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August 31, 2003

Backhanded Bigotry

Over at Vision Circle, I tear into a few.

Requiring that Bustamante disown MEChA as a litmus test for his acceptability doesn't help anyone. It begs the question of MEChA's own racist culpability and influence on California politics. It lowers the ethical level of the debate. It offers Bustamante an easy way out - MEChA can instantly become Bustamante's 'Sistah Souljah'. It is a false accusation masquerading as racial concern.

Any moment now, I suspect we will be hearing from Ann Coulter.

It's also useful to see disrespect heaped on those who know MEChA to be something other than the conspiracy theorists would have the public believe. Tacitus provides the flamewar.

Posted by mbowen at August 31, 2003 01:35 PM

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You wrote on my blog:

I'm starting to believe that I'm the only Californian, aside from Kevin Drum, who is not sucking the glass pipe and seeing visions of Bustamante's racism.

I think maybe what you all need is an Al Sharpton moment. Let's say we fly him out to Sacramento and have him give Cruz a hug. Then he, like Christie Whitman will be absolved of any wrong doing. It's perfectly appropriate give the (ahem) logic of the current assertions.

So long as you people remain incapable of determining real racism of any significance you deserve to wallow in the hellish pit of shallow villification the rest of your days.

provocative enough? good. because i'm only getting more disgusted by every blog that echos this mindless sentiment.

Feel free to read and comment on the response.

Posted by: baldilocks at August 31, 2003 11:31 PM