Obama in Selma: Air Brushing History

Originally posted by Jeffrey Lord for Conservative Review

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Famously, the New York Times cropped former President George W. Bush and wife Laura out of its front page photo of the 50th anniversary of Selma. But that’s not all that was cropped. President Obama’s speech, much celebrated in liberal land, was a masterpiece of the oratorical cropping – a thoroughgoing Stalin-style airbrushing of American racial history. With reason.

Here’s a sample of the Obama cropping of history at work, busily decrying “airbrushed history” while…airbrushing history.

In one afternoon fifty years ago, so much of our turbulent history – the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher – met on this bridge. It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest to determine the meaning of America. ….As is true across the landscape of American history, we cannot examine this moment in isolation. The march on Selma was part of a broader campaign that spanned generations; the leaders that day part of a long line of heroes. ….What happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it’s no longer endemic, or sanctioned by law and custom; and before the Civil Rights Movement, it most surely was.

That is a small but representative sampling of the speech. But it suffices to illustrate exactly what was, to use the president’s phrase, “airbrushed history.” The speech version of that photo cropping by the Times. What did he leave out?

What was airbrushed or cropped out of the Selma speech is what, in fact, liberals repeatedly try and airbrush or crop out of their history. Back there in the pre-historic era that was 2008 I took a look at the website of the Democratic National Committee and its section titled “Party History.” The DNC – then on the verge of nominating Senator Obama – began its version of the party in 1800. It got to 1848 and then, suddenly, skipped to this: “As the 19th Century came to a close, the American electorate changed more and more rapidly.” Poof! Fifty-two years of party history simply vanished. In just the fashion that now-President Obama airbrushed his Selma speech. Why? What was missed?

The reason for all this historical airbrushing is easy to understand. The hard fact is that the Democrat Party’s political strength came from, as we say politely these days – “playing the race card.” In other words? When the President talked about the “stain of slavery….the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow” – who, exactly, does he think was behind all of this?

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