Racial identity politics has long been the domain of the Democratic party, where the hegemony of the left has taken root. This has eroded the moral underpinnings of the civil rights agenda, making identity politics the currency of choice in the calculus of social justice.
Racial scandals committed by individuals associated with the Republican Party often spark moral outrage and trigger wall-to-wall media coverage. In contrast, racial scandals perpetrated by those affiliated with the Democratic Party, no matter how vitriolic, are ignored.
The hypocrisy manifests itself more prominently at the highest echelon of the Democratic Party. Game Change, a book about the 2008 U.S. presidential election, brought to light that former President Bill Clinton confided to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would be getting us coffee.”
When his wife lost the South Carolina primary to Obama by a wide margin (55.4 percent to 26.5 percent), the former president called Congressman Jim Clyburn at 2:00 a.m. with utter disdain. In his memoir “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black,” Clyburn quoted Clinton as saying, “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one.” The implication was that the “bastards” were, of course, blacks.