is running to become the new chair of the Democratic National Committee and progressives generally believe he'll take a combative approach towards the Trump Administration. Naturally, journalists approve.
Michelle Goldberg at Slate
Ellison, who announced his candidacy Monday, is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was the first Muslim elected to Congress, as well as the first black congressman from Minnesota. Ellison was the second sitting congressman to endorse [Bernie] Sanders but became an indefatigable Clinton surrogate as soon as the primary ended. He is uniquely positioned to unite progressives, carrying the passion of the Sanders movement into the party while representing the racial and religious minorities endangered in the Trump era...The people who are terrified by Trump’s victory—not white working class Trump voters—need Democrats to represent them. They need politicians who will see them, acknowledge their horror, and fight to muster whatever still exists of our democratic institutions on their behalf. The job of progressive leaders is to say no to Trump, not search for areas of cooperation.[Why the Democrats Need Keith Ellison, November 15, 2016]
Of course, Ellison is never been a fan of "cooperation" with white working class voters, not even to the point of being in the same country. Writing under the name Keith E. Hakim while at the University of Minnesota law school, Hakim endorsed a separate country for blacks.
In 1990, after calling for reparations, "Hakim" wrote on the need for even more extensive measures:
“Finally, blacks would have the option of choosing their own land base or remaining in the United States. Since black people toiled most diligently in the southeastern section of the United States, this land, quite naturally, would be most suitable. That means Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Blacks, of course, would not be compelled to move to the black state, and, of course, peaceful whites would not be compelled to move away.[Keith Ellison Once Proposed Making A Separate Country for Blacks, by Justin Caruso, Daily Caller, November 26, 2016]
Interestingly, Ellison, er, "Hakim," says both groups would be happy because whites would no longer have to deal with welfare payments and white guilt and blacks would have real country over their own destiny. There's implied praise of freedom of association
, with Ellison saying interactions between whites and blacks would now be voluntary rather than compelled. He also cuttingly mocks white liberals, who would be opposed to the plan, he says, "they justify their existence by championing so-called lost causes."
At a time when Steve Bannon of Breitbart
and future Senior Adviser to the President is habitually called a "white nationalist" based on no evidence, one would think the explicit endorsement of a black ethnostate by the future head of the DNC could be of some interest to the Main Stream Media. Naturally, it has received far less coverage than, say, the implications of a reporter receiving a message containing a cartoon frog on Twitter.
Even more interesting, none of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing away from Ellison's call for black independence. Indeed, even now, some of them seem to endorse it or admit they endorsed it in the past.
Congressman Hank Johnson
“I don’t see anything really objectionable. What he apparently proposed was a partitioning of the United States into a southeastern section.”When asked if what Rep. Ellison proposed was black nationalism, Johnson said, “I don’t know what to call it. It seems to have been born out of academia, a thoughtful discussion on possibilities.”“These are not ideas that have not been discussed by black folks throughout history,” Johnson added. The Georgia congressman said that while he is not in support of the ideas now “there was a time when I would have been.” Johnson told TheDC that time was when he is college.[Exclusive: Black Congressmen Refuse to Condemn Ellison's Past Proposal for a 'Black State,' by Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller, November 30, 2016]
No other members of the Black Congressional Caucus condemned the proposal.
A college student openly endorsing a white ethnostate (let alone endorsing one at age 26, like Ellison) would have a hard time getting an office job anywhere in the country, let alone becoming a congressman, let alone becoming the head of one of America's two major parties. But politics is about who, not what.
There's not a double standard. There's just The Standard. Whites are uniquely evil, they do not deserve to exist, and we must pursue policies which ensure they die out. In contrast, racial nationalism for other groups is healthy and should be supported.