Playing the Racist Card—and Lying About It
A new award for chutzpah goes to a People for the (Un)American Way blogger named Kyle, who contends that it is supporters of Leslie Southwick’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit who are somehow “playing the racist card”. According to Kyle, “none of the groups opposing Southwick’s nomination has accused him of being racist.”
Oh, really? Let’s start with one specific. How about this assertion in a letter (page 5, first paragraph)—signed by Ralph Neas of PFAW (ever heard of him, Kyle?)—opposing Southwick’s nomination: “As America’s recent experience with the racially offensive remarks leveled at the young women of the Rutgers University basketball team has shown, most of our country has progressed beyond racial slurs and recognizes the right of every individual to be treated with dignity regardless of race.” It is indisputable in context that the letter is charging (recklessly) that Southwick does not “recognize the right of every individual to be treated with dignity regardless of race.” What better definition of a racist is there?
More broadly, what possible reason could Southwick’s opponents have to misuse the Richmond case (which I discuss here) against him in the ridiculous manner that they do, other than to insinuate that Southwick is a racist?