NY Times’ Race Obsession Gets Weird in Hostile Herschel Walker Profile

In Saturday’s New York Times congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman brazenly placed race issues at the forefront of the Georgia senate race pitting Herschel Walker, a black college football legend expected to win the Republican primary on Tuesday, against sitting Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is also black: “On the Issue of Race, Walker’s Ambivalence Has Divided Voters in Georgia.”

Walker is flawed and prone to exaggeration. Times has consistently documented this year, while mostly avoiding Democrat Warnock’s own flaws. Weisman (a white reporter, noted only because race is so important to Weisman here) still managed to be unfair to the black Republican.

He made no mention, not even a condescending one, of how eager supposedly racist Republicans are (as the paper feverishly claimed after the Buffalo massacre) to vote for a black candidate or the historic nature of a black Democrat against a black Republican competing for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.

Weisman became obsessed by the white-black distinction in a race where two black candidates would be pitted against one another.

Herschel Walker, the former football star leading Georgia’s Republican primary for Senate, had a mixed message about racial issues for 70 or so supporters, Primarily in whiteThis week, he spoke to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame about his stump speech.

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White members of the crowd cheered. The Black audience members were more enthused, but the few Black observers wondered what race-blind Georgia he was referring to.

As Mr. Walker nears his coronation on Tuesday as the Republican nominee for one of Georgia’s Senate seats, it is clear that racial issues will be a major factor this fall, when he is all but certain to face Senator Raphael Warnock, the incumbent Democrat.

Expect a tight contest between Mr. Warnock (a civil rights advocate for a long time) and Mr. Walker (whose long-standing ambivalence has hampered him on this subject).….

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Weiß Republicans here welcomed Mr. Walker’s assurances that accusations of racism and injustice are all about division, when the nation needs unity.

Weisman blamed Walker for racial stands he didn’t take at the age of…18?

His thoughts often revolve around the dilemma of choosing between the Marines and playing college football. He then chooses which college is the best-respected high school athlete in America.

Another event that Jackson was willing to mention is the 1980 civil rights battle in Wrightsville, between local police and Black communities. This brought Hosea Williams, as well Ku Klux Klansmen such as J.B. Stoner, from Greater Atlanta.

Black community leaders wanted the most famous athlete in their area to weigh in. But Walker, who was barely 18 and a senior high school student debating his college choice, remained away.

You’ll find more race-coding tricks:

“He said: ‘I don’t believe in race. I believe in right and wrong,’” Mr. Jackson, who is white, said approvingly.

After noting “the football star’s history of domestic violence, his admitted struggles with mental illness,” the reporter predicted Walker’s message would fail because of black resentment of the infamous police killing that happened two years ago in Minneapolis.

…. may fail to work as the Republican establishment expects. After the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga., 170 miles southeast of Macon, many Black voters are in no mood for the broad absolution of white people that Mr. Walker appears to be offering.

Meanwhile, Warnock’s gross accusations of a “Jim Crow” assault on voting rights didn’t garner any objections from the Times.

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