I know no "white" "liberals" who have read any amount of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s writing. I also know that I spoke with many "white" "liberals" who brutally vilified Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after his nomination to the court - they eagerly called him stupid and a tool of white Republicans, but none of them had ever read any legal material Justice Thomas had ever written. They wholeheartedly supported what I now believe to be a callous and unsuccessful political sacrifice of a black female legal scholar, Anita Hill, in an attempt to get her to either fabricate or greatly exaggerate Mr. Thomas' "sexual harassment" of her - or whatever it was that she was describing or attempting to describe. Mr. Thomas endured unbelievable harassment from "white" "liberals" because he was married to a Caucasian woman. I rarely, if ever, hear any "white" "liberals" giving anything but lip service to people of any other race - they have no time, or interest - in those people's real experiences and wisdom and knowledge. Just as they have no time for the real writings and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or learning how his thinking connects to Gandhi, Tolstoy and Christian theology, or even learning his principles of nonviolent action and how those were used by others, the typical "white" "liberal" has absolutely no time for someone like Condoleeza Rice, who ought to earn respect from others based on her background, or for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. They just want to play the race card as cheaply and quickly as they can, while moving on to "getting their way" in the thoughtless way that is theirs.
When mostly-white protestors of the health care bill had arrived at the U.S. Capitol three months ago with signs, banners and repeated protestations of "Kill the Bill!" several U.S. Congressional Representatives were quick to state that they were targets of violent, terroristic threats - and some of them played the race card. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana, who you would think would be better than this, made sure to say he was "in fear" and heard "the n-word numerous times" while exiting the House of Representatives during the contentious protest period.
Rep. Carson is a first-term Congressman, elected after the death of his grandmother Julia Carson, who died after a battle with heart disease in 2007. His grandmother was very popular and well-respected, according to all reports about her.
Rep. Carson himself has a law enforcement background and served in local political offices prior to his election to the House of Representatives.
Maybe someone did yell the "n-word" at Rep. Carson - but videos don't show that, and they show anything but a threatening situation. This, after Rep. Carson's election, might have been the first time he was faced with a large crowd that disagreed with him, but most of the videos show people standing not just feet away from the representative, but YARDS away. Many people's backs are turned. It's anything but a threatening, violent and angry mob.
This video basically makes fun of the Congressman's assertions by showing the non-threatening situation over and over, from every conceivable vantage point over his entire walk through the protestors, including down the steps of Capitol Hill and across the street.
As former law enforcement from a family with a tradition of community service, and a grandmother who made so many strides and was apparently such a well-thought-of lady - I have this to say to Rep. Carson. Come out and say what you truly experienced during this "walk" from Capitol Hill during the protests against the healthcare bill. If someone called you the "n-word," it was very quietly, unable to be recorded, and they weren't physically threatening, either, because no one even came close to blocking your way - in fact, it looked like few people were even paying attention to you and your entourage at all.
It's about time that the race card be played like the gender card should be played - by people bringing their own strengths to the jobs they are doing - the strengths that come from each of us as individuals, and from our own family backgrounds and cultural heritage. Not the weak, stupid, embarrassing race card, comparing this walk of a man in power through a crowd protesting a law they didn't like to what people went through during the Civil Rights movement and the much more serious and terrible events of the Jim Crow days and pre-Civil War days.
This is about the same as me saying my former husband beat me when he did not, or - all those females who falsely accuse others of rape, etc. - just to get the benefit of the shock value and momentary sympathy. It's really self-imposed discrimination and like all false accusations, means that those who really suffer will just suffer more in the end.