Published: Friday, May 23 2014 9:45 a.m. MDT
Yes... it's a problem.But not because they are racist.
It's because Democrats have been so successful in using the media to
propagate this myth that Republicans are engaged in a war on women, war on
blacks, war on Hispanics, war on gays, war on every minority group you can
define...It doesn't have to be true... it just has to be
repeated often enough, and by trusted media sources... often enough that most
people start to BELIEVE that it's true.Then it might as well BE
true...=====This has been a great campaign the Democrats
have been putting on. It has worked. It has gotten them elected many times.
But these groups never seem to look into what those Democrats are doing for
them. And I think that's the problem... that these groups expect their
politicians to do something for them.If Democrats don't
deliver... this campaign will eventually begin to be less and less effective.You can't pit Americans-against-Americans forever... without
tearing America apart. But they seem to think it's worth
@2bits, Those democrats, fooling Americans into thinking that republicans say
racist things, by playing back media of republicans saying racist things.
Perhaps if the republican's didn't make it so easy for the
democrats.Most racism and bigotry are taught and are not a natural
state among children.Looking forward, as more and more racists and bigots
die off, they aren't passing on this bad behavior to their children.What is surprising, was how quickly the conservative posters on the
comment boards defended Donald Sterling, as being tricked, or it was OK cause
it was in private. While I would defend his right to say these things, I would
never defend what he said. It isn't about PC it's about what's
right, saying it in private doesn't make it "OK" either.
“Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic argues that the real dangers are ... the
much more subtle and less immediately offensive 'elegant racism.'
.... 'Elegant racism is invisible, supple, and
I got to the and of this article, with most of which I agreed, I and was struck
by the fact that nowhere was mentioned one of the most glaring examples of
racism we've seen in our country in decades.Despite a brief
reference to it with the single sentence, "The 2008 election was the most
racially charged election in modern America...", it doesn't include the
crucial fact that the vote among African-American citizens in favor of Obama in
the last two elections was an average of around 95%! He also garnered a
majority of votes by people of other races, but by much slimmer and typical
margins. How much more obviously lopsided, racially speaking, can a statistic
get than this!?Ironically, to what do I attribute this amazing
omission of an example fairly shouting of racism in this article on racism?
Yes, you guessed it, racism. Perhaps of Mr. Coates' "elegant" sort
Yes. And it's not the democrats' fault.
Is this article for real?Let's deal with some facts and
history, shall we?First, Donald Sterling is a big time Democrat
donor. Like other things, the media has desperately tried to ignore that little
factoid.Secondly:* Jim Crow segregation laws were
enacted by Democrats* The 1924 Democrat National Convention was host
to one of the largest Klan gatherings in American history* The 1964
Civil Rights Act: Democrat support 61%; Republican support 80%. Interestingly,
former Democrat Senator Robert K Byrd (former Exalted Cyclops in the KKK)
filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as did Democrat Al Gore Sr.*
Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt gave us the disgraceful Japanese
Internment Camps* Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings and his history
of racial slurs towards blacks * Margaret Sanger, Liberal Icon
and founder of Planned Parenthood, in her 1939 "Negro Project" had as
her goal, the desire to greatly reduce the Black population, or as she referred
to them, "human weeds." Ever wonder why so many Planned Parenthood
Centers are in the inner-city? 13 million black babies aborted since 1973.I could go on, but I think you get the point. It is the Democrat Party
who has the documented history of reprehensible acts of bigotry and racism.
@2bits"It's because Democrats have been so successful in using
the media to propagate this myth that Republicans are engaged in a war on women,
war on blacks, war on Hispanics, war on gays, war on every minority group you
can define..."Republicans opposed equal pay legislation and
reproductive choice, even trying to limit insurance coverage of birth control,
support stop-and-frisk, support voter ID laws in states that have negligible
record of voter fraud (bit of a sore spot for people who fought for so long to
have fair access to the polls), making English the only official language,
support Arizona's papers please law on those suspected of being illegal
immigrants (yeah I'm sure there'd be no racial profiling at all
there...) and oppose same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination measures for
sexual orientation. Really, Democrats often don't have to do a
thing other than hold a microphone up to a Republican. @samhill"it doesn't include the crucial fact that the vote among
African-American citizens in favor of Obama... was an average of around
95%!"Gore and Kerry got around 90% of the black vote.
Dems must be worried about November, they are dragging out the race card
again.Who are Nate Silver, Allison McCann, and five thirty-eight?
What is their agenda?
Sorry, just because a survey or poll says something that does not make it true.
Such surveys or polls are basically a pop quiz on how effective the media
propaganda has been. In this case, it has indeed been very effective, and the
Democrats and the media (the propaganda arm of the Democrat party) have been
branding Republicans as "racist" for decades.Ignore the fact
that any black conservative or Republican is vilified as a sell out, or
"Uncle Tom" or "oreo", or that black kids who do well in school
are told by their peers to "quit acting white" or that Democrats depend
on keeping blacks dependent on welfare to perpetuate their power.Bigotry does exist in our country, but it is not all racial, and it is not all
whites demeaning blacks. Thankfully, the vast majority of Americans really do
not care about a person's race, but rather the content of their character.
Dr. King would be happy, even if Democrats are worried about losing the support
of blacks which Lyndon Johnson asserted would last for 100 years (but that was
50 years ago).
EVERYTHING... is a problem for the GOP if you listen to some people.
African American ties to the Democratic Party didn't start with Obama. John
Kerry also got about (or maybe it was OVER) 90% of black voters. They noticed
guys like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond become GOP converts, and knew that was
NOT who they wanted to be with.
By not recognizing racism, both historical and contemporary, is racism by
omission. Most Republicans are definitely guilty as charged.
@Lost in DC"Who are Nate Silver, Allison McCann, and five
thirty-eight? What is their agenda?"They are data analysts that
rely on statistics and reality who accurately predict elections. Or, in other
words, the liberal media.
Schnee said:"Republicans opposed equal pay
legislation..."You are aware that Obama pays his female WH Staff
14-18% less than his male staff...right?You are aware that Liberal
icon NYTs fired executive, Jill Abramson, because she demanded the same pay that
her male counterparts made...right?We'll just assume you forgot
to mention these.
If the GOP doesn't have a big race problem (it does), it is only going to
get worse.And after years of observations, you will never convince
me that the unprecedented opposition to President Obama doesn't have racial
discrimination involved in it. The Tea Party is clearly driven in large part by
racial prejudice. Those on the right will deny it, but the problem is still
there, and most of us can see it. Minority populations certainly do.
A clever way of telling lies is to change the definition of a word.
"Racism" appears to have meant something different to Martin Luther King
that those who put "racism" out there as a huge problem. I believe that
there is much more judgment made about content of character now - of all races -
than there was when he walked and talked on the earth. It would appear now that
if the content of character is judged, depending on the skin color and the
political of the speaker, the charge of racism may or not be applied.By the way, historically speaking, it was Senate Democrats who organized to
filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Republicans in the House and Senate
favored the Bill by a much larger percentage than the Democrats.Racism and Bigotry, in their original meaning, are things not to be valued.
Loving our neighbors, as ourselves, should be the objective of civilized
@Mark B, Schnee, and others...RE: "John Kerry also got OVER 90%
of black voters"...Actually John Kerry got 88% (according to
Yahoo answers)That's what I'm talking about. Shnee says
it (as if it's fact). Mark B hears and repeats it (as if it's fact).
And pretty soon everybody believes it...Political hacks do this...
just hear something they like... and repeat it (as if fact) without checking it.
And pretty soon we've all heard it enough times... that we ASSUME
it's FACT!====Kerry did not get 90% of the black
vote. And Obama didn't just get 90%. He got 93%! The GOP challenger got
only 6%! Google "10 Amazing Demographic Percentages of the 2012
Election" (National Journal)That's what I'm talking
about when I say this has been a VERY successful campaign. I don't think
we could get 93% of Americans to agree on ANYTHING...=====And Obama didn't just get 96% of their votes... they voted in larger
numbers than any election in history!Google "Blacks outvoted
whites in 2012, the first time on record" (CNN News)66% of
total eligible black voters voted... only 64.1% of white voters voted.
@slcdenizen: "By not recognizing racism, both historical and contemporary,
is racism by omission. Most Republicans are definitely guilty as
charged."You lost me. I'm racist if I don't recognize
any racist feelings in myself? Guilty until proven innocent? "Graceful racism?" What are earth is that!Racism is not
the same thing as Culturism, recognizing that there are general characteristics
in common in people of specific cultures. For example, as a general rule
Texan's have an affinity for the word Y'all. I say it all the
time.I think y'all got it wrong.
Mark B said:"African American ties to the Democratic Party
didn't start with Obama. John Kerry also got about (or maybe it was OVER)
90% of black voters. They noticed guys like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond
become GOP converts, and knew that was NOT who they wanted to be with."Interesting. So, I guess the Black Community wants to align themselves
with the Party that: - Enacted "Jim Crow" Segregation
Laws- Voted in the minority in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act (Democrat support 61%; Republican support 80%). Interestingly, Democrat
Senators Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr. filibustered this historic legislation- Placed Democrats with history of racism in positions of power like
former Democrat Senator (President pro tem) Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd was a
former Exalted Cyclops in the KKK. - Gave us Japanese
Internment Camps a la President Franklin RooseveltYou're right,
being part of the Democrat Party has been so much better for minorities.
I wonder what people would say if 93% of WHITE voters voted for ANY candidate...
it would be denounced as "racism". And they would be right...
I wonder what percent of Mormons voted for Romney? Clearly they hate everyone
of every other religion. Makes as much sense as saying blacks hate whites (i.e.
are racist) because they voted for Obama. Oh, yeah, when I do something
it's ok. When anyone else does it, they aren't. Typical tea party
Republican response to everything. As usual, they can't put themselves in
anyone else's shoes. Look at it this way. You know how you really, really
liked Romney because you agreed with his politics and it was also pretty cool
that he was LDS? Well, maybe black people felt the same way -- they agreed with
his politics, and they thought it was pretty cool that he was going to be the
first black president. Liking his politics counted a lot more than the fact
that Obama was black (hence the black community's lack of support for
Herman Cain, e.g.)
DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.— About comments