Skip to comments.The Republicans' Rancid and All-Too-American Dance With Racism (Expect lots more of this!)
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 Wars documented race-tainted enforcement practices drives facts like blacks comprising 25% of Iowas state prison population despite blacks there representing just 2.9% of that states population.
Another answer to that question of why Ron not Rick or Newt lies embedded in Americas historic refusal to earnestly address racism especially pernicious institutional racism.
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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 Americas 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 todays Recession ravished economy with high unemployment and rising rates of poverty.
Congressman Pauls 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 Americas racism dance, Paul soft-shoes that opposition to ride electoral boosting rails among far-right-wing whites who still detest King.
Theres something unseemly about this ruckus over racist remarks playing out largely in Americas 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 GOPs 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 Departments blocking implementation of SCs new photo ID voter law.
The USJD cites South Carolinas 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 SCs 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 Carolinas state government happily spend taxpayer money to support voter suppression instead of using those resources to reduce that state having some of the nations highest levels of unemployment and rates of child poverty.
Current GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney recently termed the USJDs 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 GOPs 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 NAACPs 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 centurys 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.
Gingrichs 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 Americas growth in the global economy arising from America having one of the worlds 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 elses 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 elses 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 Americas body politic a needed but unlikely but action.
It is to laugh.
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.
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..
What bigoted banter was uttered by Santorum?
I have heard none.
Different racism than exhibited by Moochele and her BET
Awards band of whitey haters. Much different.
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.
There are major newspapers that do not have ONE conservative on staff...
Talk about discrimination... that's where it's happening.
Scream racism. It's the only thing we have, the only chance we have. DNC
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.
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.
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), its called racism. When other groups engage in favoritism, its called ethnic solidarity. When you buy into these word games, its called being a useful idiot.
I misspelled Oregon in my post above. Sorry.
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.
The topic of racism will be a public display of psychological projection by liberals and their media beyond any hyperbole ever before witnessed.
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.
“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.
this person been watchin’ too much dave chappelle... he startin’ to believe it
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.
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