Burt Prelutsky

A while back, I wrote an article in which I pointed out that for over 20 years Barack Obama has attended Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, whose minister, as we all know all too well, is a vicious hatemonger, and which recently bestowed its highest honor on none other than the legendary anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan.

Among the many e-mails I received was one from an black man in New Jersey. He identified himself as a successful entrepreneur in his mid-30s. The tone of his remarks was reasonable and he seemed to be well-educated, but by the time we had had six or eight exchanges, he’d managed to convince me he was an idiot. Let us call him Mr. Christopher.

It was his contention that unless the Democrats made Sen. Obama their presidential nominee, it would destroy the party. I told him that although he was very much mistaken, I, personally, wished he weren’t. The way I see it, the Democrats have been doing their best to destroy America for the past three decades, and it’s high time they got a taste of their own medicine.

Mr. Christopher wrote: “For a party that has over the years been in favor of racial equality and has fought against racial oppression to have its most recent president, Bill Clinton, purposely use race to marginalize and divide in order to win an election is a shocking and possibly fatal blow. It will have undermined everything the party has said they stood for over the decades.”

I replied: “You are merely parroting a lie that has been sold to the people by the Democrats. It was, after all, the Democrats who created the KKK and initiated and enforced Jim Crow laws in the South. It was Earl Warren, a Republican, who was appointed to be chief justice of the Supreme Court by Dwight Eisenhower, another Republican, who ruled that separate but equal was unconstitutional. And although Lyndon Johnson was in the White House in 1964 when he pushed for the passage of the Civil Rights Act, it became the law of the land because of the Republicans. In the House, only 64% of the Democrats, but 80% of the Republicans, voted for it. In the Senate, while only 68% of the Democrats endorsed the bill, 82% of the Republicans voted to enact it.”

Instead of responding to those facts, Mr. Christopher came back with: “If Obama isn’t nominated, it will make millions of Afro Americans switch to the Republican party.”

I asked him why that would be a bad thing. “The GOP,” I went on, “would treat them with respect, as adults, not as a flock of baby birds who can’t fend for themselves.”

He replied: “Now the question is, do the Republicans want the Afro American Vote or will they continue to turn their backs on us?”