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NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans ("modern black Republicans have been more tokens...")
The NY Times ^ | December 18, 2012 | ADOLPH L. REED Jr.

Posted on 12/18/2012 10:45:48 PM PST by dead

WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will complete the term of Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation. He will be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction; the first black Republican senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired; and, indeed, only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.

But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we have come.” It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress.

The cheerleading over racial symbolism plays to the Republicans’ desperate need to woo (or at least appear to woo) minority voters, who favored Mr. Obama over Mitt Romney by huge margins. Mrs. Haley — a daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India — is the first female and first nonwhite governor of South Carolina, the home to white supremacists like John C. Calhoun, Preston S. Brooks, Ben Tillman and Strom Thurmond.

Mr. Scott’s background is also striking: raised by a poor single mother, he defeated, with Tea Party backing, two white men in a 2010 Republican primary: a son of Thurmond and a son of former Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. But his politics, like those of the archconservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, are utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr. Scott has been staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion.

Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward...

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1 posted on 12/18/2012 10:45:59 PM PST by dead
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To: dead

What a twit.


2 posted on 12/18/2012 10:48:55 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: dead

I’m not wasting the effort to click on this crap.


3 posted on 12/18/2012 10:48:55 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: dead

As a Conservative, who is Black I feel more at home in room full of Tea Party members than a room full of Marxist Leftists, enough said.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 10:49:21 PM PST by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: dead
His appointment to the Senate seemed like a milestone for black American politicians, except that the NY Times doesn't like his politics, so it doesn't count.

I know the NYT is going to fold and go completely out of business soon, but it's taking so long...

5 posted on 12/18/2012 10:49:27 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

This is racist, bigoted, malicious, mendacious, and foul. They dare go here and we should spit in their damn eye for it.


6 posted on 12/18/2012 10:51:39 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

adolf. How freakin’ fitting.


7 posted on 12/18/2012 10:52:41 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
no, not a twit...a big fat arse....

pubs have put up many fine upstanding....even clean....black candidates....

but it threatens the plantation mentality so the rats fight it....

I'm not so sure that Mia Love and Allen West weren't targeted for ballot mischief....

the rats do not want to deal with pubs have outspoken and intelligent black people.....

so I say...we redouble our efforts and get a ton more elected ....

maybe West could run for higher office and I certainly hope Mia Love gives it another go....

8 posted on 12/18/2012 10:54:46 PM PST by cherry
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To: Trueblackman

Kevin, how many times are we going to let them get away with this crap? How many times is too many?


9 posted on 12/18/2012 10:55:36 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Trueblackman
According to this demagogue, your opinions are outside of those you are allowed to maintain while still remaining a part of your race.

I would imagine that its infuriating to have idiots trying to box your mind within his limitations. And his very idea that he has the authority to declare you an exile from your race!

10 posted on 12/18/2012 10:56:31 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cherry

Of course they were targeted. It’s time to end this leftist racism once and for all.


11 posted on 12/18/2012 10:57:57 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: MestaMachine

I’m confused. What positions do the Tea Party take that are “racist”? I’d really like to know.


12 posted on 12/18/2012 10:59:09 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: dead
Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward...
Assumes as fact something that's been wholly created by the DNC and their slobbering media lapdogs.
13 posted on 12/18/2012 11:01:24 PM PST by Bob
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To: dead

From now on the word ‘democrat’ should be prefaced or followed by the word ‘racist’. Every time no matter what the subject and no matter what race.


14 posted on 12/18/2012 11:02:09 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: boop

NONE.


15 posted on 12/18/2012 11:03:05 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: boop
What positions do the Tea Party take that are “racist”? I’d really like to know.

The racism of the proposals is "thinly veiled" - that's liberal speak for "we can cite any particulars, just know that what we say is true, and if you disagree, it's because you're too stupid to see through the veil which we already told you is thin. If you disagree, you're stupid. Or racist.

A thinly veiled racist, of course. You know why.

16 posted on 12/18/2012 11:03:53 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Aria

“I’m not wasting the effort to click on this crap.”

I never do. Hate to give a click-point to liberal sites and raise their analytics.


17 posted on 12/18/2012 11:04:06 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Trueblackman

As a right-winger who is of Italian and Asian descent, I couldn’t stand being in the company of liberals either.


18 posted on 12/18/2012 11:07:22 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: dead

He will be the first black senator since 1979? Wasn’t obama in the senate in 2006? Or is he not black enough. The racist democrats are not proud of his darkness.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 11:08:26 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Terry Mross
"the first black Republican senator since 1979"
20 posted on 12/18/2012 11:12:21 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Mr. Scott is a rational, intelligent man who is able to analyse rather than apply popular ideaolgical formulations regardless of how emotionally satisfying they may be.


21 posted on 12/18/2012 11:23:02 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: dead
Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward...

More embarrassing, mindless nonsense from the left. Tim Scott is part of the Tea Party and is what got him elected over more establishment picks - if the Tea Party was racist then why did they choose him over white candidates? Are those such as Herman Cain, Vernon Parker, Allen West, etc. also promoting "thinly veiled racism"?

22 posted on 12/18/2012 11:23:34 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: dead

Does this author know that blacks voted in a majority for Calvin Coolidge in 1924? Calvin Coolidge was a fiscal Conservative who also broke up the Boston Police Strike yet garnered the endorsement of plenty of black papers. If blacks used to vote for a strong fiscal Conservative like Coolidge how is Tim Scott betraying blacks?


23 posted on 12/18/2012 11:29:11 PM PST by Merta (I blame Adam)
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To: dead
But his politics, like those of the archconservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, are utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans.

. . . And yet, his politics are apparently pretty closely in line with the preferences of most South Carolinians. Because he won the election. Isn't it ray-siss to suggest he should be representing his skin color, rather than his constituents?

Liberals don't have principles. They don't even understand the idea. They have talking points. Logical consistency with their previous sentence doesn't occur to them—they just ring some designated bells in random order. If you try to read what a liberal has written, sometimes the stupid is just too big to get your mind around.

24 posted on 12/18/2012 11:42:51 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: dead
The naked racism of the left is amazing and disgusting. They loudly espouse this highly bigoted theme that black people can't possibly hold any view but one, which just happens to be theirs, unless they are mentally inferior or cowardly.

Ironically only a mentally inferior person could think that spending more than you take in is a recipe for economic success.

25 posted on 12/18/2012 11:56:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Trueblackman

Watching Kennedy and Biden excoriate Clarence Thomas opened my eyes and caused THIS lifelong Democrat to abandon the party forever and swear to never vote for a Democrat again.


26 posted on 12/19/2012 12:05:04 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: dead

Just another article that is targeting the peasant and slave class of the democrat party. It has no basis in reality, it is the propaganda of evil.


27 posted on 12/19/2012 12:06:13 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: SamuraiScot
Isn't it ray-siss to suggest he should be representing his skin color, rather than his constituents?

That'll have liberals scratching their heads until they reach grey matter.

28 posted on 12/19/2012 12:08:08 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: Trueblackman
As a Conservative, who is Black I feel more at home in room full of Tea Party members than a room full of Marxist Leftists, enough said.

Dittos. Tea Partiers accept me for who I am, and don't try to force me into an ideological pigeonhole just because of the color of my skin.

When I was last back home visiting the family (who are all well aware of my politics), they asked me if I weren't "uncomfortable" around the Tea Party people. I told them that, quite honestly, I've never been more accepted and perfectly at ease in any group. You could practically see the false impressions melting in their minds.

29 posted on 12/19/2012 12:11:57 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dead

It’s amazing the volume of vitriol that can be squeezed from a tiny brain.


30 posted on 12/19/2012 12:15:53 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Windflier; Trueblackman

It’s a damn shame the level of bigotry thrust upon Black Conservatives. On the upside, it’s obvious the Leftists feel threatened by the growing Black Conservative demo.


31 posted on 12/19/2012 12:20:12 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: dead

Just my personal observations- if you want to see stepin’ fetchit, Uncle Tom, tapdancin’ bowin n scrapin’ blacks, go to the Democrat party. They’re the ones who are used for entertainment purposes. You wanna see tough,strong-willed, independent-minded men and women, take a look at Conservative blacks....


32 posted on 12/19/2012 12:33:42 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: dead

Despite the Civil War, which won freedom for Blacks, it remains the case that any Blacks seeking to leave the Liberal plantation are labeled Uncle Toms and worse.


33 posted on 12/19/2012 1:30:55 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Wpin

Well put.


34 posted on 12/19/2012 1:39:19 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: dead

Get these “tokens” together and have each of them make a TV ad ripping the NYT and their fellow travelers and telling America what they believe. Run those ads occasionally during various time slots over the next few years. It would be a great investment.

Toss in a few up and coming blacks and let them have their say, too. I would donate to something like that. Even if the NYT hadn’t run this stupid article we should do this.

We (that is, our so-called leaders) have got to do long term planning. The commies are starting their second century of their relentless push. We seem to plan about three weeks ahead, but mostly it seems like we don’t plan at all. We just react and usually poorly.


35 posted on 12/19/2012 2:50:05 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: dead
Republicans will not gain significant black support unless they take policy positions that advance black interests.

uh...no we should not take positions that advance "black" interests.

Our position(s) should advance an inclusive American best interest.

36 posted on 12/19/2012 2:54:17 AM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: Trueblackman

Ditto.


37 posted on 12/19/2012 3:13:22 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Psycho_Bunny

They get so upset when somebody leaves the plantation.


38 posted on 12/19/2012 3:13:41 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: dead

This no talent a**clown hack is just engaging in projection. I believe it was Dems that came up with the idea of gerrymandering “Majority Minority” districts to deliberately increase the proportion of minorities in the House of Representatives.

If that’s not blatant tokenism, I don’t know what it is.

Haley won a state-wide election in South Carolina ... where the gerrymandering was done under the auspices of Kind Charles II of England. Scott will in all likelihood win election state-wide as well.

GOP minority elected officials have proven themselves more intelligent and capable than their Democrat counterparts - because they are elected based on things like merit and competence, not under a deck that is deliberately stacked in their favor. Cynthia McKinney and Shelia Jackson Lee are products of just such a deck-stacking system.


39 posted on 12/19/2012 3:25:41 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: boop

Any “position” which is contrary to the position of Dear Leader is by definition racist, because he’s a black man. It matters not at all that the positions of Dear Leader have had devastating effects on black people in general.


40 posted on 12/19/2012 3:30:41 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: dead

And it begins. Tim Scott has a giant bulls-eye on his back; he’s the highest profile black conservative politician in the country now. He better get ready.


41 posted on 12/19/2012 3:37:04 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Trueblackman

As a black woman, I feel that I can point out the two types of racism against blacks. There is the “I am better than you because I am white”-racism. Then there is the “You need my help because you are black, poor you”-racism. Either one is bad.


42 posted on 12/19/2012 5:05:53 AM PST by brwnsuga (Free, Black, Conservative and Proud)
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To: dead

Behold the labyrinthine workings of the liberal mind. They just can’t see how anyone not labeled a white male could possibly have views that do not correspond with the typical quasi-Marxist worldview shared by morons like himself.


43 posted on 12/19/2012 5:07:35 AM PST by driftless2
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To: dead

Notice the quote about “black interests.” Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I would think the interests of black Americans are the same as all other Americans. The idea that black American interests are somehow separate or more worthy than the interests of other Americans is by itself racist and divisive.


44 posted on 12/19/2012 5:12:13 AM PST by driftless2
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To: dead

The NYT has the biggest collection of neo-Nazi racists ever assembled in a single newsroom. Every one of these KKK sympathizers lives miles away from any black folks.


45 posted on 12/19/2012 5:23:46 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: dead

The New York Times believes that people should be defined by their skin color, and any black person who refuses to do so is uppity.


46 posted on 12/19/2012 6:39:58 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: Gene Eric
On the upside, it’s obvious the Leftists feel threatened by the growing Black Conservative demo.

We black plantation escapees put the lie to the left's carefully constructed social prison and expose them for the racist bastards they really are. Consequently, we're the most spurned and vilified conservatives there are. Our very existence proves the unworthiness of their entire ideology. You bet they hate us.

47 posted on 12/19/2012 9:32:20 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dead

I have long marveled at how the media uses “reconstruction” in ways to avoid using republican or GOP and imparting a general public knowledge of republican firsts, and history in politics, in regards to blacks.

Even the wiki page on black Senators manages to avoid listing party.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_United_States_Senators


48 posted on 12/19/2012 10:04:08 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney--guns not for recreation or self-defense"sole purpose of hunting down and killing people".)
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