Commenting on racial bias is full of pitfalls and traps because it is so very difficult for us to recognize our own biases. Any idiot political shock jock can use some comment on race to get attention but even carefully crafted, well intended discussion can provoke hurt feelings and outrage due to misunderstanding (or perhaps understanding!) on either side.
I like the ambiguity of this Lee Judge cartoon. Are the elephants defending Cain because he’s black or using his blackness to defend themselves? Is Cain’s support partially based on the conservative movement’s need to demonstrate they’re not racist? Is Cain being attacked because he is a black conservative or defended because he is a black conservative? Progressives should not be too quick to dismiss the possibility of racial bias in our own response. A conservative African-American? He cain’t be legitimate or Cain he?
- Iron Filing