Make that rich, white, liberal racism. Janeane Garofalo has joined the ranks now, calling a black conservative a House Negro simply because he supported the Iraq war. I've argued before that this is flat-out racism. I'd like to add one more argument now.
I guess Garofalo would say bad things about anyone who supported this conflict. But the particular term she used here assumes that there's something different about his support of this military conflict. Somehow he gets a morally worse simply because he's black. Isn't that, totally apart from my arguments in my earlier post, enough to show that some sort of racism is going on here?
I assume she would respond by saying that the only reason he has a worse evaluation is because he, as a black man, should know better than a white supporter of the Iraq war should. But why would this be so? What does the Iraq war have to do with anyone's being black? If anything, people who have been freed from oppression would more likely support others being freed from oppression, but that goes the opposite way from what she needs.
The only other thing I can think of is that the over-representedness of black people in our voluntary military somehow should lead anyone who is black to oppose the military they voluntarily enlisted in putting them in any danger whatsoever. To think someone who disagrees with that is somehow racist (or giving in to Whitey if the person is black) is itself a racist view, since it would prevent black people from serving in any military if you take it to its logical conclusion. If that's not discrimination, I don't know what is.