Early this week Lawrence O'Donnell thought nothing of taking GOP Presidential candidate and black man Herman Cain to task for allegedly not showing proper commitment as a pre-teen during the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott of 1955, and for his lack of participation in the Birmingham campaign in the spring of 1963 when Cain was a high school senior. I have no idea where Lawrence O'Donnell was in the late fifties and early sixties, and I don't care. It irritates me to no end that this man thinks it is his place to challenge Cain on these grounds, as if he isn't black enough for Mr. O'Donnell's approval.
Though O'Donnell later claimed he was just trying to understand Cain as a candidate, it is clear to anyone watching the interview that he meant to demean Mr. Cain. As William Jacobsen points out at Legal Insurrection, such partisan actions on the part of a journalist are disgustingly inappropriate.
Now other prominent tools of the left such as singer-actor Harry Belafonte have joined in on the beat down.
It amazes me that people like these cannot understand that being equal in society means he is free to have his own opinions. It is people like O'Donnell and Belafonte that are the face of a the strange new racism that marks the liberals of today.