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Friday, November 27, 2009

Race Card Player Has A Lot To Learn

Scott Eric Kaufman, at the Lawyers, Guns and Money blog, thought counting non-white people at Sarah Palin book signings was a cool way to prove that Palin and her supporters were racist because there were so few non-whites pictured in available photos.

In fact, all Kaufman proved was that he was capable of playing the race card. Dividing and classifying people by skin color for political purposes has become the most convenient political tool of the American left-wing.

Flush with that success, if you call it success, Kaufman has followed up with another post in which Kaufman engaged in demographic analysis of those who attended Palin's book signing at Fort Bragg. Kaufman looked at a handful of photos posted at Palin's Facebook page, and concluded once again that Palin only appealed to whites because the crowd did not reflect the local demographics:

Instead of playing "Count the Non-White People!" with Sarah Palin's photographs of her appearance at Fort Bragg, I will present some statistics about the base and surrounding community:

White Non-Hispanic (52.9%)
Black (25.2%)
Hispanic (15.8%)
Other race (8.3%)
Two or more races (4.5%)
American Indian (2.1%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.9%)
Filipino (0.6%)
Korean (0.5%)
What nonsense. Even if true that the crowd did not match the local demographics, it would prove nothing other than that Kaufman has a fixation on race and suffers from Palin Derangement Syndrome.

It is so easy for the Kaufmans of the world to falsely accuse people of being racist. In his post, since it was not enough to smear the crowds at Palin book signings, Kaufman also maliciously and falsely referred to one conservative blogger as a "noted racist." Kaufman was so emboldened because this is the internet, and no one is held accountable.

But even a little searching by Kaufman would have revealed some inconvenient facts. Here is how an MSNBC reporter -- hardly a network sympathetic to Palin -- described the crowd in this televised report (at 1:45):
"I can tell you this crowd today was very, very diverse, a lot of people from different races, ages, all coming to see Palin and wanting get a glimpse of who this lady is that says that she's going rogue."

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Kaufman's worst fears realized (h/t Protein Wisdom). People of all races coming together to stand up to the demeaning attitudes of those who confuse academic credentials with leadership qualities, and snark with wisdom.

Kaufman has a lot to learn, notwithstanding his recent Ph.D in English.

Kaufman may have succeeded in playing the race card, but that is a shameful and dishonest measure of success.

Update: Check out The Wilding of Sarah Palin (h/t Patterico) for an interesting discussion of the left-wing's obsession with Palin, written by a former leftist-feminist Hillary supporter:

What finally woke me up were the utterances of "bitch," "witch," and "monster" toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters early last year. I was shocked into reality: the trash-talk wasn't coming from conservatives, but from male and female liberals....

Then along came Sarah, and the attacks became particularly heinous. And I realized something even more chilling about the Left. Leftists not only sacrifice and disrespect women, but it's far worse: many are perpetuators.

The Left's behavior towards Palin is not politics as usual. By their laser-focus on her body and her sexuality, leftists are defiling her.
Read the whole article. The analogy holds as to the use of the race card. It almost always is left-wing Democrats who bring up race, focus on race, use race for political purposes, and attempt to stifle debate by making false accusations of racism.

Update No. 2: Take a good look also at Sarah Palin and “progressives” jumping the shark on race, and It doesn’t matter what this posts says … and On SEK’s latest “racism” charges.

And now this: Patterico Breaks His Suspicious Silence Regarding SEK’s Lame Defense of His Lame Accusations of Race-Baiting by Ed Morrissey

Related Posts:
Counting Non-White People At Palin Book Signings
How Do They Think This Stuff Up? Part 2
I'll Have Some Palin Derangement Syndrome with my Turkey, Please

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  1. Since only white people are technically capable of racism in the lexicon of the newspeak, the presence of one white person at an event should be proof positive of racism.

  2. And if the people who are drawn to Palin are mostly white, what of it? Is this something we should be apologizing for? Or ashamed of? Since when has it become a "near crime" to be white of European decent? Do we not have rights or even...gasp...collective interests? Maybe Kaufman can elaborate on that and show why it is such a "bad" thing. Using reasoning and logic, of course as we are full to the brim with histrionics and lunacy.

  3. Well, will wonders never cease? At least some of the left appear to have awakened to the capacity for cultivating the beginnings of a twaddling twitter of logical, linear thought. Something methought I'd never live to see!

    All of the current political travesty aside for the moment, here's hoping our Professor and the rest of you had a lovely, reflective Thanksgiving holiday.

    Alas! Though retired from my original profession and into my own art business, I must gather up a 100 or so of my favorite classical compositions and head off to my studio to set about fulfilling some gallery commissions!

    Best of the holiday weekend to the Prof and all! 'Til later!

  4. Maybe if Kaufman had spent less time boning up for his PhD in English and more time out in the real world, he might have noticed that there are a lot of blacks and Hispanics who look white. So looking at crowd photos won't tell you about the crowd's ethnic makeup - unless you know the people.