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Columnist: If Paul Ryan is a Racist, So is Obama

Columnist M. Catharine Evans of The American Thinker has penned a rebuttal to those calling Paul Ryan a racist for comments he made about “inner city culture”, arguing that if Ryan is racist, so is Obama.

Earlier this week, Ryan got some heat from the left after an interview on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. “We have got this tailspin of culture,” Ryan said. “In our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Ryan continued on, saying “We want people to reach their potential and so the dignity of work is very valuable and important and we have to re-emphasize work and reform our welfare programs, like we did in 1996.”

Not long after Ryan went off the air, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee wasted no time in asserting that Ryan’s comments were “a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated…Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

In response, Evans writes “Does Lee’s indignation stem from the fact that Ryan’s observations are wrong or that a middle-class white man has dared to examine why decades of entitlement programs have sapped the will to work out of inner city black men? Is Ryan a racist or realist? If Ryan were a liberal, black Democrat, for example, would his assumptions carry more weight with Ms. Lee? Let’s ask Obama.”

Evans goes on to cite a passage from Obama’s 2006 book The Audacity of Hope in which then-Senator Obama writes about the need to “tackle the nexus of unemployment and crime in the inner city so that men who live there can begin fulfilling their responsibilities.”

Obama also wrote “Americans believe in work—not just as a means of supporting themselves but as a means of giving their lives, purpose and direction, order and dignity.”

Evans argues that “like all leftists, he contradictorily blames the situation on ‘the absence of a job history and marketable skills,’ not on the welfare state.”

Based on all of this, Evans concludes that “Obama and Ryan agree that inner city black males, raised in single-mother households over the last five decades, without benefit of a working father figure to emulate, are at the epicenter of the breakdown. That is reality, not racism. And since the facts are indisputable, and both Obama and Ryan used the same term in the same context, the real issue must be Ryan’s skin color and Party affiliation.”

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Igor Derysh is the Managing Editor of Latest. com and a syndicated columnist whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sun Sentinel, and AOL News. His work has been criticized in even more publications. Follow him on Twitter @IgorDerysh