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I don't want to dance on anyone's grave but Francis reinforced the leftist stereotype that conservatism is a racist ideology.


27 posted on 02/25/2005 10:25:21 PM PST by JohnBDay
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It is with pleasure that I note several people, including some who consider themselves conservatives, have described Sam Francis as he truly was -- a small-minded, bigoted man who was apparently incapable of emotional or intellectual growth. At an early age, Francis latched on to the crude racist ideology of Southern politicians of the pre-civil rights movement era. He never let go. Even fellow bigots, including those at the Washington Times, found his racist hysteria, seemingly influenced by feelings of sexual inadequacy, out of bounds. As a result, he was fired in 1995. Francis' increasingly incoherent and vociferous writing left him unemployable by anyone other than other extremists for the next decade. When he died recently, only some members of the far Right took notice. The relative few who spoke positively about him had to ignore his downwardly mobile career to do so. Hopefully, there is a lesson in his wasted life that others who would follow his footsteps can learn from.
28 posted on 03/03/2005 4:26:57 AM PST by Jemima Gaines (Because someone should tell the truth.)
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That's the impression I got from reading Francis's columns too. Undoubtedly Francis was a very intelligent man and correct on a number of issues. But I couldn't help but get the feeling that he was a strong racist. Many of his columns had a decidedly anti-Black or "minority" tone to them. He sounded like an arch-segregationist/anti-miscegenationist from forty to fifty years ago. If any "minorities" read his column and assumed he spoke for all conservatives, then Republicans would have to forget about getting anything but the all-white vote.

Because someone is correct on a number of conservative issues doesn't make them someone to listen to. Francis had too many unfortunate white-supremicist beliefs to be taken seriously. Our cherished political foundations may have been created by all-white settlers. But the beliefs, benefits, and laws were not just meant for white Europeans...they're for all Americans of whatever ethnic background or skin color.

34 posted on 03/09/2005 3:07:54 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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