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February 23, 2009

Monkey Shines: WaPo Apologizes Preemptively For Its Own Monkey Cartoon

It's just a cartoon running by a humorous piece about the study that found out that women were turned on by images of bonobo apes mating.

But they've apologized for any offense. In advance.

Because they don't want Al Sharpton, noted healer of racial wounds, siccing the FCC on them.

Incidentally, even Maureen Dowd is crying "enough" on the racial grievance industry:

CNBC reporter Rick Santelli struck a populist nerve with his screed about the unfairness of responsible homeowners picking up the tab for irresponsible homeowners — following the unfairness of taxpayers who are losing jobs, homes and savings propping up the exact same bankers and carmakers whose greed and myopia caused the economy to crash.

He spoke for those who want a pound of flesh. With the Wall Street bailout, Mr. Obama at least gave bankers a bit of the belt, and capped their pay. But homebuyers who wanted more than they could afford seem to be getting a free ride.

Yet Obama is oozing empathy compared with his attorney general, who last week called us “a nation of cowards” about race.

Eric Holder, who showed precious little bravery in standing up to Clinton on a pardon for the scoundrel Marc Rich, is wrong. We have just inaugurated a black president who installed a black attorney general.

We need leaders to help us through our crises, not provide us with crude evaluations of our character. And we don’t need sermons from liberal virtuecrats, anymore than from conservative virtuecrats.

In the middle of all the Heimlich maneuvers required now — for the economy, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, health care, the environment and education — we don’t need a Jackson/Sharpton-style lecture on race. Barack Obama’s election was supposed to get us past that.

Besides, the president has other issues that demand his passion.

Although liberals congratulate America (for the first time in their adult lifetimes, I'm sure) for having demonstrated their lack of racial prejudice by electing a black man president, I'd like to point out that in fact America has been terrifically non-prejudiced for quite some time, just as many conservatives have long contended. Electing a black man is president is hardly the start of an ethos of racial tolerance; rather it is one of the last steps demonstrating commitment to such an ethos.

Liberals shouldn't be praising America now for being non-racist. They should instead be apologizing to America for having so long branded them in malicious error as racist.

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