The most ridiculous charge of racism ever?
The Obama media are once again playing the race card, but in the process making fools of themselves and exposing their own racist consciousness. It is by now a cliché that any criticism of President Obama' will be denounced as "racist," so how does one get even more ridiculous? It isn't easy, but Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times has shown that where there is a will to demonize conservatives, there's a way.
Mr. Knight unmasks his own degrading stereotypes of blacks in criticizing this satirical image of Michelle Obama:
In Knight's mind, the image has nothing to do with Mrs. Obama spending millions of taxpayer dollars on lavish vacations, seeing her time in the White House as an opportunity for livin' large. You see:
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.
News flash for Mr. Knight: Mrs. Obama is First Lady of the United States. Comparing her to a queen does not suggest she is "uppity" - she is already socially and politically very powerful. Isn't a comparison to a queen to opposite of "demeaning"? Comparing her to a socially inferior (insert demeaning stereotype of blacks here) might be regarded as demeaning. Only if one believes that black people are hopelessly inferior could one find a racial implication in comparing her to a queen. Knight has outed his own racism.
What is being criticized is behavior, not racial status. The satire would be equally telling if delivered against an imperious, profligate white first lady, quite obviously.
Many of the comments on the LA Times site take Knight to task. He deserves to be a laughingstock. He has, as the Hollywood catch phrase puts it, "jumped the shark."