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More on Allen and Race

Race is always a difficult issue to discuss unemotionally in America for obvious reasons. My central problem with the Sen. Allen "Macaca" kerfuffle is the tendency of many (primarily in the media and on the politically-correct left) to see racial victimization in many instances where none exists, as well as the double standard that is applied when it comes to race and Republicans. Especially when the full and complete history of the Republican and Democratic parties does not give one party a monopoly on racial morality.

Let's stipulate up front that there is a difference between being racist and being insensitive. My point earlier was that the kid's contention that Allen singled him out because "he was a person of color" just doesn't really pass the sniff test when you watch the video. The kid was singled out because he was with the Webb campaign video taping Allen.

Now, was Allen's choice of words insensitive? Sure, I concede that his words could be construed as insensitive. But that does not necessarily make them racist. Which is why, unless there is something more here that we do not now know about this event, this is a "phony" racial incident.

How come it is Republicans who get hit with racist tag with the utterance of potentially insensitive remarks? How much uproar was there when Senator Clinton cracked that "Gandhi used to run a gas station in St. Louis?" And then there was Senator Biden just recently caught on tape saying, "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." I don't remember either of these "insensitive" comments by U.S. Senators, who are also running for President like George Allen, making the front page of the Washinton Post.

And then there is the case of former majority leader Trent Lott who was demoted (correctly) by his fellow Senate Republicans for praising ex-segregationist Strom Thurmond. Meanwhile Democratic Senator Chris Dodd gets a pass when he heaps similar-type praise on former KKK kleagle Robert Byrd, the man who dropped the "n-bomb" (twice) during a television interview just a few years ago.

Finally, there is something just a little off putting about passing judgment on an individual who you don't know, as a racist. Real racism is a scourge and a disease and it shouldn't be trivialized or swept under the rug, but the left in America is far too quick to use the racist, bigot, sexist, and homophobic labels as tools to silence debate from those they disagree with ideologically.

I'll stick by my first reaction to this video that this is a manufactured racial incident, but I will concede that perhaps someone with George Allen's history and politics and ambition should perhaps be more sensitive when broaching issues of race.