January 2, 2004

Teaching Us "White Folks"

This entire article is just begging for a complete Fisking, but I'm going to just pick two gems:

Dean said his own education about unconscious racism began at Yale, where he graduated in 1971. He was trying to get a child from the inner city of New Haven that he was tutoring to talk "proper" English. One of his African-American roommates told him, "Why don't you leave him alone?" He said he had the "traditional white liberal idea that if black people were like us then we'd all be fine. Sort of like the Republican idea. If we all played golf at the same country club, then there wouldn't be any racial problems."

So, trying to teach a child how to speak proper English is racist in the mind of Howard Dean. How about teaching a child math? Social Studies? How about teaching a child anything that might possibly help them make an honest living when they grow up? Why send kids to school at all?

This is a man who wants to be President of the United States, and he thinks that teaching proper English is wrong.

Lord help us.

Then there's this one:

Another seminal moment was during his freshman winter. One of his roommates became a leader in the black student alliance, which resulted in frequent, large gatherings of African-American men in his dorm room. At one of these gatherings, Dean said, "I suddenly realized I was the only white person in the room, and literally the hair went up in the back of my neck. 'Cause I thought, what if it was always like this? What if everywhere in your world you were the only white person and everyone else was black? For one instant I had some tiny inkling what it was like to be black in America."

Gads! Get over yourself! Being the only white person in the room makes the hair go up on the back of your neck? Lord, if that was a universal reaction, how would I have ever made it through elementary school? Or, for that matter, get through a work day. Believe it or now, Howard, there are days when I'm the only white person in the office.

And Howard Dean thinks he's not a racist.

Posted by Ithildin at January 2, 2004 3:47 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Leave it Howard Dean to have us Repugs longing for the good old days of Willie Brown. As bad as he was/is overall, at least he was on the right side of the Oakland Ebonics controversy.

Posted by: Xrlq at January 2, 2004 7:21 PM