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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 26, 2011 / 22 Iyar, 5771

A new standard of racial correctness

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Those birthers really had it wrong. Not only was President Obama not born in Kenya, he isn't even black. This startling truth was revealed last week by Cornel West, the renowned professor of African-American studies at Princeton, who told a reporter that Obama is "a white man with black skin."

"When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening," West said. "Obama, coming out of Kansas influence, white, loving grandparents, coming out of Hawaii and Indonesia, when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow and so on, he is very apprehensive. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination."

Worse than being merely white, Obama has become a tool of the international Jewish conspiracy. "He feels most comfortable with upper middle-class white and Jewish men who consider themselves very smart, very savvy and very effective in getting what they want," West added.

"He's got two homes. He has got his family and whatever challenges go on there, and this other home. (Former Obama economic adviser) Larry Summers blows his mind because he's so smart. 'He's got Establishment connections. He's embracing me.' It is this smartness, this truncated brilliance, that titillates and stimulates brother Barack and makes him feel at home. That is very sad for me."

Upon reading West's tirade, my first thought was, paradoxically enough, that he's just significantly elevated the quality of American political debate. If Obama is really white, then the reflexive left-wing response to any criticism from the right — that it's motivated not by the president's policies but by the color of his skin — is now officially moot.

My second thought was that Cornel West is a pathetically petty little man. In his interview, he goes on to say that his disillusionment began when his calls to Obama weren't returned and turned complete when he couldn't get a ticket to Obama's inaugural. Worst yet, West checked into a Washington hotel and discovered that "the guy who picks up my bags from the hotel has a ticket to the inauguration." A mere bellhop gets a ticket and a Princeton professor can't! Where's the democracy?

And my third thought was that, for connoisseurs of fine irony, West is a truly gift from God. That business about the bellhop, for instance: You can only truly appreciate it if you know that West's own grandfather was a hotel bellhop. I know this because I read it in his autobiography, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud: A Memoir." For which the renowned Princeton professor had to employ a ghostwriter named David Ritz, who is (ahem) white. See what I mean?

Unfortunately, there's more to West's comments than hilariously rank hypocrisy. They represent an increasingly common and extraordinarily destructive tendency toward what might be called Racial Correctness, in which racial identity is assigned by skin color or genetic history but by a set of rigidly defined political and social conduct. That is, if you don't think and behave the way mandated by the dictates of race commissars like West, you aren't black.

The political criteria are, of course, left-wing. In his interview drumming Obama out of the black race, when West could tear himself away from the endlessly fascinating tale of his lack of inaugural tickets, he excoriated the president for not jailing everybody on Wall Street or pulling all the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Because that's what a truly black president would have done.

In America today, it's impossible for a black person to be a conservative. Just ask Clarence Thomas.

The other component of Racial Correctness is even worse: self-definition of ethnicity as social dysfunction. West touched on this in his interview when he declared Michelle Obama racially suspect for devoting her attention to childhood obesity and the problems of military families. "Why doesn't she visit a prison?" West demanded. "Why not spend some time in the hood?"

ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose, in a recent documentary about the University of Michigan team on which he starred in the early 1990s, said he despised the black players at rival Duke as "Uncle Toms" because they were "well-to-do black guys that come from well-accomplished families that they understand are going to represent their program a certain way."

This is the sort of thinking that leads black kids to scorn studying as "acting white." It's a declaration that there's only one way to be black, and that's to fail, that black racial identity is defined by thuggery and welfare. And it's not a new phenomenon. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Cornel West gets a congratulatory note from a group that has long proclaimed the very same thing. Three guesses which one, professor. And start them all with the letter K.

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald

Previously:



05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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