Here we go again.
The Justice Stephen Breyer retirement announcement hits the headlines, and the media and Democrats are gushing over a Biden promise. To wit: he will nominate a “black woman” to Breyer’s Court seat.
Let’s be clear. What’s about to unfold is decidedly not about nominating a black woman. To refresh, recall the case of Clarence Thomas.
In June of 1991, Justice Thurgood Marshall announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court. Justice Marshall had been an appointee of Democrat President Lyndon Johnson — and notably was the first black to sit on the Court.
Thus it was that the moment Marshall announced his retirement the New York Times was writing that Republican President George H. W. Bush was now under “pressure to appoint a black justice.” Indeed he was. With that, he turned to the young Federal Appeals Court Judge Clarence Thomas, a black man, for the nomination. And in a blink the American Left and Democrats went crazy.
Former Bush Vice President Dan Quayle, writing in his memoirs Standing Firm, said the moment the Thomas Nomination was announced:
[W]e knew that the long knives of “political correctness” were being sharpened for use against this strong, independent man who did not fit the liberals’ idea of what a black jurist — in fact, any black man — should stand for.
… But the forces lining up against Thomas were considerable, and the nature and rhetoric of their opposition was sometimes almost sickening. (Washington Post African-American) Columnist Carl Rowan said that “if you gave Thomas a little flour on his face, you’d think you had [KKK leader] David Duke talking.” A leader from the (leftist) National Organization for Women said, “We’re going to ‘Bork’ him. We need to kill him politically,” while one black (Democrat) Congressman declared that “a black conservative is a contradiction in terms.”
All of them refused to accept that black men and women could make a rational decision, for the good of their race and the good of their country, to leave what some have called “the liberal plantation.” Even so, the administration was surprised by the number of civil rights groups, including the NAACP, who wound up opposing the nomination. I had hoped it would split the black community right down the middle and inject some freshness into the national debate. But the black civil rights leadership, bent on maintaining political correctness and their own political clout, became some of Thomas’s strongest opponents.
In short, Dan Quayle got right to core of the issue with the Clarence Thomas nomination. It is an issue that has arisen often enough in different venues. In short: if you are black and conservative, you are not really black.
There is a reason for this. The Democrats are — and always have been — the Party of Race. Founded by slave owners, run by segregationists and now those who are into the son of segregation known as identity politics, using racism to win votes is what they do.
All these years after the Thomas battle later there is one example after another of the contempt that goes the way of blacks who are not liberals and refuse to be judged by skin color. It could be conservative black commentators Deneen Borelli or Candace Owens or Leo Terrell, it could be ex-Trump HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, radio host and former GOP California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, ex-Ohio GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, ex-GOP Congressman Allen West, or Virginia’s new Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears and an increasingly very long list of others. All of them get targeted just as Justice Thomas was targeted in 1991. They have chosen to be themselves, and, to borrow Dan Quayle’s term, they have walked off the “liberal plantation.”
Which is another way of saying that Democrats — particularly white liberals like Joe Biden — insist that to really be black you must also be liberal. Recall Biden’s outburst with the popular black radio host Charlamagne tha God on “The Breakfast Club.” In a back and forth Biden suddenly blurted:
“Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Hey, no racism there. Right.
The fact of the matter here is that Biden’s pledge to nominate a “black woman” is at its heart not about about nominating a black or a woman at all. In fact it is really all about nominating a liberal.
And Biden, as with most Democrat elites, fully expects that by definition a black woman is a liberal.
No sexism or racism there.