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The Republicans' Rancid and All-Too-American Dance With Racism (Expect lots more of this!)
This Can't Be Happening ^ | January 15, 2012 | Linn Washington Jr.

Posted on 01/15/2012 1:16:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum?

One answer to that question is a politics where partisan criticisms are directed at crippling certain candidates feared as rising stars.

Thus when Congressman Paul began percolating up in the Iowa Caucus polls late last year, news of his caustic comments in those decades-old newsletters became headline news coverage.

Curiously for a candidate tagged racist Paul has a public record of opposing the most racist governmental offensive in contemporary America – the War on Drugs – that societally destructive campaign other GOP presidential candidates ignore.

The Drug War’s documented race-tainted enforcement practices drives facts like blacks comprising 25% of Iowa’s state prison population despite blacks there representing just 2.9% of that state’s population.

Another answer to that question of why Ron not Rick or Newt lies embedded in America’s historic refusal to earnestly address racism especially pernicious institutional racism.

(GRAPH AT LINK)

America incarcerates vastly more blacks, and latinos, than whites, and the Drug 'War' is the prime reason

Dancing around racism, individual and institutional, is as American as apple pie.

Typical of the disingenuousness entangling that dance, racist remarks receive much ado while silence surrounds substantive issues like the unearned privileges arising from institutional racism that have aided the lives and careers of each of the GOP presidential contenders.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, for example, enjoyed a comfortable middle class upbringing after his 1958 birth because both of his parents worked as medical professionals at Veterans Administration hospitals.

The VA along with other governmental and private sector employers openly discriminated against qualified black professionals until the late-1960s/early-1970s thus limiting blacks from income to improve their families.

Conservatives rarely if ever acknowledge the unearned benefits flowing to whites (especially those in the middle and upper classes) from America’s decades-long reign of legalized segregation.

“Racism is a tenacious evil,” civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in a 1967 article published nine months before his assassination. This King observation is applicable to the political practice of candidates, mainly Republican, roiling race for electoral advantage.

King, in that article, also reminded “millions of underprivileged whites” of something they never hear from Republican GOP presidential candidates: white supremacy “can feed” egos but not stomachs. That factoid should resonate in today’s Recession ravished economy with high unemployment and rising rates of poverty.

Congressman Paul’s opposition to the creation of the January national holiday honoring Dr. King – a recognition Paul once castigated as hate whites day – is among the current criticism leveled against his presidential candidacy. Typical of America’s racism dance, Paul soft-shoes that opposition to ride electoral boosting rails among far-right-wing whites who still detest King.

There’s something unseemly about this ruckus over racist remarks playing out largely in America’s mainstream news media.

Much of the news media maintains segregated staffing practices just a few steps better than the campaign staffs assembled by the GOP presidential contenders where lack of diversity draws criticism from some black Republicans.

While coverage of the Iowa Caucuses consumed tons of newsprint, hours of broadcast time and data space on the internet mainstream news coverage rarely referenced the regressive fact that Iowa is one of only four states that permanently disenfranchises people with any felony convictions.

This disenfranchisement disproportionately impacts blacks who comprise 70% of the two million Americans nationwide permanently excluded from the democratic right to vote. (Disenfranchisement measures are rooted in racist laws against blacks approved in Deep South states following the Civil War.)

Discriminatory enforcement practices evident in the Drug War ensnaring innocent and guilty alike fuels the assembly line felony convictions producing permanent disenfranchisement. Yet, candidates and news coverage consign this abuse to ‘below-the-radar’ status.

In 1995 then GOP House Speak Newt Gingrich and then Democratic President Bill Clinton collaborated to crush a U.S. Sentencing Commission recommendation to end the racial abuses arising from federal crack cocaine laws.

That Clinton-Gingrich crack law collaboration, scuttling an effort to right race-tainted wrong, condemned thousands of non-whites to incarceration that was both unnecessary and expensive. Historically, bigotry in America is bi-partisan.

The saturation news coverage accorded the GOP presidential race further minimizes needed examination of many race-tinged electoral issues.

Those critical issues include the GOP’s nationwide vote suppression onslaught against minorities, the elderly and students (all presumed Democratic Party voters). A key weapon in that onslaught is enacting laws requiring government issued photo IDs to vote.

South Carolina, the site for the next GOP presidential primary, is expending state funds in an effort to beat back the U.S. Justice Department’s blocking implementation of SC’s new photo ID voter law.

The USJD cites South Carolina’s own statistics showing that ID law having damaging impacts on nearly 100,000 non-white voters as critical to its decision to block implementation of SC’s law.

The USJD is empowered under Voting Rights Act oversight provisions to block electoral measures that adversely impact minorities in South Carolina and other states with histories of discriminatory practices.

The Republicans controlling South Carolina’s state government happily spend taxpayer money to support voter suppression instead of using those resources to reduce that state having some of the nation’s highest levels of unemployment and rates of child poverty.

Current GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney recently termed the USJD’s protection of non-white voting rights in South Carolina a “very serious error” when addressing a predominately white gathering while campaigning in SC.

Neither Romney nor any of his GOP challengers, who endorse voter IDs to reduce possible voter fraud, found fault with the Iowa Caucuses not requiring any voter photo ID for participation.

Are Romney and his GOP presidential confederates contending conservative whites are immune from attempting voter fraud by virtue of their Republican registration and/or skin color?

A December 2011 NAACP report examining the GOP’s voter suppression onslaught nationwide listed numerous statistics backing the finding that evidence of voter fraud anywhere is historically lower than incidents of people being struck by lightning.

Bigoted banter is nothing new from Gingrich, Paul and Santorum.

Remember Gingrich and Santorum were paid commentators for FOX News before they began their presidential campaigns…the same FOX with a rancid record of routine race-baiting.

Gingrich, during a campaign stop, declared that he was prepared to attend the NAACP’s annual convention “to talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

Set aside for a moment that Gingrich has rejected past invitations from the NAACP to address their annual convention and the fact that more whites than blacks receive food stamps.

Gingrich, a man possessing a PhD and who taught history at a Georgia college, should know a little something about the century’s long struggle of blacks to obtain equitable opportunities to earn income.

A 1905 Declaration of Principles from a group whose leaders helped found the NAACP four years later criticized “the denial of equal opportunities to [blacks] in economic life” and stressed the duty of blacks “to work.”

Gingrich’s campaign proclamation that blacks shun paychecks and prefer receiving food stamps displays either disturbing ignorance or intellectual dishonesty.

Ignorance and dishonesty should disqualify any candidate from the Oval Office.

But in Sarah Palin perpetrated GOP-speak of disparaging intellect ignorance is now an electoral virtue. Palin popularized hating intellectual ‘elitism’ embodied by the Harvard Law educated President Obama.

Reveling in ignorance, Gingrich recently bashed opponent Mitt Romney for being bilingual – speaking French.

That Gingrich criticism is an embarrassing posture for an ex-professor who should know the limits on America’s growth in the global economy arising from America having one of the world’s lowest levels of citizens fluent in other languages.

Santorum also slung race-tainted mud with campaign mutterings about his desire to give blacks “the opportunity to go out and earn” money instead of his making the lives of blacks better by “giving them somebody else’s money...”

Surely Santorum, a self-styled scholar like Gingrich, knows that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while in Memphis, TN fighting for the rights of black workers – not blacks lazily wanting “somebody else’s” money without working.

The GOP, during the elected tenures of surviving presidential hopefuls Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney and Santorum, persistently opposes equal opportunity measures for minorities often employing the objectionable canard that all measures for remediating institutional racism maliciously discriminate against whites.

The racist rhetoric emanating from the GOP presidential campaign will increase without cease-&-desist demands from America’s body politic – a needed but unlikely but action.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: gingrich; palin; ronpaul; santorum

The author

It is to laugh.

1 posted on 01/15/2012 1:16:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The reason I became a Republican was because of the racist Libertarians who I met in Texas, when I lived in Ron Paul’s district. Ron Paul, you may recall ran as a Libertarian at least once for president.


2 posted on 01/15/2012 1:20:34 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendental)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So amusing, considering the reality of who is really racist in this country. What the left is saying, and what the radicals among minorities are saying, is that ‘it’s their turn’ and anyone who doesn’t go along with that is ‘racist’. 90% or more of blacks can vote for the black candidate and that isn’t racism? Please..


3 posted on 01/15/2012 1:24:22 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What bigoted banter was uttered by Santorum?

I have heard none.


4 posted on 01/15/2012 1:25:56 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent (I)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Different racism than exhibited by Moochele and her BET
Awards band of whitey haters. Much different.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 1:28:46 PM PST by Fireone (Building the gallows, this one has two nooses.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So what exactly is the ideal America in this author’s mind? My guess is an America free of Caucasian Americans, a kind of reverse apartheid state.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
FLASH! There's more blacks in the average newsroom than conservatives ...more gays than conservatives... more trans-genders than conservatives...More vegetarians than conservatives...more women - more lesbians... interns from other countries... more phobics ... more bed wetters ... more insomniacs... more drug addicts and alcoholics than conservatives... more - more - more of all the 'acceptable' groups other than conservatives...

There are major newspapers that do not have ONE conservative on staff...

Talk about discrimination... that's where it's happening.

7 posted on 01/15/2012 1:29:29 PM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
2012 Platform for the Democratic Party. Page 1 of 1

Scream racism. It's the only thing we have, the only chance we have. DNC

8 posted on 01/15/2012 1:33:50 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Much of the news media maintains segregated staffing practices just a few steps better than the campaign staffs assembled by the GOP presidential contenders...

FLASH! There's more blacks in the average newsroom than conservatives ...more gays than conservatives... more trans-genders than conservatives...More vegetarians than conservatives...more women - more lesbians... interns from other countries... more phobics ... more bed wetters ... more insomniacs... more drug addicts and alcoholics than conservatives... more - more - more of all the 'acceptable' groups other than conservatives...

There are major newspapers that do not have ONE conservative on staff...

Talk about discrimination... that's where it's happening.

9 posted on 01/15/2012 1:34:19 PM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'd laugh, except for the fact that people like this use false charges of "racism" to justify a desire to pilfer other people's money and property - or rather, to make government do it for them, based upon false presumptions of collective guilt and nonexistent group rights. This man is why I own guns. Because he means it.
10 posted on 01/15/2012 1:36:34 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: All
Some say that there's something else beside screaming "Racism!" that will help Obama.

Van Jones a key Obama associate said that "2012 will be a turbulent, exciting year. It's important for us to get together and get ready."

turbulent adj. Violently agitated or disturbed; tumultuous: turbulent rapids. 2. Having a chaotic or restless character or tendency: a turbulent period in history. 3. Causing unrest or disturbance; unruly: turbulent, revolutionary undercurrents.

Or as the Van Joneses used to say in the 60s "Take ten!"

Or given the attacks on that 14-year-old girl in Portland, Washington, maybe today Jones might say "Take it to the MAX!"

Note: As I recall Van Jones said that something was going to happen about a month before OWS hit the fan. He knows.

Violence and intimidation to keep Whitey away from the ballot box is not a crime. Obama/Holder Dept. of Just Us.

11 posted on 01/15/2012 1:39:31 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The term “racism” was invented by communists. Leon Trotsky was one of the first to use it. When whites engage in favoritism toward other whites (and therefore discrimination against non-whites), it’s called “racism”. When other groups engage in favoritism, it’s called “ethnic solidarity”. When you buy into these word games, it’s called being a useful idiot.


12 posted on 01/15/2012 1:42:08 PM PST by Silver Sabre
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To: All
RE: spelling error

I misspelled Oregon in my post above. Sorry.

13 posted on 01/15/2012 1:43:19 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Trying to come to terms with bigoted racist hatred spewed by ignorant fools like this is a waste of time. This man is exceptionally stupid.

I've worked hard all my life to eliminate racism. For people like this, enough is never "enough." They don't understand the concept of a pluralistic society. I fear there is only one solution to this problem.

14 posted on 01/15/2012 1:43:29 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: pieceofthepuzzle; 2ndDivisionVet

The topic of racism will be a public display of psychological projection by liberals and their media beyond any hyperbole ever before witnessed.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 1:45:30 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The members of which party in the Congress voted in the affirmative in the largest percentages on those “civil rights” bills, for the enactment of which LBJ has been given all the credit?

It wasn’t the “states rights” and KKK remnant Dems.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 1:50:54 PM PST by Elsiejay (in)
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To: GOPJ

“There are major newspapers that do not have ONE conservative on staff...”

and university law school faculties that may have as many as one conservative professor.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 1:53:17 PM PST by Elsiejay (in)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; future F22 pilot
Posted by future F22 pilot, GOP: the party of equaltiy
18 posted on 01/15/2012 1:53:44 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

this person been watchin’ too much dave chappelle... he startin’ to believe it


19 posted on 01/15/2012 1:56:28 PM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yawn.

I guess it all depends how certain people define terms.

Anything stated by a WASP Conservative regarding poverty, crime, drugs, privileged classes and related policies is, ipso facto, Racist.

Anything stated by WASP Conservatives that questions Israeli policies or financial or media moguls is, ipso, facto, Anti-Semitic.

Anything stated by WASP Conservative Males that questions the Marxist inspired idiocy that is or grew out of Feminism is, ipso, facto, Neanderthal, misogynistic Sexism.

Anything stated by WASP Conservatives that questions the Gay Agenda is, ipso facto, Homophobic.

Anything stated by WASP Conservatives that questions the Globalist Marxist efforts on both sides of the aisle and the media to destroy the founding principles of our nation is, ipso facto, McCarthyism.

Yawn.


20 posted on 01/15/2012 2:02:28 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Baynative
“The topic of racism will be a public display of psychological projection by liberals and their media beyond any hyperbole ever before witnessed.”

Which is why it is way past time that we vociferously and with as much outrage as we can muster call them the racists, bigots, and most definitely the elitists that they are. This needs to be done in a way that doesn't come across as defensive, but more along the lines of being very surprised that anyone would not have come to the same conclusion. i.e. “Really?”

Elitism is a label that I think will stick particularly well, because it is oh so true of the ideologically blinded left. For example, the hatred of the left for Tim Tebow is not just about Christianity. It's very much about their disdain for those they think are not sophisticated - like them. They think they are too urbane and ‘classy’ for public displays of religion, unless it's a ‘cool’ eclectic religion that shows how progressive and expansive their ‘cool’ thinking is (Christianity is not a ‘cool’ religion). It's so amazingly ironic that they can't or won't realize that it is they who have narrowed their thinking and beliefs to the point of superstition.

21 posted on 01/15/2012 2:35:21 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh he’s just trying to keep the race card alive like Obama is,it’s the only card the idiots have let alone a record to run on.
Next time he will start singing Nobody knows the trouble Ive seen.........


22 posted on 01/15/2012 2:42:38 PM PST by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“America incarcerates vastly more blacks, and latinos, than whites,”
That would be because Blacks and Hispanics commit vastly more crime than do Whites.
23 posted on 01/15/2012 3:24:08 PM PST by BigCinBigD
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24 posted on 01/15/2012 3:49:02 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: dagogo redux

Consider adding:

Anything stated by a WASP conservative regarding any of the above is, ipso facto, Hate Speech.


25 posted on 01/15/2012 4:55:41 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rick Santorum, for example, enjoyed a comfortable middle class upbringing after his 1958 birth because both of his parents worked......'nuff said.
26 posted on 01/15/2012 5:21:39 PM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. #HT FtP#)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
South Carolina, the site for the next GOP presidential primary, is expending state funds in an effort to beat back the U.S. Justice Department’s blocking implementation of SC’s new photo ID voter law.

Because it's racist to make Black People show ID in order to vote.

Meanwhile it's not racist to make All People do it before buying tobacco, beer, firearms, antihistamines, or drain cleaner.

Nope-- just Black People, and just for voting.

27 posted on 01/15/2012 5:26:48 PM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. #HT FtP#)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent
What bigoted banter was uttered by Santorum?

I think he got tongue-twisted a week or two ago and said something that could be tortured into sounding racist. I haven't heard a clip of it but that was the explanation I heard, and it would certainly be par for the current "news media" to spin it that way.

28 posted on 01/15/2012 6:44:21 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The Drug War’s documented race-tainted enforcement practices drives facts like blacks comprising 25% of Iowa’s state prison population despite blacks there representing just 2.9% of that state’s population.”

Considering that this 2.9 percent of the population in 2009 in Iowa,committed 31 percent of the murders, 51 percent of the robberies, 23 percent of the aggravated assaults, 7.5 percent of the rapes, that they are only 25 percent of the prison population shows that they are underrepresented in the inmate population

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/ucr/2009/2009_UCR_Publication.pdf


29 posted on 01/15/2012 7:51:03 PM PST by Uncle Lonny
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