Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
I recently read an article in the New York Times by Maureen Dowd (see attached link) referring to Joe Wilson’s infamous “you lie” outburst in the joint session of Congress during Obama’s speech. Ms. Dowd wrote these words,

“Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!”

So, Ms. Dowd makes an assumption that Mr. Wilson is a racist and this is affirmed because he was surrounded by “middle-aged white guys”. So desperate is she to depict him a racist she puts words in his mouth to make sure it’s so. In spite of what Ms. Dowd heard, the rest of us only heard ‘you lie’, not ‘you lie, boy.’

Ms. Dowd’s feeble attempt to convince us that Joe Wilson is a racist is beyond the pale. In fact, isn’t this a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black? In Ms. Dowd’s ultra feminist world all ‘middle-aged white men’ are the true enemy. The assumption is that all middle-aged white men are racist. Their racism prevents them from accepting the fact that a black man can be a legitimate, affective president. How then, Ms. Dowd, is it that those same ‘middle-aged white men’ obvious feel Clarence Thomas can be an effective Supreme Court Justice even though he is black? These same ‘middle aged white men’ were first in line to cheer Michael Jordan in his hay day and they hope Tiger Woods wins every tournament he plays. Many of them offered strong support for Colin Powell when he was considering running for president several years ago.

Ms. Dowd has a political agenda and her liberal prejudices spur her to use fabricated racism as a tool to attack the conservative ‘middle-aged white men’ whom she perceives as those most responsible for obstructing the ultra-feminism she wants her culture to embrace. My dictionary defines racism as devaluing the individual worth of a member of a racial group based on one’s membership in that group. Memo to Maureen Dowd: those ‘middle-aged white men’ belong to a racial group. Ms. Dowd’s attempt to smear Joe Wilson by adding the word ‘boy’ to his statement in order to paint him as a racist is in itself a form of racism.

Luke 6:41 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

Can we not consider the possibility that Joe Wilson hasn’t a racist bone in his body? Maybe he just disagrees fervently with the policies this president is promoting. I know dozens of people in my circle who disagree with Obama and I also know they are not racists! Many of them look like Obama.


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