by Karin McQuillan
Democrats think a rodeo clown's jokes are racist, Republicans think they are healthy free speech. Democrats think Trayvon Martin was shot for being black, Republicans think he was shot in self-defense because of his thuggish assault on Zimmerman. Republicans think the President should show leadership to counter the violent Rapper culture that leads to murder. Democrats think it is racist to mention the black murder rate. Democrats swoon over Obama's courage in saying if he had a son he'd look like Trayvon. Republicans see it as the lowest form of divisive race baiting.
Are we finally having that honest conversation on race? Will it enable black conservatives to get their voices heard in the public arena? Will decent liberals start to buck the status quo of Democrat failure on race? Is there a place of honest concern on race where caring people can meet?
In a hopeful sign, Juan Williams, who was kicked off the Democrat plantation at NPR for forbidden honest speech and is now a liberal voice at Fox, actually agreed with conservative former Congressman Allen West that black Civil Rights leaders need start helping blacks solve their self-inflicted problems:
Juan Williams responded, "Let me be blunt, where are the civil rights leaders? Why aren't we hearing from the civil rights leaders out there leading marches and protests against violence, against the drug dealers, against the bad schools, saying to young women, 'Hey, this is madness'" ...you know, a blind eye to the drug dealers, a blind eye to the people who tell you 'It's thug life, or no life.'"
In the Civil Rights era, we all knew what racism was: believing blacks were inferior, barring them from sharing public spaces, and discriminating against them. We knew what equality was: ridding America of racial barriers so that everyone could excel based on their own character, hard work and G-d-given gifts.
Democrats have successfully re-written history to give themselves the starring role in the fight against racism -- something they didn't earn in the Civil Rights era and are not earning now.
Until the successes of the Republican Martin Luther King, the Democrats were the party of racism. Progressives promoted racist eugenics from the 1920's, FDR wooed Southern Dixiecrat support for the New Deal by selling out civil rights. JFK voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act and opposed MLK's 1963 March on Washington (organized by black Republicans). It was only with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that fighting racism became bi-partisan, with Republican Senator Everett Dirksen pushing through the Civil Rights Act and Republicans supplying most of the votes.
The South transformed itself in living memory, from Jim Crow to race blindness, one of the great achievements of American culture that should be celebrated and enjoyed. Instead the South continues to be defamed by Democrat race-based politicking.
Democrats kept Dixiecrat Congressmen such as former KKK Keagle Senator Robert Byrd, while tarring Republicans with the falsehood of pandering to racist Southern voters. The reality is that Republicans won the new generation of non-racist Southern voters. Once they were no longer avoiding the Republican Party as the party of civil rights, it was their natural home because Southerners agree with a strong national defense, social conservatism, and a smaller, fiscally responsible federal government. They certainly didn't feel at home in the 1970's Democratic Party of "acid, amnesty, and abortion."
After King's victories, something tragic happened. The Civil Rights movement was corrupted by money and power into a spoils system. Democrats discovered they could buy black votes by channeling federal money to them. They bought themselves a permanent black voting base that gives them an edge in every federal election, based on Tammany Hall corruption writ large.
Black shake-down artists like Jesse Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus discovered they could use anti-discrimination laws to extort millions of dollars from corporate America.
All eight open House investigations (into corruption) involve caucus members, and most center on accusations of improper ties to private businesses.
The direct pay-offs to black voters include overrepresentation in the bloated federal bureaucracy, useless War on Poverty programs that serve the function of make-work for blacks, the hundred and one income redistribution programs that take money from working people and direct it to non-working families -- ruining their lives, but who's counting.
Democrats cynically inflame racial fear and anger for political gain. They create false dramas of racial injustice, such as the Zimmerman trial, even though it wounds and damages blacks and the entire the country.
Even worse, when the War on Poverty programs backfired, mortally wounding black families and creating nightmarish conditions for black children, Democrats found their party couldn't do without the federal money, and the power and control it gave them over black voters.
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