Monday, November 23, 2009

Which party really doesn't want a post-racial America

A WSJ editorial notes which party can't seem to move into a post-racial world and continually plays the race card. The WSJ builds on Jesse Jackson's slapdown of Alabama Representative Artur Davis's vote against the health care bill as showing he can't call himself a black man.
Liberals insist that America still isn't "post-racial," notwithstanding the election of President Obama. But when a politician's skin color is gratuitously invoked in a debate about whether the government should have more control of health care, you have to wonder if the political left has any serious interest in a color-blind society. Former President Jimmy Carter suggests that whites who oppose the President's policies are racists; Mr. Jackson says blacks who oppose them are betraying their race.

Even in the age of a black President, too many liberals still believe they have more to gain from identity politics than from a post-racial America.