Oh, the sad, sad irony…
Some would suggest the Boxer video is just a humorous tongue-lashing on a Democratic senator during an otherwise unsubstantial, mundane Senate environmental hearing. However, there is actually a deeper-rooted subliminal problem on display in this video. In our society, identity politics are not called out enough for the sad display they truly represent. Its understandable that people are unsure when racial politics are in play — because typically when a ‘race card’ accusation is made, it’s used incorrectly or absurdly (see: Al Sharpton regarding Michael Jackson or Southern Democratic Representatives during the stimulus package debate).
Sen. Boxer fell into a typical trap. For so long now, Democrats have been able to guide the national perception and dialogue regarding racial issues. Without a doubt, over-whelmingly minorities supported Obama over McCain. In ’04, African-Americans voted by a similar margin for John Kerry in the Bush/Kerry race. The result of this majority has been Dems practicing in identity politics as a crutch in the national debate. Pay attention and you’ll notice its people from the left who most often like the bring up race as a factor to explain what is happening. If the left is truly the racially accepting half of the political spectrum, why are they more often the first to toss out our racial differences?
Sen. Boxer did nothing wrong quoting the NAACP resolution (although I agree with Mr. Alford…what is she trying to prove?). However, the reasons behind quoting the resolution was because she felt comfortable she had “earned” the right to continue the identity politics meme – where race means more than facts. Hopefully in the future more Mr. Alford’s or Juan Williams’s will stand up to these political games; no matter the color of your skin, the nation will benefit when people aren’t looking to score cheap racial points.
UPDATE: MR. HARRY ALFORD ON THE O’REILLY FACTOR, MONDAY EVENING: