Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion

Ann Coulter is incredibly confused about race. She says that whites owe blacks for slavery but that the GOP should ignore blacks and court whites. Moreover, according to her, browns are never victims of racism. Incredibly, Coulter lambastes the racial grievance industry while advocating for the cult of victimhood, the core component of that industry.

Coulter is as confused in her own views on race as transracial people are in their own identities.

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Civil Rights for All Citizens

Just over a week ago, Coulter made this astonishing claim:

“The only time you should be able to sue for discrimination is if you are an African-American. That’s it! That’s it! I don’t want to hear about anybody else. You can hire whomever you want to. You can fire whomever you want to. … Civil rights are for blacks.”[1]

(So the Bill of Rights only applies to blacks?)[2]

Eager to press the point, Coulter recently exclaimed, “It’s at least indisputable, that’s why civil rights laws were written.”[3]

Coulter first advanced her bogus civil rights theory in Mugged (2012), which posits that civil rights are only for blacks![4] She was wrong then and she’s wrong now.

In Mugged, an otherwise exquisite book, Coulter was dreadfully wrong on the issue of race. And she still does not get it!

The Civil Rights Amendments and Acts that Coulter refers to in her commentary were designed to include blacks – and others – into the pool of individuals whose civil rights are guaranteed.

Civil rights, which Coulter can’t quite grasp, are for all citizens – not just blacks. Blacks were not given special rights but equal rights. Is that so hard for a constitutional attorney to grasp? The whole point of the exercise – of the entire Civil Rights Movement – was to enshrine equality under the law.

Civil rights guarantee equal protection under the law.”

Remember King’s I Have a Dream speech? Character, not skin color. Lady Justice is colorblind for a reason!

Coulter seemed to understand this in 1997, when she commended California’s Proposition 209[5] “to prohibit racial discrimination, much like the equal protection clause under the Civil Rights Act.”[6]

Coulter on MSNBC in 1996-1997

Coulter once had a far firmer grasp of civil rights than she does now.

Almost twenty years ago, Coulter bemoaned the increasingly complex racial categories being foisted upon Americans by liberal elites and special interest groups. She warned “how complex, and confusing and annoying, affirmative action is going to become,” warning that “We’re going to have to turn back to the racial composition charts of South Africa to figure out, ‘Are you colored or are you black?’”[7] She predicted, “I think people are really going to get fed up with it.”

Coulter also criticized the growing insertion of race into society by the government, arguing,

“But unfortunately, the government – almost the government alone – still does care what your race is. I mean, it’s interesting, the courts are even ahead of the Clinton administration on this, partially in lawsuits brought by my law firm. They are striking down racial classifications while the Clinton administration is promoting them.”[8]

Coulter also condemned the notion of generational sin and the supposed legacy of slavery:

“I don’t understand the principle under which I’m supposed to be responsible for what some white people may have done six generations back. I mean, on that theory we oughta be punishing the children of criminals. We don’t even hold one – the next generation – responsible for what that person’s precise father did, much less some white guy 200 years ago.”[9]

Embracing the Racial Grievance Industry

It is puzzling that she has joined the racial grievance industry on racial identity and racial grievances, having once condemned the racial grievance industry.[10]

Coulter expresses contradictory viewpoint on race, sometimes at the very same time. On Hannity, Coulter claimed, “America does owe black America for slavery, for the Democratic policies of Jim Crow.”[11] But then, Coulter added, clearly suggesting the debt has been paid, “I think we’re making it up now. When you’re getting admitted to Princeton when you can’t read, is that enough yet?”

Yes, the debt has long been paid.[12]

Coulter correctly noted, “The Great Society programs are what destroyed the black community, and the left doesn’t want us to notice that.”[13] We see the self-evident effects of fifty years of liberal rule in many major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore.[14] The continuing chaos in Ferguson[15] is emblematic of these dysfunctional liberal regimes, which – due to its ideology – are self-destructive.[16]

A dysfunctional black subculture arose after the welfare state was established, with present-day Detroit and Baltimore prime examples of liberal Democrat failure.

Many contemporary black conservatives have noted that black families were intact prior to the welfare state and the nuclear black family has been decimated by the welfare state. Race-based solutions to problems never work.

But now Coulter embraces the central tenet of the racial grievance industry: victimization. In an utterly ridiculous manner, Coulter is emulating the Left in advancing a race-based victim culture.

Coulter claims that America owes blacks for slavery but aren’t blacks part of America? She seems to be treating blacks as second-class citizens who can’t better themselves, yet she urges the GOP to ignore blacks and court white votes, even as she amazingly defends race-based “civil rights” under a racial mindset which belongs to a bygone era.

WASPs Unite!

Coulter’s solution to America’s contemporary ills is to advance the whiteness of America. Coulter explicitly targets whites for advancement. The acronym WASP – White Anglo-Saxon Protestant – accurately identifies Coulter’s perfect solution for restoring American greatness. She goes to great length underscoring the Anglo-Saxon origins of this nation and, at times, promotes its Protestant underpinnings, but, in the end, when Coulter addresses our cultural or religious roots, they are merely proxies for race.[17]

According to Coulter:

“Eighty-five percent of the United States Presidents were 100% British or Dutch, descended from people who were not immigrants but settlers, they created this country. … It’s a monochromatic WASP country that other ethnicities have come to and for the first 400 years of its existence, (as a colony and then as a country) the ‘wildly diverse’ immigrants were other white western Europeans.”[18]

Time and again, Coulter exhorts Republicans to cater to white America. For instance, “So Republicans better wake up and for the first time – in, oh, I don’t know, my lifetime – appeal to white Americans for votes.”

Even though Coulter treats black people as a protected group, she targets White America for votes. For Coulter, blacks were beneficiaries – but not originators – of American culture. We need, today, according to Coulter, to let white men save the day.[19]

But Coulter has adopted an elitist sense of superiority veering toward racism and condescension.[20]

How else to understand this remark: “And I agree with that, we are not allowed to insult black people. Blacks, African-Americans can boss us around.”[21] Say what?

To an Hispanic questioner, Coulter shouted, “The answer is: you’re not black, so drop the racism crap.”[22] As I’ve noted before, Coulter actually uses race as a criterion for racism when, in fact, anyone from any race can be guilty of – or a victim of – racism.

Key Black Leaders

To conclude this column, let’s look at some relevant comments from key black leaders, past and present.

From Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, America’s black leaders have observed that black people don’t want to be treated as either inferior or as victims, but as equals. Equals. Equality under the law.

Frederick Douglass

“The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone – your interference is doing him positive injury.”

Booker T. Washington

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Clarence Thomas

“To define each of us by our race is nothing short of a denial of our humanity.”

“I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.”

Endnotes:

[1]               Ann Coulter, Red Eye, FNC, 6/6/15.

[2]               Remember, Coulter’s own law firm, the Center for Individual Rights, has defended non-black plaintiffs suing due to racial discrimination. See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[3]               Ann Coulter, Free Speech with Gavin McInnis, 6/8/15.

[4]               For more on Coulter’s sometimes bizarre formulations on race, class, and gender, see chapter “Chapter 10: Equality: Self-Evident Truths,” in my free PDF book, The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, which is available for download at http://www.CoulterWatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[5]               Proposition 209 was modeled on, and mirrored, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

[6]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 4/12/97.

[7]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 12/1/96.

[8]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 6/7/97.

[9]               Ann Coulter, MSNBC, 6/14/97.

[10]             See “Ann Coulter Takes on the Racial Grievance Industry” at http://t.co/YgG2rpgZIc.

[11]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/15.

[12]             See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[13]             Ann Coulter, Hannity, FNC, 5/11/15.

[14]             See “Baltimore ‘Purged’” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8S.

[15]             See “Ferguson in Flames” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5I.

[16]             See “Propaganda Kills” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6n.

[17]             See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Blood Politics” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-6H.

[18]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[19]             See Chapter 4: “Prejudice,” Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[20]             See Chapter 10: “Equality: Self-Evident Truths,” The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[21]             Ann Coulter, Chronicles, 6/8/15, https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ann-coulter-interview-part-one/.

[22]             Ann Coulter, America with Jorge Ramos, Fusion, 5/26/15.

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6 thoughts on “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion

    1. I actually agree with her on that one aspect of her remarks. A settler being the first to establish a permanent community with subsequent arrivals being immigrants. But Coulter considers the settlers to be superior to everyone else. Elitism, classism, racism, etc.

  1. Coulter is standing up for black America.
    A wrong was done,they deserve special treatment.
    Its not unreasonable for her to say affirmative action is for the people who were wronged not for someone who has just arrived.
    Coulter also treats blacks as equals,is at ease around them,she doesn’t slobber around them,she never feels the need to patronise them.

    1. Coulter is very confused about civil rights – which apply to all American citizens.

      See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s Racial Confusion” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7f.

      Further, she promotes a white America.

      See “Adios, Ann: Diversity = White” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7j.

      Moreover, Coulter has a history of racist rhetoric.

      See “Ann Coulter’s ‘Racism Credit’” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7V.

      In addition, she has attacked Carson twice on race.

      See “Coulter Belittles Carson and Fiorina – as a black and a woman” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9L.
      See “Ben Carson is a White Guilt Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-b5.

    1. Dimwit? Thanks, Steve.

      Read the column! Coulter claims that civil rights are ONLY for blacks. She is WRONG! Check it out. Look it up.

      Fully fifty years have passed since the passage of that Act, and she STILL favors special treatment for blacks because of slavery and Jim Crow.

      No! We need the government (i.e., liberals) to leave blacks alone, to stop propagandizing them with racial myths perpetrated by the racial grievance crowd, to stop the cult of victimhood and entitlement. But Coulter feeds into those negative narratives by insisting that Americans STILL owe blacks for slavery.

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