Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Obama Administration’s Race-Baiting Campaign


“Look, I gave him and [Attorney General Eric] Holder credit all week for trying to de-racialize the issue. And what Obama did, I think, unfortunately, today is to re-racialize it,” Krauthammer said on Fox News. “The first statement he issued after the verdict…was to talk about we have to honor what the jury decided and then he spoke about helping our communities helping our neighbors and gun control. But it wasn’t about race…but Obama re-injected it [Friday].”

Democrats want 2014 to be an us-versus-them election. - Andrew C. McCarthy/National Review

The first thing to remember is that, with the Obama administration, there are no coincidences.

The attorney general of the United States is engaged in a shocking extrajudicial publicity campaign. Eric Holder is prosecuting George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion because he knows he wouldn’t have a prayer of convicting him in a court of law. Worse, in doing so, Holder is quite deliberately stoking resentment and tension — under the guise of leading a “national conversation” about race.

At precisely the same time, the United States secretary of health and human services has loathsomely injected race into the debate over Obamacare. Toward the conclusion of this week’s NAACP grievance fest, Kathleen Sebelius took the podium to demagogue Obamacare opponents. The fight against them, she inveighed, is reminiscent of “the fight against lynching and the fight for desegregation.” She made these inflammatory remarks just as violence was erupting over Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting, no small thanks to Holder’s accomplice, Al Sharpton.

These episodes are not unrelated. They are coordinated.

The Post-Zimmerman Poison Pill - Heather Mac Donald/national Review


Not every liberal journalist was brought to tears over the President's belated statement on the George Zimmerman verdict. Columnist Rich Benjamin at called the effort "safe, over-rated and airy" and compared it unfavorably to Attorney General Eric Holder's recent address to the NAACP by asking the provocative question: “Some of us have an Inner Child. Others have an Inner Ni**er. Is Holder the president’s conscience? Or his Inner Ni**er/Breitbart

It's an attention-getting way to suggest that Obama and Holder play "good cop/bad cop" on racial issues, and Benjamin goes on to show examples over their careers that support the idea. Benjamin is a Senior Fellow at the liberal think tank Demos, has written extensively about the Zimmerman case, and has been critical of Obama's reaction.
The "Inner Ni**er" charge got a volatile reaction from most liberals who absolutely loved the meaningless, identity-politics-pander that President Obama passed off as a meaningful speech, and they took to Twitter to let Benjamin know.