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  Leftist Desperation: Glenn Beck is a Racist for Praising the Lack of Looting in Japan

Posted on March 26 2011 5:48 pm
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This popular post was first published on March 21 here.

One of the most iconic movies of my teenage years was Say Anything. The 1989 film starred John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, a young underachiever who decides to ask out Diane Court, the valedictorian of his senior class. After their relationship gets serious, Diane breaks up with Lloyd under pressure from her father. After the breakup, in an act of total desperation, Lloyd stands under Diane’s bedroom window, holding a boom box over his head with “their” song, Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” blasting from the speakers.

As Lloyd Dobler proved to us in that famous scene, desperation leads people to do some pretty unreasonable, and often stupid, things, no matter what the reason. That’s exactly how the Left is these days. Unable to debate conservatives on the merits of their issues, many Leftists have resorted to straw-grabbing tactics like name calling. When a Leftist is losing an argument, or when the Right chooses to do what the Left won’t, elite Leftists, those self-professed bastions of nuance and intelligence, often jump up to cry “racism” or “bigotry.” We’ve seen it most recently in the furor over the recent congressional hearings on radical Islam, among countless other events.

Now, it seems, the Left’s desperation is getting even worse, as Leftists are scraping the bottom of the barrel for opportunities to level accusations of bigotry. On his blog this weekend, Vanity Fair contributing editor James Wolcott had the audacity to try to make a link between conservatives’ praise of the lack of looting in Japan and racism. Wolcott wrote:

Last week I noticed a bevy of conservative commentators, such as Glenn Beck, piously lowering their voices and paying tribute to the calm and resilience of the Japanese people in their time of trauma, emphasizing that there had been “no looting” in the aftermath of so much destruction and disarray.

Yes, the Japanese people have conducted themselves admirably in a tremendous crisis. On that we can all agree.

But these tributes were thin envelopes for another, different, domestically-targeted message.


And the real message of those tributes was, There’s been no looting in Japan because they don’t have black people running amuck and ransacking. The Japanese know how to behave; you-know-who doesn’t… Much as the righties might profess otherwise, they were transmitting in their usual racial code.

Of course, couched within these allegations of racism are cheap shots in which Wolcott accuses us on the Right of being devoid of subtlety because we lack “refinement and sensibility”, which of course is ironic — another quality he says that conservatives do not possess — because his message that conservatives are racists is about as subtle as a two by four swung directly at someone’s head.

It is absolutely shameless for Wolcott to mine the unspeakable horror and tragedy in Japan for an opportunity to level charges of racism at conservatives. In the midst of an event that has left potentially tens of thousands of people dead and countless more missing, the Japanese people have acted nobly and bravely. Yet the only takeaway that Wolcott and his ilk get from the earthquake and tsunami is that the Right is exhibiting latent racism when pointing out the apparent absence of looting by the Japanese.

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