

    I’m always amazed when conservatives don’t understand their party’s (or ideology’s) historical stance on race. Blacks aligning themselves with the party that has fought racial equality every step of the way are indeed perplexing and worthy of many labels, running the gamut from self-loathing to just ignorant, with “Uncle Tom” falling somewhere in the middle. This growing field of thought (I think mostly underpinned by the conservative media) that the Democratic Party takes the black vote for granted and doesn’t really have their best interests in mind is simply ludicrous. No national mainstream party is going to be radically *anything*, so, no, there isn’t a party focused solely on blacks’ interests, but there’s clearly a party/ideology that has historically supported equality and one that continues to fight it every step of the way.

  2. Andy says:

    Coulter trying to somehow blast “Democrats” for the stupidity of a radio host is disingenuous. But people with liberal leanings DO tend to see blacks or Hispanics (or other groups) who vote Republicans as “sell-outs,” discounting them as “Oreos” or wackos, or socio-political masochists, or what have you. They completely miss the point that there just may be certain principles with which certain people of color agree.

    Democrats to some extent, do indeed take the black vote for granted. That sort of thing has a history. As you’ll recall, the GOP is the party of Abe Lincoln, and blacks voted with them for years, until the GOP began taking them for granted, later after Reconstruction. Of course, the parties have switched ideologies somewhat in the many decades since, but talking about ignorance of historical stances reveals a view of history that does not go back far enough, or dig deeply enough. (JFK had to really be convinced by advisors of the merits of the civil rights movement; he had no strong convictions for it on his own.) And again, that argument misses the reality that certain aspects of conservative ideology might actually appeal to someone, regardless of skin color. (I have several pro-prayer, pro-life black friends, who conversely also want to raise taxes on the rich.) If you’ll pardon the pun, it’s not always black-and-white.

    A final thought, devoid of any misanthropy or political leaning: if you think for one second that EITHER party’s machinery cares a whit about you or any other individual, and not about simply being re-elected or enacting the kind of policies that will help keep them in power, you are flat wrong.

  3. Ben says:

    I take politics with a mix of the staunch cynicism for which I’m famous in my own right, and the brash liberal idealism to which I’ve recently come into. While I agree that no national party is really going to care about individuals, I must take with some disdain your tenuous connection of Abe Lincoln’s “GOP” and the GOP of today.

    I think Democrats view the few existing black Republicans not in terms of “sell-out,” but with a sort of dumbfounded incredulity. But you are right in saying that some blacks support a conservative social policy, and even fewer, the conservative economic policy. But I think your very first sentence cuts to the root of my point here: Ann Coulter is disingenuous. She is a horrible, horrible person. And to say that the Democrats single out black conservatives with racist motives for the sole purpose of demeaning them with connotations of slavery the The Dumb Negro is not simple wrong and silly, but grossly irresponsible as well.

  4. Paul R. Body says:

    Ann Coulter is in some sense a breath of fresh air.
    Liberals do not like her because she takes them apart
    and cleans their clocks in debate taking no prisoners.
    She is actually a very classy lady who is attractive
    well dressed who has no empathy for losers.
    She is as American as apple pie. She is a conservative
    high brow who is endowed with enormous social skills
    and graces. She makes liberals turn red in the face
    because they simply can not get over the fact that there
    are highly intellectual conservatives like Coulter who can
    take them to task and win every time.

  5. Ben says:

    Did…. did you even read the post? Or are you just a troll?

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