Watching the exchange between Sen. Boxer and Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Harry C. Alford is painful. Alford, a businessman, was testifying in opposition to the new energy bill. In response, Boxer appears to be attempting to explain to Alford that many of his race support the bill, as if that has anything to do with anything.
Boxer actually seems to be trying to demonstrate to Alford that he is not thinking like the rest of the black people. Interestingly enough, Alford does appear to be thinking like a business person.
Alford rightly hammers her for it during the hearing and said it called to mind "Mississippi in 1945" in a post-hearing interview.
For years it has been patiently explained to me by my liberal friends that minorities have absolute moral authority when it comes to recognizing racism. Therefore, if Alford believes Boxer exhibited racism in her questioning, Barbara Boxer must be a racist.