Kathleen Parker's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; read the following for why I almost sent an angry e-mail to that address.
From her column in the Jewish World Review:
I can't recall reading anything more offensive -- oh, well, since I read Katherine Kersten last (see earlier post). Parker's argument against Barack Obama's candidacy is that he's not white, and therefore is not "full-blooded American." Forget the fact that his grandfather served in WWII.
Yet, white Americans primarily — and Southerners, rural and small-town folks especially — have been put on the defensive for their throwback concerns with "guns, God and gays," as Howard Dean put it in 2003. And more recently, for clinging to "guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them," as Obama described white, working-class Pennsylvanians who preferred his opponent.
What they know is that their forefathers fought and died for an America that has worked pretty well for more than 200 years. What they sense is that their heritage is being swept under the carpet while multiculturalism becomes the new national narrative. And they fear what else might get lost in the remodeling of America.
Some Americans do feel antipathy toward "people who aren't like them," but that antipathy isn't about racial or ethnic differences. It is not necessary to repair antipathy appropriately directed toward people who disregard the laws of the land and who dismiss the struggles that resulted in their creation.
Full-blooded Americans get this. Those who hope to lead the nation better get it soon.
But what Kathleen Parker has written here is unbelievably disgraceful -- an affront to the fact that American minorities not only have served in the military, but also to the very fact the we have nonwhite American citizens. She is arguing that nonwhites cannot be "full-blooded Americans" -- that their citizenship is temporary, artificial.
As Glenn Greenwald points out, this is overt White Supremacist thinking. Plus, the only "full-blooded Americans" that I know happen to be American Indians. But they're not "full-blooded Americans" in Parker's formulation.
I'm exasperated. Unbelievable: "It is not necessary to repair antipathy appropriately directed toward people who disregard the laws of the land...." Great! No need to repair racism as long as "they" are supposedly not obeying the law and not fully expressing their Patriotism. Conveniently, this problem will never be solved, because nonwhites are not "full-blooded Americans."
I'm going to do some errands and attempt to find peace with the racism I know will be unleashed in the coming election.