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posted by GradyPhilpott
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
The current Secretary of State is black.
Bill Clinton reformed welfare.
It was Democrats who strongly opposed integration for decades.
Your assertion that the Republican party has always been racist has no merit.
Any assertion that the party is racist today has no merit.
In fact, it is my observation that the Republican party stands against racial preferences across the board. That doesn't sound racist to me.
posted by GradyPhilpott. It would be nice if you could respond to a post without parsing or excessive quoting.
I don't dislike white people as a whole what gets under my skin is the sense of white entitlement I see so often. it just seems to me that whenever someone "just doesn't get it" that someone is white. It just makes me pull my hair to so often see people who under no circumstances can fathom the impact that 400 years of slavery followed by another century of non-rights can have on a population, both culturally and economically.
Question. Has anyone here ever seen a sane person talk about how the Jews should "just get over the Holocaust - it was what, sixty years ago!?" I mean just your average sort of person? Nah. But I hear it all the time with regards to Indians. "Gosh, an entire continent full of your race was nearly wiped out by war and disease our ancestors brought, who then walled you off into ghettos and stole your children and beat your culture out of them. But that was years ago, let's move on!"
For the majority of the people, the world revolves around them, exclusively. It's very difficult to perceive that people somewhere might not be as privileged as you may be . . people just can't empathize with the thought that someone, somewhere, for some reason, might not have every opportunity that you might, or that they might face different sorts of problems than you do. Ironically some of this stems from the modern emergence of "everyone's the same" approaches to cultures, races, and religions. It's an extremely stupid way to portray the very good idea that hey, we're all humans and deserving of equal respect. But the fact is, we're not all the same, and "deserving" most certainly doesn't equal "getting."
The use of race issues as a partisan bludgeon is itself a racist tactic. To proliferate false accusations of racism has two predictable effects. First is the 'boy cried wolf' effect which makes it hard for genuine victims of racism to obtain justice. Our language has even evolved a phrase for this: "playing the race card."
The use of race issues as a partisan bludgeon is a cynical, despicable ploy that sacrifices the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. on the alter of partisan gain.
I note that you did not address the substance of my post that the proliferation of false accusations of racism is itself a racist tactic. Do you agree, or no, and why?
We know that there are more whites on welfare than blacks, so why assume that Reagan's comment about welfare, whatever it was, was directed towards blacks and further was racist in intent?
I once heard Michael Reagan tell a story about his father from his college days. Ronald Reagan was on his college football team. The team was all white but for the center, who was black. A local restaurant owner had invited the team for a free dinner, but when they arrived, the owner decided that the black guy couldn't get in. Reagan, even back then a natural leader, told the team, "if we don't all get in, none of us are going in" (my paraphrase) and so the team left.