The Black Hive Mind

By Jesse Taylor
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 16:13 EDT
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I’m not even sure how to take Kathryn Lopez’s suggestion that we can interpret Colin Powell’s endorsement as race-based because Essence and Vibe endorsed Obama.

On the one hand, the inherent racial assumptions are awesome. Because magazines written by black people say something, we can assume all black people are actually saying the same thing, whether they do or not. For instance, I can easily assume that National Review contributor Thomas Sowell agrees fully with the content of Black Men’s Swimsuit’s “Finest Chocolate Asses” issue.

On the other hand, the inherent racial assumptions are even more awesome, because if you sort of smush together everything that Obama’s saying with what any of a half dozen conservatives have said at various points in the past few years, the only real difference he has with them is that he’s black. That, of course, says nothing about the fact that GOP has fewer black people in it than a new suburban mall and everything about the fact that Colin Powell is a walking issue of Ebony.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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