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Friday, February 27, 2004
 
On Racism:

Sigh. Here we go again.

There should be one less Congressional representative from Florida today. Really, there should. Representative Corrine Brown (D-Fl) should be forced to resign because of here disgraceful comments aimed at Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega yesterday. Why is she still in congress? Because there is a glaring double standard in the way racism is dealt with in today’s politically correct society.

Haven’t heard about this? I’m not surprised. You can read about her remarks and subsequent apology here.

Representative Brown lit into Assistant Secretary Noriega for the W administration policy regarding the broiling cesspool that most people refer to as Haiti. I’m fine with that. You want to disagree, go right ahead. But then Ms. Brown crossed a line that, if she were someone else of another race, would’ve been front page news across the country and the resulting backlash would’ve seen to it that Ms. Brown found her way to the unemployment line this morning.

She first accused the W Administration’s Haitian policy as ‘racist’ and called all of W’s representatives ‘a bunch of white men’.

Now remember, the Assistant Secretary of State is a man by the name of Roger Noriega. For those of you unfamiliar with the ancestry of that particular name, its time to learn something: Mr. Noriega is of Hispanic decent. For those of you over taken by the political correct hyphenated definitions, Mr. Noriega is Mexican-American. He is not white. Ms. Brown was sitting across the table from Mr. Noriega. Her response when confronted with her glaring error?

You all look alike to me.

Switch the tables for a second. If any other person, Hispanic, White, Asian, or otherwise would’ve said the same thing to Ms. Brown, she might’ve come unglued right then and there and had a conniption fit. The NAACP would be calling for Noriega’s head right now, and they just might get it.

But Ms. Brown gets a pass. If that’s not a racial double standard, I don’t know what is. The people who elect this sorry excuse for a congresswoman should be ashamed. Yes, I did call her a sorry excuse for a congresswoman. Sue me.

I do, however, admire Mr. Noriega for his response to this sorry excuse for a congresswoman. After informing her that he not in fact a white man, he then informed her that he would pass along her complaint to Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condeleeza Rice. Though they are African-American, I’m sure Ms. Brown considers them part of the white men problem as well. That is another topic for another time.

Just one question for Ms. Brown: In the sorry excuse for the Clinton Administration, can you please name for me the highest ranking African-American person in his pathetic cabinet? Take your time. I’ll wait.

While Ms. Brown searches for that answer, I’ll let the rest of you get back to work. Might be a while before she realizes that there isn’t an answer to find.

And, for those of you keeping score on the results of the much touted Clinton foreign policy legacy, be sure to add the Haitian mess to the North Korean nuclear program. For someone who ran on the relative unimportance of foreign affairs expertise in a president, it sure as hell is defining his legacy.

Here endeth the lesson.

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