Racist smear of President Barack Obama is vintage Marxism.
“It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the breadcrumbs thrown by spectators.” Barack Obama “still has the figure of a monkey while the human race has evolved through millions of years.”
That may sound like a memo from the Ku Klux Klan but was actually part of a May 2 diatribe from North Korea. The Communist regime in Pyongyang also called Obama a “clown,” a “dirty fellow” and somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.” Further, “He is a crossbreed with unclear blood,” and a separate article called Obama a “wicked black monkey.” The White House called the racist screed “particularly ugly and disrespectful” and the media response proved of interest.
Reporters did not compare it with other aspects of North Korea, easily the vilest and most repressive regime on earth and a slave state. As a recent book shows, the Communist regime maintains a network of forced labor camps and aims to eliminate the “seed” of class enemies through three generations. Rather, the preferred comparison was the United States. The Washington Post, for example, said the North Koreans were “pulling language right out of the American 1850s.” That was more than 150 years ago, before the Civil War. Reporters could have found more recent examples from the true inspiration of North Korea, none other than Karl Marx himself.
As Thomas Sowell noted in Marxism: Philosophy and Economics, Marx called German socialist Ferdinand Lassalle, a “Jewish ni***r,” based on his “cranial formation” and hair growth. His paternal grandmother or mother, Marx said, was “crossed with a ni***r” and “the fellow’s importunity is also ni***r-like.”
That business about “cranial formation” derives from Marx’s passion for phrenology, pseudoscientific quackery that extrapolates character from the shape of the head. The ever-superstitious Marx insisted on subjecting all new adherents to a phrenological examination, with particular attention to any bumps. In the cranial test one can hear echoes of the North Korean contention that Barack Obama lacks “the basic appearances of a human being.”
One doesn’t hear much about Marx’s phrenology, nor about the racism and anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, denied by Stalinists like Paul Robeson but described in great detail by Robert Robinson in Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union. Russians referred to Patrice Lumumba University (now renamed People’s Friendship University of Russia) as a “monkey zoo” and Robinson found Soviet racism blatant and pervasive. He escaped and wrote an anticommunist classic that journalists have avoided and which the President of the United States has doubtless never read, if he knows about it at all.
Ugly and disrespectful as it was, North Korea’s racist attack on Barack Obama elicited less comment than the Donald Sterling episode. The longtime owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers was overheard saying he didn’t want his mistress to associate with black people nor to bring black people to his games. President Obama called the comments “incredibly offensive,” and the story took over the media, with NBA boss Adam Silver banning Sterling from the league for life.
Nobody should look for an NBA franchise in Pyongyang but the issues with that regime go to the heart of what the left is. The socialist vanguard somehow escapes the conditioning and false consciousness that afflict the masses. Then in power, the vanguard is supposed to be immune from normal human passions, along with bigotry, racism and hatred. The vanguard of course, retains all that, which empowers repression, persecution, ethnic cleansing and mass murder campaigns. Those have been the hallmark Marxist totalitarian states from Stalin’s USSR to Pol Pot’s Cambodia, to the North Korea of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong-un.
That vile Communist regime calls the President of the United States a “wicked black monkey” who belongs in a zoo and lacks the basic appearance of a human being. Despite a response from the White House, the episode draws less media attention than Donald Sterling. And the default media response is to compare North Korea’s racist attack on Barack Obama with America in the 1850s.
This is what happens when journalists tacitly accept socialist superstition and remain ignorant of the actual record of Communist states. In its racist attack on president Obama, North Korea is simply being true to their Marxist roots.
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