The Race Card and the Left


Written by David E. Smith

In a sanctimonious and dramatic way, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently took to the Senate floor to attack Republicans for holding up the nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, saying:

And so, Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.  That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.

Ironically, Senator Durbin is perpetuating the very thing that he (and other Leftists) tend to obsess about: Race and racism.

By focusing on the nominee’s skin color instead of her qualifications, Durbin departs from the example and the wisdom espoused by our nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who worked toward a goal in which Americans would not judge a person “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Durbin’s grandstanding is designed to stir up political bitterness and divide the nation by focusing only on skin color. It is the antithesis of Dr. King’s message and the legacy of the civil rights movement.

And it should be pointed out that no one accused Durbin of racism when he voted against Condoleezza Rice as the first black women for Secretary of State.

Apparently, it was sufficient for Durbin and eleven other Democrats to simply have a political disagreement with Rice’s nomination over the Iraq War, which he opposed.  It should be sufficient for Republicans to have political disagreements with Lynch’s nomination over amnesty, voter ID laws, and civilian trials for terrorists among other issues.

Without a doubt, playing politics with race is the despicable and oft repeated tactic of the Left that is beneath the decorum and dignity of a United States Senator.

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