In case you didn’t know, white Republicans have become the definitive voice on what constitutes blackness.
“Black authenticity, as defined by Southern mannerisms and darker complexion, amplified by conservatism or traditionalism, earns liberal unease,” says conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson, defending (possibly fading) GOP presidential front-runner Herman Cain, in his latest op-ed for the National Review.
In case you are unfamiliar with the Review, it bares noting that this magazine, founded by famed conservative writer William F. Buckley in 1955, used its pages to rail against Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
The real problem, according to Hanson, is that Cain is really black, while Barack and Michelle Obama are not. Hanson argues that Cain’s “authentic blackness” has made him a target of the liberal media and Democratic operatives.
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