`Of color' usage points to certain core beliefs

August 14, 2004|By GREGORY KANE

THE KEY PHRASE is "of color." Remember that, and you'll get some idea of the political leanings of the "journalists of color" who cheered Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry one day and cackled at President Bush's comments the next.

It happened more than a week ago, at the Unity: Journalists of Color convention in Washington. African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Native American print and broadcast reporters, columnists, editors and commentators heard both candidates speak. On Aug. 5, Kerry addressed the gathering. On Aug. 6, it was Bush's turn. The reactions to both were almost opposite, which caused some to claim an issue of bias had been raised.

No kidding! Would you expect anything else from a group that uses the term "of color"? As in "people of color" or "journalists of color" or "students of color"? The phrase is a favorite among those on the left side of the political spectrum. It gives them goose bumps and makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever it's uttered. If, on the other hand, you say it and can barely keep a straight face, then your politics are guaranteed to be moderate to right-of-center and you may have taken the remarks of both Kerry and Bush with the huge grains of salt they deserve.

But those who run around saying things like "people of color" -- as in black, brown, red and yellow people -- are dyed-in-the-wool lefties. It wasn't so much "journalists of color" who gathered in the nation's capital. The only color involved was one just a bit shy of the sanguineous, as in journalists of (the) color (pink).

Once you hear folks uttering phrases like "people of color" or anything else "of color," you can be sure they have certain core beliefs.

1. They believe in appointing federal judges who will raid the "penumbra" of the U.S. Constitution and pull out "rights" sacred to the left -- like a "right to privacy" that also includes a right to a publicly funded abortion.

2. They believe police who arrest a felon on Election Day should drop the miscreant off at the polls so he can vote before being carted off to jail.

3. They believe that vouchers and charter schools will ruin those public schools already wrecked beyond repair.

4. They believe that the best way to stop criminals with guns is to prevent law-abiding citizens from having them.

5. They believe that convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal is really innocent.

6. They believe that blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans, by virtue of not being white, have some "Third World" solidarity thing going on, notwithstanding those affirmative action college and university admission policies that benefit three of those groups but penalize Asians (and whites). That not-so-minor matter of the red people of color in the Seminole tribe voting out the black people of color several years ago is similarly ignored.

So it's no surprise that these journalists laughed when Bush responded to a question about Native American sovereignty with the answer: "It means you're sovereign." It's no surprise that afterward some found mirth in Bush's remarks that you have to know how to read before you read a newspaper.

"Ah hah!" shouted the journalists of (the) color (pink). "Bush is a blithering idiot!" No, he might be just way too wedded to tautological statements. But let's say for the sake of argument he is. We have to look at the folks making the allegation.

Some of the "Bush is an idiot" remarks came from black journalists, an odd charge considering that eight years ago, one Louis Farrakhan addressed the National Association of Black Journalists and called them, in essence, worthless, sniveling poltroons with little backbone. They responded by giving him a standing ovation. And many of these folks think Bush is the idiot?

Well, they do, and it's not likely Bush would have received a fair shake from this crowd no matter what he said. To show just how far to the left many, but thankfully not all, of these journalists are, consider how they would have reported the following scenario.

Let's say Bush is jogging along the Potomac and notices a "child of color" drowning in the water. Bush jumps in and pulls the child to safety.

Most of the journalists at Unity would write this headline: "Bush interrupts child of color's leisurely dip in the Potomac."

They'd probably laugh hysterically as they wrote it, just as they yukked it up when Bush addressed the Unity convention. But if they're not careful, it'll be Bush who's giggling with glee the morning of Nov. 3.

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