Quote of the Day

From Ta-Nehisi Coates:

We live in a country that may well be offended by racism, but it’s equally offended that anyone might actually charge as much.

So true. Read his whole post.

[hat tip John Cain]

MORE: If someone calls you a racist and you know that you’re not, you either a) ignore them or b) explain to them why you’re not. What you don’t do is loudly bellyache over and over (sometimes for months on end) about how terrible it was that someone called you a racist.  I’ll just hang that thought out there…

UPDATE: Yet another great quote from (guess who?) StrangeAppar8us in the comments below…

Byron York’s casual, effortless suggestion that America’s Blacks are the “Free” space on the Bingo Card of US public opinion is so insanely appalling that my eyes are still facing backwards from reading it.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/30/09 at 01:29 PM • Permalink

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Using Byron York’s very own logic that Obama’s

...sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are…

we can assume that the opposite is also true.  For if Obama’s ratings weren’t so low among “party first” Republican Anglo-Americans his popularity and the popularity of his positions would be even higher. Therefore the only question to ask is “who is more relevant in America today, Barack Obama and African-Americans or Rush, Bachman, Palin and the Republican Party?”  I am going with Barry and his people on this one.

Byron York’s casual, effortless suggestion that America’s Blacks are the “Free” space on the Bingo Card of US public opinion is so insanely appalling that my eyes are still facing backwards from reading it.

We live in a country that may well be offended by racism, but it’s equally offended that anyone might actually charge as much.

Ha!  And then Gerard “I am aware of all internet traditions” van der Leun makes an appearance in the comments there to declare his offense at a charge of racism.

Someone else who must have been called a racist many times in his life and just knows it’s got nothing to do with him is anti-anti-racism blogger Tom Maguire.  Here he is tying himself into knots trying to explain how Byron York isn’t a racist:

Is any example involving blacks and Obama too fraught with emotion?  Well, suppose white evangelicals (sic) supported Bush’s adventures in the Middle East because, although the issues were over their heads, they trusted a God-fearing Christian to do the right thing.  In such a scenario, neither McCain nor Romney could pick up Bush’s banner, even if they backed the same policies.  One might say that Bush’s position was less popular than it appeared.

First of all I say bullshit assumption that they wouldn’t have supported McCain’s “adventures” had he won in 2000 and invaded Iraq.  But more importantly, I’m not so sure white Evangelicals would have tolerated someone like Paul Krugman arguing in the lead up to the Iraq war that the polling numbers were way misleading because look what happens if you take out the Evangelicals!  Or any group of white Christians for that matter.  You wouldn’t have heard any end to wingnut whining if that had happened.  Not that we’ll ever hear an end to it anyway.

Well, suppose white evangelicals (sic) supported Bush’s adventures in the Middle East because, although the issues were over their heads

Suppose a fir tree grew out of Maggie’s ass. We could stick a star on it and sing O Tannenbaum. The thing that caught my eye about the quote was this:

although the issues were over their heads

Dude need to StFu.

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