The Democratic Party had a very racist Black History Month this year. Yes, you read that right. Several members of the party that is constantly looking for targets to label as “racist” made severe missteps in February, and despite media attempts to explain away or ignore these episodes, word still made it into the mainstream.
It seems these individuals just couldn’t help themselves. From racial epithets to distasteful reminders of slavery, prominent Democrats made cringe-worthy moves that cause one to ask: Will the events of this past month inspire the party to change its ways and realize that racism can exist on both sides of the political aisle? Our advice is, don’t hold your breath.
A Very Racist February
First, we have Mary Ann Lisanti, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, who got herself into trouble when she used a racial slur to describe an area of Prince George’s County. In a conversation with another lawmaker who was campaigning in the area, she mentioned that he had been door-knocking in a “n**ger district.”
Naturally, a number of Ms. Lisanti’s colleagues called on her to step down from office. The House of Delegates approved a measure censuring her, arguing that the comments “brought dishonor to the entire General Assembly of Maryland.”
But that wasn’t all for the Democrats. Pamela Northam, the wife of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, was the next to step into the spotlight. She channeled her husband – who has recently suffered from his own race-related scandal after a yearbook photo showing him wearing blackface or a Ku Klux Klan outfit surfaced – while hosting a group of students on a field trip at the governor’s mansion.
As she gave the group a tour of the historic home, Northam explained the history of the mansion. At one point, she took some pieces of raw cotton, handed them to the only black students on the trip, and asked them to imagine being slaves who had to pick the crop. While it was later reported that she passed the cotton to other students after asking the black kids to visualize the experience of their ancestors, the damage was done. Mrs. Northam issued an apology after the inevitable uproar, stating that she regretted her actions and that she was “still committed to chronicling the important history of the Historic Kitchen, and will continue to engage historians and experts on the best way to do so in the future.”
Last, but most certainly not least, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) made a racist remark about a White House staffer during the testimony of Michael Cohen. During the recent congressional hearing, Tlaib accused Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) of being racist for bringing Lynne Patton, a black woman who serves under the Trump administration, to vouch for the president. “Just to make a note, Mr. Chairman, just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren’t racist,” Tlaib said, addressing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). “It is insensitive – some would even say it’s the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
Many on the left have the uncanny ability to falsely accuse others of racism while revealing their own race-based bigotry at the same time. Tlaib’s comments implied that Patton was unable to make decisions for herself because she is a black woman who has aligned herself with President Trump. Apparently, blacks are only more than mere “props” when they agree with leftist ideas.
To his credit, Rep. Cummings defended Meadows and allowed Tlaib to clarify her remarks. The Hill recently reported that Meadows and Tlaib patched things up after a hug on the house floor. Makes you want to break out a guitar and sing “Kumbaya,” doesn’t it?
Will They Stop The Hypocrisy?
The Democrats have won many victories by unfairly accusing their political opponents of being bigots. But over and over again, members of the party have shown that they have their own issues with racism. Unfortunately, this is not likely to curb their race-baiting tendencies. After all, why would they stop when it has worked for them in the past? But if the 2016 election is any indication, this strategy may no longer be as effective as it has previously been, and the left may eventually be forced to find a new tactic that will appeal more to American voters.