Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

Brought to you courtesy of Jill Tubman of Jack and Jill Politics and some soy mac and cheese with cherry tomatoes, veggie Canadian bacon and extra hot sauce. Mmmm. Hey, don't knock vegetarian soul food til you've tried it.

Mind Games in Maryland -- Puppy-cuddling, nausea-inducing Michael Steele continues to camouflage his Republican identity to voters. A new ad airing in Baltimore from the National Black Republican Association attempts to remind Maryland African-Americans (who comprise 30% of the state and are among the wealthiest in the U.S.) of their Republican roots. The Washington Post reports:

The ad identifies Martin Luther King Jr. as a Republican and pins the founding of the Ku Klux Klan on Democrats.

One woman says: "Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan."

"The Klan?" her friend replies. "White hoods and sheets?"

First woman: "Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks."

My own grandfather was a loyal Republican for many years only finally, reluctantly turning in the 1970s with disgust and sorrow from the party that freed his own father from slavery. (BTW, it's not uncommon for voting age blacks to be separated only by as few as 2,3 or 4 generations from slavery.) He recognized that things had changed and hopefully Steele's supporters and their bright idea born of desperation to win won't bamboozle anyone. (Thanks for the photo, SparklePony)

Good Fences Don't Always Make Good Neighbors -- Ridiculous Republican efforts to build a giant fence on the Arizona border to keep the Mexicans out have hit an unexpected snag in the form of the Tohono O'odham Indians who bring a different, somehow less racist, somewhat more pragmatic view on the matter.

Jews Don't Eat Pork Chops, but Felix Does?-- George "Macaca" Allen re-discovers his own minority heritage. It's a little awkward for everyone.

Chavez Takes the A Train -- And goes to a Harlem church after speaking at the U.N. Wingnuts delighted in his appearance with activist/actor Danny Glover, citing it wrongly as confirmation that Democrats love those that hate America. Rep. Charlie Rangel led the Dems in chastizing Hugo Chavez's remarks in which he called Bush a "an alcoholic" and a "devil" among other personal attacks. Am I the only one humiliated though having to watch the President of Venezuela waving a Noam Chomsky book at Americans and providing the kind of aid to to the poor that American oil companies should be providing? Or is that just me? BTW, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance is now a  bestseller on Amazon, thanks to Chavez.

A Blessing from Barack -- Speaking of Virginia politics, Senate Candidate against Mr Macaca, Jim Webb, receives racial absolution from Barack Obama at a recent rally. Has he managed to cleanse his sins against affirmative action? Is this the beginning of a successful comeback strategy for Webb with VA minority voters? Let's hope so for all our sakes. George Allen has got to go.

Buying a Black Panther -- Republic of T reports on Rep. Bobby Rush's price, which is apparently about $1 million from SBC. The CBCMonitor Report was released this month and provides a scorecard on all Congressional Black Caucus members including Rush. The rankings may surprise you as popular politicians like Barack Obama and Harold Ford Jr. score poorly. Note to CBC Members --  we are watching you. We can occasionally see past the color of your skin to the substance of your actions and the character of your votes.

Tags: affirmative action, Barack Obama, Bobby Rush, CBC, Congressional Black Caucus, George Allen, hugo chavez, Immigation, Indian, Jim Webb, MD-Sen, Michael Steele, Native American, VA-Sen, Venuzuela (all tags)



Re: Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

I thought Webb- according to his own statements- is in favor of affirmative action. have i missed something?

by bruh21 2006-09-23 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

Webb was against affirmative action calling it "state-sponsored racism" before he moderated his stance.

by Jill Tubman 2006-09-23 02:18PM | 0 recs
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Exactly.  At first he was saying that it was "state sponsored racism" now he is saying that if we want to keep up with the "original intent" of affirmative action, we need to expand its focus to include discrimination on the basis of economic class.  

That's my understanding of the change.

by Jeffrey Feldman 2006-09-23 02:47PM | 0 recs
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As a Californian who has seen state-sponsored affirmative action outlawed by popular vote, I can testify that "opening affirmative action up for economic factors" is usually a cover position for saying "let's ditch race conscious remedies." I wouldn't trust anyone who took the line you are saying Webb has -- Ward Connerly, "Mr. I got mine, now screw you," says the same.

by janinsanfran 2006-09-23 03:46PM | 0 recs
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OK, but I've heard plenty of people who believe that economic factors need to play a role in certain affirmative action contexts--and who have not been covering their positions.  

So, while I appreciate the warning--I still very much trust Jim Webb.  

by Jeffrey Feldman 2006-09-23 04:00PM | 0 recs
A question of ideologies--not parties

Declaring that "Republicans freed the slaves, so vote for us because we stand up for blacks" is so disingenuous that's hard to know where to begin. The Republicans of today are socially rotten, backward-thinking and despicably conservative. The Republicans of the 1860s were socially progressive--no other topic than the issue of slavery better ascribes to the racial open-mindedness of liberal thought.

That the Republicans are now claiming to be racially progressive because of something the ancestors of social liberalism did one hundred and fifty years ago--who happened to be Republicans because it was the socially progressive party of the time--orchestrates an empty symphony of disconnection with the real world. It displays nothing but a presumptuous, arrogant patronization toward voters whom they believe too ignorant to reason otherwise.

With this lifeless rhetoric, Republicans only babble on about nothing but how pitifully childish their understanding of the black world is today.

This issue has nothing to do with party. It has everything to do with moral courage--something these conservatives lack today, and something they lacked on January 1st, 1863.

by Covin 2006-09-23 01:07PM | 0 recs
An interesting history...

...the history of the old Republican Party and the Negro vote.

Pretty much solid until 1932 - the Dems (remember Woodrow Wilson?) offered the nothing - and many of the Dems' political ancestors had fought pretty hard to keep them enslaved!

Then, by 1940, they were pretty much Dem - and the old GOP was more or less done for, with only a few dead cat bounces left in it. By 1947, Negro voters were on the fence - Dewey had a much better record on race than Truman - and the famous Clifford/Rowe memo predicted that many Negroes would flip their vote in 1948.

With a bit of window-dressing and pie-in-the-sky (the civil rights plank) they returned to the fold, pretty much. Ike won a good many back - especially in 1956, due to the prevalence of nigger-baiters in the Southern ranks of the Congressional Democratic Party. (Remember them?)

Nixon failed to close the deal in 1960, Kennedy sat on the fence until Bull Connor dragged him off, conveniently got killed, the GOP in an act of Quang Duc-style self-immolation provided the votes that passed the CRA of 64. And that was that.

GOP and Dem Southern Strategies flipped, and the new ballgame started.

by skeptic06 2006-09-23 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: An interesting history...

C-SPAN used to run an Eisenhower political TV ad in which he appealed specifically to black voters. I figure it was probably 1956.

by joyful alternative 2006-09-23 06:05PM | 0 recs
"mend it don't end it" is for suckers!

Remember Clinton's famous phrase.  While he was devising these clever one-liners (don't ask don't tell) desinged to appease conservative white folks, republicans were challenging affirmitive action in the courts and at the polls.  The trifecta was completed with W's appointments!  Lets be clear politics and healthy policy are not constantly intertwined with each other.

Also, did Clinton's tenure improve high school graduation rates amoung Black children-the proven method of escaping poverty?  No legacy there.  Black men appear to have been left behind during the 1990's economic boom by most measures according to experts.  

Democrats/progressives who think a rising tide raises all boats are delusional.  Look at the republican playbook.  Do republicans tell christian conservatives that thier needs are met once taxes are lowered? No!  They give them the demanded red meat (anti-gay, immigrant, choice legislation).  The democrats are going to loose one of thier most loyal bases due to thier lack of a strong backbone and Striangulation methods.

When are the democrats going to give us our red meat!  

"When worst comes to worst, my peoples come first" dilated peoples

by jncamane 2006-09-23 03:05PM | 0 recs
Democratic Party -- where is the love?

I think this might be the first time that anyone has laid down some Dilated Peoples lyrics on MyDD. Feel the historic moment. Lemme drop some back on ya, son, to underscore your political point:

"If it ain't family, I ain't sure
Love is love, war is war
they want theirs, they want yours
I got lots of love for my crew that is"

by Jill Tubman 2006-09-23 05:18PM | 0 recs
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I don't want to burst everyone's bubble, but classic affirmative action makes a lot of people apprehensive, including ultraliberals such as myself. Yes, black people have it harder. Something should be done. But I think affirmative action doesn't actually do anything to make the problem go away.

It, along with gun control, are the two issues I seriously have no clue which side I like.

by falsified 2006-09-23 03:29PM | 0 recs
classic AA = white folks in front of the bus...

i disagree with this too!

by jncamane 2006-09-23 03:56PM | 0 recs
Re: classic AA = white folks in front of the bus..

Me too.

by Jill Tubman 2006-09-23 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup
 Uh, sorry falsified.  If you want to say affirmative action and gun control make you nervous,  that's your choice- but you're going to have to let go of the ultraliberal designation.
     As far as Lincoln- he made any number of  racist comments at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was designed as a punitive measure to get the South in line, and Lincoln spoke of slaves themselves as something like chattel.
by sb 2006-09-23 06:23PM | 0 recs
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My boston terrier asked me to tell you how much she is offended by that picture.  She even lived in Maryland until my wife moved here with her -- so it's personal to her!

As a political science professor, that commercial makes my brain hurt.  On the plus side, I may use it on the midterm as a foil, asking the students to explain the Southern Realignment.

by Cold Cardinal 2006-09-24 09:57AM | 0 recs


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