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Posted on Aug 11, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

By Joe Conason

Among the most revealing aspects of life during the Obama presidency is the panoply of responses to a black family in the White House. What made so many of us proud of our country on Jan. 20, 2009, has increasingly provoked expressions of hatred from the far right. That is troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

Last spring, after unruly tea party protesters on Capitol Hill were accused of spewing racial epithets at civil rights hero John Lewis, an African-American congressman from Georgia, conservatives rose up in furious denial. Where was the proof? How could anyone suggest that racial prejudice lurks behind the festering right-wing hatred of President Obama (and his family)? Anger over that episode still lingers in certain quarters, motivating the deceptively edited video attack on Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP by a website called Big Government, Inc.

Even if the alleged assault on Lewis and other black congressmen did occur, argued prominent commentators on the right, it somehow only proved that there is no racism in America worthy of concern. A writer for National Review (the conservative magazine that historically opposed civil rights legislation) confided that the whole subject made him yawn:

“That these things are even remotely newsworthy leads me to one conclusion: Racism in America is dead. We had slavery, then we had Jim Crow—and now we have the occasional public utterance of a bad word. Real racism has been reduced to de minimis levels, while charges of racism seem to increase.”

But this summer has seen several loud and ugly outbursts of very real racism—including threats of violence against the president of the United States—that go well beyond the utterance of any single word. As if suffering from a facial tic, leading figures on the right cannot seem to suppress their inner Klansman these days.

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Of course, these are only two of the more egregious instances in recent weeks of social poisoning that dates back well over a year. Symptoms can be seen across the country now, even in amusement parks and church carnivals, where small children are exposed to this spiritual sickness.

At the Big Time fair held by Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Roseto, Pa., last week, a game called “Alien Attack” featured “an image of a suited black man holding a health care bill and wearing a belt buckle with a presidential seal,” at which players were encouraged to aim their popguns. Anybody who hit the cardboard figure in the head or the heart could win a prize. Irvin L. Good Jr., owner of Goodtime Amusements, who is responsible for this disgusting garbage, denied that the figure represents Mr. Obama. “We’re not interpreting it as Obama,” the inaptly named huckster told a local newspaper. “The name of the game is Alien Leader. If you’re offended, that’s fine, we duly note that.”

Meanwhile on the New Jersey shore, patrons of the Seaside Heights boardwalk could hurl baseballs at a black, jug-eared Obama figurine, winning a prize if they managed to smash it. As seen in a video posted on the Gawker website, this object closely resembles the grinning “lawn jockey” statuettes that used to festoon suburban lawns in a less decent era.

Most conservatives were late in taking responsibility for their movement’s immoral opposition to civil rights. It is time for them to step up and denounce the racism that is again disfiguring our country in their name.

Joe Conason writes for the New York Observer.

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

“The Racists Return”

They never went anywhere.  They still here
criticizing Rev. Wright for bringing to the forefront
the inequality of the unemployment figures then questions
this country selling freedom and demcracy through murder
around the world.

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

“The Racists Return”

and you don’t have to much farther than Truth Dig.

Of course,  there are those that love to shut their
eyes at institutional racism,  and demonize those such
as Wright that brings this to the forefront and questions
this this countries duplisity when selling freedom and
democracy through murder around the world

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Go_Right_Young_Man

  I believe you are the ad hom.  and Wright is the victim.

So we disagree.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Anti-Hispanic, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-black — it is hard to keep track of all the recent allegations of bigotry.  Nonetheless It seems we can draw some conclusions.

- Legitimate public concerns can be attributed to religious, ethnic, or racial prejudice in hopes that the debate will hinge on supposedly bad motives rather than convincing arguments. Ad hominem attacks are always a sign of shaky logic.

- In most of these cases, the majority is opposed by a variety of activist groups, government officials, and judges. The charge of bigotry is usually expressed in terms of a sophisticated, liberal-thinking elite reining in the emotional and illogical unwashed masses. We saw proof of that with the release of confidential e-mails from the controversial “JournoList” group, which was comprised largely of influential liberal journalists, one of whom openly advocated defaming their opponents by calling them racists.

- These cry-wolf tactics are now stale. A real danger is that when legitimate charges of prejudice are leveled in the future, most will shrug and ignore them.

We live in a complex, multiracial, and religiously diverse society. A majority of black voters in California opposed gay marriage. Most Muslims probably concurred. Some 70 percent of Americans expressed support for the Arizona law, an overwhelming figure that would have to include some Asians, blacks, and Hispanics. White and Hispanic congressional officials have faced ethics charges, often more serious than those leveled against Rangel and Waters.

In other words, there is no simple ideological, racial, or religious divide between a monolithic “us” and “them.” We have devolved to the point where promiscuously crying “Bigot!” and “Racist!” signals a failure to convince 51 percent of the people of the merits of an argument.

It is too often that simple — and that sad.

It is also proving to be a monumental blunder as a political tactic. Every day an independent voter is told he or she is a racist or bigot of some type for following their independents. These independents, largely moderate in thinking and made up of several political groupings, happen to be proud of their “Independents”. They also happen to the voters whom decide elections.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

ofersince72, - “Many hours of study….”

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Yes.  After candidate Obama described Rev.  Wright as his mentor and closest confidant, a member of his family, I was lead to learn more of the man and what he teaches.  To this day I have not considered it time wasted.  In fact it’s fascinating these days what one can learn and understand by staying away from the media.  Calling up direct sources within minutes.  What once took us, literally, days and even weeks.

Don’t misunderstand.  I do not sincerely dislike Rev. Wright. I do, however, disagree with the man’s world view and i do passionately disagree with this views on race and human nature.  I believe if the man is not a bigot and clear, overt, racist well, then the word has no meaning.

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As factual as the sun rising tomorrow:  Take in everything Wright teaches.  Consume it all.  Now place the words “white people” in place of “black people” from Karl Rove’s mind to his mouth.  What would happen?

HEADS WOULD EXPLODE WITH RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION!.  Every individual on this thread would lose their collective minds.  But, like you say, Rev. Wright agrees with your view of the United States in the world so, you applaud him for it and ignore his teaching of hate, fright and the murderous white devils.  If God does not “destroy the white oppressors - we must “reject His love”. 

Those are powerful words from every conceivable angle.  Any ideology. 

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ITW would be the loudest in with his thunderous indignation if Rev. Wright’s exact words came from the pie-hole of Sarah - fascist lying bitch- Palin…....LOL

Coming from the U.S. President’s former mentor and confidant is a lessor evil.  Worth ignoring for the brotherhood of enlightened men. wink

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By berniem, August 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

Racists return? No, they’ve never left. Those wonderful white, hard working, America loving, moral, born again christian, oh, so virtuous, “educated” but woefully ignorant keepers of the ideals of truth, liberty, freedom, self-reliance, and personal responsibility have been with us all along but since the civil rights era have kept their overt bigotry and intolerance a little more under wraps. Unfortunately, the revival of the confederacy and it’s accolytes spread like mildew about the nation and the election of, “GASP”, the first person of color as POTUS has put new life into the American aparthied movement. The forces of the right, ever so ready to scapegoat at every turn,has found the perfect venue in today’s convergence of all the perceived evil omens to reanimate their gullible constituency’s baser instincts. The irony of it all is that while the right rails against the “Socialist” leanings of the current administration and force feeds this idiocy to it’s undiscernig and unquestioning “ditto heads”, the truth is that the current POTUS is much closer to his critics policywise than to the Progressive movement that was bamboozeled into electing him and his gang into office. Of course this accusation of Socialism frees them from their real motives for their irrational hatred!

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By REDHORSE, August 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

Racism breeds personal hatred, violates human dignity and serves as a divisive tool for political hacks and MSM propagandists who wish to subvert social change and equality.

    Race hatred is alive in every single person here. No one is transcendent of the potential and continued racist confrontation by another race will always bring it to the fore. (Intellectual/Spiritual giants excluded.)

    Racial exploitation and social repression, with the complicity of National and State government, used by capitalist industrialist for personal financial gain, has included murder, kidnap, and torture. It has created such brutal social landscapes that many ethnic groups have been forced to view the “American Dream” as an outright lie. (See my comments on the Black Panthers below.)

    Racial exploitation and slavery was the founding principle upon which European Feudal Corporatists approached the Americas. It is still such a huge part of the American Political/Corporatist Psyche that while other modern peoples enjoy health care, a living wage, social retirement and progressive political social evolution, American indentured servitude continues with debt enforced usury, gutted social programs, flooding of the nation with cheap foreign illegal labor, denial of education, and the looting of National Wealth through Federalist/Corporatist financial conspiracy. In short, slavery and “massa” are alive and well.

    Racial exploitation for cheap labor, the mindless for profit looting of the North American Continent (think BP and the Gulf) for Land and Natural Resources and an unsustainable War Machine has brought the economy and its’ people to the brink of financial collapse. The American Southwest is already a defacto Second Latino Nation with its’ own Black Market Economy, language and culture. It intends to expand. Recent Black Community housing riots in the South and the Prison/Industrial complex that preys on it, despite the murdered M.L. Kings vision, doesn’t speak to successful integration. Native Americans hold their own separate Nations. White Culture, despite its’ best vision of a unified America has been so far, unable to overthrow D.C. corruption. Looming GCC and the final mad rush of capitalist financiers to loot what’s left of the economy will strike the final bell. It is probable that the U.S. will split, as many as three times, into separate Nations by the middle of the next century.

    In old Norse liturature successful resolution of political and social conflict was achieved by the efforts of “the best and finest men” present. There are good, intelligent, fine men (and women) represented in all racial communities but, it seems, we are no longer one community, or one Nation. We’re split into so many “politically correct” “me” groups that anybody can make anybody wrong—and nobody is allowed to be right.

      Passive agressive hatred and fear win. You lose. My suggested solution: A small crowd of large friends and automatic weapons. Enjoy the firestorm.

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By starfish, August 13, 2010 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

Not all hateful speech is racist.

Let’s never forget what the Obama supporters felt free to say about Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries:

(And Obama never did anything to stop this sort of insulting; he never asked his supporters in the media and elsewhere to cease and desist. Will I ever forget? Never.)

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Hillary Clinton is a bitch. A big ol’ bitchy bitch. And a cunt. A “big fucking whore.” Fortunately, you can “call a woman anything.” She’s “Nurse Ratched.” She’ll castrate you if she gets a chance. She would like that. She’s a “She-Devil.” She’s a madam, and her daughter’s a whore. She’s frigid, and she can’t give head. She’s a “She-Devil.” A lesbian. A nag. When things get tough, she cries like a big dumb GIRL. In fact, she’s just that—a “little girl.” In FACT, she wants to “cry her way to the White House.” To be, ahem, “Crybaby-in-Chief.” That proves that she’s not tough enough. But she’s also not feminine enough. She’s “screechy.” She’s an “aging, resentful female.” She’s “Sister Frigidaire.” She really ought to quit running for President and stick to housework. She basically spent her entire times as First Lady going to tea parties. She’s a monster who just won’t die. In fact, she really should just die. You can buy a urinal target with her face on it to express what you really think of her. OMG she’s got claws! She’s crazy. In fact, she’s a lunatic. She’s petty and vindictive and entitled. She’s a washed-up old hag. She’s “everybody’s first wife standing outside probate court.” She’s a “scolding mother.” She’s shrill… shrill… shrill. She can’t take it when people are mean to her. She’s a “hellish housewife.” She’s Tanya Harding. She CAN’T be President, what with the mood swings and the menses.Any woman who votes for her is voting with her vagina, not her brain. Women only like Hillary because she’s a fellow Vagina-American. And because they vote with their feelings. Frankly, anyone who still thinks we need “feminine role models” should get over it and move on, already. Oh, and men who supporters are castratos in the eunuch chorus. You shouldn’t make her President because she wants it too much. She’s totally just banking on support from ugly old feminists. And she looooves to “play the victim.” She cackles! And cackles. And cackles. It’s like she’s a witch or something! She’s definitely"witchy.” And now you can buy her cackle as your ring tone. Her voice, too, is “grating”—like “fingernails on a blackboard” to “some men.” She’s hiding behind her gender. She isn’t a “convincing mom” because she’s too strident. She never did anything on her own. Her husband keeps her on a leash. She hates men. Her campaign is a “catfight.” She makes people want to kill themselves, is like a “domineering mother,” and is cold. And OMG she has boobies! All of which are reasons to hate her. (And boy, could I go on.)


—found at:  http://feministlawprofs.law.sc.edu/?p=3577

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By starfish, August 13, 2010 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

The Obama figurine at the Seaside Heights boardwalk game has been replaced by effigies of former President George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. 
http://tinyurl.com/2ce9zdm

So, is that okay with the Obama supporters?

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By Inherit The Wind, August 13, 2010 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

Hey, I’m surprised that GRYM didn’t again bring up the 30 or so nuts in the New Black Panthers Party as “evidence” that the entire Left and most Blacks are racist.  Nothing like a GRYM red herring!

He continues to try to make the case that right-wing fascists he defends, who are directly descended from the old segregationist dixiecrats, are not “racist”, but that the Left is.

That’s kinda like saying Hitler wasn’t anti-semitic but that Reform Jews are.  It just doesn’t pass that straight-face test: ie:
a) Can you say it with a straight face?
b) Can the listener hear it and keep a straight face?

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

Many hours of study,,  you wasted many hours of your
time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By JDmysticDJ, August 13, 2010 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man

You have offered the following quotation as being from Jeremiah Wright. I find this quotation to be so astounding that it is unbelievable. Would you please be so kind as to give your specific source for this quotation, please don’t attribute it to your many hours of study; be specific.

“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

I am not a white oppressor, so I guess I don’t have
anything to worry about.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

ofersince,

This should have read: If God does not “destroy the white oppressors” we must “reject His love”?  <—You are willing to defend or ignore this and, simultaneously, accuse me of ignorance regarding Mr. Wright?

I received very little information on Rev. Wright from FOX News or youtube.  What I know of the Reverend I got from the man himself.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

ofersince,

I would like to be clear on this.  I must repeat my previous questions.

Are you saying you support Rev. Wright because he claims the “The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost” so, you are willing to ignore the many other things Wright believes in and teaches?

If God does not “destroy the white oppressors” we must “reject is love”?  <—You are willing to defend or ignore this and, simultaneously, accuse me of ignorance regarding Mr. Wright?

Are you TRULY willing to go that far in defending Wright?

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 7:50 am Link to this comment

The little island nation ninty miles off the coast
of Florida, called Cuba,  is one of the most culturally
diverse nations on the planet.  On that island, there
are mixed Native Indigenous, African, and Spanish.
This provides rich music that ranges from classical,
jazz (damn good jazz), raggae, pop,rock, and country.
The food , just as diverse.  They are a happy people,
generous, and those that go one through the universities,
some of the most educated and best learned in their field
world wide.
  It is ashame such bigotry seems to be the culture of
the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, we really could use some
of the culture the Latin American nations could provide
for us,,,,

until then…......ENJOY YOUR DAMN NASCAR

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

I am running for President of the

  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the platform and party of
the

“He Man , Woman Haters Club”

we are not racists….......but very sexists.

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

Any debate about FOX MEDIA,  that is more than two
sentences is stupid, I’m sorry.  No, I have never called
anyone stupid on Truth Dig , nor do I intend to start, for
there are so many that are much, much, smarter than I,
and maybe Rico is the only one dumber than me on Truth
Dig.

  I support, “The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost.”

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By rico, suave, August 13, 2010 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

JD:

I’d love to answer your question about my descent, but I don’t want to give “ofersince72” the satisfaction of knowing, too.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

ofersince72,

What I know of Rev. Wright is derived from dozens of hours of study.  I wanted to know more about the front runner in the Democratic primaries.  I have both read and listened to dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons in their entirety. 

Youtube is not a site I visit often.  There is no context on youtube. I do watch FOX News once a week.  For exactly one hour.

Answer this question?  Do you support the following teachings or no?

“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”

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If God does not destroy “the white oppressors” we must reject is love?

Yes or no, please.  Do you condone such overt and active racism?

P.S.  Honestly, who are you to tell me or ITW what is or not a stupid debate?  You either add to the debate/discussion or choose not to.  What gives you the right, my friend?

There is FAR TOO MANY people on this site telling others how stupid they are simply for having a different point of view.  I beg you not to be one of those people. - I am myself ashamed for taking part in such idiocy from time to time.

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

Now, Go_Right_Young_Man,  run to youtube , like you do,
and find all your addresses of the Rev., come post them
up here on Truth Dig….and I will not view them, for
I have on many occassions already enjoyed the Rev’s
sermons.

  I also will not spend two weeks debating this this
subject like you and Inherit_The_Wind did FOX MEDIA.
It was silly.
What I have found, is that you are neither RIGHT, or
LEFT, but CENTRIST and most of your debates are to bring
towards the Staus Quo.
  If our country had a whole lot more Rev Wrights and
a whole lot less of you, we wouldn’t be killing innocent
human beings all around the world.  We probably wouldn’t
have a deficit, nor an immigration crisis. Or a bunch of
Anti-Semetic labels being thrown around to any who
criticizes Israeli policy.  Our education system would
most definately be funded properly and their wouldn’t be
such a disperity between funding of black and white
students.  Black farmers would be getting their fair
share of the farm subsidy programs and our prisons wouldn’t show such institutional racism.  Democrats
wouldn’t be stoking the racist flames just to get votes
and republicans, being pragmatic, would learn some
economic lessons about race.
Is Cris Hedges anti semetic
Is Jimmy Carter anti semetic
Is Shingo anti semetic
Is Chomsky anti semetic
Is Scheer anti semetic
and on and on and on$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 5:01 am Link to this comment

ofersince72

Wat are you saying?  Rev. Wright speaks out about “other issues” you like and agree with so, his race baiting can be ignored?

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

Because I know that Reverand Jeremiah Wright

will say a prayer for me just as fast as he will for

any black.

I really don’t know if I want to take this debate any
further after your last ignorant post.
He has been demonized for being a black leader that dares
speak out on issues other than race.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

ofersince72,

We need to work to strengthen white America.  The white community against blacks.  We need to band together to fight the black devils.  We need to work to educate white children on how black America desires to murder white people. We need commitment to the white community.  We need to pledge allegiance to the white value system in America.  God bless the United KKK States!

Does this sound like race baiting to you?  Does this sound helpful and inclusive to you?  Does any of this sound like a call to bring people together?

Rev. Wright teaches from the pulpit that “Americans” are “hating on Barack Obama” because he’s a black man.

Rev Wright teaches: “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”

You consistently speak out against casting all Americans as racist.  Yet you defend Rev. Wright.  That leaves me stymied.

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

Thank You for making my point

Go_Right_Young_Man,  which both of those quotes did.

Thank You again….....

which made your expos`e have zero credibility.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 13, 2010 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

“All this hand wringing about just how awful and odious Rev. Wright remarks are just keeps the hustle going…there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable.” - Chris Hayes

“If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.” - Spencer Ackerman

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By JDmysticDJ, August 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment

Rico Suave

Thanks for attempting to answer my question, “Is xenophobia racism?” You sure are a stickler. I should have said, “Is xenophobia based on race, racism?”

Regarding the Hispanics that object to the strangers from South of the border, are they being xenophobic? Probably not, that would be a non sequitur wouldn’t it. Maybe their schadenfreuders, but that wouldn’t be a verifiable sequitur would it? Let’s see, I’ll rephrase my question. Bear with me here.

I don’t think the number of Hispanics who are supporters of being treated like second class citizens is all that significant, and I don’t feel like doing the research to find out what percentage of Hispanics want to show off their papers, so I’ll just give them a factor of X, and ask the questions again.

Are the 70%-X% of the people who support SB1070 racists? I don’t know; is xenophobia based on race, racism? How’s that? Is that any less confusing?

I’m a 30 percenter, so I’m not a racist or a xenophobe, will you give me that, or is that another one of those nasty non-sequiturs.

There are two things I’m curious about. First, seeing as how Arizona is so broke that the government had a rummage sale to sell off the Capitol Buildings, State Parks, and whatnot, and seeing as how the economy is so bad that illegal immigration is down by 50%, and crime is down now and has been going down since 2004, why all the fuss now? I’ve got an interesting conspiracy theory for you. Jan Brewer’s closest advisors are former and current lobbyists for ACC a private prison corp. in the State of Arizona. When Jan was asked about this curious coincidence by a local News Station, you could hear her high heels echoing down the hallway as she made her getaway. Sorry to bore you, this isn’t really relevant to our discussion I know.

I have a confession to make; having worked with people whose citizenship is questionable, I find them to be excellent candidates for citizenship, so I’m biased on this issue.

Oh Yeah! The second thing I’m curious about is, are you of Cuban descent?

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By ofersince72, August 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

Well Go_Right_Young_Man

as always, I question mainstream sources, but you had
some interesting thoughts in your essay that I could
agree with…


However, you attack on Jeremiah is typical and off base,
it makes you whole expos`e lack any cred.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

Death Threats From Left Continue In The Open
Liberal Supporters Cheer

Legislator resigns after ‘dead Palin’ comment
Posted: August 12th, 2010 02:15 PM ET

From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
A New Hampshire state legislator resigned his office Thursday after becoming the second Democrat in as many days to speculate about Sarah Palin’s death


Using Race To Smear Critics

Weren’t we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of Pres. Barack Obama?

His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters — not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations.

Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation.

Black voters are galvanizing behind Obama at a time of rapidly falling support amongst the far Left. White independents, in contrast, are leaving Obama in droves.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has claimed that the loosely organized tea parties include “racist elements.” The National Council of La Raza has ripped the state of Arizona for its new anti–illegal alien legislation. Jesse Jackson characterized aspects of the multi-million-dollar bidding war to acquire basketball superstar LeBron James in terms of masters and slaves. Pundits are arguing whether the extremist, racist New Black Panther Party is analogous to the Klan.

In turn, a number of Americans want to know why — nearly a half-century after the Civil Rights Act, affirmative action, and Great Society programs — some national lobbying organizations still identify themselves by archaic tribal terms such as “colored people” or “La Raza” (“the race”) when it would be taboo for other groups to adopt such racial nomenclature.  - National Association for “the race” Advancement of White People?

Indeed, race seems to be the subtext of almost every contemporary issue, from the soaring deficit and government spending to recent presidential appointments and the enforcement of existing immigration law. In times of growing deficits, white people are stereotyped as being angry over supposedly paying higher taxes to subsidize minorities, while minorities are stereotyped as being mostly on the receiving end of entitlements.

Why the escalation of racial tension in the supposedly post-racial age of Obama?

First, Obama’s reputation as a racial healer was largely the creation of the media. In fact, the Obama campaign had a number of racially polarizing incidents that probably would have disqualified any other presidential candidate of the past 30 years.

His two-decade apprenticeship at Trinity United Church of Christ under the racist and anti-Semitic Rev. Jeremiah Wright has never been adequately explained. Obama indulged in racial stereotyping himself when he wrote off the white lower-middle class of Pennsylvania as clueless zealots clinging to their guns, religion, and xenophobia.

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By Go Right Young Man, August 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

Death Treats From The LeftII

Obama also characterized his grandmother as a “typical white person” when he implied that her supposed fear of young black males symbolizes the prejudices of the entire white community. - Let us try this on and see how it fits.  Eugene Robinson is, literally, a typical black person when he implies his fear of white people? Hmm.

Such campaign trash talk did not stop during the first 18 months of the Obama presidency. The race-baiting Van Jones should never have been appointed. Then, the president himself, after admitting he did not posses all the facts, criticized Cambridge, Mass., police for acting “stupidly” when they arrested his friend, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Then there was the outburst of Attorney General Eric Holder, who blasted America as “a nation of cowards” for not talking more about race on his terms. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was almost obsessive in referring to herself as a “Latina.” She also suggested that her racial background and experiences made her “wise” in a way white male colleagues could never be.

Recently, Obama appealed to voters along exclusionary race and gender lines — not traditional political allegiances — when he called upon “the young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women, who powered our victory in 2008.” - One can easily imagine the outrage and cries of racism had the previous president called on “young people, European-Americans, and women to further his agenda.

Yet the country passed the old white/black divide years ago. We are a racially diverse society of Asians, blacks, Hispanics, whites, and mixtures of all that and more. In a world of conservative Cubans and liberal whites, race is no longer necessarily a guide to politics.

Who now, exactly, is the racial “Other” deserving of special consideration in hiring and education? A half-Punjabi immigrant whose father owns 500 acres? A three-quarters Puerto Rican who just arrived in New York? A Korean-American son of an orthodontist? The African-American children of a Cabinet official?

The more the president appeals to his base in racial terms, the more his appointees identify themselves as members of a particular tribe, and the more political issues are framed by racial divisions, so all the more such racial obsession creates a backlash among the racially diverse American people.

America has largely moved beyond race. Tragically, our president and a host of his supportive special interests have not.

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By elgordo, August 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment
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democrats love poor people and they like keeping them that way. the progressive movement is racist. they have spent years creating programs that keep people down especially black people. example the dept of education. test scores are down and the drop out rate is sky rocketing. illigitimacy is way up and the abortion rate per capita in the black community is the highest in the country. obama is disliked because of his policies and nothing more. i could name half a dozen black americans who would be great presidents.

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By rico, suave, August 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

JD:

The English and Dutch New Yorkers who hated the Irish and Italian and Russian immigrants of the mid to late 19th century were certainly xenophobes. Were they also racists?

Are “xenophobia” and “racism” interchangable terms?

How do you classify the not insignificant number of Hispanic citizens who support SB1070? They must be xenophobes because they certain can’t be racist. But if xenophobes are racists, well… The logic fails me. It’s just too confusing.

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By viccarr, August 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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Race everything is about race, I don’t like OBAMA, I don’t like MICHELLE, I don’t like PELOSI, I don’t like REED, I don’t know what color you are Mr. Hilzenrath and Mr. Conason, and I don’t care, and guess what the two of you sound like real idiots. I don’t like what you write either, but you can get away with it because the Obama police will not come after you after all as long as the race card is used and nothing negative is said about the KING AND QUEEN of the USA, everything is cool.

You want to use the race card? I will give you the race card, how many all white college/fund exists?, can you imagine a college where only whites could go?that will be racist, right? but we have a black fund only black people allowed, how about the Black Caucus? not white, did you write or said anything when the Black Panther idiot went on and on about whites and how the black men should kill the white babies?, not to mention all kind of programs and benefits that blacks and immigrants get THAT WHITE PEOPLE DONT GET, Oh by the way Mr. Hilzenrath did I forgot to mention that I AM CUBAN DECENT and very proud to consider myself a Cuban American, do you have a problem with that? could it be that we unlike others don’t believe that hopey changie business? for obvious reasons, but you wouldnt believe me, people like you believe the Penns, Fondas, and the political elite that have no clue of what it is to live in a Socialist/Communist country. oh boy there I go IO used that C word that many white Americans are too naive believe that it could happen here, and the reason I use the word white to describe a group of people is because we are in the subject of race and by the way lots and lots of whites voted for Barack Hussain Obama, so your theory of racism is not quite that impressive.

President Bush got all kinds of threats, they called him Hitler, dumb, stupid, murder, and much more, did you hear about the secret service going anywhere to let people know that big brother is watching. We heard that he played golf that he did this and that (but wait he’s republican, rich that’s what they all do, right?, nobody called racism, no that’s right that only works for some not for the white man.

Not democrats they are for the poor, they are going to take from the rich and make us all equal. BS NOTHING but BS, can you imagine if Bush or Regan wives would have taken a trip to Fla never mind Spain with a entourage of 40 people???and rent 60 hotels. How much did that cost the tax payers?? so please spare me the drama, you want Michelle to dictate you what to eat? good for you.

I say it again and again this is the worst most corrupted egotistical administration ever.
As far as the media and reporters are concern I only have to say that many of them died and were put in prison for really telling a story, for really informing the country or countries the truth and corruption of the government.

Eric Holder said last week that we are a nation of cowards for not speaking more about race. I called “them” cowards for hiding behind it. Lets deal with real issues our country is going down the tubes.

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By rico, suave, August 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

JD:

“Are the 70% who support Arizona SB1070 racist? Well, let’s see, is xenophobia racism? I would think the very last thing even a mild racist would do is to vote for Johnny and Sarah, racism would be a lower priority.” Three sentences, two non sequiturs. A perfect score.

“By the way, are you of Cuban descent?” That’s good! LOL!

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By Big B, August 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

As someone who has traveled through the american south and southwest in the last 30 years I can say with all honesty that it is still 1950 in much of that region. The word “Nigger” is used in casual converstion all around you. anyone who thinks that racism is still not a major problem in USA society has not ventured very far out of there own little bubble to notice.

Remember folks, Prez Barry was not elected because he was black, he was elected because he wasn’t John McCain. Many liberals voted for him in the hope that he would become more liberal as time wore on. We were just looking for something, anything that wasn’t another failed supply side, warmongering, republican asshole. We needed/wanted FDR, imagine our chagrin to be given Calvin Coolidge.

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By JDmysticDJ, August 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

Damn! So that’s what it is! I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

Turns out I’m a victim of racism. I’m a non-elite, gentile white man. Thank you! Thank You! It’s an epiphany! Now I can get a life.

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By ofersince72, August 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Someones knocking on my door
Think I’ll let them in
With a smile on their face
and a tear in their eye
I think I’ll let them in.

It’s mom and dad at the door
I’ think I’ll let them in
With a smile on my face
and a tear in my eye
I think I’ll let them in

Said they were always here
and now that they are near
With a smile on their face
and a tear in their eye
I think I’ll let them in

              OFER THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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By Grumpy Old Man, August 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

This is nonsense. No doubt the right is picking on Obama in rather nasty ways as
they did Clinton. That may make them tasteless, but it doesn’t make them racists.
The charge of “racism” is meaningless drivel, as is the charge of “anti-semitism”
when people criticize Israel.

If there’s racial discrimination in this country, it’s mostly against non-élite gentile
white men.

Get a life.

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By rico, suave, August 12 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

“65% of the country opposes the health care bill. Are those 65% racist? 70% support Arizona SB1070. Are those 70% racist? If so, how did Obama win in 2008? I would think the VERY LAST thing even a mild racist would do would be to vote for a black president, wouldn’t you?”

Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 10:56:03 AM PDT

From the non-profit part of Kaiser, which runs a well-respected health poll, via the Hill:

“50 percent of the public say they view the new healthcare law favorably, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll that has been tracking public opinion about the legislation since it became law.

35 percent of adults said they view the law unfavorably, while 14 percent had no opinion.”

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, July 29, 2010; 12:02 AM

“Opposition to the landmark health care overhaul declined over the past month, to 35 percent from 41 percent, according to the latest results of a tracking poll, reported Thursday.”

You’re 65% figure seems to be in error. Are the 70% who support Arizona SB1070 racist? Well, let’s see, is xenophobia racism? I would think the very last thing even a mild racist would do is to vote for Johnny and Sarah, racism would be a lower priority.

“You even blame progressives who are unhappy with Obama as latent racists. That’s ridiculous!”

Ok, Ok, you’ve got me there. There are no progressives that are racist. That was a ridiculous thought.

“Who’s playing the racist card more aggressively now?”

I once aggressively led with the Ace of Spades in the trump suit in a game of pinochle, Holder was watching as I drew the other Ace. He said “That was courageous”

Well, that’s all I have.

By the way, are you of Cuban descent?

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By Justin Weleski, August 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

A few points;

1) The racism never left.  Many of those devout,
outspoken racists of the 1950’s and 1960’s didn’t
simply disappear once civil rights legislation was
passed and overt displays of racism became uncouth. 
These folks, for the most part, are still alive.  And
even if a few of them have died, their children are
still with us.  And their children’s children.

2) Racism comes in many forms.  The black-white
variety may receive the most attention for obvious
reasons (e.g., our bi-racial president, our nation’s
history of slavery and segregation, etc.) but an
increasingly insidious form involves Hispanics and,
though they are not a single race, Muslims.

Anti-Hispanic racism is so prevalent and widely
accepted that even most liberals take part on
occasion.  It simply doesn’t seem to both people that
most menial and poorly paid (often sub-minimum wage)
jobs are performed by Hispanics.  We have both
created and accepted a permanent underclass in
American society.  These folks are so looked down
upon that they are rarely even considered human
beings.  Instead, they are referred to as “illegals,”
even if their only “crime” is the fact that they
speak English with an accent.

To argue that racism is a thing of the past is to
completely ignore the extreme racial disparities that
exist with regard to practically all socioeconomic
indicators.

Then again, conservatives (and, more importantly, the
conservative establishment) rarely show interest in
the facts.  Rather, a carefully constructed
“narrative” is all that is necessary.

Narratives crowd out facts and mask ignorance.  Thus,
America is a post-racial society.

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By omygodnotagain, August 12, 2010 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

I’m having difficulty understanding what motivates these racists, most black people I meet are very friendly, many very funny and a lot hard working and they don’t rip people off like others.
Personally I like them a lot.

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By REDHORSE, August 12, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

ROBESPIERRE115 caught the core. It is socio-economic disparity that brings the impoverished of all races to abandon hope of a civil future. Education, jobs, and a sane social network to support and strengthen national culture, allows human dignity, common identity, lowers population and promotes community and family. Every scientific social study we’ve ever read says this is true.

      The Black Panther Party started as a social movement to confront economic repression embodied by police violence, torture and violation of civil rights. They created schools, food banks, education programs and gave “voice” to the plight holding them prisoner. Then, that vicious little drag queen Hoover, employed the full force, of police state drug war infiltrators, and outright murder to destroy the movement. He turned the African American landscape into a warzone and built a for profit prison industrial complex to hold the fodder. The aftermath: Behold the Crips, the Bloods and the gang culture destroying public education. The real black politic is, they will no longer swallow the corrupt Federalist lie. It’s just one more chicken on Rev. Wrights roost.

      We all knew who Huey and Angela were, and we were all in the same fight. In the same way one vet recognizes another, soul to soul, often side by side and face to face we marched and watched the murder and imprisonment of our best American men and women of all colors. Then, the so called “drug war” was invented for the political neutralization of progressive ideology, subversion of civil search and seizure laws and implementation of citizen surveillance. Countless lives are still being destroyed. Of course dope money was too good to be ignored (ask the Clintons), it got away from’em and now Cartel money controls a huge part of the American Southwest and flows directly into D.C. banks and her political coffers. Another roosting chicken.

      We had fire in the belly and we had unity. Now, we have spokesmen for the “politically correct”, who receive Fedreal largesse in the form of “grants” that allow D.C. political thugs to control and monitor dialogue. Likewise with finger shaking ethnic MSM fronts. Think “you’ve come a long way Baby”? Look at the economic stats, and think again.

      Look, I’m just a crazy white boy that doesn’t need a Weatherman to know which way the GCC blows. I’m not down or not down with anybody. I’m tellin’ ya flat out that the “racecard” is an airball. Blacks exist inside a prison landscape. Whites can’t accept that they’re set to be the next domino that falls, and so called Latinos are hunkered down and looking to seize what’s left of the American corpse, when the criminals in D.C. suck the last of the blood from its’ body. Who cares what color Obama is, or if his wife vacations in Spain? It’s a riff.

      Want it to stop? Enforce current immigration law. Pass sane drug legislation. Implement campaign finance and filibuster reform. Repeal the Patriot Act. Persecute Cheney/Bush fascists and prosecute Wall Street violators. Restructure tax law. Stop Imperial War. Balance the trade deficit er—hold it—here comes Boehner and the Republithugs—gotta go.

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By Hammond Eggs, August 12, 2010 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

That is troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

It needs to be stated over and over that the USA right wing is reactionary and fascist, not conservative.  Racism and the disastrous and ruined USA economy will defeat Obama in 2012.

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By LadyR, August 12, 2010 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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Right on, Shift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By LadyR, August 12, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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You’re missing the point, Conason. Rethugs ARE racist. They think this country is only for white people like themselves. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

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By ofersince72, August 12, 2010 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

i shuda previewed dat one

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By Shift, August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Hey Conason, clean your own house first!  Why are Washington REDSKINS and Cleveland INDIANS and their demeaning mascot allowed to continue unchallenged by Dems and Repubs?  In your little selective Democratic world are Native Peoples still no better than animals in the woods?  Where are your words condemning the breaking of every single treaty with Native Americans?  Where is your outcry when our sacred places are destroyed for profit?  Where is your talk of racism when Congress refuses to pay legally earned Indian Trust funds?  You Mr. Conason are a hypocrite and a racist!  Enjoy your home whose land title is clouded by Native blood and christian dominion.  Make your living on your racist, supposedly anti racist article.  We are still here Mr. Conason!

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By ofersince72, August 12, 2010 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Recently 30,000 gathered in Atlanta, it was
decribed by the media as citizens trying to file for
section 8 housing.  Bost of the gathering were members
of the black race.

  This was a prostest….......NOTHING LESS.

The Democrats a real worried and they should be,
because their BASE, the ones who they need their vote
to win one state, is seeing through the Democrat line of
crap.  In order to retain these votes that they can’t win
a damn thing about….......
They are getting their journatlist friends to keep stirring the racist pot…THATS SHAMEFUL, BUT NOT
SUPRISING FROM EITHER ONE OF THESE CORRUPT PARTIES THAT
SOLD OUR COUNTRY DOWN THE TUBES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By rico, suave, August 12, 2010 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

JDmystic:

“conservatives believe the latter.”

No, “conservatives” DON’T believe the latter! Refer to BarbieQue below. It’s a shame that “IT’S ALL [PROGRESSIVES] GOT”!

ANY objection about anything, coming from a conservative, is proof of racism. End of argument. (You even blame progressives who are unhappy with Obama as latent racists. That’s ridiculous!) Who’s playing the racist card more aggressively now? Your whole gambit only demonstrates philosophical panic and a dearth of popular issues for progressives to promote and defend.

65% of the country opposes the health care bill. Are those 65% racist? 70% support Arizona SB1070. Are those 70% racist? If so, how did Obama win in 2008? I would think the VERY LAST thing even a mild racist would do would be to vote for a black president, wouldn’t you?

How useful would a comment such as, “Progressives are just a bunch of America-hating crypto-communists” be to the debate? Would you even bother acknowledging the existence of someone who held that view?

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By gerard, August 12, 2010 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

Comments, notions, accusations and laments about racism occur and recur. Are we in any sense “post-racial”?  Can we discuss race in a reasonable way without stirring up racism?  Where are we as a democratic nation regarding racism? Etc.

Yet nothing new happens except the predictable overt and covert racism showing up in political issues where the rights of non-whites are emphasized subtly or overtly.  And of course in appeals of political parties at times of election, to secure votes for party candidates.

Yet that people of color do not have rights equal to whites is obvious, though the law says they do. And whites who champion those rights are often more despised than the nonwhites themselves—usually in hidden ways subversive of fair decision-making and sometimes, particularly when jobs are scarce, openly and viciously.

It is despicable of both political parties to tolerate discrimination and manipulate inequality between elections by not consistently advocating for equal rights, and then, when elections roll around, appealing to people of color for their vote by promises of changes to come.

Of course racism is not the only problem that is manipulated by party politics in this manner.  Economic and educational inequalities are also exploited at election time and largely ignored in between.

These facts would seem to indicate that people of color and people in the lower middle class generally should unite in a common effort for equality.  But sadly, the lower middle class whites are easily manipulated into race-based resentments.

Until Democrats can admit the conscious manipulation of race in American politics by both parties, there is little hope of a productive change toward “justice for all.”  Why Democrats?  Because they at least say they support social justice, whereas Republicans historically work vigorously against issues of welfare, education and social security, regardless of the obvious suffering of all excluded minorities, white or non-white.

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By balkas, August 12, 2010 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

Discrimination of individuals by individuals [aghas, beys, lords, earls, teachers, congresspeople, priests, boyars, counts, princesses et al]and of peoples by peoples appears as mother of all racisms.

However, neither the discrimination nor its offspring, racism, exists in isolation from necessary truth
And even necessary truth cannot exist sans sanity, justice, peace, respect, etc.

But as i have posited before, we being rendered unsane and insane, cannot behave as humans.
In fact we haven’t behaved as humans the moment discrimination of beks, amirs, lords had been enacted ca 10 k yrs ago.


We need to stop blaming the victims: the racists; which includes the teaparty.
Yes to talking, but no to blaming-lamenting. We’ve done that for millennia and we are now near exiction because of that.

The FIRST step to take is to attempt to regain our sanity-justice-peace-truth. If we fail in restiring sanity-etc., then we can expect more and greater horrors fom the HOUSE OF TERRORS AND HORRORS! tnx

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By bho12345, August 12, 2010 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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Self hating jews like Joe never left

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By Old Man Turtle, August 12, 2010 at 6:55 am Link to this comment
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Since there’s no such thing in Nature as “race,” it’s “-ism” can only be yet
another symptom of the “civilization” disease, one more figment of the fever-
dream from which at-least a few among the domesticated peoples are
struggling to awaken.  That so many still languish in the captivity of its
seductive illusions really only indicates the persistent intensity of the infection. 
It offers no worthwhile insight at all into the also entirely make-believe world
of “morality.

If Mr. Conason and others deplore the condition they mistakenly call “racism”
as much as he claims here, it might be well for him and them to recognize it
for what it actually is.  They should maybe look for signs of it in their own
“self,” too, rather than simply compounding their original error by politicizing
this particular one among a multitude of degenerative effects of the “global”
sickness that is even now in its terminal phase, and then pasting party labels
on some of its sufferers.

In-fact, the tendency to “moral”-ize about the supposed failings of those with
whom one is in some way at-odds is itself a manifestation of the illness in its
Human carriers.  There are no “others.”  So people had best just get-over their
“self.”

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By kerryrose, August 12, 2010 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

I don’t believe that vehement attacks of Obama from the left are signs of racism.  They are more likely signs of disappointment. 

Let’s face it.  For some reason Obama has a need for approval from the right.  He says its bipartisanship, but then he demonizes the left?

There is a lack of moral backbone that I think the left did not expect of Obama. Instead of justifying himself to progressives, he hurls insults (through Gibbs) at them. 

His ability to throw people to the wolves, including Sherrod, is not a likeable quality, as well as his need to appeal to the right by demonizing the left.
He will never gain approval from the right, and now he alienated his base.  Anger from the left is justifiable, and not apparently racism.

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By wildflower, August 12, 2010 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Re diman: “The racists return? Who said they had left?”

This was my question as well.  It’s obvious the racists among us have never left, particularly those extra sleazy racists who operate under the guise of religion:

“Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the American Family Association, wrote a blog post yesterday on the AFA’s site arguing that the United States should have “no more mosques, period.”

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/top_social_conservative_no_more_mosques_period.php?ref=fpa

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By diman, August 12, 2010 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

The racists return? Who said they had left?

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BarbieQue, August 12 at 2:13 am Link to this comment

“The Baiter’s Return”

And Conason is a Master…

Prepare to hear more and more frequently that those of us that wanted real change are just racist haters.

The Tea Party strikes back apparently. Despite BBQ’s attempt at dismissive and turn- the-table attempt the fact remains that racism is alive and well, not only in America, but in the so-called conservative movement known as the Tea Party..

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By JDmysticDJ, August 12, 2010 at 1:01 am Link to this comment

“Lecturing a conscript conclave of Justice Department bureaucrats, Attorney General Eric Holder last week called America a ‘nation of cowards’ for not spending more time talking about race.”

Given the statistics regarding crime, education, income, the lack of nuclear families etc., only two conclusions can be drawn. Either blacks are still suffering from the effects of racism, or blacks are socially, intellectually, and morally inferior; conservatives believe the latter.

Being racists, conservatives are not likely to denounce racism. Being disengenuous, conservatives will deny their racism and accuse their accusers of being racists, because they recognize that their racism is a social or political liability.

Many of us have known conservatives who will confidentially whisper the N word, in order to discover if someone is a fellow traveler, or more blatant conservative rednecks who will unashamedly display their racism, and deny their racism if challenged, and then unsuccesfully attempt to hide their racism.

Let’s be honest, even some progressives may suffer from a suppressed racism, which may explain some of the most vehement attacks on Obama from the left.

Racism is insidious, and no one is truly color blind, regardless of race. It’s the legacy of America, but more specifically, the legacy of economic enterprise.

It causes one to wonder, who are the radicals and who are the reactionaries, at best, progressives can only hope to moderate a more insidious, unremitting radicalism.

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By ofersince72, August 11, 2010 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

I believe Democrat supporter journalists are going
to be finding all sorts of fringe elements to scare
their supporters into voting Democrat.
Democrats, as always is the case, have no laurals or
achievments to brag about.

  BarbieQue is exactly right…

We are going to have to take care of each other,
did anyone see the 30,000 in Atlanta?
Blacks need help, whites need help, and we need each other

voting isn’t going to change anything ...
we vote out incumbents, fine,  all for it…
but inside the beltway is going to be run the same.
The only thing the Dems and Pubs are in competition for
now is corporate campaign and lobby $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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By BarbieQue, August 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

“The Baiter’s Return”

And Conason is a Master…

Prepare to hear more and more frequently that those of us that wanted real change are just racist haters.

It’s all they got!

The Voters should get a little tiny bit of credit for electing O to begin with, no? But Congress must be held accountable for concentrating on junk instead of jobs. Mandate Health care for unemployed people? Yes We CAN!

PS: Joe- Would Gibbs be called a racist if Progressive was a color?


November 2010: We have a chance to make Washington DC listen to us. If we threw out all incumbents (yes you love your own cute little cuddly Congress Critter) wouldn’t they listen a little closer to what the people have to say?

Drain the Swamp

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By Robespierre115, August 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

This is the typical limousine liberal plea. The serious left needs to truly organize the working class and poor to confront racist attitudes. The reason these radical, racist tendencies are growing is because a population is frightened, disillusioned and angry over a rotting system, think of Weimar Germany. Limousine liberals swear the problem is JUST racism, ignoring the socio-economic, even class warfare issues here.

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