Rush Limbaugh goes on a racist rant. Rod Dreher criticizes it...while still embracing the exact racism that drives the entire point.


How low will these people go? Look, I think it's important to talk about black male violence, or at least as important as it is to talk about any other important social trend. I don't think we should be squeamish about discussing it in a responsible and fair-minded way, despite what the politically correct say. But good grief, Limbaugh is up to something wicked. He's plainly trying to rally white conservatives into thinking that now that we have a black president, blacks are rising up to attack white kids! Christ have mercy, what is wrong with these people?

See, black males have a problem with violence, but it's not because there's a black male in office...it's just because black males are violent! Now, let's discuss. Responsibly and fair-mindedly.

Megan McArdle likewise uses this as an opportunity to pat herself on the back for disliking Limbaugh, while still repeating the exact same line from Dreher uncritically. To see this enlightened non-racism in action, check out the "beating up black kids for talking about politics" screed Amanda mentioned earlier.

Why is it so much easier for so many conservatives to get angry about Communism and czars than it is about actual bigotry that has an actual impact on their lives? Simply put, it's because Communism and czars are big fake things that they'll never have to worry about having any impact on their lives. It's easy to take responsibility for keeping dragons from burning down your home, because dragons don't exist and you can do whatever crazy shit you want while claiming absolute anti-dragon success. It's much hard to take responsibility for, say, paying your bills, because there are real people who want real money from you for real things.

It probably feels great to go to D.C., wave around a Gadsden flag and hand-paint a sign demanding that we overthrow our government or just keep watermelon out of the White House garden. But it feels so great and is so easy to motivate yourself to do because there's no chance that you'll ever meet the sort of dispiriting resistance or setbacks that people who tackle real problems do. If you admit racism exists beyond the boundaries of a radio rant that you can easily distance yourself from, that means you have to take all that energy used to theorize that Barack Obama will use GM to build light tanks for his youth army and use it to stop people you have influence over from doing terrible things to other people. That takes actual work and actual bravery, which is why there's no sobbing dough-faced faux-comedian scribbling nonsense on chalkboards and making millions of dollars a year doing it.