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Breaking the conspiracy of silence


Carson, a black man, said in response to a question at Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate that it was “total propaganda” to suggest he (who as we previously reported, is an African-American) had a relationship with Mannatech Inc. (race unknown), which claims to cure autism and cancer with its products and settled a $7 million false advertising lawsuit. National Review’s Jim Geraghty, who reported on the candidate’s ties to Mannatech earlier this year, called black person Carson’s claim that he wasn’t involved with the company a “bald-faced lie.”

The audience loudly booed CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla when he asked Carson (who remains African-American according to the latest reports) whether his ties to the company “speak to your vetting process or judgement in any way.” “See, they know,” Carson said negroishly, implying the question was off-base.

If that seems ante-racial to you, you’re the real you-know-what.

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  • DrDick

    Ouch! That left a mark.

  • brad

    Dr. Ben Carson may be a black African American of color, but he is not Ann Althouse.*

    *- I also am not Ann Althouse.

  • Joshua

    Don’t Republican voters like it when their politicians are a bunch of dumb grifters and crooks? Jeb could probably get a few points in the polls if he says he did some promo work for Amway.

    • It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

      • efgoldman

        If that seems ante-racial to you, you’re the real you-know-what.

        Does the fact that I wouldn’t believe a word out of any of the klown kar klowns’ mouths if they told me today was Friday, make me a truthist?

    • Todd

      Mannatechean Ethics is a central text in all the best for-profit law mills.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      I don’t think Jeb? has a high-enough energy level to be a convincing scAmway pitchman

  • I found this post to be dark.

    • Captain Obvious

      Black humor.

    • Vance Maverick

      But is it authentically so? I need someone to rule on this question, preferably someone disinterested, i.e., neither dark nor with a sense of humor.

      • I suspect we can, after a long search, find a humorless white man.

        • Bill Murray

          or any white female comedian

  • Hogan

    Mannatech Inc. (race unknown)


    From Richard Powers’s Galatea 2.2, about an AI being fed literature:

    It was Huck Finn, a raft trip worlds beyond her ken, that made me realize childhood had ended. Helen’s reaction to Huck’s going to hell could not have been more to the point. She listened as if to the breathy account of a playground acquaintance, back from an adventure. A funny thing: all works – stories, plays, poems, articles, newspaper reports – filtered through to Helen only as so many emergency phone calls.

    Midway into the transmission, when the revealed realities of power and ownership began to capsize the little narrative raft, Helen asked, in her machine deadpan, “What race am I?”

    My turn to mean, by not replying.

    “What races do I hate? Who hates me?”

  • efgoldman

    Carson, a black man…

    …but opinions differ.

  • Nick056

    Armstrong Williams is Carson’s business manager? Yikes.

    • efgoldman

      Armstrong Williams is Carson’s business manager? Yikes.

      Where do you think Ben the Blade learned truthiness and factiness?

    • Jordan

      Wait, is that same guy as the columnist guy?

      Hmm, I see via wikipedia that he is. Well then.

  • LosGatosCA

    This isn’t really post racial unless you mention Tapper is white, Geraghty is Irish, and Quintanilla is hispanic.

    That way the degree of post-racialness can be objectively measured.

  • kayden


    I fear to find out what this word means.

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