The Washington Post's Racism
By: Humberto Fontova
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 03, 2007
The Washington Post specializes in detecting racism that is undetectable even by the most vigilant Politically Correct Policeman -- then self-righteously denouncing its alleged perpetrator. Let a sports team owner defend his team's name (Redskins) and the Post pounces: "Redskins is not a term fashioned by American Indians." Let Bill Bennet, who has spent a lifetime idolizing Martin Luther King Jr., make an oblique reference to black crime rates and a Post editorial promptly brands him "the poster child for racism."
A WaPo editorial even sniffed out:"Yellow-peril imagery," in recent advisories about unsafe Chinese imports. "They conjure images of the fiendish juggernaut of the Chinese Poison Train bearing down on the hapless American consumer, tied to the tracks by a nefarious evildoer with a Fu Manchu mustache."
With this in mind I invite you to examine this editorial cartoon by Pat Oliphant run last week by this hyper-sensitive guardian of leftist sensibilities.
Note that a smiling Uncle Sam brands an American ethnic group “nuisances" while forcibly expelling them from the nation in a rickety boat entitled "Cuban-Americans." These scowling, elderly, Mafiosi-clad people scream “we demand a chance to interfere with the '08 election!”
By “interfere” we have to assume the cartoonist refers to the right, privilege, and duty bestowed upon U.S. citizens known as "voting." It so happens that the cartoonist, Pat Oliphant, is himself an immigrant to this country. Coincidentally, in an interview with Time magazine he admitted to “leaning Democratic” in his politics.
The immigrant (actually, refugee) group the Post insults in a manner utterly inconceivable for any other, is in fact the very one that “implanted roots" and "contributed to the national economy” like few others. The 1998 census shows Americans of Cuban heritage to have income and educational levels higher -- not just than other "Hispanics" -- but higher than the U.S population in general, with ower crime rates than the national average. But these insufferable people consistently vote close to 80 percent Republican, which instantly nullifies all of The Washington Post's usual ethnic hyper-sensitivity.
Imagine the fire (literal, perhaps) if instead of Fedoras (which are rarely worn by Cuban-Americans, BTW) the group had worn Kuffiyehs, Burkhas and Chadors. What if the boat's passengers had been labeled "nappy-headed" and were headed for Africa? Imagine the rallies in Los Angeles if they'd worn sombreros.
Such cartoons are indeed imaginable with other ethnic groups -- but only with Uncle Sam cast as the villain, wearing a white hood, a swastika, or an Ann Coulter mask. In dispatching Cuban-American Republicans, Uncle Sam smiles benevolently while handing the boat's ethnic occupants off to a gulag.
When earlier this year authorities in Virginia's Prince William County attempted to enforce U.S. laws against illegal immigration The Washington Post denounced it as “shameful," "hypocritical," and "ugly." "Hounding Immigrants" ran the editorial's title. "By singling out illegal immigrants, local politicians are contributing to what is becoming a poisonous, increasingly nativist atmosphere that will infect relations with Hispanics generally."
But WaPo sees nothing "poisonous," "infectious," "shameful," or "nativist" about a cartoon gloating over the mass expulsion of U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin from America's shores.
When U.S. Federal authorities attempted to enforce U.S. law against illegal immigration in New Bedford earlier this summer the Post once again stormed to its pulpit and denounced it as: "cruel," "lurid" "hypocritical, "self-defeating," and "illogical." "Stop the Raids! Stop Hurting Children!" blared their editorial headline. "The New Bedford raid is an inelegant example of how badly this country needs a clear-eyed immigration policy, one that provides...a path to citizenship for immigrants who have put down roost and contributed to the national economy." After all, they were likely to vote for left-wingers, just like The Washington Post's editorial team.
But a cartoon celebrating the expulsion of Americans who happened to be foreign-born, who legally became U.S. citizens, outpaced even the overall U.S. population in educational and income levels, and who dare to exercise their right to vote -- such vermin should be shoved off en masse to Stalinist prison camps by a smiling Uncle Sam.
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