Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Charles Blow’s ‘Minstrel Show’

An African-American columnist for the New York Times, Charles Blow, decided that he would attend the Dallas area TEA Party event. Although he did not see any overt signs of racism displayed by the largely white crowd, he saw something that was even worse, in his estimation.

He saw a conservative African-American speaker, Alfonzo “Zo” Rachel, addressing the crowd.

“It was a farce,” Blow wrote. Rachel was only trying to show that he was one of “the good ones” to the whites in the crowd.

It was, Blow maintained, “ … a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance.”

Well, Zo has replied.

Blow, his liberal white handlers at the New York Times and progressives in general are right to fear Zo and others like him. Zo demonstrates that when people of color think for themselves, they leave the Democrat plantation.

And so, they savage any minority who dares stray from the party line. Just look at the abuse heaped on people like Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice and others. No slander, no insult, no racially inflammatory phrase such as “minstrel show” is off limits to them.

But the worst, most vile and vicious verbal assaults come from other African-Americans like Blow who is trying very hard to show his bosses that he is one of “the good ones."