Michael Steele Brings Out The Racist In Democrats

All across the right side of the blogosphere yesterday, there were posts about this article from the Washington Times:

“Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

…State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

“Party trumps race, especially on the national level,” she said. “If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It’s democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy.”

Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.

“Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community,” she said. “His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people.”

During the 2002 campaign, Democratic supporters pelted Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies during a gubernatorial debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

In 2001, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called Mr. Steele an “Uncle Tom,” when Mr. Steele headed the state Republican Party. Mr. Miller, Prince George’s County Democrat, later apologized for the remark.

“That’s not racial. If they call him the “N’ word, that’s racial,” Mrs. Marriott said. “Just because he’s black, everything bad you say about him isn’t racial.”

This week, the News Blog — a liberal Web log run by Steve Gilliard, a black New Yorker — removed a doctored photo of Mr. Steele that depicted him as a black-faced minstrel.

However, the blog has kept its headline “Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house.” A caption beneath a photo of the lieutenant governor reads: “I’s Simple Sambo and I’s running for the Big House.”

A spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party denounced the depiction as being “extremely offensive” and having “no place in politics or in any other aspect of public discourse,” The Washington Post reported. Democrats have denied any connection to the News Blog.

Still, Mfume spokesman Joseph P. Trippi said Mr. Steele opens himself to such criticism by defending Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for holding a Republican fundraiser in July at the all-white Elkridge Club in Baltimore.”

You know, one of the most ironic things about modern politics is that liberals, who think that putting Michael Steele in minstrel make-up and comparing Condi Rice to Aunt Jemima is the height of wit, see racists behind every bush.

I remember when Ed Morrissey from Captain Quarters was ripped by some liberal bloggers as a racist for describing Michael Steele like so:

“Articulate, knowledgeable, passionate, and humorous, he embodies the communication skills of a Ronald Reagan with a keen grasp of policy.”

Apparently, his “mistake” was referring to Steele as “articulate,” you see, and that must mean that he normally thinks it’s unusual to see a black American who’s articulate — or so the silly non-reasoning goes. That’s how hypersensitive liberals get about race. Meanwhile, many of the same libs who see KKK members behind every tree think it’s fine to mock a black man by putting him in minstrel show make-up or by calling him an Uncle Tom.

I also loved this quote from the article: “Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master.”

It’s funny they should bring that up, because one of the opinions that slave masters used to espouse was that they were actually doing black people a favor by keeping them in bondage. Their attitude was: “Come on, you think these black people could make it on their own without our taking care of them? Who are you trying to kid? They’d all starve to death without our giving them direction.”

That was then. Now, you have Democrats essentially selling the modernized version of that same line: “Come on, you think these black people could make it on their own without our taking care of them? Who are you trying to kid? Without Affirmative Action and Democrats looking out for them, black people could never succeed on their own.”

That’s why you see Democrats getting so furious with people like Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, & Michael Steele: it’s because they prove that black Americans can make it just fine without the Democratic Party holding their hand.

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