Liberal bigotry, Louisiana politics, and the New York Times

The condescension of the
New York Times toward

minority conservatives
is so thick, you need a
Cuisinart electric carving knife to slice it.

On Oct. 12, Times
editorial writer Adam Cohen penned a hit piece
masquerading as a profile of Bobby Jindal, the
remarkable Republican gubernatorial candidate in
Louisiana. Cohen began by noting that while Jindal`s
primary night victory celebration last weekend was
attended by a diverse mix of whites and

, “there was scarcely a black

How many “black
were in attendance at Democratic rival
Kathleen Blanco`s election night gathering, Cohen did
not see fit to print.

Cohen sneered at Jindal`s
“almost freakishly impressive resume.” At 32, the
GOP Rhodes Scholar has already turned around Louisiana`s

bankrupt Medicaid
program as Secretary of the
state`s Department of Health and Hospitals; raised
graduation rates, retention, and private donations as
president of the University of Louisiana system
; and
served as a

senior health policy adviser
in the Bush
Administration.  [A
New Kind of Minority Is Challenging Louisiana`s Racial
By Adam Cohen, NYT, October
12, 2003]

If a young, minority Democrat candidate possessed
such a striking record, Cohen almost assuredly would
have described it as “extraordinary” or “prodigious.”
But since the resume belongs to a conservative who
happens to be pro-life, pro-school choice,

pro-gun rights
, and pro-free market, “freakish” is
what came to Cohen`s narrow mind.

None of Jindal`s policy
accomplishments matter more to Cohen, however, than
this: He is “the dark-skinned son of immigrants from

It wallops you in the
head like the high fastballs being pitched at Fenway

I have met Jindal a few
times over the years; he was an Oxford classmate of my
husband`s. Jindal has a memorable smile, a trademark,
fast-paced way of talking, and a boundless enthusiasm
about politics and policy.

Never did the hue of his
skin ever register in my head. (And yet we conservatives
are constantly slimed by the media as the bigots!)

I searched Nexis for any reference to

Jindal`s opponent`s
skin in the Times and the
rest of the media. Grand total: zero.

There were, however, three other references to Jindal
as “dark-skinned.” One appeared in a front-page, Oct. 3
Los Angeles Times

by Scott Gold.
Two were from Associated Press
reporter-turned-color analyst Adam Nossiter, who

Jindal on Sept. 28 as
“moderately dark-skinned”
and just plain

on Sept. 3. Maybe it was the

Liberal bigotry
subsists on the oxygen of
sanctimony. Thus, Cohen informed us that it is not he
who is racist, but the entire South, which has been “historically
fixated on blacks and whites,

[and] has had trouble
knowing what to make of people who are neither.”
Cohen, can you spell “projection?”

Cohen then cited a

Supreme Court case
from 1927 about a Chinese
girl in Mississippi who was compelled to attend a
"colored" school rather than a white one.

If Cohen wanted to write
about 21st-century racism in Louisiana
politics, he might have mentioned the ignorant attack on

penned earlier this month
by College Democrats of
America president Ashley Bell. The
race-baiter-in-training sent out an

deriding Jindal as an “Arab American and
the Republicans
[sic] token attempt to
mend bridges long burnt with the Arab American
So full of hate he can`t even get
facts straight.

Cohen ignored the Dems`
demagoguery. Instead, he attacked Jindal for
“scarcely address
[ing] the special problems of
Louisiana blacks”
– failing schools, government
corruption, and affordable health care apparently being
“white” problems only.

Cohen suggested that black
gubernatorial candidates have lost in Louisiana because
white voters remain racist, but that if the
“dark-skinned” Jindal wins, it won`t be because white
voters are now color-blind, but because Jindal is a
politically white, “hollow symbol” of inclusion.

“If the Republican
Party really

wants to be inclusive
, in Louisiana and nationally,”

Cohen smugly concluded, “it needs to start finding
nonwhite candidates that nonwhites want to vote for.”  

Such chutzpah the Times
has to preach to the rest of us about racial inclusion!

For a look at whom the
pasty-faced Mr. Cohen parties with every morning, check
out the photos of all but one of the 15 ghost-toned,
porcelain-skinned, and moderately marshmallow-colored
editorial members at

the Editorial board`s home page

To quote Mr. Cohen, there`s scarcely a black reveler

Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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