The Ann Coulter "our blacks" statement hit a nerve. Whenever conservative pundit Ann Coulter is involved, the topic is sure to create a firestorm. Ann is known for her comments championing the conservative brand but she is universally a decisive figure. No matter what side of the aisle you're on, Ann always says something to get tongues wagging. Her latest comments sure spiked a firestorm with Democrats.
During an interview about Herman Cain and his latest issue, Ann Coulter defended the presidential candidate by saying, "That's why our blacks are so much better than their blacks. To become a black Republican you don't just roll into it. You're not going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that's why we have very impressive blacks in our party."
There's nothing like throwing gasoline on the already burning flame. The biggest problem with this statement is "blacks" don't belong to anyone or any group. Life isn't a kickball game with Republicans on one side and Democrats on the other side, choosing which African-Americans to pick for their team.
Lots of people are up in arms about the statement but Coulter doesn't care. In fact, Ann Coulter doubled down on the "our blacks" statement. In an interview with Joy Behar she continued with her claim. When Behar asked if Ann really thought, "all the African-Americans who are Democrats are stupid", Ann says no but she continues, "I'm saying Google Maxine Waters, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, and then Google Allen West, Michael Steele or Herman Cain. ... Ours are more impressive. There's no question about it."
Ann Coulter's "our blacks" statement isn't so much racist as it is stupid. Since President Obama won the presidency, the country is falling all over itself to prove America has transcended racism, until the charge is necessary. Ann's comment is one of those attempts. Later in the Behar interview she says, "The only racism you hear in America is against conservative blacks." Both sides have African-Americans with notable qualities and career skills.
John Conyers worked on the civil rights movement and helped register voters in Selma, AL in 1963. Herman Cain is a mathematician and former CEO of a corporation. Maxine Waters is a former Head Start teacher and is the longest-serving African-American woman in Congress. Allen West is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. You will not find any of these people on trading cards because they're not in competition so lets stop comparing "our blacks."
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