Still playing the race card

Despite message, overt racism hard to find in 2013

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 6:58 a.m. CDT

Will the left ever stop playing the race card? 

Not in my lifetime, it won’t. 

The Obama left in this country acts like we’re still living in 1960, when racism was legally, socially and morally sanctioned across the South and elsewhere. 

Here’s a newsflash, folks. It’s 2013. 

Racism is not extinct and never will be as long as human beings walk the Earth.

But despite President Obama’s constant efforts to persuade his low-information constituencies otherwise, examples of overt or institutionalized racism are harder to find in America today than a rotary pay phone or a Studebaker.

Of course this reality doesn’t matter a bit to the Obama left. It still sees racism everywhere it looks -- and it looks for it everywhere.

Why? Because the left knows playing the race card is guaranteed to get them votes, and saturation coverage from the friendly liberal media.

Sadly, dealing the race card works. It doesn’t matter if the issue involves racist words uttered years ago by Food Network star Paula Deen or the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision. 

Deen is the latest celebrity who’s been slapped with the race card.

The 66-year-old product of the Jim Crow South, whose food and restaurant empire reportedly made her $17 million in 2012, is taking a serious financial hit not for something racist she blurted on her TV show, and not for anything she had been secretly recorded saying in private.

Deen’s been sacked by the Food Network and dumped by one of her biggest sponsors simply because she was honest and admitted in a deposition in a discrimination suit that she had used the N-word privately in her past.

The N-word was once heard in every corner of white America. We’re a better country because it’s so rarely heard today -- unless you listen to rap or watch bad Quentin Tarantino movies.

If merely ever speaking the N-word in your lifetime is cause for losing your job today, then kiss half of Congress and the news media goodbye.

Crying racism works. President Obama knows this political truth like he knows the back nine at Andrews Air Force Base.

He immediately slapped the race card down on the table Tuesday when he heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to gut a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The act was needed 48 years ago. That’s when racist Democrats in Southern states were using dirty tactics to deny black citizens the vote and Congress decided the best way to prevent it was to make states get federal approval to change their voting laws.

But now the voting rights law is obsolete. Black voters are not being denied the vote because of their race, but that reality didn’t enter into the president’s cynical political calculus.

Before MSNBC’s Obama echo chamber could decry the high court’s 5-4 decision, he pronounced he was “deeply disappointed” and called on Congress to pass a new law to fix a problem that he knows no longer exists.

Please, BO, spare us the BS.

You were “deeply disappointed”? No you weren’t. You were playing your racial card game. 

I challenge you to show us one instance in one state where the federal voting rights law is still needed in the U.S. 

You can’t, Mr. President. So put your race card away. Put it back where it belongs -- at the bottom of your deck. 

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Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “TheNew Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press).

Copyright ©2013 Michael Reagan

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