"Right On, Soul Brother!"
Do Howard Dean's comments about Republicans being "a white Christian Party" and "all looking alike" remind anyone else of the dorky patronizing white guys on The Jeffersons or Good Times?
You know the kind...those Norman Lear archetypes who would try WAY too hard to ingratiate themselves to Jimmy "Dyn-O-mite" Walker by mangling urban catch phrases like "You're really bringing me over, Willis!" or "Get Down Soul Sister!"
White Liberals love this in the same way they love to mention loudly at work or at cocktail parties what a great poet Maya Angelou is, how all their favorite musicians are black, how they ate at "that great Ethiopian restaurant" last week, or how white men can't jump.
I suspect that black Americans fatigue on this transparent pandering in the same way most folks don't appreciate or trust any "friend" who tries too hard to flatter.
Black Conservatives I asked about this strange Liberal idiosyncrasy advise a different approach:
- Treat people as individuals - not part of an interest group, minority, etc...
- Don't assume anyone is a "victim."
- Reward effort - not ethnicity.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY - Avoid transparent flattery or overarching self-deprecation. Simply put - it's not an effective debate strategy and it makes you look like a dork.