Posts Tagged Racism
I think at this point, its pretty clear that racism is rampant in the GOP. And I think it always was. It just took a Black man becoming president to bring it back to the surface.
According to Michael Steel, former RNC chair, the Southern Strategy is alive and well.
I’m building a YouTube playlist for your convenience.
When the Wall Street banks collapsed under the Bush/Rove/GOP, it sucked the wind out of the industrialized economies and quickly bled out to across the globe. If you watched anything other than Beck/O’Reily/Hannity et. al. you will remember the first major protests took place in Iceland.
Meanwhile back at home, a suppressed albeit deeply, cherished, American tradition called racism was reignited when Empire Murdock planted the first images of two adorable, little, chocolate-colored girls playing in the Lincoln Bedroom into the collective brains of pasty White America some of whom in turn, strapped guns to their hips and took to the streets in costumes reminiscent our racist forefathers.
God forgive us for being distracted while the rest of the world began to burn.
The OWS movement came to the western world through Spain. By early 2011, unemployment in Spain was approaching 21% (46% among youth) as the Arab Spring hit Egypt. On May 15, 2011 a series of protest, coordinated through Twitter and Facebook, unfolded in 58 Spanish cities.
By now you’ve heard of the New York City General Assembly. They began this summer as a series of meetings “on the fourth floor of 16 Beaver Street, near Wall Street. In addition to New Yorkers, there were also Egyptians, Spaniards, Japanese and Greeks. Dick Army was not among them.
Due to the lack of centralized coordination its hard to know for sure but as this writing there are an estimated 300 OWS protests in the US alone, over 3,000 arrests. So far, no sign of the tea party.
The biggest camp is at Pioneer Park downtown (map). Here’s a good video Larry found.
If you can’t camp, please at least go there and take them food (there is a full time kitchen) and warm weather supplies
Thanks George W. Bush. Your stumbling incompetence may have changed the world for the better.
Speaking of nameless cowards, there is one alleged “coward” in southern California we should be grateful to for exposing Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, as a racist teabagger. Indeed, a teabagger to which
all the majority of teabaggers might someday aspire were they honest enough to come out publicly and admit their true feelings why they resent President and First Lady Michelle Obama occupying the White House.
Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.
But Marilyn apparently does not see her being labeled a racist a joking matter:
After this story was published, she sent another email to fellow California conservative activists. It demanded to know the identity of “the coward” who supplied [The Weekly] with a copy of her offensive email.
Nice joke, Marilyn!! Oh, and thank you Jesus for this “coward.”
This is an actual voice mail received at Rep John Lewis‘ congressional office. The caller calls Obama and John Lewis “Nigger” a bunch of times. Is he a Tea “Partyer?” Sure sounds like one to me. But for the use of the “N”-word, the language and references are IDENTICAL to protest signs we see at
KKK meetings Tea Party rallies.
Defenders of The Tea Party will argue that this caller does not represent them. The point is that the nature and origins (anti-Obama) of the Tea Party movement purposefully and UNAPOLOGETICALLY, appeals to and targets these kind of people, racists.
Classic example: Tea Party favorite for New York Governor, Carl Paladino refuses to apologize for racially charged comments. Why? Because HE KNOWS that racial rhetoric “appeals to the lowest instincts in man” and to “a mob mentality,” and the racist core of the Tea Party.
In other news today, Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has declared April to be “Confederate History Month,… McDonnell says that the Confederate history “should not be forgotten, but…remembered, [that its leaders] fought for their homes and communities and Commonwealth in a time very different than ours today.”
Everyone knows the subject of “Confederate” means nothing more and nothing less than racism. So why?
WHY would a politician deliberatly associate himself with racism? Answer, to appeal to racists voters.
And THIS is why The Tea Party cannot produce a platform much less a coherent reason for hating Obama because “you can’t say it out load,” unless hiding behind and phone.
In recent times, it has been suggested that the Republican party has become the party of white men. This has never been more true than it is today. Between Congress and the Senate, Republicans can claim exactly zero African Americans and one Jew; Eric Cantor, and he is a pathetic hypocrite.
To those still feeling defensive about the accusations of racism among Republicans, consider for a moment why there are ZERO elected Republican African Americans in our legislative branch. Its a hard fact to explain.
While we do see a few unelected token Republicans in the party, Michael Steele for instance, there is not much the party can do about the fact that the now 20% of Americans who self-identify as Republicans will simply NOT elect an African American.
Based on the evidence, of the two political parties in this country, one has become a small cluster of xenophobic, white supremacists?
Frankly, I don’t see how there is any hope for Republicans in 2010 elections
Updated August 27, 2009 at 12:22am
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a “great white hope” capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.
One commenter nailed it:
We knew that Grinnin’ Lynn was a brain dead Republican moron, but who knew she was dumb enough to leak their main party platform in public?
Republicans like to get all indignant when you accuse them of being racists, especially the racists ones.
Count on them invoking Lincoln first then a string of Uncle Toms like Michael Steele, Colin Powell, Lil’ Bobby Jindal, Condoleeza Rice, Alan Keyes and others.
…Ooops, correction. That’s it. There ya have it. All the remaining Black Republicans listed in half a line of 12pt Verdana. Did I miss anyone?
There was a time not so long ago when racism in America was institutionalized. It was a winning political platform especially among Southern Democrats. The 1964 Civil Rights Act caused the party to split and the racist became Republicans (as Pres. Lyndon Johnson predicted).
The only thing that has changed is that more moderate (educated) Republicans don’t pronounce their racism publicly but rarely take a stand against it.
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”
Piker (Eric S.) is just an ignorant racist, but Audra Sigler Shaw is an ignorant racist endorsed by Bobby Jindal for President of the Young Republicans.
This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a [Young Republicans] Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.
It is the obligation of all Republicans to stand up against the racism so deeply rooted in their party, starting with Bobby Jindal.
But don’t hold your breath. Spineless people prefer to run and hide. Case in point: Both Audra Sigler Shay and Eric S Piker have disappeared from Facebook…just more racism shoved back into the shadows.
This is, plain and simple, straight up white supremacy speak. This is the kind of stuff that lands you on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s special map.
If this is allowed to go unpunished, every American should be worried. I suppose we’ll have to make a choice between an America that allows hate speech, race baiting and the promotion of ethnic cleansing or an America STOMPS out pigs like Limbaugh and a Republican Party who bows before him.
Is this protected speech?
CNN reports that “Republican Party reaction is divided over the decision of a candidate for party chairman to distribute a CD that features the parody tune “Barack the Magic Negro,” with the majority of Chip Saltsman’s political rivals criticizing the move.”
Divided? I can understand that idiot Rush Limbaugh thinking this was a good idea. But honestly, there are others? Browsing around the blogs, I’ve found a lot of defense for Saltsman in the guise that Democrats want everything to be racist. Those poor Republicans feel like they just can’t win because the ‘libruls’ always play the race card and the media lets them win when they do.
Here’s a news flash for the Repugs who think this: You are racist. You apparently have no ability to discern what is humor or parody from what is worthy of a KKK barbecue.
My African-American friend emailed this little joke to me.
A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane when The stranger turned to her and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”
The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly And said to the stranger, “What would you like to talk about?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” said the stranger. “Since you are a Negro, do you think that so-called President Elect Barack Obama is qualified for the job?” And he smiles.
“OK”, she said. ‘That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you A question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass -. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, And a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?”
The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, Thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”
To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barack Obama… when you don’t know sh*t?”
One of our readers here commented that he was too young to remember the Black Power fist symbol as he was growing up in a post-racist generation. But as a CBS News story points out, racism isn’t dead in the U.S., it’s just been in remission.
CBS/AP) Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting “Assassinate Obama.” Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.
Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.
There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. (snip)
Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: “Let’s shoot that (N-word) in the head.” Obama has received more threats than any other president-elect, authorities say.
Before the election while looking at the Google searches that brought readers to my own blog, I ran across some alarming search text from Wasilla Alaska that said ‘why Barack Obama should be shot in the head’. Reallizing that search text had brought someone to my blog left me literally shaking.
You can read more incidents in the CBS article. I gently suggest to our young reader that if he sees America as post-racist, perhaps he’s been wearing blinders. I wonder if in my own lifetime I will see our country reach a place where we really are blind to race, gender, sexual preference, age, or other categories that still garner prejudice today.