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The greatest testament to the triumph of black racism in the black community is in the number of racist figures surrounding Barack Obama. If anyone imagined a black president in 1959, few would have imagined that his wife would pose in a photo together with the wife of the leader of a black hate group, that his mentor would screech “God damn America” from the pulpit or that his good friend would proudly proclaim, “I live to harass white folks.”
As parents and students from the same school that Allen Coon attended come forward to testify to the atmosphere of racism and racial intimidation, we can easily imagine the coverage that the story would receive if only the races were reversed. Cameras would fill every corner of East High School, assemblies would be called, tolerance programs would be implemented, and every media outlet would demand an orgy of soul-searching by white parents and students to understand their part in this atrocity.
Two years ago Newsweek ran a photo of a white baby asking the question, “Is your baby racist?” While the media will gleefully charge 6-month-old white babies with racism, accusing them of bigotry for staring longer at photos of other races; it will go on ignoring the Allen Coon case, as it has ignored any number of similar and worse cases. Obama graced Sandra Fluke with a sympathetic phone call over the devastating trauma of being called a slut. Having your face set on fire though doesn’t qualify for a two minute long distance call from the Oval Office.
The eager critiquers of white bigotry are unwilling to take a hard look at the unpleasant reality of black racism and their role in sanctifying and perpetuating it. They are unwilling to analyze language like, “You get what you deserve, white boy,” to find the legacy of hate embedded within from their own teachings, which say that victimization invites a violent response, that guilt is racial rather than individual and being told you are the victim exempts you from accountability for your own actions.
“I pale in hatred to the hatred of white people,” Farrakhan once said, justifying his black racism through the prop of white racism. That prop is still there, and its spectral image of a universal and pervasive white racism is taught in every school and used to justify every aspect of black racism, from discrimination at colleges to intimidation at polls, to setting a thirteen-year-old boy on fire.
The Allen Coon case is yet another reminder that an end to racism does not mean an end to white racism. It means an end to all racism. And that day will only come when black people are just as ashamed of Jeremiah Wright, affirmative action and schools like East High School where white students are harassed because of their race, as white people already are of separate lunch counters and drinking fountains.
“You get what you deserve, white boy,” isn’t just the credo of Coon’s attackers; it’s the credo of Al Sharpton, of Derrick Bell, of Jeremiah Wright and of a legion of black activists, academics and clergy. And until that credo is rooted out as completely as “segregation forever,” then America will remain a nation divided by race.
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