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Mark Caserta: Liberals pull out racism charges to mask failed policies

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Make no mistake, racism has played an abhorrent role in our nation's history. The fact that some people still choose to judge a person by their race or ethnicity is unacceptable in God's eyes. We're all His children and He is no respecter of persons.

We should be proud to stand with our brothers and sisters of all races in waving the banner of freedom and liberty in our great country.

But I'm beyond weary of being lectured by progressives who accuse conservatives of racism every time we mention the failed policies of Barack Hussein Obama.

Under the guise of asserting a "noble" racial allegation, liberals align our every disagreement on this president's policies with some form of discriminatory rationale derived from their progressive "periodic table of racial elements" and in essence engage in a form of racism themselves.

I've termed this progressive impairment, "Inverse Racial Phobia" (IRP).

The manifestation of IRP began to emerge early in the Obama presidency as liberals began to realize they elected a man who lacked the qualifications needed to fulfill the promises he had made to the American people. Subsequently, they began to fall back on the excuse that Republicans weren't giving him a chance because of his color.

The president himself displayed IRP in 2007. A video obtained by "The Daily Caller" shows then- presidential candidate Obama "sermonizing" to an audience of black ministers, saying the U.S. government short-changed Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.

"The people down in New Orleans they don't care about as much!" Obama shouts in an awkward "southern drawl" as he contrasts the generous amounts of aid 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew victims received following their respective tragedies. Obama explained unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims "part of the American family."

Vice President Joe Biden recently used race in this manner when he spoke on the campaign trail to a crowd in Danville, Va., which included many black supporters. Biden suggested Mitt Romney would roll back Wall Street reform and "unchain Wall Street" from current regulations. Feeling the moment, he added "They're going to put y'all back in chains." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her day at the "plantation podium" in 2007, when as a presidential hopeful she addressed a civil rights group in New York City headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton and quoted former slave and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman using such an amusing southern drawl, her performance ignited several "You Tube" clips mocking her.

Most recently, following Obama's lackluster performance in the first presidential debate, Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson told an MSNBC interviewer the president was overly deferential to Mitt Romney because he was concerned he may come off as an "angry black man."

It's intellectually dishonest to allege Republican Party racism when historically members of the Democrat Party have unabashedly leveraged race as "defenders of the poor and the downtrodden."

It would be wise and probably beneficial for liberals to differentiate racism from fact as they move "forward."

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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