Politics & Policy

Racism and ‘Racism!’

Donald Sterling reminds us how the real thing looks.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling deserves the nation’s thanks for one and only one thing: reminding Americans how real racism looks.

The word “racism” gets tossed around like confetti these days, usually by Democrats seeking to cripple Republicans with one of the ugliest possible accusations. The falsehood of such charges rarely slows their deployment.

Consider Representative Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.). As he declared on April 27 on a Nation of Islam webcast, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) “would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States . . . ‘I don’t care what you come up with, we’re going to be against it.’ Now, if that’s not a racist statement, I don’t know what is.”

#ad#Thompson also told CNN: “I’ve never heard him say it to any other president.”

McConnell became top Senate Republican in 2006. Hence, the “other president” during McConnell’s leadership was Republican George W. Bush. Thus, for better or worse, McConnell helped enact Bush’s agenda. So, no shock, McConnell supported a Republican president and generally opposes his Democratic successor (when he’s not sending Obama farm bills and debt hikes to sign).

Still, Thompson and other Democrats call McConnell a racist, although his actions parallel (white) Ed Miliband’s spearheading the Labour party’s opposition to (white) David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister of Great Britain.

Thompson also said, “I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this, with such disrespect.” Earth to Thompson: Predominantly white House Republicans impeached Clinton. Was this racism, too?

For a truly “racist statement,” Thompson should study Donald Sterling’s instructive words.

“It bothers me a lot that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling told his mistress, V. Stiviano. “Don’t bring blacks to my games!”

Representative Andre Carson (D., Ind.), who is black, crawled beneath the racial-rhetoric barrel by saying, “Some of them in Congress right now with this tea-party movement would love to see you and me . . . hanging on a tree.” So pro–Tea Party Republicans are not just racist; they actually want to lynch blacks.


Rather than tighten nooses around necks of color, tea partiers have endorsed and campaigned for such black conservatives as former U.S. representative Allan West (R., Fla.) and Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.). Tea-party heroes include Hispanics such as GOP senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, and even Governor Nikki Haley (R., S.C.), whose parents are from India.

If Carson seeks racism, he should ignore the Tea Party and, instead, scrutinize Donald Sterling.

“Black tenants smell and attract vermin,” snarled Sterling, a billionaire apartment owner. While buying one property, he moaned, “All the blacks in this building, they smell. They’re not clean.” He also reportedly asked prospective Clippers head coach Rollie Massimino, “I wanna know why you think you can coach these n*****s.”

Meanwhile, Dartmouth College student Daniela Hernandez hated the idea of her schoolmates’ staging a third annual cardiac-research fundraiser called “Phiesta,” a celebration with Mexican food and drinks that specifically discouraged Mexican-style costumes. Nonetheless, claimed Hernandez, Phiesta involved “cultural appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities.”

Although only Hernandez complained, the Phi Delta Alpha and Alpha Phi Greek houses scotched the event.

Hernandez urgently needs to relax. So does Dartmouth’s Guillermo Rojas. He saw fellow student Noah Smith sporting a tank top with a Corona beer–style logo that read “Phiesta.” Rojas allegedly poured a Powerade on Smith and said, “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I spill on your racist tank?”

Rojas apologized and calls this an accident. Still, he told The Dartmouth: “I’m Mexican. I don’t like it when people appropriate Mexican culture.”

If Dartmouth’s hypersensitive children want to confront anti-Hispanic racism, they should Google Donald Sterling. As he said, “I don’t like Mexican men because they smoke, drink, and just hang around the house.”

When leftists scream “Racism!,” verify that their condemnations at least approximate the Sterling Standard.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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