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Rowley: Touré Has One Name, and One Point

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Dr. Carson

As upset as many Republicans were over far-left MSNBC commentator Touré’s ridiculing of Dr. Benjamin Carson  this week, I couldn’t help but partially agree with one of Touré’s primary points – that “Carson’s enjoying the GOP’s version of affirmative action, where black faces that can spit conservative game get raced to the front of the line because then people get to put a bumper sticker on their cars saying, ‘How can I be racist? I would have voted for Carson.’ ”

Carson recently emerged on the political scene when he delivered a conservative-laced speech at the annual National Prayer Breakfast – a bold address that dared to criticize ObamaCare while President Obama sat and listened just several feet from Carson’s podium.

Immediately following, conservatives everywhere began to crave a 2016 presidential campaign with Carson at the top of the ticket.

Thousands of people, who had just been introduced to Carson, only knew that he had shown some homage to small-government philosophy, and that he is a man who presents himself as humble, bright, steady, and articulate. For them, that was enough for Carson to not only qualify for the Oval Office, but become the face of the Republican Party.

Being extremely early in the presidential election process, and in an age when moderate Republicans are deemed inadequate within conservative circles, and with the GOP in need of candidates who truly understand the nature of the political Left and its long term agenda, the excitement over Carson seemed too hasty to be authentic. It seemed to be coming from somewhere else.

After all, there are many Republicans on the political horizon who are equally impressive as Carson. While certainly being considered and receiving their due attention, they haven’t been given such a hero’s welcome.

The conclusion must be that many conservatives are jumping on board the Carson train because they believe the GOP has found its own Obama – its own “magic negro.”

A Racist Reputation

Of course, where Touré and I part our analytical ways is in deciding the base motives for the right-wing jubilation over the potential political career of Dr. Carson.

Touré, like so many other progressives, has come to believe in the decades of smears that have been cast upon conservative America. Touré doesn’t “feel cared about by the GOP at all.” Republicans “[don’t] care enough about black America” and are “try[ing] to screw us over,” believes Touré. So “it’s time for a new black friend. Enter Dr. Ben Carson, who’s been embraced recently because he’s smart and helpful in assuaging [Republican] guilt.”


In reality, right-wing enthusiasm has been expressed because media-influenced conservatives – for some reason – always think that the next embrace of the next black conservative will somehow neutralize a media perception that press personalities such as Touré have helped to establish. 

After Mitt Romney told President Obama to “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Touré decided that Romney’s comments amounted to the “niggerization” of the campaign season. “You notice he said anger twice…[Romney’s] really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The ‘otherization.’ He’s not like us.” Romney’s words were a way of telling the public, “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

Basically, the difference between Touré and this writer is that Touré is, well, just another liberal jerk.

Touré, like so many other progressives, is on a mission to someday prove definitively that the GOP – by their refusal to succumb to collectivist policies – is largely composed of white supremacists.
Unfortunately for Touré, the evidence for such racism shares the same trait as Touré’s last name. It just isn’t there.

Uncle Toms

The mistake Republicans are making in regards to Carson rests with their naïve belief that liberals will ever stop accusing them of racism, or attempting to minimize, discredit, and dismiss the existence of conservatives who happen to be minorities.

Time and time again, we’ve witnessed liberals accuse black Republicans of being “sellouts,” “race traitors,” “Uncle Toms,” “tokens,” and “house niggers” – insults that give weight to Carson’s recent point concerning the manner in which liberals confine minorities within intellectual boundaries. Carson explained, “They feel if… you look a certain way, then you have to stay on the plantation.”

After the 2012 election cycle liberals everywhere were advising the GOP to be more “welcoming” to women and minorities in order to remain a viable party. With liberals and the media already attempting to destroy Dr. Carson’s fledgling political career, it’s now clear that what they really meant to suggest was for the GOP to abandon its conservative philosophy.

Better advice for Republicans would be to stay true to their platform’s commitment to limited government, and to win over people of all communities with their superior message of individual liberty. This would mean thoroughly vetting all of their potential presidential candidates, rather than becoming giddy over someone’s skin color.

What are we all of a sudden, Democrats?

Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is the author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.


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