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Ridiculous “RAAAACISM” charge of the day

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 4, 2009 02:05 PM

The Left will do anything to smear the US Chamber of Commerce, a leading foe of the Democrats’ government health care takeover and the radical cap-and-tax plan.

You’ll recall that Reuters got punked by an attack parody of the Chamber a few weeks ago. Now, the Huffington Post is stirring up grievance-mongering by the AFL-CIO, which claims that the business group’s ad against Obamacare is RAAAAACIST:

A new Chamber of Commerce ad attacking Democratic-led efforts to pass health care legislation includes a storyline that union critics of the group say is rife with racial undertones.

In the new spot, titled “Millions,” the business lobby goes after health reform by arguing that it could “wipe out even more jobs” than those lost so far. But the group does so in a peculiar and perhaps controversial way.

The scenario of a distraught boss forced to fire an employee is illustrated by a white worker being summoned to the office as a black co-worker looks on.

An official with the AFL-CIO, who saw the ad air on Wednesday morning, argued that it was a perpetuation of the stereotype that minorities have a leg up on their colleagues because of affirmative-action policies. It gets at the heart of concerns raised by labor leaders like the AFL-CIO’s president, Richard Trumka, who fretted during the 2008 presidential campaign that Barack Obama’s candidacy would spur racial unrest within work forces.

“This is the same old right wing dog whistle politics,” said Eddie Vale, spokesman for the AFL-CIO. “They’re trying to use race and class to scare working people about a health care bill.”

The Chamber scoffed at the charge. “Really?” emailed spokesman Eric Wohlschlegel, in a succinct and dismissed response.

Here’s the ad:

If the fired worker had been black, Big Labor would have concocted “racial undertones” for that narrative. If there had been no black workers in the spot, Big Labor would have cried RAAAAACISM over that, too.

You can never win with the cult of the aggrieved. As one of my favorite Tea Party signs put it:

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