These statements are objectionable on at least two grounds. First, you don't solve a problem by treating its symptoms, especially when that could exacerbate the underlying problem, like trying to promote racial equality by focusing on the color of people's skin.
Secondly, liberals merely pay selective lip service to this superficial remedy. For those keeping score, everyone knows President Bush's cabinet "looked a lot more like America" (read: included more minority members) than President Clinton's. But has that earned Bush any credit or Clinton any discredit with racial activists? No. Bush is still persona non grata, and Clinton is hailed as the first black president.
Mainstream journalists are often as guilty of the contradiction of decrying racism -- and by implication encouraging us to ignore race in dealing with people -- while pressuring us to dwell on race. Mary Mitchell, writing for the Chicago Sun Times, asked about the Obamas, "How do they convince white voters that a black man can represent all Americans while assuring black voters that they haven't forgotten where they came from?"
This is unmistakably a case of psychological projection. It is race-conscious liberals who tend to think like this. Conservatives don't see public servants through colored lenses. They don't think of someone's race as dictating how the person will perform in office or whom he will represent. Conservatives couldn't care less whether Justice Thomas or Alito or Roberts is black, white or some other color. Condoleezza Rice's ethnicity is irrelevant to them. They want someone who will represent their judicial philosophy, their values or their ideology.
It's truly hard to understand how liberal politicians, activists and journalists so consistently escape accountability for stoking the flames of racial disharmony while purporting to dampen them and for dividing our society along racial, gender, and economic lines while claiming to unite us. Do they really believe they're promoting the principles they're violating, or are they engaged in one gigantic Faustian bargain with the activists and interest groups with whom they conspire? It's inconceivable that these groups are oblivious to this endless parade of puerile patronizing pandering.