Posts tagged ‘racism’

January 10, 2010

Racism, Reid and Lott

by thoughtfulconservative

The major political news story over the weekend was about some excerpts  from “Game Change,” a soon-to-be released book by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann. The book is slated to be published Monday (and looks as though it will be going on my reading list).

The excerpt that drew the most reaction from the right side of the blogosphere was a comment Senate majority leader Harry Reid made in private during the 2008 election campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

Reid has apologized for those remarks and President Obama has accepted his apology.

The most popular meme has be to compare Reid to Trent Lott’s unfortunate remarks at a Strom Thurmond birthday party.

To review, Trent Lott

lost his leadership post in 2002 after saying that the country would have been better off if Sen. Strom Thurmond — a segregationist — had been elected president in 1948.

So what’s the difference? Not much on the outside. But observe Lott had a record of voting against Civil Rights, for whatever reason. Reid has no opposition that I could find.

And I also found this:

Trent Lott lauded the presidential candidacy of an avowed segregrationist, suggesting that things would have gone better if that candidate had been elected. His comments were normative and, if he meant what he said, racist because they implied that segregration was preferable to integration. We condemned Lott at the time.Reid was not discussing who should be elected president. He was merely commenting on Barack Obama’s viability as a presidential candidate. His view was that Obama’s race would not hurt him with voters who might be disinclined to elect a black man because he is light-skinned and able to talk white, as they say. I strongly suspect that many politicians and pundits made similar sorts of assessments. Even if incorrect, they are not improper, provided one is assessing how others might vote, as opposed to deciding to vote one’s self.

Apples and oranges, it seems to me.

And “Action do speak louder than words.”

September 15, 2009

“Joel McNally is a racist”

by thoughtfulconservative

No? Try this on for size which is no worse than some I”ve seen on the left including Mr. McNally.

“…in a democracy, the loudest bullies win no matter how extreme a fringe they represent or how nonsensical their arguments are.”

Obama won the last election.

Therefore Obama is a loud bully.

If you say anything negative about Obama, you’re a racist (see, for example, Ms. Dowd).

Therefore Joel McNally is a racist.

It’s really quite simple.

January 23, 2009

Rebel flag to rise again at I-75

by thoughtfulconservative

From Tampa Bay Online.com

With NFL officials from New York and football teams from Pittsburgh and Phoenix about to march on Tampa, the Sons of Confederate Veterans have vowed this:

The 1,800-square-foot confederate battle flag shall rise again.

The flag flies near the intersection of I-4 and I-75 just east of Tampa. It’s part of a memorial to Confederate veterans.

Many in the South look at the Confederate battle flag as merely harking back to a period of history, of their ancestry. Many also see it as freedom of expression.

African-Americans see it as a symbol of slavery.

Most of the time, however, the Stars and Bars comes out in response to some racial issue, usually when the perception is that African-Americans are being favored to whites. It was extensively used in the South to terrorize African-Americans and those who sought to aid them.

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May 21, 2008

“Racist Kentucky Hillbillies Back Hillary”

by thoughtfulconservative

Obviously, this guy knows nothing about Kentucky or the headline would have read,

Ignorant Racist Kentucky Inbred Gun-toting Religious Hillbillies Back Hillary

February 26, 2008

I’ve failed history!

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: Sam, in the comments, and on his blog, has noted that we essentially agree on this, which I think is true. I realize I sometimes don’t take new readers into account when I post items and folks may not know what I’ve written previously. One of the hazards of blogging the way I do.

Or so says Brazen Maverick. I’ve added him to the blogroll anyway, because that’s the kind of cuddly guy I am.

My error? A line from this post, in which I wrote,

And the idea that a minority (e.g., Frank Jude) can’t get a fair shake by an all-white jury is ludicrous, at best, and at worst, racist.

Interestingly enough, that was the only sentence I wrote in the post.

Now Sam agrees with the ruling by the AG,

I completely agree with the statement “racially-based jury selection is illegal and improper.” However, the idea that race has nothing to do with the outcome in cases is simply laughable.

And, of course, I agree with that, at least partially. My point, and especially as it pertains to the Frank Jude case, which is where this business all started is that people and particularly the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at the makeup of the jury and said, basically, “This jury won’t give us a fair verdict.

That is racist and ludicrous, which is what I wrote and all I was referring to.

There were more problems with the prosecution of the case than an all-white jury.

More on the Frank Jude trial:

Milwaukee Federalists (former site): So What Really Happened In The Frank Jude Jr. Case?

My op-ed

Bad stategy?

All-white jury chosen

Justice undone editorial

Juror: We did the best we could

February 21, 2008

Of course, it’s illegal

by thoughtfulconservative

Plan to balance juries illegal

Getting more minorities onto Milwaukee County juries by summoning more jurors from certain areas than others would be illegal, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen found in an opinion released Wednesday.

And the idea that a minority (e.g., Frank Jude) can’t get a fair shake by an all-white jury is ludicrous, at best, and at worst, racist.