Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/15/2008

against whites to defeat Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.

It is Obama’s biography, we are told,
that will govern his behavior. He was raised by a mother who supposedly
didn’t see color, so he doesn’t see color. He was born into tolerance
and multi-racial understanding, so he will practice tolerance and
multi-racial understanding. Except, that is, when it’s not useful to

Which brings me to South Carolina, where
I was born and raised. I was there before and during the primary.
Recall the moment. Obama was gaining on Clinton–but had also just lost
New Hampshire and Nevada. A loss in South Carolina, and he would have
been done for.

It’s worth remembering that
the majority of blacks still think O.J. Simpson is innocent. And, in
times like these, when a black man is out front in the public eye,
black people feel both proud and vulnerable and, as a result, scour the
earth for evidence of racists plotting to bring him down, like an
advance team ready to sound an alarm. Barack needed only a gesture, a
quick sneer or nod in the direction of the Clintons’ hidden racism to
avail himself of the twisted love that rescued O.J. and others like him
and to smooth his path to victory, and, therefore, to salvage his
candidacy. After Donna Brazile and James Clyburn started to cry racism,
Barack was repeatedly asked his thoughts. He declined to answer,
allowing the charge to grow for days (in sharp contrast to how he leapt
to Joe Biden’s defense a month earlier). But, while he remained silent
about the allegations of racism, he gave speeches across South Carolina
that warned against being “hoodwinked” and “bamboozled” by the
Clintons. His use of the phrase is resonant. It comes from a scene in Malcolm X,
where Denzel Washington warns black people about the hidden evils of
“the White Man” masquerading as a smiling politician: “Every election
year, these politicians are sent up here to pacify us,” he says.
“You’ve been hoodwinked. Bamboozled.”

uttering this famous phrase, Obama told his black audience everything
it needed to know. He was helping to convince blacks that the first
two-term Democratic president in 50 years, a man referred to as the
first black president, is in fact a secret racist. As soon as I heard
that Obama had quoted from Malcolm X like this, I knew that Obama would win South Carolina by a massive margin.


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