Originally Posted by rfrobison
Harry Reid -- that intellectual powerhouse! -- called Clarence Thomas an "embarrassment to the Supreme Court" and gave no evidence to back it up, implying that he was intellectually unfit for the position. Would he have said anything of the kind about a black justice appointed by a Democratic president? Color me (pardon the pun) skeptical.
clarence thomas is an embarrassment to the supreme court. choosing not to see that because he happens to be black could actually be a sign of over-compensation for some latent racist attitudes.
Herman cain didn't know that china has nukes - he's a fucking moron regardless of his skin color. If you* are unwilling to say that because he's black, you should look at your own assumptions.
Those examples aside, I'll admit that you have a point that there is a different level of sensitivity to racism based on politics on both sides. I think liberals can be a bit over sensitive to racism from the right when its directed at people that agree with them politically, but i'd say a lot of liberals are about pitch perfect on race when thinking about it as it applies to people that disagree with them on politics. The right, it seems to me, just uses the issue as a cudgel whenever they think they can get away with it.
have a nice day,
*the general "you", not you in particular