Mayor de Blasio Plays the Race Card - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Mayor de Blasio Plays the Race Card

There is no other way to say it. The mayor of New York judges others by skin color, making of him just one more leftist politician for whom this kind of attitude is a long and despicable tradition. Yes, yes, Mayor Bill de Blasio is married to a black woman. And so what? The key component is judging by skin color — and anyone of any color can play the game. The mayor — like Attorney General Eric Holder and, sad to say, President Obama himself — is all in.

Says de Blasio when discussing New York City’s finest: “Our police keep us safe, and yet there’s been, as I said, not just decades of problems, a history of centuries of racism that under gird this reality.”

A history of centuries of racism? And who, pray tell, might be responsible for that? What Mayor de Blasio won’t say is that it was his political ancestors. It comes so naturally and obsessively to leftists that they play the race card with the ease of drawing a breath. 

At the beginning of his tenure Attorney General Holder famously gave a speech on race in which he said: 

Every year, in February, we attempt to recognize and to appreciate black history. It is a worthwhile endeavor for the contributions of African Americans to this great nation are numerous and significant. Even as we fight a war against terrorism, deal with the reality of electing an African American as our President for the first time and deal with the other significant issues of the day, the need to confront our racial past, and our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country, endures. One cannot truly understand America without understanding the historical experience of black people in this nation. Simply put, to get to the heart of this country one must examine its racial soul.

Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nation’s history this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.

Now President Obama has taken to Black Entertainment Television to say:

When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance, but you have to recognize it will take some time, and you have to be steady so you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there. 

With every passing day of the Obama administration one has the sense that the only time they think of Martin Luther King is when they take a day off on King’s birthday. Case in point in all this is this piece by Jonathan Chait over at New York in which Chait lists elements from the ongoing legacy of racism and then says: “The trouble is that merely acknowledging these forms of racism offends large segments of the right.” 

Hello? I would respectfully suggest that the American Left never — absolutely never — acknowledges the real truth of racism, because to do so would require the admission that it depends on race-card playing to survive politically. Let it not be forgotten that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s longtime pastor, has spent a career poisoning race relations. The only reason Wright was tossed over the side was that his racist rantings repelled the American public. And in the current circumstances it is all too apparent that Al Sharpton, he the racial arsonist of our day, has had so much access to the White House he might as well have his own office.

The gall of the Left is to deliver these pious statements on race as put out there by Messrs. de Blasio, Holder, or Obama, or written up by New York’s Jonathan Chait — but never, ever acknowledge the Left’s paternity and continuing 24/7 use of the race card as just another routine political tactic. 

Not for nothing is there a new poll out there from Bloomberg Politics that says, as reported in the Hill: “53 percent of respondents think race relations have gotten worse under the nation’s first black president.”

In an administration that seeks — true to its Leftist roots — to divide Americans by race, this should come as no surprise. 

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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