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Dawson’s Whites-Only Country Club Past Gets GOP Attention
The Charleston City Paper ^ | November 27, 2008 | Greg Hambrick

Posted on 11/27/2008 7:41:41 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative

Just as soon as South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson announces that he’s running to chair the national party, a story is disseminated by his opponents (note: fellow Republicans) referring to his recent membership in a whites-only country club. Dawson left the club in August, days before he first suggested that he might be looking to the national stage.

As usual, the story says more about backwards South Carolina than it does about Dawson. My absolute favorite part is where the reporter and some pundits do a little guessing on the reason for his separation from the club.

“It’s something that would have a cleansing effect just in case (Sen. John) McCain would choose him to be head of the Republican National Committee,” said political scientist and GOP activist Neal Thigpen, who has been active in Republican politics for 40 years.

Dawson dismissed that as “hypothetical.”

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: countryclub; dawson; gop; katondawson; race; racerelations; races; racism; republican; republicanparty; republicans; rnc
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I think that Katon Dawson is the most qualified person to be the RNC chairman right now. I hope that this is not a real issue. You know that the Dems are going to make big hay out of this if he becomes chairman. They will use it to further the notion that the GOP is a southern, racist, whites-only party.
1 posted on 11/27/2008 7:41:42 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

>I hope that this is not a real issue.<

you hope that race is not a serious issue?


2 posted on 11/27/2008 7:43:50 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

They should invite Oprah’s Choice to be an honorary member, and all will be forgiven.


3 posted on 11/27/2008 7:43:51 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: ken21

Somebody said during the recent campaign, that race was not just an issue in politics, it is the ONLY ISSUE!, as southern segregationists maintained about 1955.


4 posted on 11/27/2008 7:45:05 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: Theodore R.

“it is the ONLY ISSUE!, as southern segregationists maintained about 1955.”

...along with northern and coastal liberals in 2008, including ‘media’ employees.


5 posted on 11/27/2008 7:50:11 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

If John McCain would choose him to head the RNC, Mr. Dawson is ipso facto not qualified for the job.


6 posted on 11/27/2008 7:53:28 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

It’s a private club. Big fricking deal. How many whites are members of the NAACP?


7 posted on 11/27/2008 7:53:57 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: upchuck

“backwards South Carolina” ping!


8 posted on 11/27/2008 7:57:08 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Or the black caucus in congress?


9 posted on 11/27/2008 7:58:05 PM PST by doc1019 (Happy Thanksgiving all!)
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To: ken21

Yeah, I hope that this doesn’t derail Katon Dawson or will bring unnecessary criticism on the GOP. I think Dawson is the best man for the job.


11 posted on 11/27/2008 8:02:08 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

they used race to torpedo George Allen, and it worked.

One word, and an entire campaign went down the drain.


12 posted on 11/27/2008 8:07:52 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: doc1019

Or the Chinese-American Society?


13 posted on 11/27/2008 8:08:09 PM PST by cydcharisse
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Don't you think it's funny that this Republican is being challenged for his membership in an all-white club, when there's an all-black club in the US House of Representatives?

What's that? You haven't heard of it? It's called the Congressional Black Caucus. Blacks-only membership, on the tax payer's dime.

14 posted on 11/27/2008 8:14:00 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

He should pull an 0bama and claim that he didn’t know it was a whites-only club, they way obama ‘didn’t know’ that jerry wright was spewing racial hatred in his church for 20+ years.


15 posted on 11/27/2008 8:16:24 PM PST by American Infidel (It's pronounced 'ASK' not 'AXE'. It's a 3 letter word. How difficult can it be?)
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To: Windflier

Yes, there is definitely hypocrisy there.

However, you know that the GOP has an image problem with regards to race relations. It’s totally unfair and untrue, but it’s there nonetheless. I just hope this wouldn’t be an issue for our party if Katon Dawson becomes the RNC chairman.


16 posted on 11/27/2008 8:16:52 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Now that our next President is a member of our American black culture (at least half so), we no longer need these various “black” groups in congress or otherwise.


17 posted on 11/27/2008 8:16:57 PM PST by doc1019 (Happy Thanksgiving all!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

NAACP is black only club. United Negro College Fund is
an educational assistance organization with 40 private, historically black, member colleges and universities. So this is a whites only club.


18 posted on 11/27/2008 8:17:31 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Didn't Clinton and Web Hubbell belong to one in Arkansas? Oh, wait, they were democrats; never mind.
19 posted on 11/27/2008 8:18:40 PM PST by Sans-Culotte
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
How many whites are members of the NAACP?

Barry Goldwater for one (starting in the 1940's). A lot of good it did him!

20 posted on 11/27/2008 8:23:04 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
...you know that the GOP has an image problem with regards to race relations. It’s totally unfair and untrue, but it’s there nonetheless.

Yes, and it makes it very hard for us to attract minorities into the party. Sadly, those who came before us allowed the party to be slandered that way by the liberals, and they also meekly let it stick, after the fact.

I just hope this wouldn’t be an issue for our party if Katon Dawson becomes the RNC chairman.

Unfortunately, I don't have high hopes for that outcome. We're going to have to work like the devil to dead agent the "party of the white boys" label. Sad to say, but it's true.

21 posted on 11/27/2008 8:26:27 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
referring to his recent membership in a whites-only country club>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

WHAT IS WRONG WITH REPUBLICANS?

Why not refer to Obamas fund raising dinners in the last year, where whites were excluded, and only racial minorities were allowed to attend?

Point out the presses double standard EVERY TIME.

22 posted on 11/27/2008 8:28:09 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

anyone stupid enough to belong to a “whites only” club in this day and age has no business in the leadership of the party. It show a complete lack of judgment and therefore the inability to properly lead.


23 posted on 11/27/2008 9:09:51 PM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

In answer to your question, George Putnam, one of the great conservatives of the past 90 years, was a white who was a lifelong member of the NAACP. Also a lifelong Democrat. Like Reagan before him, claimed that the party left him but he would rather fight to reclaim it from within. He felt the same about some of the leadership of the NAACP.


24 posted on 11/27/2008 9:13:40 PM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: lilylangtree

NAACP is NOT black only...anyone can join.


25 posted on 11/27/2008 9:14:30 PM PST by Cousin Eddie
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To: Windflier
We're going to have to work like the devil to dead agent the "party of the white boys" label. Sad to say, but it's true.

Waste of time. Perhaps we should push white solidarity via the GOP, using politically correct themes. The GOP only won 55% of the white vote. If we could get to 75% it would spell certain victory. The Obama candidacy was won by racial solidarity: blacks, Latinos, and Asians voting for the party that will deliver spoils to them via race-based programs. Making this clear is never discussed, but it should be.

26 posted on 11/27/2008 9:15:13 PM PST by Jack Black (NO MANDATORY SERVICE IN THE OBAMA-YOUTH !)
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To: St. Louis Conservative; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.
27 posted on 11/27/2008 9:15:53 PM PST by upchuck (Bumper sticker on my pickup: I'm a fierce global warmer.)
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To: Jack Black

Short of armed Revolution or Seccession, this could be our only salvation, unfortunatly.


28 posted on 11/27/2008 9:30:25 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Cousin Eddie

Shhhhh! Not so loud.

Many posters here still believe the current year is 1958.


29 posted on 11/27/2008 11:22:12 PM PST by TheInvisibleMan (')
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To: Jack Black
Waste of time.

I disagree. It's imperative that the GOP uses some media savvy and effective recruitment over the next four years to attract a broader racial mix into the party.

The fact is, the racial demographics of America are shifting toward a melanin-rich majority. In some states, minorities, have now reached parity with whites. Ignoring this shift will only spell certain doom for our party.

30 posted on 11/27/2008 11:33:24 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: lilylangtree

“NAACP is black only club”

There is a difference between a group that has a predominantly one race membership and a group that officially does not accept members of another race. You don’t have to be black to be a member of the NAACP. In other words, they don’t discriminate based on race. Here is their membership form.

http://www.naacp.org/get-involved/membership/member.pdf


31 posted on 11/28/2008 2:10:41 AM PST by Mila
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To: St. Louis Conservative
referring to his recent membership in a whites-only country club.

So.......why is this a problem?


32 posted on 11/28/2008 4:58:50 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: Windflier
effective recruitment over the next four years to attract a broader racial mix into the party.

Why attract any group based on some PC demographic if the Repubs give up conservatism?

That is precisely the tact that has given the Rats complete control of the federal gubmint as of Jan. 09. The tried playing towards the middle-left, lost the base and BANG! lost it all.

The Repubs need to tighten down the conservative hatch and gather in the base if they want to have a chance of regaining power. If people want to join the Republican party let them join as conservatives, not based on race.

33 posted on 11/28/2008 5:09:23 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: St. Louis Conservative; All
I just hope this wouldn’t be an issue for our party if Katon Dawson becomes the RNC chairman.

You're dreaming!

Get real people! Personally I would question the judgment of a person in politics, heck, any person, who belongs/belonged to a whites-only club! And please, no comparison to the CBC or NAACP which are "advocacy" groups, not country clubs. A whites-only country club! Holy crap that's a giant electrified red flag! What is the matter with these people!?! Who in their right mind would support somebody with that sort of stain on them? Yeah I said stain. This is a battle for the future of the party and conservatism, and we're gonna put up someone who can be slapped right next to the Left's favorite photos of police dogs and water cannons? I am flabbergasted.
34 posted on 11/28/2008 5:09:33 AM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
As usual, the story says more about backwards South Carolina

Full of typical white people bitterly clinging to their guns and religion.................

35 posted on 11/28/2008 5:10:48 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: Cousin Eddie

I agree completely, it’s asinine to put this guy forward.


36 posted on 11/28/2008 5:12:43 AM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: upchuck

Maybe Katon could find the person that wrote this and cut the “N” testicles out.


37 posted on 11/28/2008 5:25:03 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I think in this day and age, any politician from any party who would stand on the doorstep of a “white’s only” club of any sort is an obvious moron.

If we want to keep losing, we will continue to let morons run the party.


38 posted on 11/28/2008 5:27:24 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: TheInvisibleMan
Many posters here still believe the current year is 1958.

In many ways, too bad that it ain't.

I could live in a rap free world where kids wore their pants above their butts, where a great general from WII was president, where most families the dad went to work and mom stayed home, where the majority of people weren't looking for handouts from .gov, where most of the products that we bought were made right here in the USA, where legal infanticide wasn't condoned by the newly elected president, where there was no need to legally define marriage and where singing the national anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, displaying the 10 Commandments or wishing someone a Merry Christmas wasn't controversial.................

39 posted on 11/28/2008 5:27:25 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: Scotswife

Who is gonna do it?

Michael Steele hasn’t shown any ability to mobilize and energize the grassroots and rebuild local party organizations.

Saul Anuzis has had a terrible record of getting Republicans elected in Michigan.

Newt is out.

Mike Duncan is coming off a very poor election cycle.

Katon Dawson is the only one I think is qualified.


40 posted on 11/28/2008 6:05:36 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

If our only answer is a moron who didn’t think a whites only club would be a problem - then we are screwed. Again.


41 posted on 11/28/2008 6:07:44 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

or we could promote Michael Steele.......I like him.


42 posted on 11/28/2008 6:11:28 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

do you?
I don’t know much about him.

If he’s never belonged to an all white country club - then that’s a definite plus in his column!


43 posted on 11/28/2008 6:23:52 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: St. Louis Conservative

White Americans just elected a Black man President. They have reached the mountaintop. Racism is over. We should never again tolerate being labeled racists. It’s over!


44 posted on 11/28/2008 6:28:35 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas

Oh I agree, however you know that the Dems are gonna run with this and trumpet all over the MSM about how the GOP is an old, white, southern, racist party.


45 posted on 11/28/2008 6:41:17 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: cowboyway

Exactly. This is part of the reason why we got pwned. A few people on our side were so concerned about Obama’s race that it turned off the rational Americans that would have seen through that charlatan and they voted for him out of spite.

We’re not the party of the white man. Coincidentally, many whites may be drawn to the party because many of our European ancestors valued conservatism, which is a new concept to many immigrants and minorities.
We’re not the party of the Christians. Christians are attracted to our party because we value conservative and family values.
We’re the party of ideas. Which means if anybody has a new idea that’s creative and will succeed in the real world, we adopt it instead of shying away from it.

We were, and always are the party of small government, individualism, a truly colorblind society (Which means no pandering to any race, either black or white) and personal responsibility. A black, punk rocking granola conservative from the inner city should feel as comfortable with the party’s message as well as a white Christian suburban dad, if they’re both for small government, individualism, personal responsibility and colorblindness.

We lost our way, and some of us might need 8 years of Obamanation to figure it out.


46 posted on 11/28/2008 7:09:23 AM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: Windflier

And god forbid, if you’re a black Republican on the CBC.


47 posted on 11/28/2008 7:12:47 AM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Our reply at every turn should be loud and clear. RACISM IS DEAD! We elected your guy, now grow up and shut up.


48 posted on 11/28/2008 7:17:14 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Windflier

Didn’t we just run the most Hispanic friendly candidate in our History? And didn’t he just get whomped by the black guy? So your suggestion is “more of the same” only better?

Face it these Hispanic immigrants have a built-in cultural predilection for Socialism. They come here with nothing and it will be many many years (if ever) before they are not the likely recipients of the largess that they are voting themselves.

Despite a hundred years of success Jews are still voting socialist. Even Catholics have not shed their identification with they Donkey Socialist party.

What evidence can you provide that this strategy is anything more than a pipe dream?


49 posted on 11/28/2008 7:54:49 AM PST by Jack Black (NO MANDATORY SERVICE IN THE OBAMA-YOUTH !)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

You can bet there are Southern Democrats who are members of white only clubs. If you want to swim in the town where I live you don’t have much choice. You either go to the lake, (ugh!) or join a private club and the clubs are white only.

We need to start digging. You never know what you might find.


50 posted on 11/28/2008 9:08:00 AM PST by kalee
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