Leftists, like all people, constantly reveal who they are through what they say and write.Â On occasion, however, they will utter something that offers a particularly vivid look not merely at theÂ outward manifestationsÂ of their worldview, but at the very foundationÂ on which that entire worldview rests. MSNBCâ€™s Chris Matthews had such a moment on his most recentÂ Hardball program,Â when he reacted to some noteworthy remarks that Barack Obama had made, to large applause,Â at the NAACPâ€™s national convention. Said Obama at that event:
Weâ€™ve got to say to our children, “Yes, if youâ€™re African American, the odds of growing up amid crimes and gangs are higher. Yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that somebody in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. But thatâ€™s not a reason to get bad grades. Thatâ€™s not a reason to cut class. Thatâ€™s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school. No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands. You cannot forget that.”Â Thatâ€™s what we have to teach all of our children. No excuses!
Matthewsâ€™ reaction: “You know, a white guy canâ€™t say that. I mean that. Itâ€™s very hard for somebody like me to make that speech.” Matthewsâ€™ two African American guests, MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard and journalist Stephen A. Smith –Â while lauding Obama for the comments he had made — agreed entirely with Matthewsâ€™ assertion. “Well, a white guy â€¦ canâ€™t necessarily say it to an audience of black people,” Michelle Bernard affirmed.
A question that bears asking is why white people should not, in Mr. Matthews’ and Ms. Bernard’s estimation, feel free to speak the same plain, hard truths to a black audience as Barack Obama can speak to a black audience.Â The planted axiom, of course, is that it would be somehow offensive, unseemly, rude, or even racist for a white person to say such things, however sensible and well-reasoned.
And why is that? BecauseÂ the foregoing axiom sits atop a still deeper one, which holds that white people simply do not have the moral standing to speak hard truths to nonwhites; that white people have a uniquely evil history as oppressors –Â a legacy that will require them,Â until the end of time, to hold their tongues on matters that concern, in any way, the affairs of nonwhites.
By contrast, of course, the leftist paradigm encourages nonwhite minorities to lecture whites in perpetuity, on the assumption that the latter will never become fully cognizant of their own bigoted, inherent impulses, and that, consequently, constant reminders about those impulses could only benefit them in the long run.
The leftist worldview is founded on the notion of reciprocal collective identities: the collective guilt of whites on the one hand, vs. the collective innocence of blacks on the other; the collective racism of whites on the one hand, vs. the collective pure-heartedness of blacks on the other; the evil designs of white oppressors on the one hand, vs. the sufferings of the black oppressed on the other. By servingÂ to foment racial tribalism byÂ blacks and whites alike,Â Â these sharply defined dichotomies — advanced and encouraged by the Left — poison race relations more profoundly than even the most overt bigot could ever dream of doing.
Notably, the leftist worldview makes noÂ mention of nonwhite racism; the planted axiom here is that only whites are racist. Meanwhile, the kind of hatred that flows from the tongues and pens of black bigots — people like the racial arsonist Al Sharpton, the shakedown artist Jesse Jackson, the Marxist professor Cornel West, the Jew-hatingÂ black supremacistÂ Louis Farrakhan, the “liberation theologian” Jeremiah Wright, and the denouncer of Bell HooksÂ – is routinely framed by the Left as a noble quest for retributive justice.
That is the one-size-fits-all escape hatch through which leftists like Chris Matthews willingly usher even the ugliest racists in America — provided, of course, thatÂ they are not white.