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Racism In Print

The Washington Post and it’s editorial staff and contributors seem to be particularly excited about the coming Obama presidency.

Yesterday I noted the ‘enthusiasm’ with which the Washington Post observed Obama’s appointments in the face of the current “Complex Security Picture“.

Well, today they’re at it again, barely able to control their shivers of joy. Or at least Al Kamen can’t: “President-Elect’s Picks Proove Diversity Is More Than Skin Deep“.

Al Kamen then launches into a description of the externalities of those Obama has selected, their age, their gender, home town (mostly Chicago). Only thing missing are their credentials.

Not until the 6th paragraph is there any word about their credentials.

Now, I don’t recall any such fawning over President Bush appointing successful and strong Secretaries as Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell. He didn’t make an issue of it, nor did the media.

Because to the conservatives it was about that annoying thing “content of character” rather than the external stuff we allow to control us too easily such as “color of skin”.

For all the crowing about this being the post-race era now that we’ve elected a man of African descent, the very fact that we had to elect a black man to get to the post-race era means that we’ve not gotten past race. And the Washington Post crowing about the external appearences of the appointments shows they subscribe to the very ideology which shares a brotherhood with the most egregious and ugly forms of racism: the idea that the outside matters at all.

Those Obama has selected may very well be incredibly talented at what they do and will probably do good well in the tasks Obama has selected them for. Obama probably even selected them for their abilities rather than their color and would probably appreciate the Washington Post growing up a few years’ worth of maturity.

The fact that the Washington Post thought it material to their abilities, that a significant part of their qualifications were their appearance proves the ugly father of racism, the propensity to judge the outside, is alive and well in the media.