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November 2, 2005

Racism is OK if You're a Maryland Democrat

This story from the Washington Times is just about unbelieveable. Liberals in Maryland have sunk to a new low:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.

But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."

"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

"Party trumps race, especially on the national level," she said. "If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It's democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy."

Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.

"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."

I don't think that any comment is really necessary.

Friday Update

Today's Washington Times reports that the Democrat candidate for governor, Benjamin L. Cardin, says that he will not personally use racial epithets against Republican Michael S. Steele in their race for governor, but he will not repudiate fellow Democrats who do.

However, other black Democrats in Maryland say that they will try to put a stop to such tactics.

"I have never in my entire life brought race into what I do in life, and it is not going to come in now, at this stage," said Mr. Cardin, a 10-term congressman who could face Mr. Steele in the contest to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. "I don't think race has any place in this campaign."

Even as Mr. Cardin declined to criticize fellow Democrats, members of the Congressional Black Caucus said Baltimore lawmakers in the General Assembly should "cease and desist" from making racial comments about Mr. Steele -- the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland.

"My plan is to meet with them and ask them to stop this at once," said U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Baltimore Democrat and former Black Caucus chairman.

Rep. Albert R. Wynn, a black Prince George's County Democrat, admonished Baltimore lawmakers and even described Mr. Steele as "a likable guy."

"I think the comments and the attacks were outrageous and reprehensible. It does a disservice to the African-American community, and it creates a herd mentality that whatever the Democrats say we should repeat," Mr. Wynn said.

My hat is off to Representatives Cummings and Wynn for doing the right thing.

Posted by Tom at November 2, 2005 8:00 AM

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Good Lord, how twisted is their thinking? Don't they read? There is all kinds of information about how much more Bush has put into poverty programs than Clinton did. How about the rise of black- homeownership, higher wages, higher education? It's unbelievable!

BTW, Michelle Malkin just talked about this same situation on Fox's Day Side. (about Steele and the cookies)

Posted by: Anna at November 2, 2005 1:33 PM

"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."

Long live Lt. Gov. Steele!!! Multiculturalism as I like it!!!

Posted by: Outlaw Mike at November 2, 2005 5:51 PM

Yeah. Multiculturalism only counts when it leans left these days.

Posted by: vargas at February 13, 2006 1:27 AM

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