Social Versus Political Racism

Despite Politico’s best efforts to convince us otherwise, there’s a world of difference between Harry Reid (D-NV)’s admittedly racist line and Trent Lott’s career-ending gaffe. The former betrays a deep ignorance about how African Americans and indeed all Americans define themselves, and wish to be defined — not by the color of their skin, or their dialect, but by their individual merit — but the latter is an entirely different beast. Lest we forget:

LOTT: I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.

Reid showed a lack of personal tact and grace, as well as a concerning willingness to essentialize class traits. But Lott openly supported a segregationist, for his policies as a segregationist. Nothing more, nothing less. Thurmond ran on a platform that put segregation as its #4 plank — it’s the first hard policy part of the platform.

Query whether we should, but we can forgive Reid’s human ignorance. We cannot, and indeed must not, forgive an ignorance so complete that it would ignore a full half-century of progress, and cast an entire race of fellow citizens into the dust.

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20 comments

  1. Essentially, Reid said something that’s taken to be an unspoken fact by pretty much everyone – Obama doesn’t “sound” black, and if he did it would have been much harder to get plain white folk to vote for him. What’s more the controversy isn’t so much that Reid voiced this fact, in public, but rather 1) the pervasive thinking that there’s a “negro dialect” 2) that African-Americans are presumed to speak it and 3) that white people won’t vote for black people.

    Poeple like Trent Lott, on the other hand, support blatantly intolerant views that are not acceptable.

    What Reid did is more akin to using “retarded” colloquially as an insult, which is insensitive and requires an apology but doesn’t alone mean he thinks retarded=stupid. Comparatively, what actual racists do is explicitly and proudly say “retards are less than human.”

  2. themadjewess · ·

    Did you know that Thurmond DIED shortly AFTER. NOTHING indicates that Lott said ANYTHING racist.
    Dems are TOTAL racists, and they lynched Republicans, Margaret Sanger-KKK, Sen Byrd-KKK.
    Go look it up.

  3. I did know that Thurmond died shortly thereafter. Margaret Sanger wasn’t KKK. She had some disturbing opinions, sure, but it never influenced her policy. As for Byrd, he has a lot to atone for, it’s true. But pushing for equality since then is a great step forwards. Do you forgive the ex-Nazi pope?

    1. Yeah, the “ex-Nazi pope” who was never actually a Nazi.

      Carry on.

    2. themadjewess · ·

      Do you forgive the ex-Nazi pope?
      Now, just what do I have to do with the X-Nazi pope, I have to worry about Obamas YES WE CAN brigades of people right here on the net that HATE Jews.
      Sorry, even though I am not GOP, they are far more decent to the Jews, then the RACIST democrats who think we all “HATE THE GOYIM”
      All of my friends are “GOYIM” How stupid!

    3. NAACP gave Byrd a 100% voting record in 2004 and 82% in 2006. I would say he has pretty much done a complete 180 in his views.

      1. themadjewess · ·

        Once a racist always a racist, just like left wing Jewish people-
        Obama is an anti-semite, so is his “Pastor” and they STILL vote for the excrement to their own demise..
        Byrd, Boxer, Reid, Margaret Sanger, STROM THURMOND… Lol

  4. themadjewess · ·

    Sorry, children… Sanger was most certainly a KKK Member.
    I have the book, here it is, you can get it yourself.
    http://www.amazon.com/review/R25OI86CWAE1NC
    Ms. Sanger founded Planned Parenthood but was also a proponent of eugenics, advocating selective breeding, sterilization and euthanasia. In 1932 Sanger urged “a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” In her 1938 autobiography, she describes how well she got along with the woman’s branch of the KKK at Silver Lake, N.J. in a speech she gave to them, hanging on well into the night talking with the ladies after the speech. She was associated with The Negro Project, whose main idea was to recruit charismatic black ministers to encourage black women to practice birth control, thereby reducing the number of black babies being born. In a December 10, 1939 letter, Sanger wrote to Dr. Gamble, head of The Negro Project: “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
    These are hew own words. The KKK still quotes her and Hitler gave her an award. The harm she caused, even if you agree with abortion is demonstrable and inexcusable. That the author glossed over her crimes is understandable given the viewpoint but any work on Sanger is lacking if there is no backdrop of the vileness of what she preached.

  5. themadjewess · ·

    ◦Protest Ben Stein’s Expelled – Facebook Group
    WHY are you wanting to ‘expel’ a book?
    See? I AM RIGHT.
    Dems=Socialist, they want NATIONAL healthcare=NAZI.

    1. AH! You again. Please go away and keep to yourself. You obviously don’t like other people, so I don’t know why you would venture out on the internet and “interact” with others.

      1. themadjewess · ·

        AH! You again. Please go away and keep to yourself. You obviously don’t like other people, so I don’t know why you would venture out on the internet and “interact” with others.
        ————What I say is truth, ALL people are BIGOTED.
        I dont like your ways of liberalism, and you dont like mine. I am NO different in life.
        I would not hang around with a far left winger in life, and not here either.
        I DO get pretty p’od though, when I give something that is the truth, nobody ‘DARES” to look at it, and then whaahhhh with you are not niceon the internet garbage…

  6. themadjewess · ·

    Despite Politico’s best efforts to convince us otherwise, there’s a world of difference between Harry Reid (D-NV)’s
    ————-By the way, Children, do you know that the Mormon “Church” believes that black people are only slaves of slaves?
    Harry is a MORMON.
    RACIST!!

  7. Your incredibly simplistic worldviews are the reason people thought democracy couldn’t work.

    1. Thank God for the principle of normal distribution.

      1. themadjewess · ·

        that would be EXCELLENT, Tell it to OBAMA, tell OBAMA to be NORMAL

        1. Obama not normal? Are you kidding? If Obama was any straighter, you could use him to check crystal lattices in diamonds.

          Of course, he is black. I guess some people would consider that “not normal”.

          1. themadjewess · ·

            Of course, he is black. I guess some people would consider that “not normal”.
            ————————
            Race Baiting:
            Race baiting is also be accomplished by implying that there is an underlying race-based motive in the actions of others towards the group baited, where none in fact exists.
            ————-
            WEAK argument for BAD TRIPLE DEFICIT Obama Policies.

  8. themadjewess · ·

    Your incredibly simplistic worldviews are the reason people thought democracy couldn’t work.
    ————–To the REPUBLIC for which it STANDS.
    We are NOT a “democracy” we were NEVER meant to be one.
    Greece=Democracy, what killed Greece- CORRUPTION and SIN, same as here in America b/c of the left wing ‘tolerance’ of EVIL.
    BTW… Reid?
    THAT is how Mormons believe. Dont like it? take it up with the RACIST, Harry Reid.

    1. “Greece” was not a democracy. Athens was a democracy (free Greek males only, of course). Sparta was an oligarchy. Corinth was a monarchy. And nothing “killed Greece”, Greek culture survived quite well and came to have a huge influence on later European and Middle Eastern history.

  9. Oh, you saw the self-serving YouTube video too then? The distinction isn’t as huge as they made it out to be. We are a democracy, but a representative type of democracy. Greece was a direct (“pure”) democracy.

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