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When Playing the Race Card, Don’t Deal From the Bottom of the Deck

As politically incorrect as I can be when it comes to talking about race, there’s nothing more offensive than when someone tries to play the race card and deals from the bottom of the deck.  Allow me to elaborate.

A “controversy” this weekend ensued following an editorial in the Indianapolis Recorder (full disclose, I am a contributing columnist) when editor Shannon Williams lamented about not being able to sit down with Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb.  I did some checking and it was more about scheduling conflicts than an actual snub, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make.

Following the snub, the grievance class, led and inspired by the Indiana Democratic Party, started kicking things into high gear.   The “Concerned” Clergy, Indy City-County Council member Stephen Clay (who led a failed attempt earlier this year to overthrow Maggie Lewis as President) the local NAACP (which opposes school choice and thinks African-American kids should be stuck in failing schools) all went after Holcomb as if he were Bull Connor in 1960 Alabama.

There’s some bull going on here because what Clay, the Concerned Clergy, NAACP and Democrats are doing is playing the race card in an effort to get African-Americans worked up in Indianapolis to come out and vote for John Gregg for Governor.

Gregg’s polling with African-Americans in Marion County isn’t all that great so somebody has to do something to get the natives all worked up so they will go to the polls and vote.  (Yes, I went there.)   I’ve seen this movie before.  The same Jackson-Sharpton crowd tried this with former Mayor Greg Ballard in 2011 and it failed miserably.

Instead of promoting Gregg’s agenda and showing how it would benefit African-Americans, these guys have decided that following Michelle Obama’s advice of taking the high road just isn’t good enough.   If you want to argue policy, that’s fine and fair. If you want to highlight competing visions for Indiana’s future, great.   But if you’re going to play the race card over what basically amounted to scheduling conflicts to start a riot, give me a break. This doesn’t help the dialogue and it discourages some folks from reaching out to Black voters if they are going to do is end up getting called racists.

And for the record, it’s nonsense like this why some folks don’t think Black lives matter.