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What Sarah Palin gets totally wrong about MLK Day and the 'race card' (Must've hit a nerve)
The Week ^ | January 21, 2014 | Peter Weber, senior editor

Posted on 01/21/2014 12:55:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) caused a small kerfuffle on Monday by requesting of President Obama, on her Facebook page: "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card."

Nobody seems quite sure what prompted the request, though USA Today and Talking Points Memo, among others, suggest it was a new Obama profile in The New Yorker, in which the president famously says that marijuana is no worse for people than cigarettes and alcohol. In the germane passage regarding race, Obama tells interviewer David Remnick:

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black president.... Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black president." [New Yorker]

Palin began her critique with this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

The inference is that the civil rights icon, like Palin apparently, was committed to "ending any racial divide," and would have been above playing the "race card."

Not to put too fine a point on it, but King was trying to end a very specific racial divide, and he wasn't really worried about white children being judged by the color of their skin. Seriously, read the speech [PDF]. He does hope that "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." But when he was speaking in 1963, nobody was really keeping the sons of slave-owners away from that table.

This isn't pro forma Palin-bashing. She wasn't alive when King gave his speech, and I have no doubt she is an admirer of the changes King helped bring to the United States. But it doesn't honor Dr. King to misrepresent what those changes were.

On Sunday, The Atlantic revisited the famous 1964 Norman Rockwell painting of a 6-year-old black girl, Ruby Bridges, being escorted by U.S. marshals into a newly desegregated New Orleans school. One of the marshals, Charles Burkes, remembers that Bridges "just marched along like a little soldier, and we're all very very proud of her."

Well, "children like Ruby were soldiers, facing angry mobs and even death threats during their daily trips to school," says The Atlantic's Jennie Rothenberg Gritz. "By 1963, when Martin Luther King shared his dream that 'little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls,' Ruby had spent more than two years in the trenches."

Before we got to the "Love Sees No Color" era of the 1990s, much less the election of a black president, the U.S. had to undergo some pretty fundamental changes. And the main thing King accomplished "was not to make white people nicer or fairer," says Hamden Rice in a 2011 Daily Kos post that went viral on Monday. (I learned about it from approving conservatives.) King's major victory was that he "ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the South." Rice's entire posting is worth a read, but here's a sample:

Yes, Dr. King had many other goals, many other more transcendent, non-racial, policy goals, goals that apply to white people too, like ending poverty, reducing the war-like aspects of our foreign policy, promoting the New Deal goal of universal employment, and so on. But his main accomplishment was ending 200 years of racial terrorism, by getting black people to confront their fears. So please don't tell me that Martin Luther King's dream has not been achieved, unless you knew what racial terrorism was like back then and can make a convincing case you still feel it today. If you did not go through that transition, you're not qualified to say that the dream was not accomplished.

That is what Dr. King did — not march, not give good speeches. He crisscrossed the South organizing people, helping them not be afraid, and encouraging them, like Gandhi did in India, to take the beating that they had been trying to avoid all their lives. Once the beating was over, we were free. [Daily Kos]

"Despite what our civil religion tells us," King's legacy "is not color blind," Rice argues. He improved "the subjective experience of life in the United States for African-Americans." And that's why "some of us who are African-Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy."

Much of the U.S. celebrates King's birthday on the third Monday of the year, around his birthday, thanks to a law signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, another law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and years of hard-fought advocacy work by King supporters. As Gandhi isn't a hero just in India, King's legacy belongs to more than African-Americans; he's now a safely ensconced American icon and a Nobel Peace Prize–winning international symbol for change through nonviolent protest.

But using MLK's words about his own black children to nebulously attack America's first black president isn't just classless, it's a whitewashing of history. Palin, as a private U.S. citizen, is entitled to her opinion. But, to paraphrase the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, she's not entitled to her own facts. In this case, Palin probably would have been better off spending MLK Day away from the laptop — and maybe, like Obama, volunteering at a soup kitchen.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: austin; catfight; getpalin; idiocy; keepaustinweird; metrosexual; mlk; obama; obamabot; obamunism; palin; peterweber; playtheracecard; racecard; sarahpalin
Always covering for him, always making excuses. She volunteers 1,000 times more then Mr. Photo Op, Peter.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 12:55:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! I’m just guessin’ that he said it’s possible, just possible that some folks don’t like him cause he’s black. He even got that wrong. He’s halfrican-American. Color got nuthin’ to with it there berry.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 12:58:05 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not to put too fine a point on it, but King was trying to end a very specific racial divide, and he wasn't really worried about white children being judged by the color of their skin. …
Ending racism is ending racism, Herr Weber. You just called MLK a racist by saying that, Herr Weber.
3 posted on 01/21/2014 12:59:20 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s complaining about his numbers getting worse. I didn’t know he’s been getting blacker!!!


4 posted on 01/21/2014 1:00:40 PM PST by BillM (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; everyone

CLICK
Yesterday





Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.

~Sarah Palin


5 posted on 01/21/2014 1:01:51 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 01/21/2014 1:05:12 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: BillM

There’s almost nowhere to go but up from 4%. George Zimmerman is 25%.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 1:06:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He rather clumsily works in some of the usual logical fallacies (”She wasn’t alive when King gave his speech”), but doesn’t quite get around to actually saying what he’s pretending that Palin got wrong.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 1:06:52 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He does hope that "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." But when he was speaking in 1963, nobody was really keeping the sons of slave-owners away from that table.

Ah, I beg to differ with the author of this blather! The son's of slave owners were certainly being forced to stay away from the table of "Brotherhood" with the "Black Man" during the 60's! Any White man/woman/child found to be cavorting with any Black person was quickly reminded, and often harshly, of the penalty for doing so.

9 posted on 01/21/2014 1:06:53 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It was obama that flubbed the answer, he has an excuse for everything.

Palin just called him on it, but you're not allowed to point out the obvious anymore.

11 posted on 01/21/2014 1:09:53 PM PST by Pietro
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What a ridiculous article. Sarah Palin stated a quote from Martin L. King. Now, exactly what fact did she get wrong? The author is entitled to his opinions of what King did or did not accomplish, but thy remain just that; opinions. King may have chased away white on black fear in the south way back when, but I doubt he would have wanted it to reappear as black on black fear in the streets of modern day Chicago. Obama came visit all the soup kitchens he wants and it will have exactly zero effect on that.
12 posted on 01/21/2014 1:10:14 PM PST by Old North State
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dr King didn’t mean that racial consideration should be a two way obligation, apparently.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 1:11:53 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not to put too fine a point on it, but King was trying to end a very specific racial divide, and he wasn't really worried about white children being judged by the color of their skin.

So Dr. King was an egocentric intellectual dwarf who only cared about himself and "his people?"

14 posted on 01/21/2014 1:12:15 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: rktman

” 8/16ths White, 7/16ths Arab, 1/16 Black. “


15 posted on 01/21/2014 1:13:02 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Maybe he has MLK and BHO confused?


16 posted on 01/21/2014 1:15:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: SoldierDad

“Any White man/woman/child found to be cavorting with any Black person was quickly reminded, and often harshly, of the penalty for doing so.”

Maybe where you lived. Not where I was.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 1:17:53 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not to put too fine a point on it, but King was trying to end a very specific racial divide, and he wasn't really worried about white children being judged by the color of their skin

Is Peter Weber suggesting that Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist who only cared about the treatment of blacks?

18 posted on 01/21/2014 1:18:36 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, so this author is saying that MLK was actually a racist because he meant that blacks should receive preferential treatment in the law instead of simply equality under the law.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 1:22:16 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RightOnTheBorder; MrB; onyx

Which is probably true, but we’re not allowed to say it.
Check out this one:

Sarah Palin whitesplains the meaning of MLK Day to that black guy in the White House
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/20/sarah-palin-whitesplains-the-meaning-of-mlk-day-to-that-black-guy-in-the-white-house/

WTH does “whitesplains” mean?


20 posted on 01/21/2014 1:27:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah... very clever... the racebaiters now have a cute little word to dismiss the opinion of anyone white.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 1:29:11 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not to put too fine a point on it, but King was trying to end a very specific racial divide, and he wasn't really worried about white children being judged by the color of their skin. Seriously, read the speech [PDF]. He does hope that "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." But when he was speaking in 1963, nobody was really keeping the sons of slave-owners away from that table.

Obama proved a black man was CAPABLE of winning the White House (twice in fact), however he has not proven he himself is capable of DOING the job. THIS is why he is criticized. His character is horrible (everyone now admits that Obama lied to push Obamacare, that Joe Wilson was correct in saying YOU LIE to Mr. Obama during the State of the Union speech when Mr. Obama LIED about his critics).

Obama still says that his low approval numbers are because of his skin color. THAT is playing the race card and the DUmmies keep spinning disproven memes.

22 posted on 01/21/2014 1:31:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: MrB

Might I add a

“bless their little hearts” to that comment?


23 posted on 01/21/2014 1:37:17 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This isn't pro forma Palin-bashing. She wasn't alive when King gave his speech, and I have no doubt she is an admirer of the changes King helped bring to the United States. But it doesn't honor Dr. King to misrepresent what those changes were.

Where does the jerk who wrote this piece fall on Obama's false claim of ties to the Selma march and the changes that came afterwards?

Obama credits Selma march for his existence (2008)

"What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation...This young man named Barack Obama...came over to this country. He met this woman...(who) had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided...it might...be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama... So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home to Selma, Alabama. I'm here because somebody marched."

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/03/04/selma_voting_rights_march_comm.php


24 posted on 01/21/2014 1:38:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She wasn't alive when King gave his speech,

Neither was this author.

25 posted on 01/21/2014 1:41:33 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This isn't pro forma Palin-bashing. She wasn't alive when King gave his speech, and I have no doubt she is an admirer of the changes King helped bring to the United States. But it doesn't honor Dr. King to misrepresent what those changes were.

How does calling Obama out on playing the race card misrepresent MLK? The author really pulled that one out of his ass.

26 posted on 01/21/2014 1:44:26 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
http://theweek.com/author/peter-weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band, The Heavenly Rays. Follow him on Twitter.

27 posted on 01/21/2014 1:49:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Revolting cat!
... He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band, The Heavenly Rays

That's what's missing from today's rock acts, rhythm cello.

28 posted on 01/21/2014 1:50:28 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WTH does “whitesplains” mean?

I have heard of "acting white" which entails good manners, good grades, and essentially civil behavior. Maybe "whitesplain" means to explain something truthfully, as opposed to a politically correct explanation.

29 posted on 01/21/2014 2:05:49 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

” 8/16ths White, 7/16ths Arab, 1/16 Black. “

.... I saw it expressed in 8ths... do you have a reference to the 16ths calculation? tia

ymmv


30 posted on 01/21/2014 2:12:48 PM PST by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, it's curious that while the white terrorism (the Klan) was coming to an end by the end of the sixties, the black terrorism against whites gained steam during that time and is currently raging in full force. In the entire history of lynchings by the Klan and other racist groups chronicled since 1886, around 3,000 black people were illegally killed/lynched.

Since that time, probably 50,000 white people have been murdered by blacks. So King's dream has not been fulfilled, but it's not because of nasty, white racists. Today we have a black Klan that goes around terrorizing the country. What have you to say about that Mr. Weber?

31 posted on 01/21/2014 2:17:17 PM PST by driftless2
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To: dsc; SoldierDad
“Any White man/woman/child found to be cavorting with any Black person was quickly reminded, and often harshly, of the penalty for doing so.”

Maybe where you lived. Not where I was.

My dad, a Scottish immigrant who grew up in So Cal where businesses and entities that discriminated against blacks were like as not (rightly!) boycotted and criticized, was ONE PISSED OFF DUDE in the U.S. Navy during WWII, when policy was to make stewards out of all black sailors, regardless of their qualifications. Dad was FURIOUS that a black guy on his ship, who had a degree in engineering, for crying out loud, was PREVENTED from being the officer he should have been, and whose skills and leadership could have saved American lives in battle.

My dad always maintained that a LOT of American veterans saw this horrifically stupid, mindless discrimination in WWII, saw how it actually endangered their lives and ability to win the war, and that it was a MAJOR force in the anti-segregation movement supported by REPUBLICANS and opposed by Democrats that followed during the decades after the war.

32 posted on 01/21/2014 2:18:28 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Typical obot, protecting obama even when he's says something stupid.
33 posted on 01/21/2014 2:18:32 PM PST by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

it is true that MLK did inherently put the burden on white people and not blacks, in the inuendos. There was a certain amount of black moralizing whites pride indeed.

That being said, he probably was too reconciliatorial in the end and thus was executed because he was starting to go off the script.


34 posted on 01/21/2014 2:18:45 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: a fool in paradise
Cello Fury
35 posted on 01/21/2014 2:19:29 PM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: eCSMaster

They are soooo gooood!


36 posted on 01/21/2014 2:21:36 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
The 8/16 white would be rounding off. We had a thread within the last week about all of the work done by genealogists on Barack Obama.

Turns out Stanley Ann Dunham had an ancestor who was mixed-race black/white. The article linked to thread had a photo of the Dunham ancestor.

37 posted on 01/21/2014 2:24:20 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
," King's legacy "is not color blind,"

Then it should not be a national holiday.

38 posted on 01/21/2014 2:30:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Before we got to the "Love Sees No Color" era of the 1990s, much less the election of a black president...

I see two - and a few in between.


39 posted on 01/21/2014 3:09:20 PM PST by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nobody seems quite sure what prompted the request

Really? Seriously? You are actually go to go with this? Are you playing the stupid card? Obama plays the race only slightly less then those 2 world class race card players Sharpton and Jackson.

40 posted on 01/21/2014 3:17:02 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: ElectionInspector

” do you have a reference to the 16ths calculation?”

Not handy. I just did an IXQ search for his racial makeup.


41 posted on 01/21/2014 3:42:07 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Finny

“My dad always maintained that a LOT of American veterans saw this horrifically stupid, mindless discrimination in WWII”

Korea and Viet Nam had significant effects, as well.


42 posted on 01/21/2014 4:06:24 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

50/50 White/Black. This “Obama is a Arab” bit was started by Kenneth Lamb, and he doesn’t strike me as a trustworthy source, IMO. Just ask Beckwith.


43 posted on 01/21/2014 8:55:32 PM PST by Jacob Kell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Olog-hai; onyx
Oh Wow! I read that and I feel dumber for doing so.


44 posted on 01/22/2014 6:16:54 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He does hope that "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." But when he was speaking in 1963, nobody was really keeping the sons of slave-owners away from that table.

In '63, those sons would be pushing 80. I doubt they cared.

45 posted on 01/22/2014 6:45:25 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Libloather; KC_Lion


LOLOLOLOL

46 posted on 01/22/2014 8:35:17 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTH does “whitesplains” mean?
I thought that was a northern suburb of New York City, myself.
47 posted on 01/22/2014 9:22:10 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: MrB

Knew they weren’t fans of the Fourteenth Amendment.


48 posted on 01/22/2014 9:30:41 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She's at it again.

Governor Palin: ‘NAACP Leader Shows True Colors’

Posted on January 22 2014 - 12:12 PM - Posted by:

Governor Palin posted the following on Facebook:

Scott2

NAACP Leader Shows True Colors

The NAACP’s attacks on Senator Tim Scott illustrate the anger and increased intolerance of the political left. Having falsely staked the claim of “embracing diversity” we see another example of the left’s “tolerant hug” excluding those who do not subscribe to their liberal agenda. It’s not personal. It’s not racist. It’s not mean spirited. It’s COMMON SENSE to NOT subscribe to their failed liberal policies that lead to dependence on an unstable and bankrupt government.

But here’s another example of how the supposedly tolerant left treats an African American conservative who doesn’t subscribe to their failed liberal agenda:

State NAACP Chief: Tim Scott a Ventriloquist’s ‘Dummy’

Tim Scott was raised by a single mother, started working at age 13, faced challenges through school, and then met a mentor – a local Chick-fil-A operator – who taught him how to “think your way out of poverty.” With that, and strong work ethic, Tim’s commonsense conservative roots took hold. Tim became a successful small businessman, Congressman and U.S. Senator. He is an honorable man who judges people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and seeks the same for himself.

With too many purposefully dividing America on the basis of race and gender, it’s imperative that we who strive for a truly United States, under God, take a stand! Don’t be afraid to call out hypocritical double standards applied to independent Americans who are continually falsely accused of discrimination and intolerance. Playing small and timid in this era of potentially great progress towards American solidarity helps no one.

Take a stand! Help leaders like Tim Scott get re-elected in 2014. We need more strong leaders who, like Tim, are conservative because they’ve learned from life experiences, not poll driven messaging, what works for our great country.

Support Tim Scott today: http://votetimscott.com/

- Sarah Palin




49 posted on 01/22/2014 9:44:29 AM PST by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any professional writer who uses the adolescent rhetorical trope “seriously” should have his skull beaten in.


50 posted on 01/22/2014 9:44:41 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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