Saturday, September 02, 2006

Race Matters Update: Apparently, I blasted my way far too quickly through yesterday's Gazette story on race concerns among Democrats in Maryland. The travails of looking at online links, instead of a print version, I guess. There's a passage in an accompanying Gazette piece, by longtime reporter Blair Lee, that I want to highlight. I would insert my comments into my earlier post, but so many have read the post already, that I think it's best to address this article separately.

There is one line in Lee's 'My Maryland' Gazette piece that I want to highlight. Here goes (from The Gazette, Sept. 1, 2006):

“As the Gonzales poll makes clear, without blacks Cardin and O’Malley lose in November. That’s why Cardin and the Democratic establishment are treating Mfume with kid gloves. Cardin calls his primary fight with Mfume ‘‘a contest between friends,” and the Washington Post lavished praise on Mfume as it recently endorsed Cardin. Likewise, Democratic luminaries such as Senate President Mike Miller and Congressman Steny Hoyer have endorsed Simms to help placate black Democratic leaders."

Holy Sheep S***t, Batman! If true, the assertion that Miller and Hoyer endorsed Simms in order to placate black leaders, would be the most awful example of racial politics in Maryland yet this year. That's an incredible level of Machiavellian dishonesty and manipulation. So much so, that it's amazing that there's no attribution for that assertion. I would like to know who said that is why Miller and Hoyer endorsed Simms. Maybe Miller and Hoyer have been impressed with Simms during years of dealings with him in politics. Maybe they think he's the better candidate and that it is appropriate for them to give him their endorsement. C'mon Gazette, Mr. Blair Lee: Tell me who said that these two men did the deed so as to placate black leaders!!!


Rfustero said...

But isn't true that many of the Democrats have an inherent streak of fright when they have to confront the race issue.

They will bend over backwards to be nice, and not crticize so as not to offend a black in a leadship position.

When I started to work night at Giant(after working days for almost 20 years), I was the minority in a store in wheich blacks are a minority during the day but not at night(which is anothet story altogether, which I would be glad to discuss with someone at a later date).

The blacks that I work with did not put up with any nonsense- if you treated them with kid gloves and pretended to act all cool and hip= amd start talking about black issues- they would ignore you-- it wasnt about black and white- it was about making it in the day to day struggle of member of the middle class- whether it was about mortgages, tuition car loans, or anything else- there was no color barrier- we were in this thing together and they did not like it when whites tried to sho their hipness(?) by their phoniness.

Fisch said...

Well, sure -- no one wants to feel patronized. There are issues that concern people across all racial groups -- issues that may be economic, or similar concerns that are most important to people in a certain socioeconomic class -- maybe public education. Lots of different issues. But, of course, there are some concerns that are more important to certain groups. Take Juan Williams' new book, "Enough!" -- which gets into all the violence in urban, black neighborhoods. Everyone may be concerned about it, but for some, it's life and death. And it's easy to understand why people would have more faith in someone who looks and sounds like everybody else in their neighborhood. But, I'm just rambling now -- I'm not sure what the point is, I'll just wrap it up.