Racial identity politics has long been the domain of the Democratic Party, where the hegemony of the liberal-left has taken root. This situation has eroded the moral underpinnings of the civil rights agenda, making identity politics the currency of choice in the calculus of social justice.
Racial scandals committed by individuals associated with the Republican Party often spark moral outrage and trigger wall-to-wall media coverage. By contrast, racial scandals perpetrated by those affiliated with, or who consider themselves members of the Democratic Party, no matter how vitriolic, are ignored.
The hypocrisy manifests itself more prominently at the highest echelon of the Democratic Party. “Game Change,” a book about the 2008 U.S. presidential election, brought to light that former President Bill Clinton confided to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy [Obama] would be getting us coffee.”
When his wife lost the South Carolina primary to Obama by a wide margin (55.4 percent to 26.5 percent), the former president called Congressman Jim Clyburn at 2 a.m. with utter disdain. In his memoir “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black,” Clyburn quoted Clinton as saying: “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one.” The “bastards” are, of course, Blacks.
For years, civil rights leaders grumbled in a low voice that Clinton’s sins against the Black community are more egregious than his racist whispers to Kennedy and his utter disdain for Black “bastards” would suggest.
Michelle Alexander heralded the murmur loud at the national stage in her 2010 book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” She argued, rattling a cascade of economic and social statistics, that Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, which was actively supported by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, was a disaster for the African-American community. It codified the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack cocaine (used mostly by Blacks) versus powder cocaine (used mostly by whites), which institutionalized racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Ironically, the most vocal civil rights leaders continue to praise the Clintons in public, while decrying their legacy behind closed doors. The moral righteousness, political impartiality and courage to speak truth to power that was the defining elements of the Civil Rights Movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s era have all but dissipated. Today’s civil rights leaders routinely sacrifice the interests of Black people on the altars of the Democratic Party demigods.
Anecdotal evidence provides an illustrative example:
I have been closely following an ongoing racial discrimination case since I covered the story on my radio show June 29, 2016. I was shocked by the role the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s African-American associates played in denying the victim the security of justice.
The case involved an Ethiopian national, Yonas Biru, who was the deputy global manager of a high-profile international program at the World Bank. The injustice he endured has been condemned widely, both in the U.S. and internationally.
A report by Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen noted, “Dr. Biru was told by the World Bank he could not be promoted to global manager position because ‘Europeans are not used to seeing a Black man in a position of power.’” Can you imagine that absurdity?