What’s the most liberal city in America?
Would you say San Francisco?
Berkeley? New York? Los Angeles? Chicago? Washington, D.C.?
You could say, “All the urban areas in America are liberal. Take those cities out of America and you’ve got a very genuine conservative America with lots of open space, no smog, few commuting problems, a Republican utopia.”
Of course, I didn’t say that. But I know what you were thinking.
But arguably the most liberal city in America is none of those I previously mentioned. It could very well be Boston. When you factor in nearby Provincetown, Cambridge and Amherst, it’s solidly “progressive,” which, to me, is a misnomer. Liberalism and leftism has nothing to do with progress. It is a throwback to the idea that government knows best. Government is God to liberals.
What we shouldn’t expect in such a bastion of liberalism as Boston is crude, disgusting, boorish, indecent racism.
Yet that is exactly what we witnessed last weekend in Boston when the Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles.
Some Red Sox fans threw bags of peanuts at the Orioles’ black star center fielder Adam Jones while shouting racial epithets.
This is 2017, by the way. It’s a long time after Jackie Robinson endured this kind of treatment back in 1947 – 70 years ago – when he broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier.
I suppose you could say this stuff can happen anywhere – and that’s fair. It only takes a few rotten apples to spoil the barrel. And one cannot condemn an entire city because of the actions of a few racist freaks.
But, as a baseball fan, I can tell you even black Boston players have said they’ve heard these slurs. It’s bizarre. But it confirms my theory that the most racist constituency in America is actually found among liberals. Anecdotally, I’ve seen it all my life.
It comes in three forms – black racism, standard anti-black racism and, perhaps most insidious of all, is the kind of white paternalism that manifests itself as what my colleague Erik Rush has dubbed “Negrophilia.”
(This is a theory that has never been fully appreciated. Rush Limbaugh has recently been making the case that Barack Obama won two terms as president largely because white voters were so sick of hearing about their own racism. They wanted to end that talk, but found only that they heard more of it.)
In any case, it seems strange that Boston baseball fans would be so abusive to star black players when some of their most beloved players have been black – like the recently retired David Ortiz, or Big Papi, as he was affectionately known.
Yet, it’s undeniable that it’s there – right under the surface. All it takes is a few beers and a few defeats at the hands of an opposing rival for it to manifest itself.
Anyway, let me conclude by saying the behavior in Boston was inexcusable.
As Jones tweeted after the game: “Boo me, tell me I suck … just leave the racial stuff out of it.”
That’s good advice for Boston baseball fans, and it’s equally good advice for the Democratic Party, which has done nothing to end racism in America with all its finger-pointing and hand-wringing. Not since the Ku Klux Klan served as the military wing of the party has America’s racial divide been more obvious and pronounced.
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