The treatment of Condoleezza Rice in the MSM over the past week has been reprehensible. It did not even stop Thursday as she went into the hospital for surgery to remove fibroid tissue. Just a couple of examples: Pat Oliphant managed to illustrate every stereotypical physical trait commonly (and generally dismissively) associated to Blacks in a recent cartoon showing Rice as a parrot perched on President Bush's shoulder; a Milwaukee radio host referred to Rice as an "Aunt Jemima" on his widely listened to radio show; and then there is this cartoon by Danziger:
Let's play Jeopardy, shall we? "In the category of 'Terrible Retribution' for $500.00, identify the punishment that would befall a conservative for having drawn a cartoon like that shown above..." "Um, what is being tarred and feathered, Alex?" Correct! Beyond all this, there have been references to Dr. Rice's sycophantish loyalty to the president, and her lack of conviction to anything other than his misguided agenda, the clear implication being that Dr. Rice has no mind of her own. It really is time to start fighting back at the idea that the repression of minorities in this country is a "Republican Thing." It clearly is a "Liberal Thing," and I think it needs a full-frontal assault in the blogosphere. I could go on and on about examples of overt racism by those that pretend to represent Blacks and other minorities (Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton), but whose only real ambition is to further their own political careers and fatten their bank accounts. Where are these "men" when one of their own (a distinction most often drawn by those who advocate a color-blind society) is being so shabbily treated? This is a week which should have represented a milestone for Rice and Blacks alike. I venture to say that had a similar nomination been championed by a Democrat president, the accolades for both would have dominated the news cycle to such an extent that it would have been difficult to get the weather on your local news channel.