The eminent black historian John Hope Franklin wrote that “fully three-fourths of the white people in the South had neither slaves nor an immediate economic interest in the maintenance of slavery.”
America SOOOOO wishes they’d picked their own damn cotton right now…
It must be noted that the majority of professional journalists — liberal or not — do not throw around irresponsible accusations. But for conservatives, this is just more confirmation that racism is often used to chill debate.
But it’s likely more complicated. Many progressives probably sincerely believe that proponents of free market ideology, for instance, are inherently racist simply because their positions are (allegedly) damaging for minority communities. Surely, this is how someone rationalizes the disgusting act of character assassination.
Perhaps it’s because institutional racism has been eradicated in this country that those on the left who see all things through the prism of class and race are forced to try and re-invent what it means to be a racist…
Which reminds me:
All Breitbart had to do to expose the racism/stupidity of the NAACP was keep blasting that “black holes are racist” Hallmark card thing over and over and over again, rather than relying upon an obviously edited, incomplete videotape of an admittedly dubious woman telling a not-that-big-a-deal story from 25 years ago.
This would have made the point without the fallout.