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Why Liberals Think Conservatives Are Racist
The Federalist ^ | 5/2/2014 | Rachel Lu

Posted on 05/03/2014 11:37:51 AM PDT by mojito

....The Ballad of the Civil Rights Movement has long been liberals’ favorite bed-time story. Martin Luther King Day may be the only day of the year when they feel completely, unambiguously proud to be Americans. It’s hard to exaggerate how important this is to liberal political thinking. They are perpetually looking for new ways to recapture that high.

Conservatives tend to miss this because we see the Civil Rights story as settled history. We’re all pleased to have sloughed off the bigotry of our ancestors. Of course we want people to be judged “by the content of their character” and not by their skin. What’s left to debate here?

Liberals have yet to turn that page. This is their favorite series, and like every loyal fan base, they always want another sequel.....[O]ne of the most appealing things about a 2008 Senator Obama was the perception that he could be the star of a particularly thrilling new episode. Of course, if that’s the storyline, it’s no mystery which role was available for conservatives. “Racial coding” became a convenient fix for a glaring plot hole: Republican politicians’ refusal to follow their racist script.

Of course, for conservatives this is a pretty bad deal. We can’t stop being the racist party if that’s the only “role” our political enemies have available.

(Excerpt) Read more at thefederalist.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democratplantation; dnctalkingpoints; liberals; playtheracecard; racebaiting; racialdivision; racism; revisionisthistory; saulalinsky; stalinisttactics; thebiglie
Good article that cracks open the liberal mind and takes a look around inside.

It isn't pretty, and it isn't going to change.

1 posted on 05/03/2014 11:37:51 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

They aren’t liberals, they shouldn’t be called that.


2 posted on 05/03/2014 11:42:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: mojito

Why would I want to get into a liberal mind and wade through 10 feet of bull sh@t?


3 posted on 05/03/2014 11:43:21 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: mojito

No imaginary victims? No democrat party. Even to them, social justice is an unachievable fantasy, for the moment it arrives, it is the end of the party, which cannot be allowed to happen.


4 posted on 05/03/2014 11:43:44 AM PDT by Jacquerie (By their oaths, it is the duty of state legislators to invoke Article V.)
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To: mojito

Why Liberals Think Conservatives Are Racist >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I suppose the Left must have gastric fission and copious flatulant emissions when they encounter a “dude” like Col. Allen West.

The EPA needs to issue their cracks down on that.


5 posted on 05/03/2014 11:51:52 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: poobear
Why Liberals Think Conservatives Are Racist

The problem is, they don't "think." Its all about emotion and reflex with them.

6 posted on 05/03/2014 11:56:54 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: mojito

This is overthinking it writ large.

To me, the much simpler explanation is (and this isn’t my original idea)

Calling someone a racist is a sweeping automatic claim on an ephemeral moral high ground. All at once, the accuser assumes the moral high ground, throws a dirtbomb that is in many senses inescapable because nobody wants to be known as a “racist”-—whereas you or I could have a scholarly, polite discussion not threatening eventual violence about whether you are, say, a Keynesian and I am an Austrian-school guy.

If the accuser is not a racist and you are, you (the accused) have all this freaking work to do to dig yourself out of this conversational hole, just to get to zero, while at the same time you have no convenient way to prove your non-racist nature. The claim by the accuser is largely irrefutable. But because they claim the high ground first, it immediately throws the accused at some level on the defensive. In other words, it is a tactic, a gambit. It is not the statement of a well-considered thought process. It is a “fake-to-the left” tactic that may or may not be genuinely felt by the accuser; it’s derailment and distraction tactic.

Even if there is no moral high ground claim being made, even if the assertion that you are racist has no bearing in discernable logic, the mere assertion is enough to claim a greater degree of sensitivity and thus sophistication on the part of the accuser. Meaning, even if you are completely innocent in your racism; maybe you made a clumsy statement or turned a phrase awkwardly; you’re not even sensitive enough to detect and prevent yourself from having made such a gaffe; thus you have much to learn from this person who’s calling you a racist so you should shut up and maybe you’ll learn something, you idiot.

It thus obviates the need for serious thought on the part of the accuser and that is a comfort. It is a drug that always works. Their thinking is done, the articulation of your protestations are in front of you and your next task is your defense...before you even get to make whatever your original point was. By the time you wander through the racist-defense maze, the attention span is gone three times over and your original point can never be made.

It’s a “shut your freaking mouth” tactic.


7 posted on 05/03/2014 11:59:46 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I think that your observations here are absolutely correct. But I think the article is attempting to explain why and how accusing others of racism, as opposed to some other trumped up charge, has assumed such a central place in liberal/democratic party politics.


8 posted on 05/03/2014 12:07:24 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
It’s too bad to get back to business [and it is a business] as usual in the racism blame game . . . At most we can ask liberals to consider who [besides the Victims and Civil Rights industries] is served by [the] implicit demand that racism never die . . . most conservatives seem fairly confident that the racism of our ancestors can just be discarded in the dust bin of history [so why keep it going?].

Why?

Celebrating 100 years!

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ~ Booker T. Washington (1856-1915.) ~ Educator, Author, Civil Rights Leader

One of America's oldest and most lucrative industries.

9 posted on 05/03/2014 12:11:11 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: mojito

Rule of thumb; Liberals are exactly what they accuse others of being or doing.


10 posted on 05/03/2014 12:11:54 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: mojito
it's called PROJECTION...
11 posted on 05/03/2014 12:11:54 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Good and concise thoughts. Thanks.

It reminded me of how some have explained it in terms of the dialectic. My recollection of events over the past 70+ years is yes.. it works that way. Especially from the late 1950s vis-a-vis race.

Many a time liberals screaming Racists! 24/7 had the conservatives slinking away looking back over their shoulders protesting, "We're not racists.. OK we'll yield [on this or that point]."

So point by point we got.. two Americas which will not change "until a crisis shall have been reached and passed."

12 posted on 05/03/2014 12:26:16 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael; Attention Surplus Disorder
Many a time liberals screaming Racists! 24/7 had the conservatives slinking away looking back over their shoulders protesting, "We're not racists.. OK we'll yield [on this or that point]."

Or we can just respond, in a bored tone, "If you say so, but you're still full of sh**".

We will not be free until we stop caring about whether somebody claims we're racist/sexist/homophobic, or whether somebody else is.

13 posted on 05/03/2014 12:35:12 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: nickcarraway

I agree. There is NO LIBERTY in the left. They are the party of big authoritarian government. Fascism, communism, progressivism, socialism all hide behind the label liberal. They are not liberal.


14 posted on 05/03/2014 12:42:06 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: PapaBear3625
RE: ". . . we can just respond, in a bored tone, 'If you say so, but you're still full of sh**'."

Yes. And it has changed it is that way today. Totally changed compared to the way it was through the '60s, 70s', 80s when even Republicans like Mitt Romney's father was calling the emerging modern conservative movement "purveyors of hate."

Today screaming racism at everything is a joke. That started to happen when free speech returned to radio in 1987 -- and the Internet began to replaced TV as the major source of news.

We now have the freedom to say, "If you say so, but you're still full of sh**." without fear of costing the radio station owner his license to broadcast.

15 posted on 05/03/2014 12:49:09 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: mojito
"It isn't pretty, and it isn't going to change. "

Ever.

This battle will be endless through time, generations and eras.

You just can't fix stupid.

16 posted on 05/03/2014 12:49:45 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: sauropod

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17 posted on 05/03/2014 12:52:36 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: mojito

Liberals know that generally conservatives are not racist - but they think conservatives can be easily bullied into keeping quiet if they’re called racist loudly and often enough - and sadly, they’re usually right.....


18 posted on 05/03/2014 12:53:27 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
That's why I preempt the tactic by calling the liberal out on racism first. ;)

/johnny

19 posted on 05/03/2014 12:58:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“That’s why I preempt the tactic by calling the liberal out on racism first. ;)”

That’s probably the best tactic. Seriously!


20 posted on 05/03/2014 1:02:12 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: mojito

Nothing takes a leftist off his name-calling game quicker than calling him a Nazi.

Their heads explode. They completely lose their attack trajectory. They foam at the mouth, and their eyeballs roll back in their sockets. The word “Nazi” is a great way to stuff a leftist tirade down their gullets. It’s like handing an ape a grenade after pulling the pin. Just stand back and watch them sputter.


21 posted on 05/03/2014 1:09:33 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: mojito

As a general rule, any time Democrats accuse you of doing something bad, it is because they are already doing it themselves.


22 posted on 05/03/2014 1:10:54 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Shut up, he explained.


23 posted on 05/03/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Mariner
This battle will be endless through time, generations and eras.

I disagree. Any charge, endlessly repeated, without proof given will eventually lose its force and impact.

IOW, the Emperor's New Clothes. You can keep inflating the racist bubble, but it will eventually collapse.

24 posted on 05/03/2014 1:23:29 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mojito

Generally good article by Rachel. I don’t think she puts enough emphasis on what I think is the most significant reason American liberals assume American conservatives must be racist.

In their heart of hearts, they think of themselves as heroic battlers in the war against the ultimate evil of racism.

If there is no racism to fight, they lose their purpose of existence. Hence the many, many examples of racist hoaxing.

They are so desperate to have racism to fight that they will if need be create it.

It also follows that since progressives innermost self-identification is as fighters against racism, anybody who opposes them on any issue must by definition be a racist.

The anti-antiracist must be a racist himself or at least an enabler. Just like the anti-anticommunist is a commie or at least a commie symp.

IOW, this whole bit about conservatives as racists has little to do with what we believe. It’s mostly a result of how liberals think of themselves.


25 posted on 05/03/2014 1:34:49 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mojito

Rachel seems to be ignorant of term agitprop..
most likely the term propaganda confuses her as well...

It’s quite simple really.. racism is just a gambit..
like the “all the rich republicans” gambit..

Cloward-Piven tactics must not be in her language resume either..
-OR- she has that term scewed too....

Could be that Rachel is not too smart..
Looks for easy answers... a lazy thinker... or bored by actual “work”..

With liberals you got yer dumb tools and yer intelligent ideologues..
The intelligent ideologues know exactly what they are doing..
Consider their SUCCESS!..... they are very successful..

Heck they got the inventor of Romney Care to run against Barry Half-White..
Had the republicans eating out of their hands.. like monkeys... or maybe Lemurs..
STILL DO!..


26 posted on 05/03/2014 1:35:13 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: mojito
The only thing I regret would give people the legitimate impression that conservatives are racists is this terrible trend that some conservatives will take any leftist who is racist under their bosom and make the person into a hero. That is not conservatism.

Sadly. some conservatives forget to abide by ytheir principles and know get their definition of conservatism from MSNBC. There is an anti-black attitude among some on FR> that was not here 10 years ago, and I don't know why that needs to be.

27 posted on 05/03/2014 1:35:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I think that you’re right that people like Donald Sterling should not be getting conservative support - although I think it fair to distinguish between being concerned about how his views were made public, as opposed to coming to the defense of the views themselves.

And while I won’t excuse bigotry, I would contend that much of the increase in racial polarization that can be observed here, as well as other places in this country, can be traced back in many instances to the posturing of a president who, while promising to be a racial unifier, has seldom wasted an opportunity to engage in most divisive kind of racial politics.


28 posted on 05/03/2014 2:06:07 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: upsdriver

BINGO ...!!!

It’s actually a mental disorder (per Krauthammer); accusing others of being what they are .. it’s called “projection”.

Once married someone like that .. scary people.


29 posted on 05/03/2014 2:09:11 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: mojito

That may be the case, but the bottom line, is: are you willing to let your beliefs be changed by Obama?


30 posted on 05/03/2014 2:10:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

In an ideal, or even a less corrosive world, the answer would be “no.”

But in today’s America, it’s difficult to not be influenced by resentment and double-standards.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3151799/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3145757/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3151794/posts


31 posted on 05/03/2014 2:50:40 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Excellent post. let me say as a former liberal you’ve nailed it. As to being called a ‘’racist’’, I like the late William F. Buckley’s answer to that one: “I’m not a racist. are you?’’.


32 posted on 05/03/2014 3:02:11 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: mojito
I admit it. There are some racists in the Republican party.

I may be one myself, depending on how you define it.
However there are many more in the democrat party.
Racists, sexists, marxists, anarchists, they have more of all of those groups. They also have a corner on the naïve, needy victim class. They are the predators, and the prey on the same team.
we are the other team. We choose to be neither.

33 posted on 05/03/2014 3:14:31 PM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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To: mojito

She has totally nailed it here. Great article.


34 posted on 05/03/2014 3:19:46 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: mojito

They don’t. They’re just projecting.


35 posted on 05/03/2014 3:20:11 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: mojito

bottom line- You gotta have a boogie man to sell what the left is pushing. The race card is the most coveted one in their deck.


36 posted on 05/03/2014 3:22:02 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Whenever a lib spouts off about racism I hit them with historical facts. They often sputter about how “their party changed” and I point out the late Sen Byrd (D), the Klansman who served until his death in 2010. They've had bigots in office spanning three separate centuries (late 1800s - 2010).
37 posted on 05/03/2014 3:28:20 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: nickcarraway
There is an anti-black attitude among some on FR that was not here 10 years ago, and I don't know why that needs to be.

Ten years ago, any anti-black statement was stepped on by the Mods to a much harder degree than is the case today. Today, the Mods don't seem to care as much as those who were Modding 10 years ago.

Part of it may be the increasing anti-white attitude that is being displayed by blacks, for example the "knockout game", and the Wichita Massacre. The increased notice of the extent of black-on-white crime erodes "good will" like acid on limestone.

This erosion of good will is masked by surface pleasantries and the need to not reveal what you really think, to avoid social unpleasantness. But it is there, eroding under the surface like a forming sinkhole. When the erosion has gone far enough that the surface crust finally collapses, some people will be shocked at "how fast things changed".

38 posted on 05/03/2014 3:31:49 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: mojito

This article is probably right when considering the average liberal on the street - young, idealistic and totally divorced from reality. For the political leftist elite, however, it’s much simpler than that - racism is simply the lever to get minority voters (living and otherwise) to the polls to continue to vote massah into office. The rat party would be about as powerful as the greens without them.


39 posted on 05/03/2014 5:20:24 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: PapaBear3625; nickcarraway
When people call it anti-black it's the same affront that is used to lump ILLEGAL aliens with immigrants thereby obliterating any chance of a rational discussion.

The latter is relatively easy to handle compared to the former. I try to distinguish between

I do that vis-a-vis my comments though I know that in the real world it's almost out of control.

40 posted on 05/03/2014 5:25:50 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: nickcarraway

Call them LIEberals!

Because they LIE!

They LIE because they know that their “spin” will not work if the dumbasses know the truth.

It is necessary for the dumbasses to believe the LIEberal story line so they (LIEberals) can remain in power.

That is why LIEberals LIE!


41 posted on 05/03/2014 8:21:22 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: poobear

Paraphrasing Reagan, With that much crap there has to be a bull in there somewhere.


42 posted on 05/03/2014 11:04:32 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: mojito
Liberals today think MLK was a fool!!

Just ax 'em, is content of a person's character more important than their skin color in college admissions, or any admission/job for that matter?

43 posted on 05/04/2014 5:32:46 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: upsdriver

“Rule of thumb; Liberals are exactly what they accuse others of being or doing.”

Thanks for posting.


44 posted on 05/04/2014 5:58:51 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: mojito

Because it is a baseless allegation that makes conservatives do what they want...


45 posted on 05/04/2014 6:02:17 AM PDT by MortMan (With friends like these, who is needing enemas?)
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To: mojito

When a boxer strikes blood, he keeps hitting where it’s bleeding.


46 posted on 05/04/2014 6:03:52 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: mojito

Liberals don’t really think conservatives are racist. It’s just a line that works for them. The American people abhor “racism” wherever they “think” it may exist. I thimk, and I may be wrong, the word “racism” was not coined until c. 1968.


47 posted on 05/05/2014 3:09:20 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Sherman Logan; All

>>Hence the many, many examples of racist hoaxing.

Does anyone know of a site that has collected these stories? This would be a very useful thing.


48 posted on 05/05/2014 3:16:18 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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