Bailout Watch 193: Warren Brown Plays the Race Card

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
bailout watch 193 warren brown plays the race card

Washington Post automotive reviewer and Detroit apologist Warren Brown is black. While I couldn’t care less about Warren’s skin color, his latest appeal on behalf of his benefactors’ bailout billions is beyond the pale. It focuses exclusively on his ethnicity, suggesting that The Big 2.8 deserve federal money because they’ve put Warren’s “people” on the “road to success.” “I am a black child of the Deep South who watched legions of neighbors and relatives flee economic apartheid in pursuit of opportunity in the automobile factories of Michigan and Ohio and in the steel plants of Pennsylvania and Indiana… The American Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — largely have been responsible for the development of a black middle class in this country. Many children of factory workers followed their parents onto automobile assembly lines. But many others went to colleges and universities, medical and technical schools, thanks to good UAW salaries and educational benefits.” His point being? “People make mistakes. But redemption is found in the good that they do, and the domestic automobile industry has done a lot of tangible good for this nation.” And now, the close: a suggestion that not bailing out Detroit would lead to class warfare (implied: a return to racism). “An America that manufactures nothing, or an America that owns nothing it manufactures, is an America with a frightfully vulnerable middle class — an America that threatens to become a society starkly divided between haves and have-nots, a throwback to the Deep South of my segregated youth. That is not the America I want.”

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