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GOP blind to its race problem
Miami Herald ^ | 06/21/09 | Leonard Pitts

Posted on 06/23/2009 7:33:32 AM PDT by rwrcpa1

The modern GOP was created in 1965 with a stroke of Lyndon Johnson's pen.

If that is an exaggeration, it is not much of one. When Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, he made a prediction: In committing the unpardonable sin of guaranteeing the ballot to all citizens regardless of race, he said, he would cause his party to lose the South ``for a generation.''

And indeed Southern Democrats, who for a century had bombed schools, lynched innocents, perverted justice and terrorized millions in the name of intolerance, responded by leaving their ancestral party in droves. They formed the base of a new GOP, a reality acknowledged by Ronald Reagan when he opened his 1980 campaign at a segregationist fair in a town where three civil-rights workers were infamously martyred, by declaring, 'I believe in states' rights.''

In embracing its new southern base, the Republican Party became the Repugnant Party on matters of race, a distinction it has done little to shed.

So some of us were disappointed but not surprised last week when Sherri Goforth, an aide to Tennessee state Sen. Diane Black, came under fire for an e-mail she sent out. It depicted the 44 U.S. presidents, showing the first 43 in dignified, statesmanlike poses. By contrast, the 44th, the first African American, is seen as a pair of cartoon spook eyes against a black backdrop. Goforth's explanation: the e-mail, which went to GOP staffers, was sent ``to the wrong list of people.''

You may wish to let that one marinate for a moment.

And please, don't bother reminding me of Democrat Robert Byrd's onetime membership in the Ku Klux Klan; I make no argument that the Democrats are untainted by bigotry. Rather, my argument is that the GOP is consumed by it, riddled with it...

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: gop; greatsociety; kkk; lbj; leonardpitts; racism; robertbyrd; totalcrap; votingrightsact
So I guess we're all racists now.
1 posted on 06/23/2009 7:33:32 AM PDT by rwrcpa1
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To: rwrcpa1

Pitts is an idiot. If not for the Republicans, the civil rights acts would not have passed. It is democrats that nearly derailed the legislation.


2 posted on 06/23/2009 7:34:54 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: rwrcpa1

Funny how journalists don’t seem to remember it was Al Gore Sr. and Democrats who filibusters these civil rights acts and it was Republicans who voted overwhelmingly for them. But revisionist history prevails. The media will never admit the truth, because the truth is not very pretty for the DNC.


3 posted on 06/23/2009 7:36:53 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: rwrcpa1
What a crock.

Liberals are obsessed in every way with race. In hiring, in appointments, in economics, in health care, in entertainment, in sports, in academics, in politics, in the arts.

Liberals can't pick their nose without wondering about the racial implications.

4 posted on 06/23/2009 7:40:37 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Always Right

He’s saying that those democrats became Republicans and that’s why the Democrat Solid South is now the Republican Solid South.

This is just more BS saying that if you come out against Obama on issues it’s because you’re a racist.

I would vote for a conservative black man in a heart beat, and not because he’s black.


5 posted on 06/23/2009 7:40:39 AM PDT by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: rwrcpa1

“Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” — Former KKK member and current U.S. Senator Robert Byrd(D)

“There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time. “ — Former KKK member and current U.S. Senator Robert Byrd(D)

“You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.” —Vice President Joe Biden(D)

“I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African American, who’s articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.” — Vice President Joe Biden (D) about Barack Obama

“You all know Gandhi. He ran a gas station down in St Louis.” —U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(D)

“You f*cking Jew b@stard.” — Hillary Clinton (D) to political operative Paul Fray. This was revealed in “State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton” and has been verified by Paul Fray and three witnesses.

‘’He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation. He would have been right at the great moments of international threat we faced in the 20th century.’’ — US Senator Chris Dodd (D) speaking of Robert Byrd. Trent Lott stepped down as Majority Leader (under pressure from Democrats) after making similar comments about Strom Thurmond.


6 posted on 06/23/2009 7:41:05 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I am NOT better off than I was four years ago!)
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To: rwrcpa1

I agree.... the GOP cannot “Race” worth a crap!


7 posted on 06/23/2009 7:41:53 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: rwrcpa1
Remind me which party it is whenever the topic of school choice comes up that sends all their operatives around to the lily white suburban districts to whisper "If this passes, our district is going to be overrun with black kids."

Hint: It ain't the Republicans.

8 posted on 06/23/2009 7:42:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: rwrcpa1
Just another Leonard Pitts raciest rant. Don't confuse him with facts, his mind is already eternally made up.
9 posted on 06/23/2009 7:43:05 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell ( Even the left knows Sarah Palin is right for 2012.)
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To: rwrcpa1
"In committing the unpardonable sin of guaranteeing the ballot to all citizens regardless of race, he said, he would cause his party to lose the South ``for a generation.''"

I committing to trade votes for government hand-outs, the Democratic Party has BECOME the "unpardonable sin".

10 posted on 06/23/2009 7:43:42 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: F.J. Mitchell

Yeah. I read this in my morning paper and it just made me mad.

My mind is eternally made up not to read him anymore.


11 posted on 06/23/2009 7:44:43 AM PDT by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: rwrcpa1

The modern GOP that backed the Civil Rights movement more than the donk? The GOP of Lincoln? That GOP, who has stood for INDIVIDUAL liberty as opposed to STATE FORCED “equality” (the donk model)? THAT GOP?

The aurthor of this article is a MORON.


12 posted on 06/23/2009 7:51:59 AM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: rwrcpa1
The entire history of the Democratic Party is one of racism and fascism.

From the Civil War, to the openly racist Woodrow Wilson ("slaves were almost uniformly dealt with indulgently and even affectionately by their masters"), to FDR locking up Japanese for the crime of being Japanese, to their embrace of the racist eugenic ideas of Margaret Sanger, to their blocking of civil rights legislation, the establishment of Jim Crow laws, etc.

So some GOP dingbat sent out a racist joke. Yeah, that compares.

13 posted on 06/23/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: rwrcpa1
"And please, don't bother reminding me of Democrat Robert Byrd's onetime membership in the Ku Klux Klan; I make no argument that the Democrats are untainted by bigotry. Rather, my argument is that the GOP is consumed by it, riddled with it..."

To say there's a double standard is so ridiculously obvious to anyone who doesn't stay stoned on Liberal Kool-Aid that it is not even worth saying.

Pitt evidently hasn't had a coherent day in years.

14 posted on 06/23/2009 7:59:43 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: rwrcpa1

The only “race problem” the GOP has is this mindless notion that they need to cater and pander to various “races”. As I’ve mentioned previously six thousand times on Free Republic, if the Republican candidate for President in 2008 had run on nothing more than a strict anti-illegal immigration platform, half the Democrats would have come over and the Republican would have won in a landslide. But no, McCain and his idiot advisors knew better, just like Bush and his idiot advisor Rove knew better. And now we have an anti-American communist in the White House. And now the GOP is really going to see what a “race problem” looks like.


15 posted on 06/23/2009 8:01:59 AM PDT by raptor29
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To: rwrcpa1

Why won’t the GOP just learn to shamelessly pander?


16 posted on 06/23/2009 8:02:24 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: rwrcpa1

I would vote for a conservative black man in a heart beat, and not because he’s black.

1) Thomas Sowell
2) Walter Williams
3) Michael Williams—Texas RR Commission
4) Larry Elder
5) Alan Keyes
6) Clarence Thomas
7) Lynn Swann

..just to name a few...


17 posted on 06/23/2009 8:07:50 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: rwrcpa1

Leonard Pitts is a buffoon. The poor man is so eaten up by race and envy and jealousy that he’s become a bitter, mean, fool.


18 posted on 06/23/2009 8:08:39 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: rwrcpa1
The “race problem” and “too conservative” problem are just two sides to the same coin of the BS realm RINOs deal in. There are more racists per 1000 in any democrat group in either Boston or New York than you'd be able to find in a group of republicans three times that size anywhere in the country. Democrats know how to keep black folks afraid of voting their own interests, and they've been getting propaganda like this ever since the Republicans made it possible for Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act in spite of his own democrat party being against it. What did you expect the master of democrat BS, Johnson, to say? “Republicans making it possible for me to get this bill passed will naturally now take the south?”. No, he right away started to take the credit away from the republicans by making exactly the statement the article quotes.

It's all well and good to blame republicans for what black folks do, and its' a hell of a lot easier than admitting that blacks habitually vote against their own self interest. It isn't accurate, mind you, just easier. Isn't it about time the republicans face the fact that blacks as a group are into self-defeating behaviors and recognize that their voting habits are one of them? Maybe then republicans can come up with effective ways to approach blacks rather than more nonsense from the RINO wing of the democrap-lite gang who write articles like this.

The Republican "race" problem is the race they lose by listening to crap like this rather than running as conservatives who don't pander to any group. THAT, is the "Race" problem the Republicans have, not the one the author so ineptly tries to lay at their feet.

have a nice day

19 posted on 06/23/2009 8:12:17 AM PDT by Rashputin (blif)
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To: rwrcpa1

If it werent for this topic, liberals would literally have nothing to write about.


20 posted on 06/23/2009 8:22:58 AM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: rwrcpa1

Blacks Blind to Their Socialist Problem


21 posted on 06/23/2009 8:25:37 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: rwrcpa1

I think the Rascist is Pratt..who thinks people of color do not deserve access to the ideals an freedoms they grant...that are espoused by Conservatives....


22 posted on 06/23/2009 8:26:15 AM PDT by mo
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To: rwrcpa1

Oh Leonard has been singing this johnny-one-note song for decades. It was boring then and is boring now. Too bad he can’t remember facts or get anything correct but hey when you are on the “right” side you don’t have to worry about stuff like that


23 posted on 06/23/2009 8:29:14 AM PDT by the long march
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To: rwrcpa1
"Race neutrality is now "race problem".

Brave New World.

I am sorry, but in my entire life I have NEVER heard a politician refer to the crrent president as "our beloved president before..."

I must belong to the wrong tribe because -- I can't see it and it sounds positively nauseating!

24 posted on 06/23/2009 8:30:58 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: rwrcpa1

“I make no argument that the Democrats are untainted by bigotry. Rather, my argument is that the GOP is consumed by it, riddled with it...”

Doesn’t hate require an active “feeling” towards something or someone? What if I am just indifferent?


25 posted on 06/23/2009 8:31:19 AM PDT by Grunthor (Does a crowded elevator smell different to midgets?)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

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9. Alfonzo Rachel http://www.mediacircus.com/tag/alfonzo-rachel/


26 posted on 06/23/2009 8:41:13 AM PDT by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
I did a Google search for the LBJ money quote I was looking for--it was posted on FR in the past , evidently, by a Freeper named Doctor Raoul:

Ronald Kessler in his book, "Inside The White House" quotes Robert N. MacMillan (a USAF crewman on Air Force One) witnessed LBJ confiding in two governors why he wanted a civil rights bill.

At the bottom of page 33 of paperback: LBJ says, "I'll have them n----rs voting Democratic for the next two hundred years."

27 posted on 06/23/2009 8:47:32 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

Well, there ya go.


28 posted on 06/23/2009 8:48:30 AM PDT by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: rwrcpa1
"GOP blind to its race problem" by Leonard Pitts"

I stopped reading as soon as I saw Pitts's name. He IS a racist, and a complete f*ckwit.

29 posted on 06/23/2009 9:57:09 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rwrcpa1
Hussein is on the tube again...

When he was elected president he was a world-class ignoramus on economic, foreign, social and ethical issues.
You'd think that finding himself elected, intellectually helpless and hopelessly clueless, he would frantically try to "learn on the job" instead of spouting the Marxist rhetoric that got him this far.

Instead, we get juvenile globe trotting, and an endless stream of "Professor Stepin Corey" skits on TV.

Looks like learning on the job ain't his thing.

30 posted on 06/23/2009 9:59:16 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Publius6961

WE NEED A RACE CZAR!


31 posted on 06/24/2009 8:20:19 AM PDT by MattAMatt
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To: rwrcpa1

“bombed schools, lynched innocents, perverted justice and terrorized millions in the name of intolerance, responded by leaving their ancestral party in droves”

Totally over exaggerated liberal nonsense.Most Southern Democrats were salt of the Earth hardworking christian people. The Democrat Party left them and took a hard turn left on every core issue. Most Southern Democrats opposed the Welfare expansion, federal intervention into what they saw as state issues, affirmative action, feminism, and their hard anti Vietnam stance after Johnson left office. They didn’t go to the party because of an irrational hate for black people. That is nonsense, they went because the party abandoned them on core issues.


32 posted on 06/24/2009 10:27:59 AM PDT by RebelYell1990
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To: rwrcpa1

For Pitts, this is a new low. This is just one more despicable column by a nitwit who shouldn’t be writing for a small town rag much less a major daily. So the Republican Party is consumed with racism? Notice Pitts selects a few idiots of whom some are not even affiliated with the Republican Party. Because some morons, who may or may not be Republicans, make idiotic remarks, that means the whole party is racist? This is such a stupid conclusion, it shouldn’t even need explaining. Exactly what Republican policies or positions are racist, Mr. Pitts? Name them. Pitts needs to be ridiculed.


33 posted on 06/24/2009 11:22:18 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: F.J. Mitchell
"racist rant"

Pitts may or may not be a racist, but he is certainly a RACIALIST. A racialist is a person, usually a lib, who sees and explains everything through the prism of race. That describes Pitts to a t.

34 posted on 06/24/2009 11:24:14 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: the long march
"can't ...get anything correct"

In his whole absurd tirade, Pitts failed to name one Pubbie policy or position that's racist. Because there aren't any. Morons like Pitts do more to hold down Black Americans than the most virulent racists extant.

35 posted on 06/24/2009 11:26:47 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: rwrcpa1

Dear Mr. Leonard Pitts,

Don’t look now but the Democrats continue to enslave blacks and the poor on welfare plantations. Nothing has changed.


36 posted on 06/24/2009 11:36:13 AM PDT by avacado
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To: rwrcpa1
So some of us were disappointed but not surprised last week when Sherri Goforth, an aide to Tennessee state Sen. Diane Black, came under fire for an e-mail she sent out. It depicted the 44 U.S. presidents, showing the first 43 in dignified, statesmanlike poses. By contrast, the 44th, the first African American, is seen as a pair of cartoon spook eyes against a black backdrop.

Here it is:

At least the libtards try to be a little more subliminal with their racism.


Original AP photo

Enhanced to meet the spirit of USA Today editorial standards

37 posted on 06/24/2009 11:54:11 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: driftless2

That’s Pitts alright.


38 posted on 06/24/2009 3:19:07 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell ( Even the left knows Sarah Palin is right for 2012.)
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To: rwrcpa1

I voted for a conservative black man for President 8 years ago. His name was Alan Keyes. Too bad George W. Bush won the primary.

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39 posted on 07/03/2009 5:19:46 AM PDT by Rated_Republican_Superstar
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