THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Scripted post-racial palaver: Did anyone ever actually claim that President Obama's election heralded a "post-racial America?"
Over the past quite a few years, this has become an easy straw man for us pseudolibs to knock down. According to Kevin Drum, a columnist in the Los Angeles Times has gone there again today.
Here's where we're forced to chastise Drum. "What I'm curious about is her contention about Obama," he writes. "Back in 2008, did anyone really think that an Obama presidency really meant that a post-racial society was just around the corner?"
"Who were these people?" Drum asks. "And what do they have to say for themselves today?"
On the one hand, Drum is asking a good question. At various times, we've conducted halfhearted searches, looking for someone who actually made that now-famous claim.
We've never been able to find anyone, but the claim is somewhat hard to search for. Here's the problem today:
We're not going to waste our time reading the columnist's possible palaver. It seems clear from what Drum says that she offered zero examples of anyone making that claim.
Nothing new there! For all the scribes who have written that column, we've never seen anyone give an example. Shouldn't you cite an example or three before you shoot down such a claim?
Drum went too easy on this scribe. Press critic, please! We're supposed to insist on examples!