March 20, 2008

WE DON'T COUNT THE DEMONSTRABLY TRUE GENOCIDAL ACTS:

A Nagging Wright Question (Michael Crowley, March 20, 2008, New Republic: The Stump)

There's one thing about the Jeremiah Wright controversy that keeps nagging at me: This crazy shibboleth promoted by Wright that the US government "lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color."

Of all the outrageous statements we've heard from Wright, this one is in a special category. Some of Wright's other outbursts are simply offensive name calling ("US of KKK-A," "God Damn America"). Others may shock middle America but are common on the left, and at least arguable, (US foreign policy invited the 9/11 attacks, rich racist whites run America, Hiroshima was a moral abomination).

But this AIDS thing is something different. First of all, it is not an opinion: It is a demonstrable falsehood. Not only that, it promotes a wildly conspiratorial wordview, one extremely corrosive to black America. It instills African-Americans with a belief that whites aren't just prejudiced, but trying to eliminate them. I can understand blacks grievances about, say, the war on drugs. But how could any black kid who thinks the white establishment is propagating genocide want to succeed in (white) American society? How could he ever trust any white person he meets? And what are the consequences of that for both races?


Even stranger, why do you need to believe in the dubious conspiracy when Family Planning/abortion was adopted for openly eugenic reasons? Of course. those are things Democrats continue to advocate, along with decriminalization of the drugs that wreaked such havoc in black communities, maintaining public housing warehouses, opposing welfare reform, etc. An honest look at whose policies are detrimental to black America would require a repudiation of Barack Obama from the pulpit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2008 12:32 PM
Comments

Excellent point, Orrin. I wonder if anyone is explicitly making this case on the GOP side. Seems like everyone is staying as far away as possible.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 20, 2008 2:39 PM

But their intentions were good! They said so!

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 20, 2008 3:54 PM
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