Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jamelle Bouie, Wrong as Usual

(hat tip: National Review Online ).

 Kevin D. Williamsons a center-right journalist for National Review takes issue with  Jamelle Bouie, a "leftist" writer at Slate, for misstating his position on black voters' preference for the Democrat Party.

He writes:

Jamelle Bouie, whose tiresome column ought to bear the title “Jamelle Bouie Calls Somebody a Racist!”, has, predictably, misstated my views on why black voters prefer Democrats.
The crude version comes from figures like Herman Cain, who claims that blacks have been “brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view.” On the other end are conservative writers, like Kevin D. Williamson, that see blacks as the helpless victims of cynical racial bribery. . . . The problem with this argument is it denies agency to black voters, who become the objects of party strategy and not individuals with their own interests and priorities.
The problem with Mr. Bouie’s argument is that he does not know what the hell he is talking about. Not only is that not my view, it is a view that I have specifically and repeatedly rejected, e.g. my longstanding criticism of the “conservative plantation theory” that holds that African Americans support the Democratic party in exchange for welfare benefits and other handouts, that the Democratic party cultivates black welfare dependency in order to keep black voters firmly in their camp.” Which is to say, the view that sees “blacks as the helpless victims of racial bribery.”

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