Friday, June 20, 2008

Field-Negro Meet Tim Wise - "Vanilla Ice" On The Lecture Circuit

Offending Blog: The Field Negro - The conservative shuffle.

The practice is so common and predictable. A White liberal such as Tim Wise or Keith Olbermann attacks a "Black Conservative", a flurry of Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chasers (my more functional label for "Black Liberals") come out of the wood work and affirms the White liberal's attacks and generalizations about Black conservatives. Nothing of surprise here.

Did my friend Field-Negro bother to inspect the pedigree of Tim Wise as he castigated these Black Conservatives? Clearly not. An attack on his ideological enemy is an attack made by a friend.

Tim Wise: Black conservatives, with their politics of self-abuse, have managed to obtain access to the halls of power – at the expense of respect from within the black community.

Elder – like Shelby Steele before him, and Walter Williams before that, and Ken Hamblin before that, and Thomas Sowell before him, and Clarence Thomas always – says the kinds of things that most white folks love to hear: essentially, that blacks are the source of their own problems in life. Black cultural pathology and bad behavior, according to these types, explain everything from black poverty rates to black incarceration rates.

The strawman argument that Wise makes:
Lately, two of the more popular arguments made by black conservatives and the white people who love them are, first, that blacks spend too much money on luxury items they can't afford, refusing to save money the way responsible white folks do; and second, that blacks place too little value on education, preferring to critique learning as selling out or "acting white," and thereby sabotaging their own achievement.

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