If Ann Coulter Were Black
Ann Coulter is a white Crystal Wright. I met Crystal more than ten years ago when I interviewed her for my book, In Search of Black America. She is still sharp and beautiful even though her contemporary web persona is puzzling yet extremely entertaining. On Twitter, her handle isGOPBlackChick and she is editor ofconservativeblackchick.com. The last headline on her website proclaimed “Blacks are Fed up with Obama; It’s about Time.”
Really Crystal? Are blacks fed up with Obama? Every sign of black opinion on Obama I see is compatible with the recent Pew-USA Today poll, which places President Obama’s favorability at its highest since 2009. I have not seen any evidence of black discord from those numbers.
It must be so frustrating to be an Obama-hater now. Perhaps it is like being a liberal who did not consider Ronald Reagan to be the God of the White House in the ’80s. Now, through the sequester and a shaky economic recovery, Obama clearly displays some of that Reagan teflon that easily carried the former president through Iran Contra. This is a moment of Revenge of the Liberals who survived the Reagan years. In fact, one of Wright’s own tweets yesterday implied Obama supporters were as locked to the president as Reagan-lovers were during the Eighties. Wright tweeted, “if the president told his supporters to jump off a bridge for hope & change, they would say how many times?”
Now it is time for my own confession: I love reading the blogs of conservatives, especially black Obama haters. Maybe it is a fascination with “the other.” Maybe it is akin to my comfort and ability to be entertained in a room of Ronald Reagan lovers 30 years ago. Conservative tweets are great bedtime reading — almost like watching Comedy Central. Conservative William Carter Jr. describes himself as “God-fearing, Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Friend, American, Gamer. Life is short, enjoy it while you’re here, you only get one.” Carter tweeted that the president could propose to bring back slavery, and his supporters would “clap at the SOTU when it’s announced.” Derrick Burnette says: “If Obama spit in his supporters face they’d say thanks 4 the rain Mr President.” Just pass the popcorn or pour me another glass of Merlot.
Wright, Carter or Burnett may have felt at home at a dinner I attended in the ’80s with black Republicans honoring Richard Nixon. Someone compared Tricky d**k’s record on race to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. To be fair, the speaker was referring to the former President’s black capitalist initiatives.
Beyond her tweeting sensations, Wright makes some solid points. There are some thoughtful elements in her blog posts exploring the GOP’s pathetic efforts to reach out to black voters. And she takes us back to those “binders” — not Romney’s books of good women. Wright notes that the Congressional Black Caucus gave President Obama “binders full of blacks to appoint to cabinet positions but Obama isn’t giving his 95 percent a single nom. Zero.”
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