Do Blacks and the Left Really Believe This?

Here is a contemporary political truth: Every time you think that the left and its political party have hit moral bottom, they will eventually prove you wrong.

The most recent example occurred last week in Louisiana. The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, stood before her colleagues in the state Senate and announced the reason people oppose Obamacare.

"You ready?" she asked three times.

It is President Obama’s color.

"It isn’t about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare," she said. "But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it’s about? It’s about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It’s about the race of this African-American president. … It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill."

Now why would the head of a state Democratic Party — and a state senator — say something that is equally vile and moronic?

There are two possible explanations, and one is worse than the other.

One is that Peterson doesn’t believe what she said; that she said it solely in order to intimidate opponents of Obamacare. When a prominent black accuses anyone — even if it is most white people in America — of racism, it usually ends all debate.

This would, of course, reflect poorly on Peterson’s character, but it would actually be the more positive of the two possible explanations. Because the other possible explanation is that she really believes what she said. And if she really believes that the more than one hundred million Americans who oppose Obamacare — a CNN poll last week found that 54 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare — do so because Obama is black, America is in trouble.

America is in real trouble if Peterson represents a large majority of black Americans. And we have every reason to believe that she does. She represents a 48-percent black district. And virtually every black leader routinely charges whites with racism.

We simply need to be honest. Either the great majority of American whites are racist — indeed profoundly racist if they oppose Obamacare solely because the president is black — or the great majority of blacks wrongly perceive reality when it comes to their perceptions of whites. In either case, blacks and whites are living in parallel universes. And one of them is both factually and morally very wrong.

In my view, the idea that whites that oppose Obamacare do so because the president is black is one of those terrible lies that shape a society for ill.

But this is not only a commentary on present-day black America. It is even more so a commentary on the left. Blacks have memories of genuine oppression that have left deep psychological scars. While we wish that reality would trump psychology here, we can understand — though not agree with — black anger at white America.

But the non-black left — which routinely accuses whites who oppose the president of racism — has no such excuse. Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Chris Matthews of MSNBC, former president Jimmy Carter, Frank Rich of New York Magazine, and so many others on the left have no psychological excuse for saying white opposition to Obama is racist. Their charge is just malicious.

This is just one more example of the societal destruction wrought by the left. Ironically, in this instance its primary victims are … blacks.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph," was published April 24 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.Com.


  • ksp48

    I can’t wait for a post-post racial president to be elected, so we can all get back to being post racial. I’ve criticized every President we’ve had since Nixon and now suddenly I’m a racist for criticizing the President.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    The left is 100% convinced, that if they can continually get the media to portray conservatives on the same political spectrum as Nazi’s and Fascists, they’ll condemn them to the dust bin of history. And the truth is with media complicity, it’s working. Take 2 common disagreements. I (a conservative) oppose abortion and gay marriage. A leftie typically opposes my view point. Yet for some reason I’m continually portrayed in the media as far right??? While their view point (though it’s 100% opposite) is portrayed as moderate???? Since by (their) definition I’m on the political spectrum with Nazi’s, I obviously must be a racist.

    • plsilverman

      I hear a whole lot of Nazi talk coming from the right – in the direction of the Left. Esp. since 01-20-09. Stuff like, you know, Obama wants to send his adversaries to FEMA camps.

  • Wheels55

    I dislike rap music. I guess I am a racist.

    • plsilverman

      where/when did “rap music” come up on this site?

  • plsilverman

    African Americans most likely think denial of coverage for medical precondition is wrong. Agreed?

    • Integrity

      It is true that we needed to make some changes. However, the cure in this case is far worse than the disease.

      • plsilverman

        Tell that to tens of thousands of Cancer victims.

        • Jeff Webb

          I would, but I just got done telling hundreds of thousands of people that if, God forbid, they get stricken with ANY terrible disease, they’ll get inferior care and could even face the IPAB. I need time to catch my breath.

          • plsilverman

            I wonder if Cancer victims would rather sit around and ponder the quality of their service than go for treatment? what makes you say their treatment will be inferior? will RNs be doing biopsies? can you explain where the “inferior” service is to be expected?

    • Jeff Webb

      You are pretty darn fixated on the preexisting conditions portion of the law. I have no doubt it’d be easier than talking about how Obamacare is mostly, overwhelmingly, a big fat pile of inefficiency and false promises.

      • plsilverman

        why wouldn’t any one be worried about going back to that heinous practice? by the way, fully kicks in, in 2014…you must have one heck of a crystal ball…………….

        • Jeff Webb

          Wow, is your house made of straw, too?

          If you’re going to argue your point, next time try something that doesn’t support mine. It hasn’t even fully kicked in yet, and it’s already proved to be a load of trouble!

          Is it that you’re asleep every time news comes out about how premiums have gone up, or that it’s getting more and more expensive to implement, or that it’s causing strain on businesses and their employees’ jobs, or that the very politicians that wanted it passed have been trying to exempt themselves from it?

          BTW, do you think it’s just a coincidence that premiums went up (despite the repeated promises made by that ever-so-honest guy Obama) after insurance companies were forced to serve any customer no matter the circumstances?

          So go ahead and keep gushing about how wonderful you think this aspect of OC is. You’ll still eventually run out of people to fool, and it’s not like the horse can feel any more pain.

          • plsilverman

            who is gushing, pal? I’m not comfortable with the totality of AFCA. “ever-so-honest” Obama? give us 2 examples of abject dishonesty of Obama.

  • plsilverman

    “Blacks have memories of genuine oppression”……..was this piece written in 1967 in South Carolina? Blacks will be the real victims of “Obamacare”? This racially charged piece should be wider known.