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Deval Patrick: America Is "A Civil Rights Nation"
If you have ever spent any time among Beltway politicos, you quickly realize how much they all think alike. The neoconservatives, the Christian Right, the libertarians, the environmentalists all seem to speak from their own set of talking points, and never question the premises of their particular party line.
This tends to make them all very destructive, and very boring.
So what does Deval Patrickâ€™s memoir tell us about how black elites think? In my opinion, it is their conception of the United States as a â€ścivil rights nation,â€ť as Gov. Patrick articulates it in his memoir:
Ours may be the only nation in human history not organized around a common language or religion or culture so much as a common set of civil ideals. And we have defined those ideals over time and through struggle as equality, opportunity, and fair play.
This idea obviously has something in common with the neoconservative conception of the United States as a â€śproposition nationâ€ť having no ethnic or cultural core necessary to sustain itself.
To be â€śpost-racialâ€ť, then means to be committed to this civil rights vision of America, though Patrick is smart enough to use the euphemism â€ścivil idealsâ€ť for â€ścivil rights.â€ť
So when President Obama spoke at Miami-Dade College, he probably didnâ€™t think he was saying anything genuinely treasonous. Rather, he believes this vision of America as a â€ścivil rights nationâ€ť is the correct one.
And anyone who suggests otherwise is, well, you knowâ€¦