Ridiculous: Race-baiting Salon writer insists criticism of Obama stems from ‘white privilege’

Salon writer David Sirota penned an op-ed today decrying the supposed pervasiveness of racism in conservatives’ attitudes toward Obama. Sirota is careful to point out that some conservatives have legitimate, non-racially-based gripes with the president — before going on to suggest that pretty much all conservatives are racist.

According to his argument, the world of politics is rife with double standards. Naturally, all those double standards stem from the conservative side:

As I showed a few weeks back, other parts of the conservative movement are running an explicitly bigoted campaign against President Obama. Just as troubling – and arguably, even more pervasive – is the racist double standards that continue to stealthily define our politics in ways that are difficult to see in the day-to-day grind of election campaigns. For those who pretend otherwise, here are five ways to know those double standards persist.

Sirota also referred to Tagg Romney’s remark about wanting to “take a swing” at President Obama (a remark for which Romney has apologized).

Though he insists that his criticisms aren’t necessarily directed at conservatives, but rather at racist white people, for each of his “five ways racism still rules politics,” Sirota uses examples of conservative criticisms of Obama. His arguments consist of pointing out all the ways in which Obama is a victim of meanypants, aka conservative, white people.

Sirota wrapped up the article with this, once again trying to cover his blatant anti-conservative bias:

To reiterate: this persistent double standard of racism and White Privilege doesn’t mean all criticism of Obama is rooted in bigotry. It simply means that A) at least some of that criticism is and B) that over the long haul, that double standard distorts our politics in ways that run counter to the American ideals of equal opportunity. If the first step to recovery is to stop denying a problem, then Acknowledging this bigotry is the first step to finally ending it.

Actually, David, perhaps one of the most powerful ways to combat bigotry is to stop manufacturing it. This Twitterer, who admitted that he is a fan of Sirota’s work, brought up that very point:

Right on cue, Sirota played the trusty white privilege card:

Another man, frustrated with Sirota’s race-baiting, attempted to engage the writer in a discussion:

To no avail:

Has David looked in a mirror lately?

Politics certainly can be. Unfortunately, with race-baiters like Sirota desperately working to keep racism alive and on the front burner of everyone’s minds, the pursuit of post-racial politics is a lost cause.

(Hat tip: Jonathan Sampson)

  • Jim Wafwot

    If you find racial bigotry in everything that you don’t like, YOU are the racist.

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  • Snoop87432

    Sirota is just another race hustling liberal hack. End of story.

  • Danny Wheeler

    A classic case of “Pot, meet kettle.”

  • http://twitter.com/chersleftknee chersleftknee

    I can’t believe this guy is serious. As far as I see it, the Left brings up Obama’s race more than anyone. Who’s voting for him simply because he’s black? Democrat’s criticize the One for either being too black or not being black enough. Conservatives are constantly being called out for their racial vitriol. A lot of people admitted voting for Obama because they wanted to be lauded for voting in the first black president.

    Oh and his remark that Bristol Palin’s pregnancy didn’t start a conversation about teen pregnancy? Palin was a governor. A VP candidate. Not running for president. Important distinction. Sirota certainly knows how to rewrite the past. That’s talent. And should a daughter of the POTUS becomes pregnant out of wedlock, hell no it wouldn’t have been a ‘private matter’. Why? Not because he’s black – but because he’s the President of the United States!!!!!

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      And it’s leftards who are first off the mark with the vicious racial vitriol when a black man or woman comes out as a Republican.

      • Colleen Kelly

        It’s funny that his article didn’t mention that since there would be actual evidence of it…i.e., Stacey Dash for starters.

      • Shawn Smith

        Apparently having conservative political opinions is strictly a “white privilege.” Anyone else has to resign themselves to liberalism.

  • Joel A. Edge

    I’m from the south and I think a lot more of hardworking honest black folks than I do of this Yankee.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Biden isn’t called a Marxist because he doesn’t have any real power.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      He also wasn’t raised and mentored by Marxist and as far as we know wasn’t a member of the Socialist Party. Dammit, I can’t believe you made me defend Biden lol

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    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      And he’s just plain stupid.

  • yviemarie88

    Nice, Jim! But wisdom and reason are lost on them.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Fffkng loser.

  • disappearing moderate

    Wonder how he explains O’s overwhelming win against a long serving senator who is a white war hero in 2008. I guess he thinks all the these legions of racists stayed home. And when he posed the always popular what if question, I had to counter with: Ask yourself if Superman had landed in Germany and became Uberman, would Germany have won the war?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    they are setting up a narrative for an obama loss: the country is full of racists. that is all they have. the reason obama lost is because racism is dominant in the united states. just a one-trick pony.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Coup d’grace, maybe? The October surprise arriving late, and transforming into the Early November surprise?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daisykh Daisy Kristina Hill

    “Don’t read good,” anyone else reminded of Zoolander?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.heard.311 Sarah Heard

    Obama is just as much WHITE as he is BLACK. Yet no one talks about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.heard.311 Sarah Heard

      So technically can’t be a priveldged white too? Or no because he only looks black? So race is based on appearance I guess.

  • michael s

    some of us have been saying socialist and marxist are the new n-words for 4.5 yrs. sirota is correct but late. of course he’s race baiting. but if he pointed out substitute n-words for stacey dash he’d be exposing genuine racism.

  • rant stocks

    Does any other counrty on planet earth act or think the way americans do? It seems from reading these twittes that most posters never have a intelligent thing to say it’s just hot air. There time could be better used by picking up a book now or then. Instend they relish in venting vile and disgusting retheric. 90% seem to come from the left,What would happen if america had hate people vanish.All together now say …..UTOPIA…

    • Joel A. Edge

      You misspelled country. Might want to pick up a dictionary.

      • ForTheRepublic

        Just a heads up: “Might want to pick up a dictionary” is a sentence fragment. Please, consider revising.

      • Michael Rice

        Yes, in fact they do. Ask any American who visisted France or Canada in the immediate years after 9 11. I had a friend who vacationed in Australia around that time. He started telling people he was Canadian so they would leave him the hell alone.

  • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

    Sirota is right. I can’t go five seconds without hearing or seeing some white conservative tell the President to “go back to Kenya”, a country the President is NOT from. The majority of criticism does stem from white privilege. The obsession with the birth certificate, the “gone native” remark made on faux news channel (fox), white conservatives just can’t stand to have a black man in the oval office.

    • Zane Henry

      oooooooo scary people with opinions. And worse yet, opinions that don’t align with yours. Quelle horreur!

      I can’t stand the black man in the oval office. Not because he’s black, it’s in spite of the fact. I’m diametrically opposed to liberal progressives, regardless of race/gender/ethnicity. Get used to it. More than half the people in this country feel the same.

      White privilege…that invisible, completely unprovable specter used to push a ludicrous agenda.

      • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

        You are so blind to reality

        • Zane Henry

          Well thank Goddess I’ve got a trusty liberal to open my eyes to my own abject racism that totally isn’t based on differing political views…..

          You are positively eaten up with the delusion of persecution. Want me to check under your bed for the B-B-B-Boogie Man?

          • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

            “delusion of persecution”? You really are crazy if you think racism does not exist in this country

          • Zane Henry

            Sure it exists…..on all sides. It’s not, however, the all encompassing motive of conservatives that you pearl clutchers make it out to be.

            There is just as high a percentage of true racists who vote democrat as vote republican. To deny that fact is intellectually lazy.

          • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

            “pearl clutchers”? Psh your proof is where? More conservative lies

          • Michael Rice

            Yep and the white privelege, all conservatives oppose Obama because he is black, is the unbridled truth…lol Yeah, ok…

          • Zane Henry

            Tell you what. You prove all conservatives are racists, and I’ll show you my proof.

            Idiot. Do you even read what you write before you post?

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            It’s not a lie, you are *figuratively* clutching what pearls you may or may not be wearing. So amusing! Oh the hypocrisy! Don’t you ever read what your fellow liberals write? And if you do, do you only chuckle along with their slants and insults to people that don’t believe the same way as you do?

          • Michael Rice

            Can you read? No one said ti does nto exist. Lord, the stupid is strong in this one.
            The poit is, nto everyone who opposes him is racist. I opposed CLinton, Carter, etc. I guess I am racist against my own race, too.

          • SpinMeNot

            ” .. the stupid is strong with this one .” This has to be the single funniest thing I’ve heard in weeks … absolutely brilliant.

          • Shawn Smith

            It absolutely exists. In fact, you know who’s really racist? Our president. Just listen to his spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright, or read his memoirs

        • Michael Rice

          Right, because you know more about what he feels than he does. Typical liberal.

    • Michael Rice

      How one earth does the equal white privelege? WHat exactly is that? The sole act of being white?
      If he is nto from Kenya and NOTE I AM NOT SAYING HE IS – his writer needs to be checked for drugs.
      Obsession, you mean like the one with Bush’s National Guard records or Romney’s taxes?
      I can’t stand to see an idiot in the WHite House. I once cast a write in ballot for a black man, as President. Oh wait, he was a conservative so he doesn’t count, right?
      You are the racist. You lumped every single white conservative together based on teh comments of a few. SO, if he was from Canada and they said go back to Canada is thatr acist?
      If he was from Vermont and while in COnnecticut was told to go back to Vermont, would that be, too?

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      He’s only half-black, moron.

      And if you can’t go 5 seconds, maybe you should log off, shut down your computer, invest in a sledgehammer and a book of Sudoku. You know, Sudoku because you’re just so smart! And intelligent, even. (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

  • http://twitter.com/stupid_republic Stupid Republic

    Ah, David Sirota…resident of Denver’s Census Tract 52:

    White 80%
    Hispanic 10%
    Black 5%
    Asian 3%
    Others 2%

    Who is the racist again?

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    God, I hope we get past identity politics soon but I have a feeling it will only get worse when Romney gets elected. Wasn’t Obama supposed to get rid of it lol

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Yes, he was supposed to heal the planet. Just file it in the ‘Failed Policies’ binder.

  • Tessa I.

    I don’t care if Obama is black, white, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, or a freaking Martian. What I want is for the President of the United States to act in this country’s best interests and not lie to the American people, and on that score, he’s fallen harder than the stock market. I guess that makes me a racist, though.

  • NC-Conservative

    I’m from the south and white. I’m tired of being lectured about how all southern folks are racist because we (I) are adamantly opposed to liberal, progressive policies. I could care less what color the president is. My friends and family simply do not believe in the liberal agenda. If this man wishes to see real racism he needs to look at Stacy Dash’s twitter account, among others.

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  • Michael Rice

    Notice how he just kept repeating the claim the tweeter denied the existence of racism? Seriouly…can they not come up with something new?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    “That’s White Privilege Talking”

    Okay, I’ll bite. That’s Spartan, Greek privilege to you, Mr. Sirota, but feel free to keep spreading your vitriol. You can do that in a free society, and by the way, you’re welcome. If we’re going to take the blame for the sins of our ancestors then I might as well take some credit for the virtues of mine.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    So where did Allen West, Mia Love, Artur Davis, and Herman Cain get their *ahem* ‘white privilege’ from if this nutjob is accurate?

  • NCRelite

    we shouldn’t encourage intellectual lightweights like him

  • Gallatin

    “Why is Obama called a Marxist but Biden never is? Because it’s the new n-word.”

    Litte davy let me help you out; Joe Biteme is a Marxist, Dingy harry reid is a Marxist, nancy piglosi is a Marxist, chuckyou schumer is a Marxist, Maam barbara boxer is a Marxist, debbie blabbermouth schultz is a Marxist, hillary clinton is a Marxist, need I go on? And yes I’m white and I didn’t vote for obowmao in 2008 and I’m not voting for the Marxist in 2012. If that is racist then make the most of it you azz clown

  • Adela Wagner

    When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail…or something like that.

  • Adela Wagner

    I think there are a LOT of people who were surprised to realize they were really racist’s after voting FOR Obama in 2008. Oh well, this side of the aisle is pretty inclusive and we’ll welcome them this time around.