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September 19, 2006

Black Liberal Bloggers Annoyed By Clinton's All-White BlogKlan BBQ

He actually makes a good point.

White liberal bloggers defend the all-white lunch by noting that the tried to be inclusive (by inviting Oliver Willis, who, for reasons unfathomable, did not show up for free food), but black liberal bloggers sort of insist on holding them to the same standard they apply to Republicans: It's results, not purity of intentions, that count.

This particular blogger, "Amptoons" or "Ampersand," is also less than satisfied that the white liberal outreach program consisted entirely of an invite to one (1) black blogger.

Somehow another blogger, Markos of the DailyKos, is counted as one of the "diverse" bloggers also invited but not showing up. But being weird-looking does not make one an ethnic minority.

Isn't he Greek? Aren't Greeks white? Even if he's nominally Hispanic or something (I really have no idea), he's as white as I am.

Maybe they can count some of the other white bloggers there as "minorities," too. I hear one was even a "Quane," or "Quarter Dane," as old anti-Danish racists used to classify them. (Although, it must be said, this particular blogger can easily "pass" as a Norwegian.)

The silliness of Titgate has really obscured this larger point. I don't believe in quotas, but I do believe in inclusion, and trying to recruit minority applicants for college and jobs, or inviting minority bloggers to a fairly Big Deal meeting with a former President.

And yet the Party of Endless Racial Condescension only thought to invite one (1!) black blogger to the shindig. One! Jeeze Louise, even the GOP is smart enough to have a back-up token waiting in the wings.

There aren't a whole heap of black bloggers, either on the right or left, but surely there are enough that one or, dare to dream, even two might have gotten the chance to have lunch with the nation's First Black President.

Thanks to JackStraw.

Update: It's still not too late. Jane Hamsher can photoshop blackface on to several bloggers' faces in order to get the requisite level of racial inclusiveness.

Heck, she can photoshop nunchucks into one blogger's hands to get that Chinaman in the shot, too.

(I think a commenter suggested this joke. You know who you are.)

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