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If nothing else, the unfortunate deaths of singer Whitney Houston on Feb. 11 and Michael Jackson in 2009 evidence the fact that black Americans now have all of the same opportunities that whites do in America. Now, they, too, can be discovered unresponsive in the lap of luxury and mourned like royalty and statesmen despite a decade or so of dedicatedly destroying themselves. Yet, a substantial number of black Americans continue to hold that America is a racist nation and that they suffer from “white oppression.”

In the newly released documentary “Runaway Slave,” black pastor and tea-party member C.L. Bryant and director Pritchett Cotton put together powerful testimony as well as an exposé examining the lies to which black Americans are subscribed and the political devices used to control them. Many of those I have directly addressed, but of course we realize the game-changing effects a good film, whether truth or fiction, can generate.

One of the first scenes in this offering highlights a demonstration held by race-baiting Rev. Al Sharpton on Aug. 28, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Actually, it was a counter-demonstration to commentator Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” event that was taking place at the Lincoln Memorial. Given the rhetoric used at the Sharpton soiree, you’d have thought Beck was holding a Klan rally.

Obviously, race has played a big part in America’s story; the big question among many these days is whether it is likely to become an issue once again going into the 2012 general election … which is sort of akin to wondering whether or not a snake will slither when he decides to move from point A to point B.

The superficial views we are encouraged (by press and politicos) to hold concerning our ethnicity and their relatively easy manipulation have been a cornerstone of the left’s efforts to culturally balkanize this nation. Thus, there is no reason to presume that this would now cease. Factor in the gutter politics of the Obama camp and their surrogates, and I believe that we can count on a veritable sideshow this election cycle, the air as thick with race cards as confetti during a ticker-tape parade.

Some of the messages we are going to hear have already been floated, and these will simply be fleshed out more completely in the coming months. One, for example, involves the millions of whites who voted for Obama in 2008. These have since become committed racists who are now intent upon taking the country back from this horrible black man and putting a white man back in the White House.

Between the moral relativism that has been foisted upon us (wherein there’s no such thing as evil) and the vigorous attacks from the left when moral discernments are made, many commentators have been cowed into fear over the issue of such discernments. In this climate, Rep. Maxine Waters may call the Republican leadership “demons” and rail against their having usurped the People’s House, when it is the minority cabal to which she belongs that has no regard for the will of the people.

Now, I can call Maxine Waters a scrawny, cretinous black witch because I’m black. That’s somewhat perverse when you think about it, and it reflects a societal hypocrisy of sorts. It may not even be accurate, given that “scrawny” and “cretinous” are subjective after all, and I cannot actually verify that Waters is involved in witchcraft.

I proved a long time ago that I don’t have to call Sen. Harry Reid a lying old runner of snot to get my point across, even though in this case I still have the advantage of a certain racial bias, because blacks are typically given much more latitude relative to their speech than whites.

Again, though perhaps amusing, my argument might be obscured by the ad hominem attack. Reid is obviously not comprised entirely of mucus, although he might appear so; he is indeed elderly, and his predilection for purveying falsehoods is quite a bit easier to verify.

The point being that those on the left have been very successful in their efforts to intimidate us based on our sense of propriety, decorum and fair play, while retaining license to call people “demons,” “crackers” and all manner of unpleasant soubriquets. This will play into the racially fueled rhetoric employed as this election cycle wears on.

Start reading between the lines, as it were, when you hear Attorney General Eric Holder’s specious charges of voter intimidation against blacks (which he is already making), or when Jesse Jackson praises Obama for being the “Food Stamp President.” These are the seeds – inane though they may be – of what will become a full-blown racial component to the 2012 election season.

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