I know no one who did.
So I'll be damned if I'll feel sorry for some breathtakingly well-paid columnist in New York City because someone I don't know owned and abused someone he doesn't know.
It's over, dude. Deal with it.
Or, as James Taranto puts it:
One cannot go backward. White supremacy is as good as dead, and white guilt is dying along with guilty whites of older generations. Both these developments constitute progress toward racial equality. The election of a black president was the most compelling dramatization this country has seen of the death of white supremacy. In our view, it is also hastening the demise of white guilt.It's worth noting - again - the fact that liberals in this country thought well of white America when it voted Barack Obama into the highest office in the land. Now that Obama has proven himself to be a failure, and many Americans (white and black) have soured on the man, we're seen as being white again.
That is why we characterized Gingrich's standing ovation as the 21st century's second most compelling dramatization of racial progress. Here again is what Gingrich said to provoke the applause: "I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I'm going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job."
If a politician had said those words in 1964 (minus the swipe at "liberals," which wouldn't have made sense back then), his statement would have constituted a rejection of white supremacy. Today it is a rejection of white guilt. The words are as true today as they would have been then.
Some of those who stood and cheered last week surely had ancestors who believed in white supremacy and would have bristled (or worse) at the suggestion that "every American of every background" is equal. By enthusiastically applauding instead, they gave the lie to the liberal left's genetic fallacy.
However stupid that may sound, it really, in the end, doesn't matter. We ain't going back. We have moved beyond race. They don't like it but it's a fact.
Liberals in this country are going to have to join us - some day - here in the 21st century.