For a movement obsessed with identity politics, and grievously concerned with the twin moral offenses of cultural appropriation and political incorrectness, the left sure has a habit of selecting leaders who feel exempt from it all.
While Hillary Clinton's penchant for adopting a "cultural dialect" has been notorious since her hilarious Selma speech in 2007, something Democrat rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hysterically sought to adopt herself when speaking last year to black activists at Al Sharpton's National Action Network, ain't nobody holdin' a candle to presumptive 2020 nominee Joe Biden.
Yes, the same guy who once mused how "storybook" it was to have the first "mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean," is at it again. Echoing back to his shockingly offensive warning to black voters in 2012 that Mitt Romney (one of the most affable, genial, and least caustic individuals in American politics) was "gonna put y'all back in chains," Biden smashed the cultural pandering button hard in a recent interview with black radio host "Charlamagne tha God."
"Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
Notice that not only does the de facto leader of the modern Democrat Party say something so racially offensive without hesitating, he flashes a satisfied smile at the end like he just dropped a well-scripted, perfectly-delivered mic drop. I struggle to decide what's worse: the fact that he said it, or the fact that he is oblivious to how outrageous it is.
In his statement, the former Vice President erased the identity of any black person who dares wander from the Democrat Party's thought plantation. If you don't think like a liberal, you aren't black. In what universe of enlightened thought is that even a remotely acceptable position to espouse?
Let's not be coy about this. The same political party that once advocated the repulsive assumption of ownership of black bodies now advocates the equally repulsive assumption of ownership of black minds. It's textbook racism, and those who are too cowardly to call it that because of political prejudices are doing a grave disservice to the betterment of our society.
To that end, Charlamagne did his best to deflect the staggering statement and perhaps save Biden from himself.
"It don't have nothing to do with Trump. It has to do with the fact that I want something for my community."
Fair enough, although I'm not sure progressives will like where that ends. Comparing the record low black unemployment under Trump pre-coronavirus against Biden's legacy of seeking to "lock all the S.O.B.s up" when crafting crime bills with southern segregationists isn't likely to convince free-thinking black voters of the wisdom in embracing the former Vice President.
The propensity of white liberals to feel entitled to treat unique individuals with distinct minds like a monolithic block of dark-skinned citizens ripe for rhetorical manipulation is the epitome of undeserved privilege and virulent racism.
Godly people and those with even a modicum of moral character will not fail to identify it as such regardless of any political calculation.