Van Jones recently stated: “I think if he came out as gay, he wouldn’t lose the black vote…President Obama is not going to lose the black vote no matter what he does.” In this manner, Van Jones publically acknowledged that racism is at play in the voting booths of the black community.
This is certainly not surprising news, but it is something that has been vehemently denied by far-left liberals for years. Obama received 95% of the black vote in the 2008 presidential election and, still, many denied that it had anything to do with race. Even after grudgingly recognizing that many of those votes were cast because Obama was black, any hint at it being racism was refuted.
That’s because racism has been considered a one-way street by liberals. Many will tell you in no uncertain terms that racism in blacks not only doesn’t exist, it can’t exist. Racism is one of the political footballs that the left believes they own – lock, stock and barrel – and they sneer at anyone to the right of center even talking about it. They believe it belongs in their political grab bag along with feminism and all civil rights issues.
This belief is one of the main reasons this country is so polarized along racial lines and getting worse instead of better. This long-held feeling of ownership bred a self-righteousness that allows no differing opinion to be heard. Therefore, there can be no rational debate and, sadly, progress for the black community has been stunted as a result.
The very definition of racism is exemplified by voting for Obama simply because he is black, yet, it is expected and depended on. It is demeaning, like so many other actions taken by the left on behalf of the black community.
Van Jones has been accused of being a racist but he is comfortable in the knowledge that, in the eyes of many, being black exonerates him of that charge. That comfort level was on display when he slipped and let it be known that racism is, indeed, at play in the voting booths of the black community. What a surprise.
David J. Hentosh