District of Columbia voters need to be wary of those who call out others for playing the race card in DC politics.
Editorial boards and columnists who appear to challenge African Americans to look beyond race in the voting booths not only seek to rewrite history, but also shamefully promote a false premise as to who or what groups and institutions play the card.
In her column, “Burying the race card” Ms. Jonetta Rose Barras misses the mark and falls short on outrage.
A recent article on Bloombergview.com takes the position one’s political party affiliation trumps one’s race on many issues.
Op-ed opinions designed to encourage African-American voters in the District to look beyond race in District elections is itself playing the race card and race-baiting.
In the political deck of cards, the race card is more often played by dealers other than African-Americans. But this deck also has the religion card, the age card, the sex or sexual orientation card, the mommy/daddy card, low wage earner card, the education card, environmental card, the freedom/democracy card, the patriotism card, as well as other special interest cards played.
If and when the political race card is played, the conventional wisdom promoted within and from editorial boardrooms and newsrooms is it is only African Americans who play it.
This is a damnable lie.
Those who opine the political ungodliness of playing the race card earnestly and erroneously only ascribe this transgression to African-Americans, yet refuse to call out other race card players, especially within their ranks. This admonition is wrongfully targeted and looks to be a reverse and perverse playing of the race card.
The Republican Party’s current state election victories are not a result of ideas, but rather come by the gerrymandering of districts by race and ethnicity.
Ms. Barras and her reporter colleagues ridicule and express disdain for Democrats who change party designation and seek office as Independents, but she and they are silent when Republicans do it. Media hypocrisy.
What is at play at this hour in District politics is not just about race and political party affiliation. There is seemingly a volcanic political eruption or Jim Crow era reemergence from certain media elites attempting to challenge the ability of African-Americans to think, to understand, and to lead.
In this November 2014 District general election mayoral race Council member Muriel Bowser shines. She has the intelligence to understand the issues and the clear vision to continue the progress to move the District forward.
Contrary to Ms. Barras’s primer, she should not be viewed as “self-loathing”. She should be viewed as just wrong, if not illogical.
Racial animus in politics and local news reporting/commentary cuts both ways.
It is intellectually dishonest for Ms. Barras not to see who is really playing the race card.
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