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Dems: It's Time to Retire the “Racism” Franchise
The Aspen Times ^ | 9/29/09 | Addison Gardner

Posted on 09/29/2009 5:47:56 AM PDT by Titmouse

I lived in Georgia for most of four decades before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley.

My mother's family was from New Orleans; she was born there, and I attended Tulane University. My children were born in Atlanta, and my grandparents owned a large farm — “plantation,” if you like — outside Thomasville in southwest Georgia.

I know the South pretty well, and I'm familiar with the cultural stereotypes that attach to anybody who has ever lived there.

I guess the “Stars ‘n' Bars” confederate battle flag tops the list. Then there's NASCAR and denim coveralls, banjos, cornbread and grits. Oh, yeah, and those white, Wal-Mart-shopping porkers who drive pickups fitted with gun racks, lust after farm animals (when their sisters are out of town) and hate black folks.

Toss in a jug of moonshine, and we've about picked-clean the stereotypical cotton field.

Then there are those historical “red-state” political associations: Republicans have no use for “people of color.” Pay no attention to the fact that a Republican president emancipated the slaves, and that a greater percentage of Republican legislators supported the Civil Rights Act than their Democrat counterparts.

Democrats founded the Ku Klux Klan, and Democrat governors barred the entrance to schoolhouses to little black girls with pigtails and frilly smocks. The Georgia of my youth featured a Democrat governor and segregationist, Lester Maddox, who waved a pickaxe handle at blacks attempting to enter his restaurant.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: democrats; gates; obama; racism
With a line of past Democrat presidents now flogging this issue, it's time for some truth-telling and a race-reality check.
1 posted on 09/29/2009 5:47:56 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: Titmouse

He doesn’t know what the Stars and Bars looks like, apparently.


2 posted on 09/29/2009 5:49:17 AM PDT by Boiling Pots (Barack Obama: The Final Turd George W. Bush laid on America)
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To: Titmouse
Reverse in 2010...Reject in 2012!


AWAKEN, O AMERICA, YOUR LIBERTY IS CALLING

3 posted on 09/29/2009 5:51:19 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Titmouse

Absolutely. When people buy the “Progressive Brand” they need to know the racism they are buying into. When they think Klan Violence and lynching, they need to know that means Democrat Pricinct Meeting.

When they accuse Bush of Fascism, they need to know they are falsely accusing Bush of what Wilson did.


4 posted on 09/29/2009 6:01:03 AM PDT by Dead Dog (Hope is Dope)
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To: Titmouse

Check out this mental rodeo work from a liberal I was discussing racism with...

“and that a greater percentage of Republican legislators supported the Civil Rights Act than their Democrat counterparts.”

Liberal Daily Kos visitor:
“Yes, but after that vote, the racists were all so upset at the Democrats for allowing that, that they jumped from Democrats to Republicans...”

WTF??? If the Republicans voted in greater number to enact the civil rights act, why would the racist Democrats move to the Republicans?

The way their brain works just blows my mind sometimes.


5 posted on 09/29/2009 6:03:41 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Boiling Pots

?


6 posted on 09/29/2009 6:04:29 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (In Defense of Liberty.........Radicalism may be necessary.)
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To: Titmouse

Wonder if Addison knows the difference between overalls and coveralls. Been in the South most of my life and can hardly remember seeing denim coveralls. Camo, yes. Denim, no. See denim overalls everyday though.


7 posted on 09/29/2009 6:11:45 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Southern by choice ... American by the grace of God)
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To: Outlaw Woman

The more commonly seen Confederate Battle Flag is the “Southern Cross”, not the “Stars and Bars”. The latter refers to the CSA national flag.


8 posted on 09/29/2009 6:28:24 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: Charles Martel

The stars ‘n’ bars is the term loosely associated with the Confederate battle flag, for better or worse. Most of the clowns who stigmatize the south are not historians.

From Wikipedia:

The first official flag of the Confederacy, called the “Stars and Bars,” was flown from March 5, 1861, to May 26, 1863.
The very first national flag of the Confederacy was designed by Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama.[1] The Stars and Bars flag was adopted March 4, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised over the dome of that first Confederate Capitol. Marschall also designed the Confederate uniform.[2]
One of the first acts of the Provisional Confederate Congress was to create the Committee on the Flag and Seal, chaired by William Porcher Miles of South Carolina. The committee asked the public to submit thoughts and ideas on the topic and was, as historian John M. Coski puts it, “overwhelmed by requests not to abandon the ‘old flag’ of the United States.” Miles had already designed a flag that would later become the Confederate battle flag, and he favored his flag over the “Stars and Bars” proposal. But given the popular support for a flag similar to the U.S. flag (”the Stars and Stripes”), the Stars and Bars design was approved by the committee.[3] When war broke out, the Stars and Bars caused confusion on the battlefield because of its similarity to the U.S. flag of the U.S. Army.[4]


9 posted on 09/29/2009 6:38:37 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We got too much time on our hands.

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10 posted on 09/29/2009 6:41:42 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: autumnraine

Mind boggling, to be sure.

Reminiscent of the “man on the street” interviews of Obama voters before the election.


11 posted on 09/29/2009 6:44:40 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: autumnraine

One democrat “jumped” - I believe that was Maddox. The rest of them like KKK Byrd stayed democrat and nothern dems circled the wagons around them. Democrats lied to their black members and they lied to us and they lied to the MSM - which carried water for them all these years...


12 posted on 09/29/2009 6:46:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (UN mixing democracies & dictators' is like mixing ice cream and shit-all of it stinks.(Steyn))
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To: Boiling Pots

“He doesn’t know what the Stars and Bars looks like, apparently”

Damn few do.


13 posted on 09/29/2009 6:47:02 AM PDT by Tupelo
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To: Titmouse

I was raised in a small town in which there were no black people. By the time I was 14 I had seen two black people, one a student from Africa that my mother went to college with and invited to dinner and another was an exchange student in high school.

When I was 14 my Mother and I went to U of I and lived in student housing while she got her Doctorate. There was a black girl my age raised in a small town in the south who had never been around white people. We became close friends.

We were amazed after seeing things on television and reading things that we were so much alike. We liked the same foods, music and read the same books. We would play canasta and try to fix each other’s hair. That is where we saw the most differences is in our hair. I had blonde fine hair and she had thick black hair. I could do anything with her hair and it would stay with a little pommade. She couldn’t do a thing with mine.

We started walking to school together. Once there she would go with her black friends and I would go with my white friends. This was in the 60s. One day I went to pick her up and her mother said she had sent her to live with her grandmother. It turned out that the blacks in the school had said if she didn’t quit hanging around that white girl they would hurt both of us. Her mother decided it wasn’t the best place for her to finish junior high.

I have been exposed to racism but it has always been towards me. In high school the hispanics made one of the bathrooms for Mexicans only. If you tried to use it they would take their knife out of the scarf around their ponytail and convince you never to use it again. I can’t imagine that happening the other way around during that time.

Yes, many of the blacks and hispanics have also been victims of racism but the only way to stop it is to stop it. No one is automatically racist unless them proclaim such. It has gotten so people can’t discuss race. If we were able to talk about it there wouldn’t be those divides. We are left with what the left and the media want us to believe.


14 posted on 09/29/2009 6:48:42 AM PDT by ODDITHER (HAT)
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To: Titmouse

I know they make them ... what I was saying is that nobody wears them and denim coveralls are not symbolic of the south. Too darned hot. They wear denim overalls (bibs).


15 posted on 09/29/2009 6:49:40 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Southern by choice ... American by the grace of God)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I concede your point, but it seems like a trivial distinction, given the column’s subject matter. Maybe read it again, and pretend he omitted the “c” and wrote “overalls.”


16 posted on 09/29/2009 6:58:15 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: ODDITHER

Great post. Should be a column, too!

The most despicable thing I have seen in recent days is two former southern governors (then presidents) identifying opposition to Obama as being grounded in prevalent racism.

Both Carter and Clinton are beneath contempt. Carter is looney and has developed a “crazy uncle” reputation, but Bill Clinton’s blabberings still find a wide audience. For him to “play the race card,” after being on the receiving end of that tactic (and complaining about it) during his wife’s presidential run, is truly sickening.


17 posted on 09/29/2009 7:06:57 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: autumnraine
The way their brain works just blows my mind sometimes.

More evidence that liberalism truly is a mental disorder. They are divorced from reality. They suffer from cognitive dissonance. Truth is anathema to them. They're hateful and mean. And they generally have the maturity and intellect of a fourteen-year-old. I may have to love them, buy I don't like them.

18 posted on 09/29/2009 7:16:47 AM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: Titmouse
Dems: It's Time to Retire the “Racism” Franchise

Won't happen. Then they'd have to address the debate and defend their argument on merit alone.

19 posted on 09/29/2009 7:28:44 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

I think it’s (the cry-wolf racism tactic) backfiring and making them more unsympathetic to independents. They are losing the national debate, and the insertion of race into the debate looks like what it is — desperation. It must be hurting Obama, too, indirectly, because it makes his promise of “post-racial” reconciliation seem even emptier than his broken tax pledges. There is losing, and then there is losing ugly. The Dems are losing ugly. At least Clinton had the sense to see what was happening and realize he had to make some concessions, moving to the center after he was beaten up in ‘93. I don’t see Obama having the wisdom, or character, to compromise.


20 posted on 09/29/2009 7:43:36 AM PDT by Titmouse
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To: Titmouse
Most of the clowns who stigmatize the south are not historians.

You ain't just whistling Dixie.

21 posted on 09/29/2009 8:08:54 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: ODDITHER

And it continues today. We live in suburban Indy, and my son’s high school is mostly white but there are a fair number of black students at the school. That doesn’t bother me; my high school in Indy had about the same mix.

Last year some of the black students decided that there was an intersection of two hallways that they wanted as their own. There were fights and intimidation, and white students would not go there. My son told me they called it “42nd & Post” after a street intersection in Indy known for drugs, gangs and violence.

Since I know members of the administration and school board, as well as having some pull with the local constabulary, the problem has been taken care of. But if left alone, you can see what will happen. I am convinced that no significant race problem exists in this country on the part of white people. For those who would say that even the term “42nd & Post” is racist, my reply is “tell me you would go there at night.”


22 posted on 09/29/2009 9:21:39 AM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: ODDITHER

Interesting post. Actually, racism seems to primarily run high in black/hispanic communities - a high percentage of whites have moved on or maintain a live and let live attitude, as least.


23 posted on 09/29/2009 9:42:11 AM PDT by unique
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To: Titmouse

Bump to a very good article. I’ve been saying these things for years.


24 posted on 09/29/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Wonder if Addison knows the difference between overalls and coveralls. Been in the South most of my life and can hardly remember seeing denim coveralls.

And this person also doesn't know the difference between the Stars and Bars and the CSA Battle Flag.

Probably never liked grits either. Because he couldn't understand why they weren't served with sugar and cream.

25 posted on 09/29/2009 9:50:51 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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