Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rich on Racism, Washington D. C. Style

From his self-described vantage as "that odd duck, a native Washingtonian whose parents were not in government," NYT columnist Frank Rich discusses Americas's racial history as exemplified by the Washington, D. C. he knew.

There was so much we didn’t know, so much Americans still don’t know. Take the Lincoln Memorial, to which the Obama family paid so poignant a nocturnal visit this month. If you look up coverage of the memorial’s 1922 dedication ceremonies in The Times, you can read of President Harding’s forceful oration commemorating the demise of slavery. You also learn that Dr. Robert R. Moton, the president of the Tuskegee Institute, was invited to pay tribute to Lincoln “in the name of 12,000,000 Negroes.”

Here’s what The Times did not report about Moton: “Instead of being placed on the speaker’s platform, he was relegated along with other distinguished colored people to an all-Negro section separated by a road from the rest of the audience.”

And he then goes on to suggest that the election of Barack Hussein Obama has not solved this problem once & for all. Imagine. How can these lefty-libs be so blind to all the good that is This Great Nation of Ours™?

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