Liberal bigotry subsists on the oxygen of sanctimony. Thus, Cohen informed us that it is not he who is racist, but the entire South, which has been "historically fixated on blacks and whites, (and) has had trouble knowing what to make of people who are neither." Mr. Cohen, can you spell "projection"? Cohen then cited a Supreme Court case from 1927 about a Chinese girl in Mississippi who was compelled to attend a "colored" school rather than a white one.
If Cohen wanted to write about 21st-century racism in Louisiana politics, he might have mentioned the ignorant attack on Jindal penned earlier this month by College Democrats of America president Ashley Bell. The race-baiter-in-training sent out an e-mail deriding Jindal as an "Arab American and the Republicans (sic) token attempt to mend bridges long burnt with the Arab American community." So full of hate she can't even get her facts straight.
Cohen ignored the Dems' demagoguery. Instead, he attacked Jindal for "scarcely address(ing) the special problems of Louisiana blacks" -- failing schools, government corruption and affordable health care apparently being "white" problems only. Cohen suggested that black gubernatorial candidates have lost in Louisiana because white voters remain racist, but that if the "dark-skinned" Jindal wins, it won't be because white voters are now color-blind, but because Jindal is a politically white, "hollow symbol" of inclusion.
"If the Republican Party really wants to be inclusive, in Louisiana and nationally," Cohen smugly concluded, "it needs to start finding nonwhite candidates that nonwhites want to vote for."
Such chutzpah the Times has to preach to the rest of us about racial inclusion! For a look at whom the pasty-faced Mr. Cohen parties with every morning, check out the photos of all but one of the 15 ghost-toned, porcelain-skinned and moderately marshmallow-colored Times editorial board members at http://www.nytimes.com/ref/opinion/editorial-board.html.
To quote Mr. Cohen, there's scarcely a black reveler there.