This past Sunday, Colin Powell publicly announced his support for Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. In less than 24 hours of the endorsement, some conservatives screamed foul and claimed Mr. Powell made his endorsement based on race and race alone. Forget all the reasons that Mr. Powell clearly put forth during his Meet the Press appearance. No, it couldn't be for any of those logical reasons. No, in the minds of some conservatives, everything must be "racially motivated" if it involves more than one black person. To them, we're incapable of intellectual thought. Apparently, in their world, we just see brown skin and instantly say, "Me likes."
Sadly, it is during moments like these when some conservatives prove that they are without intellectual sophistication when it comes to people of color and black people, in particular. Why do I say this? Because whenever a black person has an opinion or makes a decision that these conservatives do not like or agree with, they instantly go to the, "It must be because he/she is black" rationale. This too simplistic answer is insulting on so many levels. Clearly, those who keep regurgitating it reveal themselves to be people who do not see blacks as equal to themselves, in both humanity and intellect, but rather as a monolithic group, incapable of diverse opinion and experience.
Here are just a few examples of the "endorsed him because he's black" nonsense coming from the Right:
PAT BUCHANAN (On Hardball with Chris Matthews)
GEORGE WILL (On This Week)