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Racism Fuels Republicans And Conservatives — Yes, Even The ‘Respectable’ Ones

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2012

In case it wasn’t made crystal-clear to everyone by their dependence on the Southern Strategy, Republicans and conservatives stopped being Lincoln fans a long, long time ago. Or rather, they gleefully embraced the NeoConfederacy as a way to get the votes their Big Business backers couldn’t buy outright.

And yes, this isn’t just the ones indiscreet enough to shout “RAHOWA!” in public, but the entire constellation of conservative thought from Rush Limbaugh to Tucker Carlson:

Have you heard about the Race War? It’s being censored by the media, but maybe you caught the news on Rush Limbaugh’s show — “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering” — or The O’Reilly Factor, or on the front page of the Drudge Report, or in Thomas Sowell’s nationally-syndicated column, or on one of many blogs, like the Daily Caller. Or maybe you heard about it when you were beat up by one of our country’s many roving mobs of black teens?

If nothing else you’ve probably noticed that “race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected,” as activist Ward Connerly tells McKay Coppins in Coppins’ “In Conservative Media, A ‘Race War’ Rages,” an excellent summary of the current state of conservative journalism. Connerly is filled with pearls of wisdom: “Obama has been more racial than any white president has ever been in my lifetime,” he tells Coppins in an attempt to explain his perception of a current low ebb in American race relations. What a wonderful way of putting into words the conservative problem with Obama! He’s more racial than other presidents.

But maybe you haven’t experienced the Race War at all. Maybe you’ve somehow managed to avoid the dangerous gangs of black teens, flash-mobbing across the country in their insatiable search for white flesh. It’s okay. I myself didn’t know there was a Race War on until I read Sowell’s most recent column and learned that “the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress” the plain fact that “the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places.” How frequently do these “coordinated attacks” take place? As McKay Coppins points out, Sowell’s column doesn’t “cite any statistics, relying instead on anecdotal evidence.”

When the horrifying groups VDARE and American Renaissance are given pride of place at this year’s CPAC convention, that should tell us all something about Republican and conservative dependency on cultivating bigotry as an electoral strategy.

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Gingrich’s Race Triangulating: South Carolina Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 15, 2012

I saw what you did there, Newt:

Newt Gingrich veered off the traditional GOP primary campaign trail Saturday for an African-American church — and a colloquy on race relations and urban policy that only seemed to strengthen the audience’s resolve to vote for Barack Obama.

Far from where his rivals spent their time just a week before the make-or-break primary in the state — and from where many likely Republican voters can be found — the former House speaker chose to spend his afternoon in front of a hostile audience at the Jones Memorial AME Church.

This smells like triangulation to me. Especially since it occurred so soon after Newt’s infamous (and quickly debunked) remark linking the NAACP and food stamps, which was itself another bit of triangulation disguised as “outreach”.

Newt picked a fight with the black community because he knows full well that, thanks to decades of the Republican Party’s active fanning of racial hatreds as part of the Southern Strategy, the GOP base hates the black community. He wanted lots of footage and still shots of Brave Newt Facing The Angry Black Men (and Women) to get passed around via the usual conservative blogger suspects, especially in the Palmetto State.

This is how Newt intends to win South Carolina. And he was already nipping at Romney’s heels there, even before the latest dog-whistle to the racist GOP base.

We’re talking about the state was dedicated to the preservation of slavery and bitterly resisted all efforts to curb it, whose influential plantationer rulers kept slavery from being outlawed or even gradually phased out by the framers of the Constitution, and even then they nearly bolted. They were jonesing to take their state out of the Union almost from the start, and they were the main drivers of the secessionist movement and of the Civil War.

The descendants of the plantationers, physical and spiritual, are still running South Carolina in large part. They, too, saw what Newt did — tweaking the black community while pretending to seek a dialogue with it — and they will resoundingly approve.

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