It is truly amazing that leftist leaders can brazenly condescend to minorities while insisting that it is conservatives who are racist. At times, they address members of their victimhood class in ways that are condescending and obnoxious, but for some reason, they get away with it.
Recently, Beto O’ Rourke, the Democrat trying to replace Republican Senator Ted Cruz, addressed an audience at Prairie View Texas A&M University. During his speech, he implied that law enforcement officers are bringing the days of Jim Crow back to America.
Beto O’ Rourke Pulls A Joe Biden
The Democrat candidate started out by discussing the injustices that have been perpetrated against black Americans. He focused primarily on the criminal justice system, pointing out that the police, under Jim Crow, would collaborate with businesses to arrest black Americans and put them to work on chain gangs.
O’ Rourke went on to savage police officers:
“That system of suspending somebody, solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin, is why some have called this — I think it is an apt description — the new Jim Crow.”
Some might just see this as simple-minded virtue signaling — and they would be right. But O’ Rourke’s comments are indicative of something far worse. It reveals the fact that they believe blacks and other minorities are supposed to be easily manipulated by bringing up slavery and Jim Crow. The left, in their efforts to earn votes, use such imagery to play on the emotions of minority voters. O’ Rourke is not the first to embrace this cynical tactic.
The Left Believes Minorities Lack Intelligence
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden addressed a gathering of black Americans. During his speech, he slammed Republican candidate Mitt Romney, arguing that he wanted to “put y’all back in chains.” While the establishment media tried to cover for Biden, his comments enraged many on both sides of the aisle.
The Democrats habitually treat blacks and other minorities as children who are too mentally inept to function in normal society. Their actions indicate that they view minorities as simpletons who need the state to take care of them. In their view, it is a relationship similar to that of George and Lennie in the novel “Of Mice and Men.”
Ami Horowitz filmed a video addressing the debate over voter ID laws. He interviewed white liberal students on a college campus to find out why they believed that these types of laws are harmful to black Americans. The answers were astounding:
“Minority voters are less likely to have the kinds of IDs that are being described or required.”
“These type of people don’t live in areas with easy access to DMVs or other places where they can get identification.”
“I feel like they don’t have the knowledge of how it works.”
“There’s a repression of black voting with how if you’re a convicted felon, you’re not allowed to vote.”
These students also seemed to believe that blacks lack access to the internet and smartphones. But it got better. Horowitz then went to West Harlem to ask black Americans if they had trouble obtaining an ID. Predictably, none of them claimed to have difficulty locating the DMV and getting identification.
Are Minorities as Stupid as the Left Thinks?
Politicians like Joe Biden are completely aware of how they are treating minorities, but they shamelessly use slavery and Jim Crow in an attempt to manipulate these individuals. However, the average white liberal who has these views of blacks is likely unaware of how condescending their attitudes are.
Students like the ones that appear in Horowitz’s video have been conditioned to believe that minorities are nothing more than poor, helpless victims, who lack the intelligence to perform tasks as easy as obtaining identification. Moreover, they excuse this supposed lack of ability by blaming it on racism.
Blacks are too stupid to obtain IDs because of racism. They live in poor inner cities because of racism. These individuals can’t get jobs because of racism. Blacks have to fear the police because they are bringing back Jim Crow.
The reality is that the problems that blacks and other minorities face are largely a result of cultural issues and the progressive policies of the Democrats who run most of the cities in which they live. Instead of working to help these individuals pull themselves out of their circumstances, they implement programs designed to keep them trapped in their undesirable situations.