Taranto notes this story from close to home:
Smart black students being accused of “acting too white” is an issue Triangle educators are debating at a youth and race conference this week.
Students say the stigma is keeping some of their peers from doing well in school.
Tenth grader Anais Guzman is on the honor roll. She says some of her peers see the achievement as acting too “white.”
“They can get high grades but they don’t want to because they’ll be considered as acting white, so they put white people down,” Guzman said.
…and then himself says:
As we noted yesterday, black adults are subjected to the trope of “acting white” as well–for espousing conservative political positions or joining the Republican Party. Thus the Democratic Party, which routinely racks up 85% to 90% of the black vote, has an interest in encouraging blacks to think of themselves as separate from the broader American population–a separateness that rests on pernicious notions of black inferiority.
…and now presumably James is just sitting back and waiting for the e-mailed accusations of racism to pour in. Which, presumably, is not at all related to this:
Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with “pointing out the obvious.”
“There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names,” said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
“Party trumps race, especially on the national level,” she said. “If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It’s democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy.
…and now, presumably, David Duke is sitting back somewhere and grinning like a mule eating briars.