Friday, May 24, 2013

Charles Blow, Unchained

Jason L. Riley, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board,challenges Charles M. Blow for falling to mention the long series of incidents in which liberals use slave analogies when describing blacks who are conservative. In his latest article he argues for a little intellectual consistency and suggests that what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

...I couldn't agree more.

Al Sharpton has referred to Colin Powell and Condi Rice as "house negroes . . . while the rest of us [blacks] are in the field," an allusion to the division of slave labor on a plantation. Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger has depicted Ms. Rice as Prissy, the ignorant slave girl in "Gone With the Wind."

And during last year's presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden told a largely black audience that Republicans are "going to put y'all back in chains." Somehow, such examples were left out of Mr. Blow's column. Maybe he ran out of space. But if slave imagery is an inappropriate debating tool, so is Mr. Blow's inference that only his political opponents use it.

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