That’s what Victor Davis Hanson thinks after seeing Jeremiah Wright’s speech to the NAACP:
In short, Wright’s speech on black-right brainers, white-left brainers â€” replete with bogus stereotypes and crude voice imitations â€” was about as racist as they come and at one time antithetical to what the NAACP was once all about. Again, the Obama campaign and its appendages have set back racial relations a generation. Just ten years ago, any candidate, black or white, would have rejected Wright making a speech about genetic differences in respective black and white brains. Now it’s given to civil rights organizations by the possible next President’s pastor and spiritual advisor â€” and done to wild applause for an organization founded on the idea that we are innately the same, while being gushed over by ignorant “commentators.”
As I said before, between Wright’s racism and hatred, and Obama’s contextualization of what he has said, we have so lowered the bar that the next racist (and he won’t necessarily be black) who evokes hatred of other races and then offers a mish-mash pop theory of genetic differences will have plenty of “context” to ward off public fury.
Well, I would add there that nothing strikes me as more Orwellian than Obama’s fulsome embrace of Planned Parenthood, founded by the racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger as a solution for, among other things, the “negro problem.”
Another weird thing at work in this is that those black intellectuals who reject this sort of enhanced racialization have already been marginalized in black America by the leaders pushing the enhanced racialization. So when Wright talks about white folks not knowing about the “theologian” James Cone, my question would be do black folks know about the truly great Thomas Sowell, who is a real scholar — one of the greatest America has to offer — and certainly nothing less than a real black man, who at 78 knows all the same experiences of segregation and racism in America as Wright and Cone and comes down on the side of individuality, freedom, and accomplishment, not perpetual racial grievance.