You know the most awful thing Obama did last year? I mean, aside from casting every single woman in the US into a pit of patriarchal pessimism from which we will not emerge for 10,000 generations?
He robbed us of a brave phalanx of freedom fighters who were actively confronting and resolving race relations — a group that indeed may have been on the very brink of realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream — when their activities on behalf of Teh Colored were cruelly terminated by the conduct of the Democratic primary.
I speak, of course, of the PUMAs, those noted civil rights stalwarts who contributed so much to the betterment of race relations until last year. More in sorrow than anger, Boss Murphy assessed Attorney General Eric Holder’s controversial speech on the topic, in which he accused Americans of cowardice on the race issue. Her sad lament:
It’s not that I’m a coward about confronting racism, and I imagine most Pumas are the same, it’s that after watching what happened in the Democratic primaries — the fraud, the backroom dealing, the misogyny — I just COULDN’T CARE LESS anymore. Which is the saddest thing of all.
Yes, it’s sadder than you may realize, because Boss Murphy has amazing powers that allow her to interpret Negro speech for white audiences. She has the ability to divine opposite meanings from identical words spoken by Teh Colored, abilities that are rare in pallid little flounders such as herself. Behold:
Now who is this “we” he’s talking about, this “we” who must “be able to accept criticism”? Is he referring to white people? Doesn’t seem likely as Holder is black. Maybe he means ALL Americans, that all of us must be able to accept criticism? My hunch is that he was talking to black listeners in that line (unconsciously betraying an “us versus them” mentality that we are all susceptible to). He was reminding black people that discussion of racism is a two-way street. THOSE white people are the cowards, but WE black people also have to be willing to hear some criticism if we want to talk honestly with white people about racism.
So according to Murphy, when Holder said “we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” the “we” referred to WHITE people. But when he said “we have to be able to accept criticism,” the “we” referred to BLACK people.
Sadly, we’re likely to be deprived of such stunning insights in the future, as Murphy “COULDN’T CARE LESS anymore” and will probably leave the dusky hordes tragically uninterpreted. I hope you’re happy, Obambi and Axelrove.
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