On October 24th I put up a post called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous – Obama Edition. In it I included two pictures from the net depicting Mr. and Mrs. Obama as the european royalty that they so frequently emulate. I will repeat my crime in part here…
This collage is a commentary on the political tone deafness of a couple that sees themselves as greater than they are. $4 million Christmas vacations in Hawaii, skipping state funerals of allied presidents for golf, and the gall to suggest that government should control what we eat while flying their own pizza chef in from a thousand miles away are all examples of their “let them eat cake” attitude. Michelle Obama tells us herself in an upcoming show on Nickelodeon that “I Kind Of Like” being called “Your Excellency”.
So, why does this make me a racist? Well it’s because the L.A. Times says so.
Well, here’s where the trouble starts. This image (and the one of her husband) have been on the net for months – not just the Tuesday appearance at Gateway Pundit that they and Media Matters for America reference. More disturbing is their characterization of the image and its use as racist.
“A baldly racist depiction of First Lady Michelle Obama that appeared Tuesday on a right-wing website is based on a 1775 portrait of Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste André Gautier-Dagoty (1740-1786)… The caricature of Obama as a profligate queen relies on the racist stereotype of an “uppity Negro,” which emerged among slave masters in an earlier American era.” – Los Angeles Times online edition January 5, 2012
How the L.A. Times gets racism out of self-important snobbery and elitism I am unsure. What I am sure of is that I can make a stronger case about racist blog posts and editorial cartoons by just looking at the Times own publishing history. The Jeff Danziger cartoon below appeared in their paper courtesy of their arrangements with the New York Times Syndicate.
Being no expert in leftist analysis of art, even I can see more racist connotations in this piece that the one the Times rails against. Play along with me as we examine the Gone With The Wind references for traces of racist content.
- film glamorizes the antebellum south during the Civil War
- main characters are slave owners
- supporting characters are slaves
- comparison of Dr. Condoleezza Rice as a “house slave”
- depiction of Dr. Rice speaking with caricatured slave dialect
- Bonus: portrayal of barefoot woman nursing a child obviously sexist
What’s that? The L.A. times, the New York Times Syndicate, and even Jeff Danziger’s own website have attempted to scrub the image from the net. Maybe they realized that they had revealed a little too much of the modern liberal movement’s inherent racism. So now their focus is to redefine racism; to obscure their own. They wish to paint their political opponents with the brush that recently and appropriately “colored” themselves. If they can do this successfully, maybe then I will actually be a racist.
(Hat tip on the L.A. Times story goes to Ace of Spades HQ. Thanks guys.)