Today Michelle Malkin slices and dices the Times’ editorialist Adam Cohen, who wrote a condescending piece in the Times about Bobby Jindal, the top vote-getter in Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary election.
Cohen’s main theme was that Jindal, a “dark-skinned” Indian-American with an “almost freakishly impressive” resume–you can’t win with these guys, can you?–isn’t an authentic black person, as shown by the absence of “black revelers” at his victory party. Michelle writes:
“Dark-skinned. It wallops you in the head like the high fastballs being pitched at Fenway Park. Dark-skinned. I have met Jindal a few times over the years; he was an Oxford classmate of my husband’s. Jindal has a memorable smile, a trademark, fast-paced way of talking, and a boundless enthusiasm about politics and policy. Never did the hue of his skin ever register in my head. (And yet we conservatives are constantly slimed by the media as the bigots!)
“Liberal bigotry subsists on the oxygen of sanctimony. Thus, Cohen informed us that it is not he who is racist, but the entire South, which has been ‘historically fixated on blacks and whites, (and) has had trouble knowing what to make of people who are neither.’ Mr. Cohen, can you spell ‘projection’?
“If Cohen wanted to write about 21st-century racism in Louisiana politics, he might have mentioned the ignorant attack on Jindal penned earlier this month by College Democrats of America president Ashley Bell. The race-baiter-in-training sent out an e-mail deriding Jindal as an ‘Arab American and the Republicans (sic) token attempt to mend bridges long burnt with the Arab American community.’ So full of hate she can’t even get her facts straight.
“Such chutzpah the Times has to preach to the rest of us about racial inclusion! For a look at whom the pasty-faced Mr. Cohen parties with every morning, check out the photos of all but one of the 15 ghost-toned, porcelain-skinned and moderately marshmallow-colored Times editorial board members at http://www.nytimes.com/ref/opinion/editorial-board.html.
“To quote Mr. Cohen, there’s scarcely a black reveler there.”
Cohen uses the occasion of Jindal’s election to lecture Republicans about the need for racial inclusion: “If the Republican Party really wants to be inclusive, in Louisiana and nationally, it needs to start finding nonwhite candidates that nonwhites want to vote for.” Um, Mr. Cohen, aren’t you overlooking the fact that Jindal won? Doesn’t that suggest that he was a pretty good candidate, whatever his skin tone might be? A party that remains this sanctimonious in defeat is in big trouble.
UPDATE: Here is a photo of the “dark-skinned” Mr. Jindal and his, according to Mr. Cohen, insufficiently diverse supporters on election night.
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