“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.”
— Ann Coulter
Those were the words of one Ann Coulter. For those who do not know who she is, Coulter is a conservative commentator, a Fox News regular, and book writer who proudly expresses her controversial views.
Terrifyingly, she is also a New York Times best seller with books like “Godless: The Church of Liberalism” in which she argues that if you are a liberal, you reject the idea of God and you detest anyone of faith. Wow. Talk about judging thy neighbor.
Coulter also feels that women in America should not vote. She is quoted as saying, “It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in ‘64—the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.”
Coulter goes on to say that women who vote for Democrats are “voting so stupidly.” So clearly, Coulter is a nut.
Coulter is also a white woman. I mean, whiter than white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snow storm.
So, it is surprising to hear Coulter make a comment like “our blacks.”
She originally made the remarks while on with Fox News’ Sean Hannity as she was coming to the defense of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against allegations of sexual harassment.
Coulter said that the liberal establishment was attacking Cain because liberals “detest conservative blacks” and that the sexual harassment allegations were “vicious and outrageous”.
First of all, the sexual harassment allegations were not “vicious and outrageous” because Cain later admitted — reluctantly it seemed — to the allegations of sexual harassment and to there being at least two settlements.
Considering Coulter’s views about women exercising their civil rights, should we be really surprised that she leaped to the defense of a man accused of sexual harassment?
Secondly, Coulter uses the stale, age-old right-wing argument that the “liberal establishment” and the liberal media are always unfairly attacking conservatives. The major hole in that argument in regard to Cain’s sexual harassment issues is that Democrats do not have a dog in the Republican presidential candidate fight.
Democrats already have a candidate in the White House. If there was any attacking, it would come from another Republican presidential candidate.
Coulter feels that liberals, including black liberals, “detest conservative blacks.”
That is simply not true. If a liberal were to detest a conservative, it has nothing to do with the color of the conservative’s skin. It would be because of how far to the right the conservative views are.
Case in point: when conservatives Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were on their political rise, there was not much bad press about them from liberals.
In fact, Powell and Rice were on the covers of black publication magazines “Ebony” and “Essence” on more than one occasion.
What helped Powell and Rice stay in the positive light in the liberal and black communities is that Powell and Rice largely dealt with international issues.
And that’s why liberals and some blacks do not like Clarence Thomas, Alan Keys, Alan West and Cain: their right wing views are not very sympathetic of the plight of the poor and minorities in this country.
For example, when Cain was a CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and was a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, he was on a constant campaign to end minimum wage.
And when you consider the wage disparity in this country with blacks at the very bottom, you are going to find very blacks who will support Cain.
Cain even says that the reason he will not get two-thirds of the black vote will be because two-thirds of black people are “brainwashed” into not voting for a conservative.
Sure, Cain — that’s how you get black folks to vote for you — tell them that they are brainwashed.
When Coulter exclaims that conservative blacks are better than liberal blacks, she cheapens black people’s participation in America’s political process. Blacks, just like any group, should not be used as pawns in the political theater.
When referring to conservatives, maybe Coulter should have said: “Our hacks are worse than their hacks.”