I canned a long drafted post launched off of another comment of Althouse’s on the whole “I make emotional decisions about politics based on how I imagine other people respond emotionally to anything that could be construed in any way as negative towards blacks” due to what I suspect is probably unnecessarily critical language. (Althouse is being a complete and utter moron. I will refrain from explaining how and why at length. She is a prime example of why “moderates” deserve no respect whatsoever for their political beliefs. If they had a respectable position they wouldn’t be “moderate.”)
Instead, read Glenn Reynolds’ response, part one of which I reproduce here:
YES, ANN, TALKING ABOUT RACE IS UGLY (INHERENTLY): But ask yourself this: Which side of this political debate is talking about race in a way that suggests that there is an “us” and a “them” that are inherently at odds? And which side is talking out it in a way that suggests there should be no “us” versus “them”?
The reason the recently released Obama speech video has caused such an outcry is because it has shocked a lot of people (mostly independents) who, in good faith, believed the President would usher in a post-racial era of color blindness. Not only have the President’s policies over the last 3.75 years failed to fulfill this “hope,” but the new video reveals a man who is far, far from color blindness and an ability to view all Americans equally.
If pointing this fact out is “ugly,” then we simply cannot criticize anything the President ever does or says on the issue of race. That, to me, is a much greater ugliness, and a dangerous one at that.
Part Two is here. Go read it, it’s got humor!
UPDATE: Ann responds: “The emotions around race are deep and complex.” Why yes, it must be so difficult and deep to telepathically deduce what all those hypothetical other racist people are feeling because of a video. It takes a lot of effort to have an emotional reaction to figments of your imagination, really it does. But rationalizing your own cognitive dissonance the way Ann is doing is, in fact, quite complex – I posit that the reason she reacts so strongly to this is because she feels the temptation to hold “racist” un-PC thoughts about the black community in the face of videos like the ones recently released, as if dependency and racism go naturally hand-in-hand rather than being carefully cultivated by liberal policies.