Republicans have started wracking their brains for clever ways to say, without appearing racist, that Obama’s skin color is a reason not to vote for him. Not so long ago we had Tony Blankley saying that not voting for someone because of their skin color wasn’t bigotry or racism, it was “demographic consciousness.” Now the loathsome Anne Applebaum, a distinguished member of the WaPo editorial board, hits it out of the park with this column where she argues that people shouldn’t vote for Obama because some foreigners are racist.
“Will Americans vote for a black man?” I’ve been asked this question by foreigners of various origins a dozen — or maybe three dozen — times since the U.S. presidential campaign began for real in January. … Which means that it is time to turn this rather offensive question around: Will foreigners accept a black American president? I realize that this, too, may seem like a rather offensive question.
Well, yes it is an offensive question, Anne. And a completely dumb-assed one too, since it seems to suggest that if Obama is elected, the Elysée Palace and the Kremlin will overlook the fact that he’s the leader of one of the world’s great superpowers and instead start worrying about whether he’ll steal the silverware if he’s invited to a state dinner.
But that’s not stopping Anne from asking the question, and the reason she’s calling it offensive is to make you think that she’s so not racist. Anne is, of course, simply taking a page out of the concern troll book and pasting it all over the OpEd pages of the Post.
I hate to put it so crudely, …
(No you don’t, Anne, or you wouldn’t put it so crudely)
but — European newspaper reporting to the contrary — racism is not unique to the United States.
Thanks, Anne, for sharing that amazing insight with us. No one would ever have realized that without your incisive commentary. That’s what makes the WaPo such a great newspaper!
[I]t is safe to say that there is a distinct dearth of nonwhite politicians in Europe. The Indian caste system has an element of skin-color discrimination built in. Arab societies have their own history of trading in black slaves.
OMFG, you mean if Obama goes on a state visit to Jordan, he’ll never come back? He’ll be impressed into the service of Queen Noor as a slave and spend the rest of his life wearing a silly poofy satin costume, fanning her white butt with palm fronds and feeding her grapes?
Periodically, African students in Moscow are beaten up on the street. … And while some of the stares that black Americans say they get on the street in Warsaw or Prague reflect simple curiosity, some, I’m told, contain an element of hostility, too.
What people on the street in Poland (or elsewhere) think of Obama because he’s black isn’t going to matter one bit unless Obama is wandering the streets of Warsaw panhandling for change or trying to sell fake tribal carvings. Instead he’s going to be traveling the streets behind black tinted windows in a a convoy of armored Suburbans and carrying a briefcase with the secret code that would allow him to blow up the entire planet. That usually generates some respect — even at bus stops in Prague, if that matters.
Applebaum’s wackjobbery carries on for quite some time in the same vein, including a detour to the racist yellow peril in Japan. It’s ironic that the same people who hit the fainting couch and clutch their necklaces when a U.S. court writes one sentence referencing a foreign law would be so terribly concerned about what Wally Warsaw has to say about Barack Obama and posit that as a reason Obama shouldn’t be elected President. And speaking of fainting couches and clutched necklaces, just imagine the speed with which Applebaum would be flat on her back, hyperventilating smelling salts and waving her palm at her Adam’s apple, if someone said that a Jewish president shouldn’t be elected because the Arabs are antisemitic.