Huff Po Writer Discredits Liberalism and Doesn't Even Realize it.

Liberals have their heads so far up their asses that they can’t recognize the truth, even when they stumble across it themselves, even as they write entire paragraphs that discredit the very notions that they have taken for granted as being true, for decades.

Quite a few conservative pundits and bloggers have commented on this recent article in the Huffington Post, but even they, failed to see what immediately struck me.  Let’s check out a little bit of it right here:


She Looks Black, but Her Politics Are Red: What Mia Love's Victory Means for the Face of the GOP

Love's political convictions show a strong support for values that do not necessarily represent her interests as a member in any of these oppressed groups. For example, blacks are not doing well with respect to education, economics and health outcomes, while women still trail behind in salary and significant positions of power, and conservative politics are not typically known to aid these groups in such key issues. These actualities of Mia's existence seem to be diametrically opposed to her values that are grounded in a white, male, Christian context. She appears publicly unhampered by the daily grind of white racism that affects other racial minorities within the United States. Unlike most of them, Mia gets to walk through the hallowed doorways of white institutions controlled by elite, powerful men. She is allowed to pass through in her black, female body with the understanding that she must not see, speak or openly advocate for anything related to race or gender -- an unholy compromise. Hence, she might look black, but her politics are red. This is one way white privilege is reproduced at the legislative level of government. In fact, Mia, along with other notable black conservatives such as Allen West, Michael Steele, Amy Holmes, Alan Keyes and Tim Scott, subscribe to a party that rejects any notion of systemic racism as a central cause of black suffering within its basic tenets of individualism. What many conservatives fail to recognize is that individuals are connected to larger groups, and the group in which these Black Republicans belong persistently lags behind in every major social indicator.

First of all, allow me to point out that the author of this story is a professor.  It’s even mentioned in the byline.  It says “professor”, as if the letters Ph.D. after his name might not automatically give him enough credibility.  

By now, simply being a professor, or having a post graduate degree, should never automatically give anyone credibility.  We’ve all seen too many examples of professors saying and doing outrageous things to just give them a pass on that.

I believe this reverence for professors stems from two things.  First, they are all living off the carcass of a reputation that was earned back when professors had to meet and live up to, much higher standards than they do today.  (Think of the stereotypical professor in an old black and white movie.)  Second, many of us who attended, college recall the days when a professor was god.  (At least in the very small worlds of whatever classes you may have been enrolled in.)  They held the power.  They were in control of whether you passed or failed, got an A or a B. or received credit for a particular answer on an exam.  Many former college students have never gotten over this.  In their eyes, the professor is still the all powerful being with all the answers that will be accepted as correct.

Most of us however, learn as we mature, that professors are fallible, and our professor Darron T.  Smith, who wrote this, certainly is. He is so stuck on the idea that Mia Love is just some token minority, put in place by the Republicans to make themselves appear to be "diverse", that he is blinded to any other possibilities.  

He accidentally stumbled across the key to success for minorities and women, but he couldn’t even notice it in his own headline.

She Looks Black, but Her Politics Are Red

He also unwittingly suggests, that most charges of racism and sexism are unfounded, by repeating the above phrase, and following it with this:

“This is one way white privilege is reproduced at the legislative level of government.”

Although he is too stupid to realize it, Professor Smith is confirming what conservatives have been saying for years - What holds certain people back is not their sex, skin color, or ethnicity.  It is their ideas.  The idea that there is some conspiracy among white men to keep others down.  The idea that we are not all created equal, and the only way some of us  make it is to have the government give us an unfair advantage.  The idea that the only way we can solve any of society’s woes is to take from those who have worked hard to succeed and give to those who may not have.  The idea that we cannot trust the free market and a robust economy to make life better for everyone.

Not even for a moment do liberals like Professor smith stop to consider that Mia Love may have won because of her ideas.  Ideas that lead to the success of individuals and societies.  The idea that we are all better off and have more pride in ourselves, if we make it on our own.  The idea that the fewer there are of us dependent upon government, the fewer of us will fail when government fails.  The idea that getting government out of the way is the key to having a strong economy.  The idea that the only way we can truly help people without hurting others, is to have a strong economy.

The whole notion of “White Privilege” is flawed and nothing more than a weapon devised by those who benefit by the existence of class warfare.  But for all you non-whites, and women out there, who still insist that “white male privilege”  does indeed, exist, take it from Professor Darron:  In order to succeed, you don’t need to change the color of your skin and you don’t need to change your gender.  All you need to do, is change your ideas.

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