Learning At The Feet of The Masters

No pun intended.

Over at the American Prospect, Adam Serwer tugs at Osama’s beard:

Al Qaeda plays a little identity politics:

In al-Qaida’s first response to Obama’s victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect, along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, “house negroes.”

Of course, in the typically irony impaired way the left always stumbles into these things, Serwer apparently believes that al Qaeda came up with “house negroes” all by themselves. Spontaneous generation of “identity politics”, AQ style?

Au contraire mon ami, the slur (and the method) is a well established one in lefty circles.

Al Sharpton, Harry Belafonte and various lefty blogs and forums and even YouTubers delighted in calling both Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas and others “house negroes“, “pet negro” or “Uncle Tom”. In fact, any black person who has the temerity to go against the herd is singled out for a bit of identity politics.

Nope. Osama’s number two was introduced to the term by the same folks now having a cow over the insult to Obama. Now, suddenly, it’s an outrage.

[Crossposted at QandO]

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