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MLK Day proposal: Give the race card a rest

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 17, 2011 11:08 AM

That didn’t last long.

After exhorting the nation to steer away from discourse that “has become so sharply polarized,” President Obama and his administration will mark Martin Luther King Day by framing Obamacare as a “civil rights victory” (which means if you oppose it, you’re akin to slavery proponents, as Harry Reid posited earlier this year) and by consorting with one of the worst race-hustling demagogues in America, Al Sharpton:

Though it’s officially a holiday, most Obama administration officials will spend the day participating in volunteer activities as part of the National Day of Service.

Here’s a rundown of the schedule of events, as provided by the White House:

– President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to participate in a community service project in the Washington area. Vice President Biden and Jill Biden will participate in a community service project in their hometown of Wilmington, Del.

– Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is scheduled to attend the Defense Department’s official observance program in the Pentagon’s auditorium.

– Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to speak at the opening convocation of the Howard School of Divinity. Keeping in line with her ongoing defense of the health-care reform law, Sebelius is expected to discuss how the Affordable Care Act is a victory for civil rights, according to the White House.

– Education Secretary Arne Duncan is scheduled to speak at a breakfast hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and will later participate in a service project at Kramer Middle School in Southeast Washington. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is also scheduled to attend the breakfast.

Yes, that Al Sharpton.

How about, in the interest of “healing,” giving the race card a rest?

Through the Bush years, race-card demagoguery escalated to insane levels.

Under Obama, Democrat leaders at the highest levels, government bureaucrats, and “mainstream” journalist enablers pushed it farther:

Harry Reid openly sneered at Hispanic Republicans;

Harry Reid, Jesse Jackson & Company likened Obamacare critics to white supremacists and slave owners;

Journolist members conspired to paint Jeremiah Wright’s critics as racists;

MSNBC attacked conservatives who bought Sarah Palin’s book as paranoid white Tea Partiers;

Charlie Rangel attacked NYPD officers as racists who would arrest President Obama if he weren’t surrounded by Secret Service agents;

Former House Democratic whip James Clyburn played the race card over earmarks;

The FCC played the race card to expand its regulatory powers over the Internet;

The Congressional Black Caucus invoked the race-card shield to deflect widespread corruption charges against its members;

Liberal minority mobsters played ethnicity police against GOP Florida Sen. Marco Rubio;

Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez pulled out a divisive mega-race card to whip up Hispanics’ anti-Vietnamese fervor;

DREAM Act radicals bitterly accused opponents of xenophobia and race traitorism;

Progressives led the race-card attacks on the Tea Party from day one;

An NPR commentator cheered the fact that Tucson massacre suspect Jared Loughner was a “gringo;”

And the NAACP has morphed into the National Association for the Advancement of Coddled People.

For starters.

On this day of reflection about the need to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, I can’t put it any better than this black C-SPAN caller who spoke truth to race-hustling power in September…

And from Jerome Hudson, who wrote “A Black Man Goes to Glenn Beck’s Rally,” for Human Events:

Like most Americans, I’ve had enough with this administration’s policies. I was fed up and fired up.

I am even more so in the wake of the most moving gathering I’ve ever been privileged to be a part of.

At one point, some of the people attending the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “counter rally,” coined “Reclaiming King,” stopped me. I guess they must have been judging me by the color of my skin not the content of my character, because they asked if I was going to come join them.

“No, I won’t be there,” I told them. “Why?” one of them asked with a grimace on his face. I looked at him and said, “I want to be where the Lord is and the Lord is in this place.”

One of the older black women in the group asked me if I felt like I was “selling out” for being one of the “tokens” in the Beck rally crowd?

I laughed and said “Ma’am, Al Sharpton is a pretender. He is going to tell you to pretend that the color of your skin matters. He is going to ask you to ignore the now overwhelming proof that 50 years after the Civil Rights movement, blacks are now destroying each other faster than the KKK could have dreamed.”

As I walked away, the group stood frozen, not knowing how to reply.

Later, as Sharpton preached a divisive message void of actual solutions on how to “close the education and economic gap” in the “black community,” Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece, invoked the spirit of her slain uncle proclaiming, “I too have a dream, that white privilege will become human privilege and that people of every ethnic blend will receive everyone as brothers and sisters in the love of God.”

Her comments on restoring the “foundation of the family” in America were met, not with boos, but with a thunderous applause.

(What bigots those white folks! Having the audacity to cheer Dr. King’s niece like that. Racists the whole lot of them!)

I was probably the only 24-year old black college student in the crowd. It’s hard to know, because we had over 300,000 people there. But that didn’t matter to me. As we all stood hand-in-hand, American shoulder to American shoulder, our myriad faces streaked with tears as we sang “Amazing Grace.” It was a moment I will be proud to tell my grandkids about one day.

What that moment taught me is this: Something profound is happening in America that runs far deeper than politics. The ground is shifting, and it’s in freedom’s direction.

Let’s hope.

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