Lamenting the Dreamer

In his brilliant song of lost dreams, The River, Bruce Springsteen asked, “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?” For Dr. King’s dream, it is something worse. Today we stand in supposed celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose principles and message need to be celebrated.

In his words and deeds, Dr. King demonstrated to us all, regardless of color, race, or creed, what it means to be an American, what it means to stand up for one's beliefs, and what is means to never relent, even in death. However, I stand today in sad reflection of what has become of Dr. King's Dream. The would-be inheritors of his dream have dashed it to pieces on the rocks of personal gain, class warfare, and racism.

Dr. King began his speech with these words:

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (Source)

Now, an additional two score years later, after decades of riots and rampage, after innumerable pages of legislation, hundreds of miles of marches, and after countless speeches by those who would be Dr. King, what have we achieved in the realm of race relations? The answer I fear is very little, because those who claim to inherit Dr. King’s legacy don’t want a color blind society.

Leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson seek to exploit the condition of blacks in America, attempting to make everyone else ashamed of the condition, while doing little to make things better. If the so-called average black in America’s condition were to vastly improve there would be no need for the Jesse Jackson’s of the world. The strife is perpetuated, not just by those who want to keep blacks down, but also by those who seek to build black society up.

Many modern black “leaders” exploit the on-going problems for their own ends, their own self-aggrandizement. In a rush to remain relevant, Jesse Jackson appears anywhere a black man or woman may be suffering, whether or not that suffering is a result of racism or not. Tookie Wilson, New Orleans, you name it, if any black person is suffering Jesse Jackson is there, calling it racism or the product of attempting to deny blacks what is due them, whether the debt is real or not. If Jackson, Sharpton and others succeed in their struggle for equality of opportunity, their purpose in being vanishes.

These false inheritors of Dr. King don’t want equality. They want to remind us of our heritage, remind us of the past. Otherwise, why would Jesse Jackson be shaking down American corporations for “reparations” for past business practices. Instead, many high-profile black leaders look to ensure that we as a nation continue looking backward into a past we cannot change to find solutions for the future. Equality is not a trait of the past, we all know this. But equality can be a characteristic of the future, if we can merely acknowledge that we cannot right the wrongs of the past. We must look forward, we must dream of a brighter day. That is what Dr. King sought, a future—not a re-living of the past, thus the familiar words:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Yet, in America today, we have a system which continues to judge people based upon the color of their skin, not in as blunt a manner as Jim Crow, but in an insidious fashion—affirmative action. Affirmative action, the program by which we seek to rectify past injustices by creating new ones; the program by which we seek to give those disadvantaged in the past a leg up, by stomping on the shoulders of those who carry no blame in the present and creating future with continued strife and allegations of unfairness. Affirmative Action is a program by which we make judgments of people, not on the content of their character, but on the color of their skin.

Is this what Dr. King suffered and died for? I think not. Dr. King warned us all about the power of division and the power of unity, the former with its power to destroy and keep people down can only be fought with the power of the latter to bring everyone into a great place, of hope, of happiness and of harmony.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
Today, as we continue to struggle with our racial problems, and as we honor the achievements of Dr. King, we must pay honor to those people who seek to better everyone without glory or fanfare, for it is they who are the true inheritors of Dr. King’s legacy.

Yet I can’t help feeling, on this day more than most, a deep sadness. I think Dr. King looks down upon us from Heaven and weeps at what we have become, or rather, at what we haven’t become.

Posted by Matt Johnston at January 16, 2006 2:01 PM
Comments
Comment #113601

Well at least we agree that Dr. King is probably weeping at what we haven’t become.

Posted by: chantico at January 16, 2006 2:39 PM
Comment #113607

Matt,
The simple fact is, the Republican party is fundamentally rascist at its core.

Now, I’m sure you can quote a black person serving as a Republican Senator or Representative to disprove me. Go for it. There are 55 elected Republicans in the Senate, and what, 232 elected Republicans in the House. Go for it. Quote one, Matt. Name one.

MLK died supporting a striking union. Where does the Republican party stand on that?

Had Katrina stranded 30,000 “pioneer” contributors, I’m quite sure it would not have taken four or five days for FEMA to provide help.

When Reagan winked & advocated “States Rights” in the south, & continued Republican pursuit of the Southern Strategy, we all got the message.

When Bush kicked off the South Carolina primary campaign with a visit to Bob Jones University, we all got the message.

When Bush supporters smeared McCain in South Carolina by accusing him of fathering a black baby out of wedlock, we all got the message.

When Bush supported states flying the ‘Bars & Stars,’ we all got the message.

Howard Dean was right. The Republican Party is the party of white, christian males.

But you’re right about MLK weeping.

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 3:02 PM
Comment #113609

What?

That is the worst excuse for logic I’ve heard in a long time. The Republicans disagree on MLK’s position on unions. That doesn’t make them racist. This is exactly what Matt is talking about. And having a black Senator/Representative has nothing to do with the racial feelings of an entire party. You have a problem with the Republicans not having a black Senator, but if they did, would it be because he fairly won an election, or because of his race? The people pick their representatives, and while I agree there is still racism in America, I don’t think you can pinpoint it to the Republican party. We could argue about Katrina all day long, but like Matt said, whenever there is a group of people suffering, there is always someone throwing a race card. Howard Dean says the Republican party is one of White Christian Males? What is he, a Black Muslim Female? Lets face it. American politics is run by white christian males. That doesn’t make it right, but blaming one party is only dividing the country further, which, ironically, is completely contrary to MLK’s entire message.

Posted by: Justin Marble at January 16, 2006 3:26 PM
Comment #113610

Dr. King I believe wasn’t talking race. I believe he was talking America for All Americans. No matter what race they happen to be. We as Americans must work togeather as Americans to keep America for Americans. A nation divided can not stand. Dr. King knew this and that was the message he tried to get acrossed.In order for America to survive we must ALL be one, AMERICANS.

Posted by: Dan at January 16, 2006 4:05 PM
Comment #113613

Justin,
You’re right about the unions. Often the rascism at the heart of the Republican party bleeds over into the policies inflicted upon the poor in general.

“And having a black Senator/Representative has nothing to do with the racial feelings of an entire party.”

Yes. Yes, it does. It’s called “The Southern Stragegy.” Take a long, hard look at those red states. It has everything to do with it. This core rascism played an important role in the Reagan landslide, and perhaps an even more important role in the election of Bush, particularly in South Carolina.

So, Republicans. I’m waiting today, MLK Day, for one of you to name a black Republican Senator or Congressman. We’re talking just under 300 of your most powerful politicians. Let me know when you refute my point about the rascism at the heart of the Republican party by naming one.

Just one.

Go for it.

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 4:07 PM
Comment #113615

I Know that Clinton was the first black President.

Posted by: Philipz at January 16, 2006 4:14 PM
Comment #113619


Well, it doesn’t take much to get some folks going, does it? It is a shame that some people learn to hate before they learn to think. True of all sides of this post.

Dr. King was not perfect, but he had a perfect vision. That someday we would look at each other and see persons, not colors. Unfortunately, some white folks only see black and white and spend time figuring out how to keep the Black man in “his place”. Some black folks see whites as the enemy that must be overcome. And some of us, both black and white, try our best to live up to the American dream.

Today we are quoting from the great “I Have A Dream” speech. We might also quote from the preamble to the Constuitution, you know the part about all persons being created equal, all persons endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. If we truly believe that, we should all be working toward a completely colorblind society. One where a person is hired according to qualifications and experience, not color. Where I can feel free to live in peace with my neighbor, no matter what color. A place where I can walk down any street in any neighborhood and feel like I belong. Until that day, neither Dr. King’s dream nor the dream of our founders has copme true.

Posted by: John Back at January 16, 2006 4:27 PM
Comment #113620

Lets face it honestly…..humans as a species are prejudiced, territorial, greedy, selfish, and always going to look out for their best interest. It does not matter if the “opponent” is of color, speaks a different language, is liberal or consertive or doesn’t give a crap about politics, is educated or not educated; they are not ME, so therefore they are the enemy if “I” want something they have.

As for Jackson, Sharpton, the Chicano leadership, David Dukes, and other opportunitists, etc., hey, they have their gig that gets them what they crave…..power and money. So what if their message is wrong. They work the system. And changing the system was what Dr. King tried to begin.

Posted by: Polski3 at January 16, 2006 4:27 PM
Comment #113622

Philipz,
Couldn’t name one Republican Senator or Representative, could you, Philipz? Not one. Just a pathetic comment about Clinton. The nasty, unintended self-parody of that comment is uglier than any sarcasm I could direct at the Republican party. Oh my. 287 Republican Senators and Representatives, and you
couldn’t make any useful contribution to refute the ugly fact, Philipz, could you, nothing to do but accept it with shame: rascism is at the core of the Republican Party.


Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 4:33 PM
Comment #113623

I can’t hire a black kid in my business because he cannot speak English well enough to be understood. Racist?
The largest school district in my area is predominately black in student, teacher, and parent population and the elected officials are mostly black. The district is not certified by the state any longer because it does such a poor job. The students can’t pass basic skills tests! Racism?
New Orleans was governed by Black Democrates! I agree, those racist bastards should have been there for their people! Racist? I don’t think you understand the meaning of the word.

Posted by: Mike at January 16, 2006 4:35 PM
Comment #113626

Phx8…. Oh calm down.No i could not name one so what! What is your point. You dems are the ones trying to always get out the black vote. Why??? Why do you dems always point out racism, to make your self look and fell good? Please do not piegon hole me one way or the other you have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by: Philipz at January 16, 2006 4:42 PM
Comment #113627

Philipz,
You and others are welcome to stand up and renounce the racism at the heart of the Republican party. Just come out and make this pledge:

“Until the Republican Party elects one black Senator or Representative to the current federal legislature, I will not support this party under any circumstances.”

See how easy that is?

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 4:46 PM
Comment #113628

And when you dems really care about anything other than using a class of people for anything other than political gain, let us Know

Posted by: philipz at January 16, 2006 4:49 PM
Comment #113630

phx8,

You make some very strong assertions on calling the Republican party racist at the fundamental level. If the party is racist, then would you also make the charge that Republicans as individuals are themselves racist? In addition, would you also say that the Democrats pander to the black community with empty promises with no real world results? How about the cabinet and executive branch- what say you about the appointments of Powell, Condi, etc…who just happened to be the highest ranking blacks in government EVER (sec state as we all know)? Are they just under the spell of the white devil evil Republican party? How about Sen. Robert Byrd(D-KKK)?

I am not denying that racism does not exist, or that a certain base of the GOP is racist. You make these arguments considering that ONLY Republicans are racist, and the Dems and whoever else are squeaky clean.

Full disclosure: yes i am a (disgruntled) white, Christian Republican.

Posted by: Greg the Underwriter at January 16, 2006 5:04 PM
Comment #113639
what say you about the appointments of Powell, Condi, etc…who just happened to be the highest ranking blacks in government EVER (sec state as we all know)?

I would say that both those people support affirmative action. What say you, are they racist?

Posted by: Max at January 16, 2006 5:21 PM
Comment #113644

Greg,
Condi & Powell were appointed, not elected.

As a party, Republicans have consistently pursued a strategy which is fundamentally rascist. Republicans such as Bush and Haley Barbour support the symbol of the Stars and Bars.
It is part of a southern strategy that has been pursued by the party for decades, ever since Democrats stood up for Civil Rights.

Byrd is the last of the Dixiecrats. The Republican southern strategy meant replacing people like Byrd with Republicans; though, in Byrd’s defense, he renounced rascism long ago… something some Republicans on this thread seem unable to stomach.

If there are two stores in town, and an arsonist burns one down, is it fair for the arsonist to say the arresting policeman is only making the arrest to help out the store that’s still standing? The crime of rascism is a crime against human nature, just that, and no one’s fault but the perpetrators.

A party with nearly elected 300 Senators and Congressman, and not one of them black, must inescapably be concluded to be rascist in character.

You make a good point, that rascism is not solely Republican in nature. Rascism can and does cross party lines, agreed. However, it is the Republican Party which intentionally uses rascism to accumulate political power.

MLK did not just stand against rascism, admirable though that may be. He did not just stand for America, either. He was a preacher, an advocate of non-violent resistance, and in the end, a passionate opponent of war, as demonstrated by his speech, “Beyond Vietnam.” But more than anything else, MLK valued people as human beings, first and last, with compassion for one another being the cardinal virtue.

http://www.africanamericans.com/MLKjrBeyondVietnam.htm

The above link to the “Beyond Vietnam” makes for some interesting reading, especially when compared to the current situation in Iraq.

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 5:33 PM
Comment #113673

phx8,

I’m sure the MLK would be thrilled at just how “colorblind” you are. He also would congratulate you on your ability to defuse hate speech.

Posted by: Cliff at January 16, 2006 6:33 PM
Comment #113686

phx8

I was expelled from the UAW for going to lunch with a black friend. Please put that into contex. Maybe I should add that I am more Rep than Dem.

Posted by: tomh at January 16, 2006 7:04 PM
Comment #113708

Tomh,
Appreciate that. I don’t think most individuals, Democrat or Republican, are rascist. Most people in their day-to-day lives strive to be good, and ‘do unto others.’ I can think of occasions where people have stood up for what was right, even when standing up was not the easiest thing to do. Sounds like you had a personal experience along those lines. But knowing you did the right thing when the pressure was on, even at great cost, is something I think you can always carry inside you with pride.

A lot of the evil that is associated with rascism occurs almost inadvertently. On an individual level it may not amount to much, but on an institutional level it becomes huge, and horribly noticeable.

An awful lot of the evil in our society is associated with poverty.

The Democrats can and should do a lot more, no doubt. The Republicans even more so; that means presidential candidates rejecting associations with universities like Bob Jones; that means presidential candidates aggressively denouncing smears against their opponents; and that means opposing symbols like the Stars and Bars, among many, many other things.

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 7:28 PM
Comment #113721

I’m sorry phx8, but I find your argument hard to take seriously when you spell “racism” as “rascism,” over 4 times.

Glad to see my tax dollars are paying for your education.

Posted by: Justin Marble at January 16, 2006 7:47 PM
Comment #113724

I’m sorry phx8, but I find your argument hard to take seriously when you spell “racism” as “rascism,” over 4 times.

Glad to see my tax dollars are paying for your education.

Posted by: Justin Marble at January 16, 2006 7:49 PM
Comment #113731

Justin,
Lol. Nice double post. Next time, just click ‘post’ once.

Posted by: phx8 at January 16, 2006 7:57 PM
Comment #113732

phx8,

in your first post you repeatedly said, “we ALL
got the message.” Do you presume to speak for
ALL blacks, ALL Democrats, ALL well meaning but
emotionally blinded white liberals? It amazes
and saddens me how many people see racism under
every rock. Does racism still exist? YES ! By way
too much unfortunately. But I’m confident that
Rev. King is looking down on us and is happy
at how far we’ve come. But knows we still have a
ways to go.

But NO, phx8 is only “happy” when he/she and other people are angry, including him/herself.
Phx8 thrives at making sure that people believe
all the negative lies and rhetoric that spews
onto these pages. Phx8 doesn’t want to unite us
ALL as ONE people as Jesus, Ghandi or M.L.King Jr. would do. By painting all or most white,
Christian Republicans as racists, homophobes,
etc., it simplifies their work at coming up with
a substantive, intelligent argument.

Is there proof that some white, Christians and/or
Republicans are racists? Sure there is. Just as
there is proof that some white, Christians and/or
Democrats are racists, etc.. Should we just paint
everybody with the same broad brush? Those who do
so, consistently, are doomed to permanent brain
( if not soul ) damage from those paint fumes.

Most white, Christian Republicans I know, if they
are true Christians, are not racists. They know
that being a racist is contrary to following
Christ the Kings and M.L.Kings teachings. Maybe
we should ALL pray that phx8 have his/her heart
softened and his/her mind opened.

Posted by: Dale Garland at January 16, 2006 8:01 PM
Comment #113737

phx8,

nice post in reply to “tomh”. There’s hope for
you and us ALL yet.

Posted by: Dale Garland at January 16, 2006 8:18 PM
Comment #113752

If the left is willing to ‘Fight Iran with Friendship’ ——
What gives?
Only works on foreign nations?

Posted by: bugcrazy at January 16, 2006 9:18 PM
Comment #113755

Hmmm… What party pushed equal rights through in the sixties?

Ohhh It was the racist republicans…. wasn’t it?

Posted by: John G. at January 16, 2006 9:33 PM
Comment #113782

I find it ironic that Phx8 refers to or requires a quota count from the republicans to refute an assertion from Eric that a goal of colorblindness by Dr. King, has turned into a numbers game? I also take umbrage with a broad stroke of endemic and systematic racism by the republican party when it is with substantial republican support that the civil rights laws of the 60’s were passed with a majority repulican vote against the democrats filibuster attempts.

Posted by: Scott at January 16, 2006 11:46 PM
Comment #113785

Sorry for confusing Eric, with Matt on the above post. Still no change in my message.

Posted by: Scott at January 16, 2006 11:57 PM
Comment #113787

Scott,
Spare me. The Dixiecrats filibustered Civil Rights. When the rest of the party turned against the southern Democrats, and their support of racism, the southern Democrats turned to the Republican party. That was the ‘southern strategy.’ With a nod and a wink, Ronald Reagan promised to support ‘states rights,’ a phrase well understood.

And yes, Scott. Absolutely. It’s a numbers game. Count on it. You’ll keep hearing from liberals like me about the lack of representation of minorities until it stops, and we see equality of opportunity in the federal legislature. To paraphrase MLK, the check of opportunity was returned by this Republican government, & stamped ‘insufficient funds.’

When you see blacks and other minority groups proportionally represented among our elected officials, among other things, then we can drop the talk of affirmative action. Until then, common decency demands we strive to redress the imbalances.

Posted by: phx8 at January 17, 2006 12:04 AM
Comment #113806

Scott,
Yeah, numbers game, right. Let’s think about this: Republican Representatives, there are something like 232 of them, and Republican Senators, there’s another 55. Here’s a number for you:

ZERO.

That’s not the number of Republican Senators who are women. No, there are two of them. And I believe that, out of 232 House Republicans, roughly a dozen are female.

You would have right if you guessed that ZERO is the number of Republicans in Congress who are Asian or Hispanic, but that wasn’t the group I was referring to…

Posted by: phx8 at January 17, 2006 12:33 AM
Comment #113876

phx8

I am cetain that a white rep. or senator can repersent the views and opinions of a black man. If this is not the case then how can we expect a black rep. or senator to represent the views and opinions of a white man.

When I cast my vote it is not for skin color, but for the views and positions that the canidate supports or opposes.

It also seems that eveytime a black person runs for office on the republican ticket they are labeled as “uncle toms” or a “plantation N*****” by the black groups. so tell me why whould ANY black republican put him/herself and their family through that kind of hateful campaign.

Posted by: gus at January 17, 2006 4:55 AM
Comment #113929

To go along with what ‘gus’ just said …

‘When you see blacks and other minority groups proportionally represented among our elected officials ….’

How is affirmative action going to make people run for office?

Posted by: bugcrazy at January 17, 2006 7:23 AM
Comment #113959

Having more than a casual aquaintance with the real Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have to say that Americans are sorely misguided to “celebrate” such a man. His “dream” is America’s nightmare, as his contemporaries well demonstrate.

There are much greater men “of color” who better embody the higher principles of a truly civilized America, far better than any MLK, Jessie Jackson, or Al Sharpton.

Posted by: Luke LeCrosse at January 17, 2006 9:00 AM
Comment #113964

Luke,

Like Nagin?
How did he get away with what he said yesterday? What if the white mayor of Anywhere, USA said, “This is a white city and it is in God’s plan for it to stay majority white.
Affirmative action says we only have to allow 12% blacks in.”

Nagin has a postponed election coming up. He knows the ‘white people’ won’t vote him back into office. He is hoping more blacks come back to further his own political career.

If the people you mentioned did not keep the fires burning they would be out of a job. It’s too bad that they use their ‘own people’ that way.

Posted by: bugcrazy at January 17, 2006 9:13 AM
Comment #113977

Phx8

Alright some numbers. You are right, there are no black Republicans in Congress or the Senate. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) left office in 1998, he was the last—and I would like to point out he represented a vastly majority white district.

How many black senators of any party are there? Exactly one: Barack Obama (D-IL).

Next, there are four Republican Women Senators: Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). In case anyone is wondering, there are 9 Democratic Women Senators: Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Hilary Clinton (D-NY), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Also—none of them black.

The House has 23 Republican women, which is twice your quoted number (and pretty easily verified). Again I acknowledge, none of them are black. The House has 41 Democratic women, 12 of whom are black.

If one were to go by the numbers, statistically there should be 51 or 52 women of any political party in the Senate and 226 or 227 in the House. There should be 14 or 15 black senators, 30 or so Hispanic Senators and 65 or 66 blacks and 130 or so Hispanic representatives.

But politics is not a numbers game and we don’t have a proportional representation system of any sort, let alone one based on race.


Finally, you wrote:

It also seems that eveytime a black person runs for office on the republican ticket they are labeled as “uncle toms” or a “plantation N*****” by the black groups. so tell me why whould ANY black republican put him/herself and their family through that kind of hateful campaign.

The only people making these kinds of attacks are so-called liberal Democrats. Witness the attacks on Maryland Senate Candidate Michael Steele, including racial slurs, illegal credit reports obtained by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and attacks by Democratic black legislators from Maryland. (for good coverage, see the Washington Times—since they are the only paper to really report on the issue).


Posted by: Matt Johnston at January 17, 2006 9:35 AM
Comment #113986

Matt,
What was your source? I’m sure mine was outdated concerning women in congress. I thought JC Watts served more recently than ‘98. The last section was stated by someone else.

The Washington Times? That’s the Moonie newspaper. NOT a good source of info.

Posted by: phx8 at January 17, 2006 10:46 AM
Comment #114007

MLK should not be worshiped as a “reverend.” He was a preacher - but not of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a liberal political animal with a lefrtist message.
See my Blog about MLK at:
ExPreacherMan

Posted by: ExPreacherMan at January 17, 2006 11:19 AM
Comment #114022

I believe there are many in the republican party,both in governmant and society in general, who are racist.Some are aware of the fact.Some don`t even realize their views are racist.

I also believe there are many in the democratic party,both in governmant and society in general, who are racist.Some are aware of the fact.Some don`t even realize their views are racist.

In the big picture,their personal racial views are meaningless.

In the end,the racial issue, is just a nice big club to hit each other over the head with.


Posted by: Wind Rider at January 17, 2006 11:41 AM
Comment #114043

ExPreacherMan

That must have something to do with MLK’s right hand man who was Hunter “Jack” Pitts O’Dell who just happen to be a member of the CPUSA.

Posted by: tomh at January 17, 2006 1:14 PM
Comment #114046

Phx8

My source regarding members of Congress is www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

As far as The Washington Times, I said they covered a story about Michael Steele, here are some of the links from my site, which in turn links to the newstories:

Dean Disavows Racial Slurs, Stops Short of Apology
Still No Democratic Apology to Steele, Dean Declines
Steele Determination(lots of links there)

Posted by: Matt Johnston at January 17, 2006 1:33 PM
Comment #114058

PHX8:


The simple fact is, the Republican party is fundamentally rascist at its core.

And what party was it that REFUSED to allow blacks to have ANY power in their party? What party was it that FORCED the formation of the Congressional Black Caucus so that people of color could actually have a VOICE in their party? What party was it that the President belonged to when he decided to help a couple of thousand Bosnians (white people) and condemned to death 800,000 Tutsi tribespeople (black people)? What party was it that the President belonged to when he decided to help a couple of thousand Kosovars (white people) and totally ignored 75,000 dead people and a million and a half refugees in Sudan (black people)? What president did we make a mistake electing to the Presidency of the United States instead of Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan?

Tell you what, phx8…I’ll name a black Republican Senator or Congressman…just as soon as you name a black Democratic Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Minority Leader or Whip.

Remember, the Democratic Party is the party of the minorities. You should be able to come up with 20 or 30 names right off the top of your head…right?

Now…WHAT party was it that is racist to the core?

Posted by: Jim T at January 17, 2006 2:12 PM
Comment #114126

The issue isn’t whether there are racists in a party or in America; we all have some reflexive racism in us, black or white, Asian or Hispanic. The question is how you deal with it. Even the most diehard Republican partisan would have to agree that the party has used racism in its quest to build a majority coalition. Just as it has collected together the “no taxers”, the right-wing religious “creationist” nuts, the “hate the gays” crowd, and the deluded 21% who believe they are in the top 5% economically, so have the brought into the tent those who seek to stop the integration of minorities into the culture at an equal level. This is despicable and what labels the party as “racist”. If they hadn’t used it as a strategy to conquer the South, then that charge couldn’t be leveled at it.

Posted by: Mental Wimp at January 17, 2006 6:17 PM
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