The liberal myth of race history exploded in latest book.
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Take the sad yet terrifying case of Eleanor Bumpurs — a 300-pound “mentally disturbed black woman” given to keeping buckets of feces in her Bronx apartment bathtub and diagnosed by a city psychiatrist as “psychotic, emotionally disturbed and possibly dangerous.” When the New York City housing authority tried fruitlessly to get in touch with Bumpurs’ children, they asked the police to put her in a mental institution. When the police showed up, all hell broke loose. After being forced to break down the door, the six cops found themselves confronted with a naked Bumpurs waving a ten-inch carving knife. When she lunged at a cop, another, Officer Stephen Sullivan, shot and killed her, as police officers are trained to do.
What happened? Because the cops were white and Bumpurs black — why in a blink Bumpurs killing was shamelessly transformed into a racist attack. The police were made the bad guys, with Officer Stephen Sullivan indicted. A bomb ripped through the police union headquarters. A lynch mob-style mob swarmed the courthouse, assailing Officer Sullivan as a racist killer. As if, Coulter notes in Coulteresque style, when “police officers encounter three-hundred-pound naked white women trying to carve them up with ten-inch carving knives, they sit and have tea.”
Coulters goes through the liberal racial closet (and it’s a big closet) finding one example after another after another where, in the manner typical of the heirs of slavery, segregation, and the Klan — all is racialized.
Perhaps her most interesting point is that these kind of incidents reached a peak with the furor over O.J. Simpson. Simpson, recall (and with the passage of time there are those for whom this dramatic saga is a newsflash), was the famous NFL star turned beloved actor and TV commercial pitchman who was suddenly accused of having slit his wife’s throat and that of Ron Goldman, a friend of his wife’s. Did I mention that both wife Nicole and Goldman were white? Famously, as the cops closed in, O.J. made a wild and much televised attempt to escape in a white Bronco — cruising around the freeways of Los Angeles with a helicopter and cameras hovering overhead and a posse of police cars giving chase.
It was the sensational trial of the decade (and more), with Simpson being acquitted by a mostly black jury. The verdict caused wild celebration in the nation’s black precincts. Simpson was widely seen to have been let off the hook for racial reasons. But the revelation (there were audio tapes of a terrified Nicole calling police) that O.J. was what was called in the day an “angry black man” soured even many liberal whites about any romance or glamour attached to the “angry black man.”
Posits Coulter: “After the O.J. trial, ‘angry black men’ were a lot less attractive. Talented black people were in.” The fact that so many blacks openly cheered O.J. for literally getting away with murder weakened the “ferocious” concept of black group identity. Hispanics, after all, didn’t cheer on Richard Ramirez (aka “the Night Stalker”), whites didn’t root for Charles Manson, and gays didn’t rally around the gay cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.
Coulter notes that while the Internet and cable news helped, post-O.J. there was a “renaissance of black people with different opinions different from Jesse Jackson’s” —[ and she names some of them: Deneen Borelli, Ron Christie, Ken Blackwell, Niger Innis, Star Parker, Jesse Lee Peterson, Angela McGowan, Michael Meyers, David Webb,(Congressman) Allen West — all of whom became known to Americans thanks to Fox News. Not to mention Juan Williams, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Sherrod Small. (A nod here to Fox for doing what liberals refuse to do — introducing black Americans who — shocker! — have opinions of their own not cut from the liberal cookie cutter.) Doubtless this book was already at the printer when Americans learned last month of Utah’s Mia Love, who if elected would be the first Republican black woman to serve as a member of the House.
By 2007, Coulter reports, NPR/Pew had a poll out showing “that 53 percent of blacks said that those who couldn’t get ahead were mostly responsible for their own condition, compared to 30 percent who said it was because of discrimination — a reversal of percentages from just a decade earlier.”
What brought back the long national nightmare of accusing everybody and everything of racism?
You guessed it. The political rise of the man Coulter calls “the half-white, half-Kenyan” — Barack Obama.
By the political luck of the draw for the Left, the first black president turned out not to be a conservative in the mold of Clarence Thomas or Herman Cain. No, it was Obama — a certifiable leftist replete with a Chicago tie to such leftist radicals as the white Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers and the black liberation theologian the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Did this finally drive the last stake into the heart of a two-centuries plus liberal-orchestrated racism? From which, in Coulter’s view, there had been a post-O.J. reprieve? Was this really post-racial America at hand? Of course not.
How could that possibly happen? As noted at the beginning, race and leftism go together like ham and eggs.
Coulter shines the light on the media descendants of that old radio broadcaster/turned Birmingham, Alabama public safety commissioner Bull Connor — infamously a member of the Democratic National Committee when he lets loose the police dogs on civil rights protesters — and shows them up to their usual race games.
There is the racially-obsessed Chris Matthews (“an aggressive bean counter”) from the equally racially-obsessed NBC, with Coulter cleverly making her point at exactly what Matthews’ racial thinking is off-television camera by including this link to the photograph of the wedding of Matthews’ son that appeared in the New York Times. The color photo, a long shot of the bride and groom and wedding attendees, shows — gasp! — is that a single black face in the group? Or two? With all that infamous Matthews racial beancounting, he has a black friend problem? No way!
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