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It has been said many times before, but it bears repeating: the best enemy is one that destroys itself. And that’s exactly what Florida Democrats have set about doing as the DNC chokes on a politically incorrect slip-up by one of their own.
DNC member John Parker of Duval County allegedly said “colored people” when he meant to say “people of color” back in January. Rather than forgive what Parker calls an honest and unintentional slip, the left at large immediately jumped on the “that racist bastard” bandwagon and called for his resignation. He turned in that resignation Wednesday, April 4.
The PC Craze is Out of Control
The PC craze – and the identity politics movement in general – has gotten out of control. It’s entirely possible that Parker merely got confused and said the wrong thing accidentally – with no malice or denigration intended. How are we to keep the ever-changing rules of the name game straight? After all, what, really, is the difference between colored people and people of color? Indeed, back in the Jim Crow days, when colored people was the widely used term, people of color was also in use.
Colored, negro, African-American (and Afro-American), black, and people of color have all been used by black people at some point with pride – and scorned by others from different eras as derisive and/or inaccurate. As this is not the first time “people of color” has made its way around the euphemism treadmill, it’s entirely possible that “colored people” could be the “new” politically correct term in another 20 or 30 years, when yet another generation decides to change what’s socially acceptable without bothering to learn history first.
Or Maybe, He’s Just Racist (or White)
On the other hand, perhaps the problem isn’t with the euphemism, but with who used it. After all, few would call the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Negro College Fund racist against black people. For most of the progressive left, white is just another word for racist.
There’s a big problem here for the Democratic Party; over 60% of their lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are white – as is John Parker. Additionally, there are now other allegations of blatant racism and sexism against Parker, which didn’t surface until recently. According to his accusers, he freely used the phrase, called the Working People Caucus the Poor Black People Working Caucus, and lamented that Jacksonville would become like Atlanta – a city with a majority black government.
Naturally, Parker denied this, though that didn’t stop him from caving to the pressure from his own side to step down.
The Left Eats Its Own – Again
What we see here is not the first time the Democratic Party has attempted to cannibalize one of its own. Back in October, Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA), the fifth-ranking House Democrat, told C-SPAN that it’s time for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and James Clyburn (D-SC) to step down. And she didn’t even have a real criticism of them – she just wanted her turn in the spotlight! Earlier last year, DNC chair Tom Perez announced that the party would withhold support from pro-life candidates, and later purged the DNC of several who supported Sanders over Clinton, and Keith Ellison over himself.
But back to Parker and the Florida Democrats. Maybe he said something racist, maybe he slipped up and used the wrong phrase accidentally. Either way, his own party jumped on the chance to drag him down – even his own wife! While she initially supported him, once that resulted in calls for her own resignation, she seemed to have no problem throwing him under the bus.
This self-destructive tendency of the leftist mentality can only hurt them in the upcoming elections. Any who expected Florida to be a part of some “blue wave” in November, might want to think again.