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The Rising Tide of Anti-Black Racism
The American Prospect ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jamelle Bouie

Posted on 02/17/2013 4:04:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Racial resentment is increasing, and it plays a major role in how Obama—and the Democratic Party—is perceived.

Thomas Edsall has a fascinating column in today’s New York Times on the persistence of racial resentment in the Obama-era. For those not familiar with the term, “racial resentment” is defined as the convergence of anti-black sentiments with traditional American views on hard work and individualism.

It’s measured using questions that focus on race and effort. People who answer in the affirmative to questions like this—“Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors”—and in the negative to questions like this—“Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class”—are assigned a high place on the resentment scale.

Edsall runs though recent research from a variety of sources to show the extent to which President Obama’s term has coincided with a sharp increase in the proportion of Americans who express anti-black attitudes. In one survey, for example, “The percentage of voters with explicit anti-black attitudes rose from 47.6 in 2008 and 47.3 percent in 2010 to 50.9 percent in 2012.” This wasn’t a uniform change—not only were Republicans more likely to express anti-black attitudes, but people who identified themselves as Republicans in 2012 expressed such attitudes more often than their counterparts of 2008:

In 2008, Pasek and his collaborators note, the proportion of people expressing anti-Black attitudes was 31 percent among Democrats, 49 percent among independents, and 71 percent among Republicans. By 2012, the numbers had gone up. “The proportion of people expressing anti-Black attitudes,” they write, “was 32 percent among Democrats, 48 percent among independents, and 79 percent among Republicans.”(continued)

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Part of the effort to take conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers out of the mainstream and sideline them as racists, zealots, hillbillies and beyond the pale.
1 posted on 02/17/2013 4:04:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not this sh#t again.......


2 posted on 02/17/2013 4:07:17 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Insisting that blacks be held to the same societal standards the rest of us are held to is considered racist now.

Who's surprised.

3 posted on 02/17/2013 4:09:49 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is black? When is he going to stop acting like a Northeastern liberal WASP insider, then? :)


4 posted on 02/17/2013 4:09:56 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WHICH OF OSAMA OBAMA'S POLICIES WOULD I BE SUPPORTING IF HE WAS ENTIRELY WHITE?
5 posted on 02/17/2013 4:11:55 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is absurd.

So correctly observing that the “Great Society” and affirmative action crap failed the black community is racist?

Cue the “Bob is a Racist” video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1o0ooNn8Qc


6 posted on 02/17/2013 4:12:30 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Its not my fault that most blacks choose the safety of the democrat plantation.

However those that choose to leave get a sincere welcome from me and their race evaporates like fog in my eyes.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 4:18:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ungh...


8 posted on 02/17/2013 4:19:00 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boo hoo. When they start worrying about anti-white attitudes and looking at black racial animosity let’s talk. Otherwise who gives a crap?


9 posted on 02/17/2013 4:20:01 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More ginning up of the race machine by leftists.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 4:20:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Theres only one race, the human race..

Any using the term racism has their hand in your pocket diddling something there..
Bewitching you UNLESS you cut their hand off at the wrist..


11 posted on 02/17/2013 4:20:36 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SIDENET

Want to see racism? Drive down Chelsea Blvd in Memphis during the daylight if you are white. Your life will be in danger if one has to stop at a light.


12 posted on 02/17/2013 4:21:08 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Jewbacca

Bingo. Nothing has down more to set beck the advancement of American minorities more than the war on poverty. The government has turned these communities away from traditional values of family, faith, and hard work to a never ending cycle of dependency. The people they elect to represent them betray them at their earliest convenience for their own financial reward.


13 posted on 02/17/2013 4:21:33 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: skeeter

Considering that thousands of whites are beaten, raped, and murdered by blacks in racially motivated attacks every year. And that Eric “my people” Holder has openly stated that whites are NOT protected by federal hate crime laws against racially motivated violence, it is not surprising that white awareness is spreading of this double standard despite the best attempts of a corrupt liberal media to ignore it.

So more and more whites are starting to judge violent racist blacks negatively by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.

It is the racist white liberals that must judge all blacks favorably by the color of their skin and ignore the content of the character of many.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 4:23:55 PM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: vetvetdoug

We live in north Mississippi, the news out of Memphis every night is a horror show.


15 posted on 02/17/2013 4:28:36 PM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No one has done more to fuel hatred of blacks in this country than Barak Hussein Obama.
His constant whining about “fairness” and “revenge”, etc.
has set race relations back 50 years.
I truly hate his White half just as bad as the rest of him!


16 posted on 02/17/2013 4:28:57 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> Part of the effort to take conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers out of the mainstream and sideline them as racists, zealots, hillbillies and beyond the pale.

Unless we call them on it and stop being wimps and letting them use it as a power tool. If they don’t feel equal by this time in our society it’s not our fault; it’s theirs.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 4:31:20 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: skeeter

Yep anti black here is code for anti lazy, stupid, criminal and unaccountable. Everything concerning race relations in this country is racism regarding blacks because no rational explanations could possibly exist. Blacks are disproportionately worthless and dangerous but it is always white oppression to blame. People can see the truth here and are tired of being blamed for others poor actions.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 4:32:48 PM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Accusations of racism from a guy with a name like Jamelle are as predictable as night follows day.


19 posted on 02/17/2013 4:32:59 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I reject his warped interpretation of reality and substitute my own...

Racism exists in all groups, but among whites it is considered a character defect. However, among other groups it is considered racial pride.

The main people causing problems in this area are those who irresponsibly accuse others of being racists. I am sick and tired of hearing my character impugned because I don’t subscribe to Marxism and hateful leftist politics. I reject their warped world view completely.


20 posted on 02/17/2013 4:35:24 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is incomplete as there is an even larger wave of anti-White racism. Push and push back hatred is a large part of the Obama political agenda. There is nothing new here.


21 posted on 02/17/2013 4:35:57 PM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: USNBandit
"Nothing has down more to set beck the advancement of American minorities more than the war on poverty"

Au Contraire, mon ami....NOT when you consider the mentality is that "whitey has to share"....Obamaphones, illegitimate babies, welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing, Heating Assistance, cash, etc., etc.

4 Generations have lived the parasitic lifestyle, and as a result they have ALWAYS voted for the Party of Handouts, and ALWAYS will (until the money runs out, and then they go to Suburbia to take what they have been told is their "Right").

22 posted on 02/17/2013 4:37:30 PM PST by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“racial resentment” is defined as the convergence of anti-black sentiments with traditional American views on hard work and individualism.

Racism is the kind of toxic race obsession that sees "American views on hard work and individualism" as "anti-black".

Whereas Americans who value hard work and individualism admire it in anyone who shares those values regardless of race.

It’s measured using questions that focus on race and effort. "

The people who pose these kinds of questions, with the intent of marginalizing hard work, individualism, and traditional American values, are themselves race obsessed propagandists. Actually they don't care about black people except as they can use them to combat traditional American values. Blacks and hispanics who embody traditional American values and actually vote in line with their values are attacked right along with the rest of us... even more viciously.

23 posted on 02/17/2013 4:39:55 PM PST by marron
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why are we even giving this a hearing. I have NEVER heard of this rag. It looks like something with a lower following than CNN. This article is just another smear attempt. Which party has the ONE black senator? Oh, it’s Republicans, and not just any Republicans, conservative Republicans.
Democrats have African Americans in the house who come from 99% AFRICAN AMERICAN DISTRICTS. Does anyone think Maxine Waters would get elected anywhere outside her nutjob precinct?

It’s all BS.


24 posted on 02/17/2013 4:39:58 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now it’s not just racism, it’s “anti-black” racism. The next buzzword will surely be “white anti-black racism”.


25 posted on 02/17/2013 4:40:16 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Martin Luther King, Jr. would score high on racial resentment because he believed people should be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

I wonder what he would think of the character of someone who has have a dozen baby mommas and thirteen or fourteen kids.

For that matter what would he think of the character of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson?


26 posted on 02/17/2013 4:40:33 PM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: jeffc

I think we should refer this matter to the WHITE Congressional Caucus.


27 posted on 02/17/2013 4:43:32 PM PST by Renegade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>As I’ve stated before, race shapes right-wing opposition to Obama, but doesn’t define it. Still, these results signal that outright racism might have more to do with opposition to Obama than we think. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.<<

So committing the scientific cardinal sin of applying one set of findings to another unrelated conclusion is Okey Dokey!

The Race Card dressed up as a pig with lipstick still means you can’t take it out to dance.

This is insulting to all of science and reverse racism in its worst form. This guy should be taken out and tarred and feathered.


28 posted on 02/17/2013 4:49:27 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: jsanders2001

Its conservative whites who have been most vocal about standing up for black rights through the simple act of standing up for our own.

We have illegal gang members conducting a campaign of genocide on blacks in southern California and the democrats won’t even speak of it. Blacks aren’t happy with Obama over gay marriage or immigration.


29 posted on 02/17/2013 4:50:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Okay, here's my take:

I grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood in southern Los Angeles, and went to school with whites, asians, blacks, and latinos. I enjoyed much interaction with all. I used to hang out with them in various situations and thought nothing of it and enjoyed their fellowship.

When I joined the Navy, it re-enforced my beliefs that all are created equal, and even had a black man as a very close friend. I simply didn't see him any other way than as a shipmate and a friend. We never talked about race because we both thought it stupid.

However, as I've watched the blacks (they are NOT Africans) keep building their welfare/gimme base and their racist attitudes towards whites over the years, along with their racist pimps, I am becoming extremely negative towards them. I freely admit under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution that I being forced to become a racist.

Bottom line: Anyone who does not want to join the best society this World has ever seen and give crap to those who had nothing to do with your ancestry or current problems, can just kiss my ever-loving a*s. At 63, I'm done playing nice. You want to be a victim and blame me? Then you will understand why I'm turning against your race/ethnicity. Deal with it.

30 posted on 02/17/2013 4:57:36 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
regardless of color, NO PITY FOR THE LAZY!!!
31 posted on 02/17/2013 5:09:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Blacks are more racist than Whites

~ Larry Elder, "The Ten Things You Can't Say In America"

32 posted on 02/17/2013 5:17:57 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, inciting a race war is divisive? Who would have guessed?


33 posted on 02/17/2013 5:21:59 PM PST by expat1000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The goal of segregation, as Ta-Nehisi Coates put it in a recent post, was to render blacks a permanent underclass. It was a success.

No, that was goal of welfare, to relegate the black male to the status of a live sex toy, and destroy the black family.

"Single motherhood" is the surest formula for poverty that there is.

34 posted on 02/17/2013 5:25:14 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: vetvetdoug

I don’t think I have ever been on Chelsea Blvd and I doubt I ever will.


35 posted on 02/17/2013 5:25:47 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: traditional1

We need to have a Zimbabwe Channel as the only one available on 0bama Cable.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 5:40:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

37 posted on 02/17/2013 5:40:52 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: A Navy Vet
One of my thought responses to 9-11 was: Finally a common enemy to create solidarity in the US.

Unfortunately, 'taint so.

38 posted on 02/17/2013 5:43:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I ordered the pamphlet “Black Skin Privilege” from frontpagemag.com. Even without yet having the opportunity to read it , I know how it will read. Ordered it for the official statistics.

I can honestly state that I have never judged a person by the color of their skin. I can honestly state that I am prejudiced against people who refuse to become Americans.

Rugged individualism, hard-work and love of country defines American in my book. LaToya & Keisha? Please...that’s the beginning of a problem for me, people who refuse to become Americans. 93% of blacks voted for Obama, and I’m the racist? As Eminem says, I am whatever you say I am and if I wasn’t them why would you say I am...


39 posted on 02/17/2013 6:08:50 PM PST by ill duce
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Black racism creates resentment among whites, Asians, and hispanics? Yep.


40 posted on 02/17/2013 6:10:51 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is another one of the Lefts slick tactics of asking seemingly innocuous questions of something as ugly and divisive as racism in a kind of sincere, almost caring way, trading on the fact that when asked questions like this, conservatives , being generally respectful and objective people, will make an honest attempt at answering in a heart felt and truthful manner. In reality all you're doing by answering forth rightfully is setting yourself up in the eyes of your average liberal ''journalist'' or your average liberal, who is nothing more than a piece of garbage, to look like a well meaning but inherently ''racist white Republican, yada, yada'', you know the script. None of anything they ask is of any merit, it's all about controlling the debate, framing it by using language, the Lefts most potent weapon by the way, to create and spin nonsense logic into some kind of profound dialog or fact. In other words, they (the Left) already have the answers they want, they just want the joy of watching conservatives look stupid. I know this like my own skin because I was a liberal once, a regular flaming Leftie. I could have made Karl Marx look like Ignatius Loyola. I know how they love to snicker at us behind our backs, mock our values and think because we have something called ''patriotism'' and believe in a higher authority(God), then ''the state'' that we're racist boobs and laugh at what idiots they think we are and too often we set ourselves up for it. Sarah Palin, God love her, thought that stupid bitch, what's her name, Katie Couric, that's her, was being sincere and instead made a fool out of Palin for the whole world to see. Sarah found out the hard way that the way to deal with a yapping Leftie is like dealing with a yapping mutt , to shut it up you either verbally shut it up forcefully in a loud voice or with a good left hook on the snout. I've said it a thousand times before and I'll keep on saying it: This is war. War has often been called ''politics by other means'' This isn't hyperbole. I'm deadly serious. We're in a war for the heart and soul of the America we love. We conservatives that is and the other side is winning. General Omar Bradley once said ''In war there's no second place prize for the runner-up''. Dick Cheney once said'' Principles don't mean a whole lot when you lose''. The person here who posted in effect to turn the question back on the liberal interviewer has the right idea. In any discussion with a liberal don't hesitate to turn their argument right back on them. Liberals are cowards by nature. That's why they go around in groups(like the Occupy crowd) it's also the reason they resort to violence. I'm not advocating capricious violence for the mere sake of it but I am saying it's way past time to hang up the kid gloves and start really tearing into the Left. Yes, make sure you have your facts and reasons at hand but forget the civility of the classroom and get in their face. That's what Obama told his little stormtroopers during his first campaign. Time to pay them back in their own coin. Who cares what they call us anymore. For years we've been called every name in the book no matter how we comport ourselves. We could have wings, harps and halos and we still would be cursed at. Time to strap up and start hitting the liberals where it hurts and the way it hurts. O'Rielly and Hannity are useless and Rush is getting stale. The only guy out there with any fire in the belly is Mark Levin. Everyone one of us conservatives is a foot soldier, so mount up and fight. If we lose a third national election not only is the Republican Party over with but so is the America we love.
41 posted on 02/17/2013 6:18:58 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: smaug6

Hispanics are less like blacks because they are more immigrant then slave by history. Like immigrants before they want to come to the US (legally and illegally) to take advantage of our economic opportunity to make money even if it means menial jobs. They cannot fathom why many blacks refuse to take these jobs when they can manage to eke out a decent living. Many Hispanic immigrants see blacks as lazy and look down at them. Here is the irony of ironies. If Amnesty is passed, illegal hispanic immigrants will come out into the open, and being poor will move into poor black neighborhoods. They will take over the neighborhood economy, gov and the school boards. Judging from Los Angeles, and southern CA, blacks will be treated as second class citizens and driven out of their current neighborhoods. Can’t blame the white man when it is the hispanic teenager beating up their kids in school and shooting their homes up and telling them to leave because they are black. Will be interesting to see who the Dems will support if racial riots pit black against hispanic. My other fun Dem coalition to watch is the jews vs the growing Arab immigrant in the party. When they start killing each other I wonder who the DNC will support. If the GOP is smart, arm both sides and break out the popcorn.


42 posted on 02/17/2013 6:23:46 PM PST by Fee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and in the negative to questions like this—“Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class”—are assigned a high place on the resentment scale.

I'd bet heavily that blacks would agree with this statement by a huge percentage. Are they also resentfully anti-black?

43 posted on 02/17/2013 6:31:09 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Insane even.I believe the source of this article has pulled numbers and the means to arrive at them out of his butt.


44 posted on 02/17/2013 6:32:24 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: Fee

A very interesting insight, Fee.

Got to go get some popcorn!


45 posted on 02/17/2013 6:33:56 PM PST by jacquej
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To: JimSEA

“This article is incomplete as there is an even larger wave of anti-White racism.”

You as well as I are not getting it. Hating whites because of the color of their skin rather than the quality of their character is not racist. Yeah, that’s the ticket.


46 posted on 02/17/2013 6:41:24 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: vetvetdoug

Take a drive through the intersection of Chelsea and Hollywood some Saturday night. You’ll be amazed


47 posted on 02/17/2013 6:56:51 PM PST by Figment
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do you see from this what is in store for all of us?


48 posted on 02/17/2013 7:06:09 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” Booker T. Washington.

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July 22, 2010
American Thinker
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/07/what_the_naacptea_party_battle.html
What the NAACP/Tea Party Battle is Really About
By Robert Weissberg

The recent dust-up between the NAACP and the tea partiers over charges of “racism” appear to be yet one more instance of blacks accusing whites of insensitivities, real or imagined. In reality, however, these exchanges reflect far deeper animosities that will not vanish with “clarifications” or expelling “racist” tea partiers.

The NAACP and its numerous allies have for decades led the charge to expand government power, including intruding into areas once considered absolutely off-limits to Washington, let alone local government. Tea Partiers are not libertarians but they’ve had enough with government power run amok. This disagreement is, to use Thomas Sowell’s words, an unbridgeable conflict of visions: the tea party’s agenda, even stripped of any racial component contravenes the NAACP’s raison d’être so when the NAACP complains about insensitivities, it is just saying “You intend to destroy us.”

Begin by recognizing that the post-1960s civil rights agenda has been the single most powerful force in expanding Washington power. Nothing even remotely comes close. During WW II Washington set prices, rationed consumer goods and limited business profits, but this infringement was correctly understood as temporary and was universally welcomed as vital to national survival (and it was soon ended). Neither the environmental movement nor consumer protection legislation have penetrated so deeply into the every-day life of Americans.

Documenting this expansion is endless. In education, for example, the push to integrate America’s schools has affected the lives of millions, especially those who fled cities to avoid forced bussing, while judicial degrees have shaped everything from tax rates to the racial composition of school staffs. Urban demographics were radically altered by forced integration, and this remains true today. The 1964 Civil Rights Act brought federal intervention into local restaurants and movie houses and even constrained peoples’ ability to choose their neighbors. The 1965 Voting Rights Act and subsequent extensions now make every city and town in America vulnerable to Justice Department oversight if their election system slights minority representation. Employment based affirmative action has exploded from a narrow presidential directive targeting federal government contractors to a bureaucratic colossus. There is scarcely a person alive, from professors to blue collar cops and firefighters whose life-chances have not been shaped by government race policy. There is no escape — those in rural Idaho seeking a mortgage will probably experience the repercussions of the government’s push to promote home ownership among blacks and Hispanics.

Yet, thousands of civil rights successes aside, the political appetites of groups like the NAACP seem insatiable. It is no exaggeration to say that they believe that government is sufficiently powerful, if only vigorously prodded, to level outcomes across nearly all of human existence. This faith-based relentlessness soon resembles the classic gambler’s fallacy — if one lawsuit does not bring racially proportionate equality of admission to law schools, file two and if that comes up short, file four, and eventually, it is believed, victory will arrive. Scarcely a day passes without some civil rights group going to court to challenge an exam that allegedly hinders black job applicants or demanding that Washington forcefully intervene to protect poor blacks from allegedly discriminatory financial practices.

At some point, even those sympathetic with the civil rights agenda — and this undoubtedly included most tea party fans — will recognize that this relentless craving for government imposed racial equality is deeply antithetical to limited government.

In the final analysis, then, the NACCP and its allies are on a collision path with the tea party movement. Put more formally, given what is already on the books and vigorously enforced, new civil rights measures only serve to expand government with scant pay-off for intended beneficiaries. The point of diminishing returns on political pressuring has long ago been reached. In a nutshell, the very existence of the tea party is a message to the NAACP: stop.

Make no mistake, civil rights groups are not the only fans of big government. There are those who would radically expand defense budgets; others demand gargantuan expansion of social welfare. Further add nanny-state meddlers obsessed with our diets. But what makes the civil rights agenda so contrary to the principles of limited government, over and above its ceaseless character, is it penchant for invading what was heretofore politically off limits. It is one thing to demand free universal medical care; quite another to attempt to micromanage the workplace to root out any vestiges of alleged discrimination. To those unfamiliar with this Kafkaesque madness, consider just one of hundreds of anti-discrimination strictures from the U.S. Equal Employment Commission:

For example, a “no-beard” employment policy that applies to all workers without regard to race may still be unlawful if it is not job-related and has a negative impact on the employment of African-American men (who have a predisposition to a skin condition that causes severe shaving bumps).

There are also rules about non-job social events so, for example, a firm that favors golf outings may be guilty of racial discrimination if its black employees prefer basketball to golf. A firm might also risk lawsuits if refuses to promote a white person who has a black spouse or if the white employee socializes with blacks. Or if the firm’s insurance policy had a race-related illness as an excluded existing pre-condition. The list of prohibitions and requirements is not only far-reaching and murky but navigating them requires legal staffs trained in the equivalent of Talmudic interpretation. Who would have ever guessed that firms must now consider shaving bumps when setting grooming standards? Or must inquire about the race of an employee’s friends or spouse before announcing layoffs? No, these are not hypothetical illustrations,

The NAACP/tea party conflict would vanish if the NAACP and its allies suddenly abandoned their infatuation with federal coercion and instead embraced a strategy more in tune with the non-political approach of Booker T. Washington or Father Devine — working one’s way up the economic ladder via self-help. So, instead of piling on yet more made-in-Washington rules and regulation to exorcise the demons racism and discrimination in education, civil rights groups would, for example, create after- schools cram academies to help struggling students earn a legitimate high school diploma. And I’d guess that they would have no problem recruiting tea party sympathizers to help teach these courses.

The NAACP/tea party conflict over limited government cannot be resolved, though it is all too easy to paper it over. Tea party fans are not anti-black or anti-civil rights; they certainly do not favor repealing civil rights legislation or enfeebling the Justice Department. They just prefer limited government versus pursuing an aim — racial equality — that appears unreachable. It is one thing to expand government during wartime when national survival is at stake or to achieve a worthy and reachable goal; but to empower Big Brother and accomplish nothing other than bigger government is hardly an acceptable sacrifice.

When confronted with the inevitable charge of racism, tea party folk should resist the urge to fight the battle on these acrimonious grounds. Battling a civil rights group over “racism” is an unwinnable, pointless battle. Blacks will always claim the high ground moral authority to define “racism.” The debate should be about sustaining a bedrock principle of our Republic — limited government — versus some egalitarian dream. This is a classic clash of principles and transcends who said what when. It is, moreover, about time that the virtues of limited government enter the public debate next time the NAACP or its sympathizers demands yet more government intrusion into private life.

Of the utmost importance, African Americans should be reminded that, after all, they are a minority and the purpose of limited government is to prevent tyranny, especially the tyranny of the majority over the minority. In the long run, African Americans — like all Americans — should dread an out-of-control government no matter how seductive government’s mission. The NAACP has, sad to say, forgotten perhaps one of the most basic lessons of American governance. Doubters should just observe what happens elsewhere in today’s world when government power is unchecked.

There is an oft-repeated Jefferson quote that captures this dilemma exactly: A Government Big Enough to Give You Everything You Want is Strong Enough to Take Everything You Have.

The dust-up is about power and tyranny, not insults.

Robert Weissberg is Professor of Political Science-Emeritus, University of Illinois-Urbana.


49 posted on 02/17/2013 7:08:42 PM PST by Matchett-PI (You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun -Rush Limbaugh)
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Yeah, we have to do something about those filthy bitter clingers. First, let's make sure they are plenty hated. Just like back in Germany in the 1930s, with another group.


50 posted on 02/17/2013 7:09:09 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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