Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Red baiting over at NRO

Shorter Lisa Schiffren: For a white person to marry a black person was only cool after we right-wingers could no longer automatically tar them as Communists.

This really is one of the most shameless things I've read this campaign season. Consider: "Political correctness was invented precisely to prevent the mainstream liberal media from persuing [sic] the questions which might arise about how Senator Obama's mother, from Kansas, came to marry an African graduate student. Love? Sure, why not? But what else was going on around them that made it feasible?"

Well, it certainly wasn't any letup in the brutal racism your political forebears hurled at interracial couples, Lisa!

"The notion of a large group of mixed race Americans became an issue during and after the Vietnam War. Even the civil-rights movement kept this culturally explosive matter at arm's distance. ... It was, of course, an explicit tactic of the Communist party to stir up discontent among American blacks, with an eye toward using them as the leading edge of the revolution. ... To their credit, of course, most black Americans didn't buy the commie line."

Hmm, it appears from the sequence of your thoughts (sic) that you are setting up a logical argument such that the only people who could have possibly wanted to marry interracially were Communists! After all, it was such a "culturally explosive matter," in the face of which we should expect only cowardice and self-hating internal suppression on the part of interracial couples, at least until such time as Dixiecrats and right-wing rags (*cough*NationalReview*cough*) were no longer able to terrorize them.

You know, it's at least conceivable that systematic opposition to people trying to exercise their right to marry who they love is a historical blight to the immense detriment of conservatives and to the credit of the American Communist movement. But according to Schiffren's ass-backwards thinking, interracial marriage was suspect because it could only have been part of an insidious Commie plot.


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