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RICHARD COHEN: Michelle Was Right About Her Country
IBD Editorials ^ | November 22, 2010 | By RICHARD COHEN

Posted on 11/22/2010 6:50:13 PM PST by Kaslin

When I was 11, my father thought it was time to show my sister and me the nation's capital. I have only vague memories of that trip — the heat, the expanse of the White House's grounds, the Jefferson Memorial.

I do remember we took Route 1 through Baltimore (no I-95 yet), and it was there that I saw my first sign with the word "colored" on it — a rooming house, I think. This was 1952, and the United States was an apartheid nation.

It is Sarah Palin who brings back these memories. In her new book, she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task for her supposedly infamous remark from the 2008 campaign: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

Instantly, Republicans pounced. Among the first to do so was Cindy McCain, who said, "I have and always will be proud of my country." It was a cheap shot, but her husband's selection of Palin for the ticket and plenty of cheap shots from Palin ("death panels," etc.) were yet to come.

Michelle Obama quickly explained herself. She was proud of the turnout in the primaries — so many young people, etc. Evan Thomas, writing perceptively in Newsweek, thought — as I did — that she was saying something else.

He dug into her senior thesis at Princeton — "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" — to find a young woman who felt, or was made to feel, "more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before." This was not a statement of racism. This was a statement of fact.

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1 posted on 11/22/2010 6:50:18 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

EUGENE ROBINSON is an IDIOT!!


2 posted on 11/22/2010 6:52:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Kaslin

Lol...tool.


3 posted on 11/22/2010 6:52:25 PM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Kaslin

So she’s “black”...she’s a RACIST. Also, she hates America, hates non-”black” Americans but loves our money. She probably felt a tingle go down her leg (shudder!) each Sunday when the racist “Reverend” Wright spouted his racist drivel for the 20+ years she attended his “church”.


4 posted on 11/22/2010 6:54:35 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

As always, Robinson’s race-mongering fails on this point - wasn’t Obama black when the voters elected him?


5 posted on 11/22/2010 6:55:04 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Kaslin

I read the article and it deserves the barf alert. However, it was written by Richard Cohen, not Eugene Robinson. Not saying Eugene would disagree, but...


6 posted on 11/22/2010 6:56:31 PM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Interesting Times; Jim Robinson
As always, Robinson’s race-mongering fails on this point - wasn’t Obama black when the voters elected him?

Ah... just to clarify, the reference there is to Eugene Robinson.

7 posted on 11/22/2010 6:56:49 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Jim Robinson

No relation, I take it.


8 posted on 11/22/2010 6:57:41 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Kaslin

How come I am reading “eugene robinson” as “richard cohen”?


9 posted on 11/22/2010 7:01:36 PM PST by mylife (Opinions $1 Half baked 50c)
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To: Jim Robinson

>> EUGENE ROBINSON is an IDIOT!!

You can say that again.

No relation, eh? :-)

On the brighter side, I look for Eugene’s head to explode just any day now.


10 posted on 11/22/2010 7:03:54 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: mamelukesabre

No, we are not relations. ~~Forrest Gump

Come to think of it, I’m not related to the idiot Richard Cohen either.


11 posted on 11/22/2010 7:04:01 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Christopher Hitchens
on Michelle Obama’s thesis: Mrs. Obama’s 1985 thesis at Princeton University. Its title (rather limited in scope, given the author and the campus) is “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/2305083/PrincetonEducated-Blacks-and-the-Black-Community
To describe it as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be “read” at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn’t written in any known language. Anyway, at quite an early stage in the text, Michelle Obama announces that she’s much influenced by the definition of black “separationism” offered by Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton in their 1967 screed Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. I remember poor Stokely Carmichael quite well. After a hideous series of political and personal fiascos, he fled to Africa, renamed himself Kwame Toure after two of West Africa’s most repellently failed dictators, and then came briefly back to the United States before electing to die in exile. - Christopher Hitchens


12 posted on 11/22/2010 7:07:29 PM PST by anglian
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To: Kaslin

Someone should inform Cohen that the people who did all those things to the blacks, post civil war, were democrats.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 7:08:27 PM PST by infidel29 (Since 0bama is NOT a uniter, can we change the acronym to just plain P.O.S.?)
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To: Kaslin

What she MEANT was as in my tagline.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 7:11:35 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: onyx; Al B.; Lakeshark; Brices Crossroads; Clyde5445
Palin is a racist PING!


15 posted on 11/22/2010 7:13:36 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Kaslin

Hey, dummy. Do you know who was responsible for those “Colored” and “White Only” signs? Your beloved Democratic Party.


16 posted on 11/22/2010 7:16:56 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Kaslin
[Michelle Obama] was made to feel, "more aware of my 'blackness' than ever before." This was not a statement of racism. This was a statement of fact.

There's no reason it couldn't be both. But come'on she was residing at the epicenter of liberal academia; this is what they discuss, race, race, race, race. Sometimes they break from the monotony to discuss gender or sexual identification. How can you fail to be aware of something when everyone in your circle is discussing it - constantly.

17 posted on 11/22/2010 7:18:12 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Jim Robinson

of course he is .

Michelle Robinson’s thesis @ Pton was effrontery-pure and simple. It was a slap in the face to her professors and mentors (if there were ones who took an interest in her)
and she’s still angry.

Why be angry when the world was laid at your feet with the admission to an Ivy?. I think i may know why-she must have been very very alone and afraid. She may have felt like an outcast. She didn’t pass the paperbag test like the other african-american upper crust/class students of her generation. Of course they ignored her-her skin was darker,her hair was kinky but most importantly she did not have a pedigree and she came directly from the ghetto.

Remember that 1st trip to Martha’s Vineyard and the black islanders called her “ghetto”??

She still is.

there’s a plethora of information located here—>”Our Kind of People” by Lawrence Otis Graham.

I’ve read it over the years a number of times,analyzed it and believe it or not -it’s a very racist book - even towards it’s “own people”.


18 posted on 11/22/2010 7:21:21 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (No more oil change for you and no more TIME Magazine covers =^..^=)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

That is the perfect picture of Liberal. If soembody that looks like that showed up around here, he would get his a#@ whooped for looking so sissy and metrosexual.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 7:23:54 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Kaslin
They don't offer the slightest hint that they can appreciate the history of the Obama family and that in Michelle's case, her ancestors were slaves — Jim Robinson of South Carolina, her paternal great-great grandfather, being one.

Even after they were freed they were consigned to peonage, second-class citizens, forbidden to vote in much of the South, dissuaded from doing so in some of the North, relegated to separate schools, restaurants, churches, hotels, waiting rooms of train stations, the back of the bus, and the other side of the tracks, the mortuary, the cemetery and, if whites could manage it, heaven itself.

Yes, Little Richie, we all know of and understand that. We conservatives, perhaps, even moreso -- as the white liberal elite would prefer to ghettoize us, as well.

But the fact is, all of these despicable things were done to blacks by WHO? The Democrat Party, that's WHO. So, don't go all holy and self-righteous on us, Little Richie.

If you really, really want to make amends for the terrible wrongs done to the blacks by the Democrat party, you could start by following Frederick Douglass' advice: "just leave us alone...for a hundred years."

But, no, in trying to compensate, instead you've destroyed the black family, devastated their schools and consigned them to second-class citizenship -- wards of the party, milked for their vote.

Don't give us your misguided racist bullshit, Richie.

20 posted on 11/22/2010 7:25:12 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Kaslin

I am so sick of this b...sh.t. Michelle went to Princeton and Harvard. Barack went to Harvard. Where the f... is the racism? Are these not people who grew up in the 60’s and matriculated to the highest level of US education? Were they held back by their race or their families economics?

My grandfather was an alcoholic and my grandmother an American Indian. The other set of grandparents were Irish immigrants. Each were manual laborers who didn’t have a pot to p... in. My mom and dad worked their tails off so my brother and I could go to school. I wish I had thanked them more before they both passed.

My brother and I are both very well off having lived the American dream. Not because of anything from the generations before us but because of the hard work of my parents and ourselves. We made choices in life...and quite frankly that is why we are where we are today. Not everyone will succeed financially in life...but everyone can make good choices or bad choices and those decisions will impact your life much more than a government. It’s time, no it’s past time, for individuals to take responsibility for their lives.

It’s well past time to put this racial cr.. behind us. I’ll hire anyone who can enhance my business. It is as simple as that. Make a choice and grow your opportunities or make a choice and kill your opportunities.


21 posted on 11/22/2010 7:25:53 PM PST by BamaBlue
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To: Kaslin; maica
In her new book, she reportedly takes Michelle Obama to task

I interpret this to mean that he didn't bother to read Palin's book, but is writing his comment based on some other pundit's comment. The number of people who feel free to comment on things they don't actually have knowledge of is huge.

President George W Bush gave many terrific speeches, but most people heard only one tiny non-representative sound bite over and over, leading them to be sure he couldn't speak.

22 posted on 11/22/2010 7:25:58 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: Kaslin
By the way, this particular leftwing lunatic dimbulb is Little Richie Cohen, not the race-baiting Eugene Robinson.
23 posted on 11/22/2010 7:28:04 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Kaslin
Dingbat Robinson writes: “This was 1952, and the United States was an apartheid nation. It is Sarah Palin who brings back these memories.”

OK ... let's see what else brings back Eugene's apartheid memories:

1. Seeing a bus brings back apartheid memories, poor, poor Rosa Parks.

2. Watching a documentary on Mark Twain ... Eugene felt muddy.

3. A dollar bill with Geo. Washington is somewhat hard to handle since he owned slaves.

4. Knitting needles because his beloved great aunt was belittled back in the day. She knitted.

5. Golf and baseball sadden Eugene, too. You know it took a long, long time to break the color barrier.

6. Contractor licensing was enacted because black workers would work for less and were taking good jobs away from whites. Eugene doesn't really like it, but he's such a liberal he can live with it.

7. Peaches are famous in Georgia, a state in the formerly confederate south.

Eugene Robinson is a zealot by definition. His answer to any question posed is always the same, i.e. racism.

24 posted on 11/22/2010 7:28:34 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: Kaslin

Since 1933 Republicans had a more positive record on civil rights than the Democrats.

In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.
LINK http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/12/13/194350.shtml http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1982/3/82.03.04.x.html


25 posted on 11/22/2010 7:31:17 PM PST by anglian
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To: Kaslin

Michelle Obama meant exactly what she said. It’s representative of the fact that many blacks can’t find anything in this country to be proud of. If you’re told constantly that everything in American society is oppressive, that’s how you’re going to feel.


26 posted on 11/22/2010 7:32:31 PM PST by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: Kaslin

For Robinson, quoting someone’s actual words, in context, is a cheap shot.


27 posted on 11/22/2010 7:33:26 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: eclecticEel
There's no reason it couldn't be both. But come'on she was residing at the epicenter of liberal academia;

As the Hitchens note above points out, the central part of Michelle's thesis was an appreciation for black separationism (sic) and an admiration for the likes of Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton.

I guess Little Richie (and Evan Thomas) missed that part...

28 posted on 11/22/2010 7:35:42 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: hal ogen
She probably felt a tingle go down her leg (shudder!) each Sunday when the racist “Reverend” Wright spouted his racist drivel for the 20+ years she attended his “church”.

Barack Obama said that "he attended, but didn't really listen".

I can believe that.

Michelle, on the other hand, seems like she did.

Besides, it is pretty much a given that Michelle picked their church.

29 posted on 11/22/2010 7:42:02 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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A Conversation about Race - Pat Buchanan - Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2370875/posts


30 posted on 11/22/2010 7:42:44 PM PST by anglian
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To: Kaslin
For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

The irrational altruist-collectivist ideas of the intellectuals cause them to feel like displaced persons, alienated by the basic premises of the country, and hostile to the essential character of its institutions, its tradition, and its people.

31 posted on 11/22/2010 7:49:10 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: okie01

Michelle Robinson directed her thesis questionnaire to Pton black alumni which formed the bulk of her research.

She was demonizing a group that she was not even a part of considering her pedigreeless background and being from the wrong side of the tracks in Chicago.

There is an upperclass society,well-heeled,Ivy grads of boarding schools,cotillions,etc..blacks that aren’t aff act and they don’t tolerate the likes of her. As I stated in previous post, the thesis was pure effrontery and Hitchens was right when he stated no known language to read it in.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 7:50:45 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (No more oil change for you and no more TIME Magazine covers =^..^=)
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To: Kaslin
Evan Thomas, writing perceptively in Newsweek, thought — as I did —

Thomas is perceptive and thinks like me - ergo - I am perceptive too! Damn fool.

33 posted on 11/22/2010 8:02:45 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: anglian
I've got to hand it Hitchens on this one. It is one of the funniest lines I've ever read:
"Its title (rather limited in scope, given the author and the campus) is “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” To describe it as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be “read” at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn’t written in any known language."

LOL

Cordially,

34 posted on 11/22/2010 8:03:04 PM PST by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

A thesis that right from the title page no left wing Professor would dare criticize because the subject matter made it wrong to do so, even if it was the worst paper they’d ever read. (I haven’t read it so I won’t comment on it’s content.) If you are a supposed poor, subjugated minority from the south side of Chicago, you should be damn proud of a country that puts you through Princeton.


35 posted on 11/22/2010 8:03:41 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: taxcutisapayraise

one more: Thos. Jefferson and the whole slave/mistress/love child thingey


36 posted on 11/22/2010 8:04:03 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (No more oil change for you and no more TIME Magazine covers =^..^=)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
As I stated in previous post, the thesis was pure effrontery and Hitchens was right when he stated no known language to read it in.

I've read it. Or tried to... Michelle comes across as a very unhappy, incoherent and illiterate young lady.

Strike "lady"...

37 posted on 11/22/2010 8:09:06 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Kaslin

This guy needs a colonic... Nurse Ratchet... and about 50,000 volts.

LLS


38 posted on 11/22/2010 8:20:31 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Diamond

I read a few lines of that thesis when it first appeared on the web and thought it must have been a bit from the Onion. Sounded like it was written by a grade schooler. But if Hitchens says it’s legitimate I guess it is. Funny comment he made, and apparently right on target.

Cohen’s assertion that Palin is somehow bringing back an era of slavery and apartheid is of course as absurd as any comment from the far left equating conservatism with racism. Total bull.


39 posted on 11/22/2010 8:28:55 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Kaslin
Yes, Eugene, the word "Colored" is such an ugly and tired word. It's a good thing it long ago faded into the darkness of history along with other useless organizations and nostrums. Only racists, the absurd and those interested in perpetuating divisions among the population would even think of using it today.


40 posted on 11/22/2010 8:31:21 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Jim Robinson

That’s a given


41 posted on 11/22/2010 8:46:47 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I guess he thinks Michelle was right in Wisconsin:

“Life for regular folks has gotten worse over the course of my lifetime, through Republican and Democratic administrations. It hasn’t gotten much better.”

and in South Carolina:

America is “just downright mean” and “guided by fear. We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day.”


42 posted on 11/22/2010 8:53:15 PM PST by anglian
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To: okie01
Why would anyone accept such a self absorbed subject for a thesis? You would think someone at Princeton would have had the courage to point out how devoid of content the idea is.
“You want to write a thesis about your feelings? Why don't you write a pop song, this is a University.”
Of course if they were honest in admissions she would have never been there to embarrass herself and the school.
43 posted on 11/22/2010 8:53:58 PM PST by Old North State (Don't blame me, I voted for Pedro)
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To: Sicvee

IBD articles by Cohen, Dionne, Marcus and Robinson always get a barf alert from me


44 posted on 11/22/2010 8:56:40 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: mylife

I had my mind on something else, but hey are both left wing lunatic dim bulbs


45 posted on 11/22/2010 8:59:08 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Jim Robinson
EUGENE ROBINSON is an IDIOT!!

And so is the author of this piece, Richard Cohen. It'd be hard to determine which of the two is more stupid. They both have perfect tens in all their routines as far as anybody can tell. I'd have to go with Cohen at this point. Everything he writes lately is some walk down irrelevant memory lane. It's like he's starting to have acid flashbacks or something.

46 posted on 11/22/2010 9:15:36 PM PST by Minn
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To: Kaslin
It's appalling that Palin and too many others fail to understand that fact — indeed so many facts of American history. They don't offer the slightest hint that they can appreciate the history of the Obama family and that in Michelle's case, her ancestors were slaves — Jim Robinson of South Carolina, her paternal great-great grandfather, being one.

Even after they were freed they were consigned to peonage, second-class citizens, forbidden to vote in much of the South, dissuaded from doing so in some of the North, relegated to separate schools, restaurants, churches, hotels, waiting rooms of train stations, the back of the bus, and the other side of the tracks, the mortuary, the cemetery and, if whites could manage it, heaven itself.

Yes, everything in the second paragraph is true. Equally true, but erased from history, is the fact that the Democratic Party was the impetus for all those transgressions. A fact seemingly lost on most black Americans.

47 posted on 11/22/2010 9:21:33 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Old North State

The Obamas are living proof that affirmative action is a simply terrible idea.


48 posted on 11/22/2010 9:35:41 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: BamaBlue

Blacks are generally ignorant of the world outside their “tribe”. This a . Tom Sowell— a conservative—is among those who have bothered to look at the world as it is, where today the poor people of China suffer in sweatshops not unlike those of the New York garment district a hundred years ago. The tragedy of thge Civil Rights movement is that its leading intered into a corrupt bargain with the Federal Government. Put so much of their faith in it, and expected too much from it.


49 posted on 11/22/2010 9:38:37 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Kaslin

Said the smarmy Mr. Cohen, “Should she forget it all simply because she went to Ivy League schools?”

Uhhh - what’s it to her?

Unless one allows ones self to dive into the pool of unending cess that is Liberalism/pop psych, the self declaimed ‘weltschmertz’ of a brilliant, black, female professional lawyer/racist means nothing.

Cohen is like all to many American Jews who think that somehow, if they pander sufficiently, American blacks will not hate them.

They are, of course, wrong.


50 posted on 11/22/2010 9:42:28 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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