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Racism From the White Left (Sheehan, Code Pink vs. Conyers)
Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | July 27, 2007 | Jean Damu and Alona Clifton

Posted on 07/30/2007 8:54:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The jaw-dropping attacks on Michigan Congressman John Conyers this week by members of the white, leftist sector of this nation’s antiwar movement have proven how deeply racism exists.

Conyers was picketed and attacked by leading activists and spokespeople of the anti-war movement because he, as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, determined that there did not exist enough votes to move to the floor of the House of Representatives a discussion of the impeachment of president George Bush for creating the war in Iraq.

“Conyers has betrayed the American people,” bawled Global Exchange and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin. “Conyers is no Martin Luther King,” wailed former analyst of the CIA, Ray McGovern. Lefty journalist David Lindorf scribbled, “The shame of John Conyers.” All three articles appeared on the July 24 version of the progressive website Commondreams. In addition, Cindy Sheehan, anti-war mom, had herself arrested sitting in at Conyers’ office.

Give us a break!

What does impeaching George Bush have to do with ending the war in Iraq? And what gives white, anti-war activists the right to call into question the moral and humanistic motivations of John Conyers because he determined the political will did not exist within Congress to impeach the president?

From our point of view (and speaking as progressive African Americans) Conyers is the outstanding member of Congress, who has been most outspoken in support of the anti-war movement and against the Bush Administration.

But here is something else. Year after year, actually every year since 1989, John Conyers has introduced into congress HR 40, the African American Reparations Study Bill. It is a bill that is likely the lowest common denominator of the Black reparations movement in the U.S. To date Conyers has never had the votes to get it out of committee, onto the floor of the House. But each year he re-introduces the bill, constantly searching for more endorsers. He has never given up on this issue that is supported by the vast majority of African Americans.

To the best of our knowledge neither Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern, David Lindorf and certainly not Cindy Sheehan or few of the other “leading lights” of the white left in the anti-war movement (with the notable exception of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich) have ever lifted a finger or raised their voice in support of African Americans cry for repair from the legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

But yet, how ironic that these normally progressive whites feel perfectly comfortable labeling John Conyers “a betrayer of the American people.”

Here is another irony. If white Americans had voted against George Bush by half the percentage points that Black Americans voted against George Bush, Dubya would have never gotten near the White House.

As for McGovern’s claim that Conyers is no Martin Luther King, we say, who is some white guy to tell us who is and who is not our leader or leaders? That is what J. Edgar Hoover tried to do to us with regards to the Black Panther Party. Also, who is to say, if Martin Luther King were alive today, what he would or would not say?

Some white sectors of the anti-war movement need to re-focus themselves and try to build allies in the streets and in the halls of government to end the war, rather than engaging in mindless racism and alienating the most progressive and anti-George Bush communities in America, namely Black America.

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Jean Damu is active within the Reparations Movement and Alona Clifton is a former member of the Peralta Community College board and a long-time political activist in Oakland. Both are members of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration Steering Committee.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Michigan; US: Texas
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I love it when the left fight amongst themselves.
1 posted on 07/30/2007 8:54:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

heh


2 posted on 07/30/2007 8:57:22 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

((Snicker)) Cindy et al are the gifts that keep on giving.


3 posted on 07/30/2007 8:57:22 AM PDT by MizSterious (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know there are times when there is just not enough popcorn to go around.


4 posted on 07/30/2007 9:00:59 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are sure stuck are reparations, aren’t they? It sure makes it seem that a lot of the black community will try any way to get a handout.


5 posted on 07/30/2007 9:04:10 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Doncha just LOVE watching Liberals eat each other??


6 posted on 07/30/2007 9:04:45 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conyers, Chairman of.... Does it get any funnier than that?


7 posted on 07/30/2007 9:04:56 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Collectivists fighting collectivists. Gotta love it.


8 posted on 07/30/2007 9:05:07 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Left is eating each other :D


9 posted on 07/30/2007 9:05:30 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Political bias in this country has definitely shifted to Socialism when John Conyers has an entire movement situated on HIS LEFT!!


10 posted on 07/30/2007 9:05:47 AM PDT by PISANO (There is NO security & there can be none as long as there are suicide bombers!!)
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To: basil

It’s the left in general - that’s the basis of collectivism, the desire for other people’s property.

The left has just used the black community to further their power, and has, in the process, made this desire for the unearned part of the culture.


11 posted on 07/30/2007 9:06:12 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: basil

I support the nations of Africa paying reparations to the people they sold into slavery.


12 posted on 07/30/2007 9:06:28 AM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The left is what the left is: hate and racism. They can no more change that than a scorpion can stop being a scorpion.

All they can do is spout hate, never solutions. It is easy to spew hate, but actually DOING something productive for everyone is too difficult and places them in the position of responsibility.

One of the many problems with this “mental”-ity is that hate requires a target. They have blamed Jews, Christians, Conservatives, “chickenhawks” (I love being called that as I whip out my DoD ID), the NRA, Republicans, Bush, Bush again, Bush’s Grandfather, etc to no avail. When they run out of targets, they attack each other for not goose-stepping to the party line.

13 posted on 07/30/2007 9:10:58 AM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...wailed former analyst of the CIA, Ray McGovern.”
Did he analyze the CIA or was he an analyst for the CIA?
Modern journalists find the art of writing to be beyond their grasp. Their editors don’t seem to be any better.


14 posted on 07/30/2007 9:14:13 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Tzimisce

I really think Oprah, Barry Bonds, Michael Vick, P Diddy, and the rest of the African Americans who have suffered as a legacy of the slavery of 150 years ago should be given reparations. Also, all the African American doctors and lawyers whose kids are given racial preferences for admission to the best colleges and medical schools should be given reparations too. John Conyers should also qualify for getting a little piece of the pie as well. It is obvious that that will cure all that ails the Afircan American community. What a joke, but it is nice to see the liberal African Americans are maybe beginning to realize that the elitist Democratic establishment views them as nothing more than reliable voters for the Democratic Party.


15 posted on 07/30/2007 9:14:52 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I oppose Conyers because he’s a left wing gun grabber. I rarely am even concious of the fact that he’s also African American. Gotta side with Code Pinko and Sindy on this, I don’t see where anything they said or have done has any racist overtones whatsoever. They are just far far left wing wackos, but still only slightly to the left of Conyers himself.


16 posted on 07/30/2007 9:15:10 AM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: PGalt
"Collectivists fighting collectivists."

Red on red.

17 posted on 07/30/2007 9:16:30 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Waverunner
I support the nations of Africa paying reparations to the people they sold into slavery.

Especially the Arab ones, who were either slave catchers themselves, or were brokers between the black African tribes who captured other Black Africans and sold them to the Arabs, and the mostly New England ship owners and masters who bought them for transport to the Americas.c

18 posted on 07/30/2007 9:18:19 AM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: 3D-JOY; AConservativeRealist; Angelwood; BillF; bstein80; BufordP; chcknhawk; ...

You will love this: Medea Benjamin’s latest antics...


19 posted on 07/30/2007 9:18:30 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pass the popcorn....


20 posted on 07/30/2007 9:20:03 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: milwguy

Cedric the Entertainer had it right in the movie, “Barbershop”. “I look at welfare and affirmative action as reparations.”


21 posted on 07/30/2007 9:20:22 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Racist, just because they are screaming at Conyers?? This is ridiculous. What’s racist is believing a black Congressman cannot take the heat.


22 posted on 07/30/2007 9:21:29 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

there has always been a bit of wall tween the white left and the predominate black politic which is left

will be interesting to see how the brown left cozies up to pasty stupid naive white liberals

the old black militant left used to sleep with them, take their money and drugs and on occasion kill them when they had outlasted their usefulness

white leftists in America are about the dumbest most easily exploited little naive ninnies history’s has ever seen....


23 posted on 07/30/2007 9:22:05 AM PDT by wardaddy (let's celebrate the summer of love (1967) everyone get naked...you go first)
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To: milwguy

"Fo shizzle I've been sufferin' dog. Now pay me!"

24 posted on 07/30/2007 9:23:13 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Waverunner

we’ve been paying reparations and losing freedoms over this redress for 4 decades now

an utter failure and I sure don’t feel better or less safe

and black culture is way way worse off now except for a small minority

reparations aside from the idiocy of it would just further ruin them


25 posted on 07/30/2007 9:24:25 AM PDT by wardaddy (let's celebrate the summer of love (1967) everyone get naked...you go first)
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To: em2vn
Did he analyze the CIA or was he an analyst for the CIA?For the record he was an analyst *for* the CIA. One who can always be counted on for a Bad Word on the current administration, especially when it's a Republican one. Sort of the Ramsey Clark of the Intelligence world. In fact he often appears with or acts in concert with RC.
26 posted on 07/30/2007 9:25:15 AM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Me too but...

I don't see any racism in Screechan/Pinkos list of complaints against Conyers. The author's point is made solely on the fact that Conyers is black.

The author needs to understand that he is the one injecting race into the mix.

27 posted on 07/30/2007 9:28:55 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Tzimisce
"Left is eating each other :D"

Like we aren't too.

28 posted on 07/30/2007 9:31:47 AM PDT by gura
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"As for McGovern’s claim that Conyers is no Martin Luther King, we say, who is some white guy to tell us who is and who is not our leader or leaders?"

Yet, you let the Bill and Hillary convince you BJ was the first black president.

29 posted on 07/30/2007 9:32:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yabbut where’s the racism here? Did I miss it?


30 posted on 07/30/2007 9:33:30 AM PDT by ObadiahLynch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From our (Myopic)point of view (and speaking as progressive African Americans) Conyers is the outstanding member of Congress,

But here is something else. Year after year, actually every year since 1989, John Conyers has introduced into congress HR 40, the African American Reparations Study Bill. It is a bill that is likely the lowest common denominator of the Black reparations movement in the U.S. To date Conyers has never had the votes to get it out of committee,

Apparently he's the brightest bulb in the box if after 18 years it's still can't get it out of committee. Perhaps he should talk to "The Poodle" seems to me neither of them have a clue as to how our process works.

31 posted on 07/30/2007 9:35:26 AM PDT by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: gura
"Left is eating each other :D" Like we aren't too.

Amen brother, starting to look alot like a game preserve with all the RINO's running around.

32 posted on 07/30/2007 9:37:24 AM PDT by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: ObadiahLynch

The racism is obvious my friend. Conyers is BLACK and those who criticize him are WHITE. It does not matter if the disagreement is about the war, oil drilling is ANWR, immigration or any other of a million issues. The FACT is if you are white and you criticize a black fixture of Congress such as Conyers, you are being a defacto racist. No further explanation needed.


33 posted on 07/30/2007 9:38:31 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

Also include in your list the 5 daughters of William Jefferson democrat louisiana who all attended Harvard undergrad and who all (or almost all0 have law degrees today.


34 posted on 07/30/2007 9:39:36 AM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did I miss the "black connection," or did the author just spin one out of the clouds?


35 posted on 07/30/2007 9:41:54 AM PDT by bannie (The Good Guys cannot win when they're the only ones to play by the rules.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Medea is a newscamera junkie, and will go anywhere to get her camera fix. Her facial expression when she is on camera looks like any other addict under the influence of their drug of choice.


36 posted on 07/30/2007 9:42:37 AM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: maica

For those of you who didn’t know that Congressman Conyers has already collected on his reparations via the taxpayer..............Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi today defended Rep. John Conyers’, D-MI, as “the ideal pick for judiciary committee chairman” after the House Ethics Committee sanctioned Rep. Conyers for using taxpayer-funded staffers for political campaign work, babysitting and personal errands.


37 posted on 07/30/2007 9:48:40 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“who is some white guy to tell us who is and who is not our leader or leaders?”

Not to support a bunch of left-wing extremist, but I fail to see racism in their actions. I think it’s clearly evident from the article who is playing the “race card.”


38 posted on 07/30/2007 9:54:48 AM PDT by CarryingOn (America will not survive another Clinton presidency.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe Cindy and company are bozos as well but I fail to see their “racism” here.


39 posted on 07/30/2007 10:07:20 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The don't call it "Code Pink for nothing...
40 posted on 07/30/2007 10:08:58 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I love it when the Treason Left and the Shakedown Left come to blows.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

41 posted on 07/30/2007 10:11:34 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

42 posted on 07/30/2007 10:15:21 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I really wonder when (if ever) the blacks and the mexicans will wake up and realize that to the white uber left that they look up to, black and mexican votes (what it’s all about) are just the political equivalent of a booty call.
44 posted on 07/30/2007 10:45:44 AM PDT by silver charm (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Trueblackman; L.N. Smithee; Black Republican; mhking; brwnsuga

Black conservative ping!


45 posted on 07/30/2007 12:18:20 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fight to the death, you commie bastards!

Amusing how the most important issue to the black lefties is their phony “reparations” welfare scam.


46 posted on 07/30/2007 12:24:57 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Frank Sheed

Remember when we were talking about the “Victim Card” graphic? This “Race Card” is almost exactly what I wanted!


47 posted on 07/30/2007 12:25:51 PM PDT by Tax-chick (All the main characters die, and then the Prince of Sweden delivers the Epilogue.)
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To: wardaddy
...reparations aside from the idiocy of it would just further ruin them...

I might support reparations if they would sign a contract that they would now shut up!

48 posted on 07/30/2007 12:43:31 PM PDT by webheart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I love it when the left fight amongst themselves. Ditto! I especially love it when a leftist has another leftist arrested!
49 posted on 07/30/2007 5:57:14 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Waverunner

I’m with you! The Africans who supported slavery should pay reparations, but to that I would add Portugese.


50 posted on 07/30/2007 5:59:17 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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