Monday, July 19, 2010

Racist to the Bone

Amanda Marcotte has a way with words. She has constructed a voice that is both conversational and precise, and finds ways to get right to the heart of a matter with a minimum of fluff and maximum coolness. At Pandagon this week she summarized a big part of American politics, a part that is not usually addressed objectively and audibly.

First, the backstory. The NAACP called on the Tea Party movement to address the racism that constantly contaminates their message. A leader of one of the teabagging groups, Mark Williams, responded by publishing a "letter to Abraham Lincoln" that was as offensively racist as you can imagine.

Here is one paragraph of Amanda Marcotte explaining very credibly exactly what is going on:
Many of us have been saying for a long time that the screeching about taxes and big government from teabaggers is, in many cases, racist to the bone. The reason Republicans argue that we can cut taxes on the rich while reducing the deficit is because they expect their followers to fill in the rest with, “By stopping welfare payments to those (fill in racist stereotype of the day).” The base chooses to believe that the federal government spends most of their money on social spending for people who could have jobs but choose not to, and Republicans let them believe that because it means they can continue to push fiscally irresponsible policies and leave Democrats to clean up the mess. And those of us who make this argument are often met with skepticism from people who believe that it would be hard for teabaggers to be that stupid and racist and short-sighted. But Williams makes it clear that all the coded language about overspending is meant to convey exactly that stupid message. Bait taken

The Tea Party Federation, which is a coalition of teabagger groups, kicked Williams and his group out yesterday.

The teabaggers' main message is that government has gotten too big. They are fond of conspiracy theories that have the Obama administration controlling the details of everybody's personal lives, but the one big thing they like to talk about is taxes. They hate taxes. If the government were smaller it would spend less money and taxes could be lower, in their simplified view.

The war on Iraq has cost between two and three billion dollars a week, but you don't hear the teabaggers crying to stop the war, do you? This isn't about government spending, it's about the government spending money to help people who need help. Will that be well-connected white people? Not so much.

Gallup recently showed that the Tea Party is essentially the Republican base. They reported, "Their similar ideological makeup and views suggest that the Tea Party movement is more a rebranding of core Republicanism than a new or distinct entity on the American political scene." Watch how they work this during the upcoming elections. Teabaggers are saying things the Republicans can never say out loud, but the GOP is going to want those votes in the fall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racist to the Bone

'Palin, though notoriously ill-travelled outside the United States, did journey far to the first of the four colleges she attended, in Hawaii. She and a friend who went with her lasted only one semester. “Hawaii was a little too perfect,” Palin writes. “Perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics for eighteen-year-old Alaska girls.” Perhaps not. But Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to Conroy and Walshe. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”'

Read more:

Thanks, Dad!

July 19, 2010 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Administration officials on Monday announced that the 1,200 National Guard troops pledged weeks ago by President Obama will deploy to the southwest border starting on Aug. 1 as part of an effort to bring the region "under control."

Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said the troops would "support" the work of Department of Homeland Security personnel already operating on the border.

"The Guard has been a tried and tested support to law enforcement ... and I'm confident they'll prove it again in this instance," Bersin said.

He said the deployment will coincide with a boost in surveillance technology in the region.

Obama in May announced the National Guard deployment amid increased concerns about border violence stemming from illegal immigration and drug smuggling."

July 19, 2010 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”"

something seems fishy here

aren't there large Native American populations in Alaska?

July 19, 2010 4:48 PM  
Blogger Hazumu Osaragi said...

aren't there large Native American populations in Alaska?

Yeah, but they know their place...

July 19, 2010 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a racist remark, Hazmat

July 20, 2010 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Per Wikipedia Alaska's population is made up of the following groups:

As of the 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 68.5% of Alaska's population. Blacks or African Americans made up 3.8% of Alaska's population. American Indians and Alaska Natives made up 13.4% of Alaska's population; still remaining the largest minority group. Asian Americans made up 4.6% of Alaska's population. Pacific Islander Americans remained at 0.5% of the state's population. Individuals from some other race made up 1.9% of Alaska's population while individuals from two or more races made up 7.2% of the state's population. Hispanics or Latinos made up 5.5% of Alaska's population.[28]

Compare those proportions to Hawaii's population:

According to the 2008 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 27.1% of Hawaii's population; 24.8% were non-Hispanic whites. Blacks or African Americans made up 2.4% (2.3% non-Hispanic). American Indians made up 0.2% ( 0.1% non-Hispanic). Asian Americans made up 38.5% (37.6% non-Hispanic). Pacific Islander Americans made up 9.0% (8.6% non-Hispanic). Individuals from some other race made up 1.4% (0.1% non-Hispanic). Multiracial Americans made up 21.4% (17.8% non-Hispanic). Hispanics and Latinos (of any race) made up 8.7%.[50]

Hawaii has the highest percentage of Asian Americans...

According to Sarah's father, it was not "...large Native American populations..." that made her quit college in Hawaii, but "...the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”

July 20, 2010 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you also think all Native Americans "know their place" or do you allow for the possibility that individuals may have different attitudes?

July 20, 2010 8:50 AM  
Blogger Hazumu Osaragi said...

sounds like a racist remark, Hazmat

Nope. Sarcasm. Further, sarcasm that exposes a racist attitude held by a segment of 'native' Caucasian 'Laskans.

And I've seen that attitude with my own eyes, when I traveled there (Alaska) for a two month work stint. Some transplant Caucasians were more than happy to proclaim their disdain for the inhabitants of the indigenous native enclave down the road from the town I was working in.

July 20, 2010 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how large was this segment, Hazmat?

July 20, 2010 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Racist to the bone indeed.

Tea party sympathizer Andrew Breitbart demonstrated one way the racist fringe element of the tea party works. It lies, it just flat out tells lies. Tea bagger Breitbart posted yet another video that was so highly edited video as to give the opposite impression of what was really going on, which fortunately was discovered within only a few days. Breitbart released this lying video to attack the NAACP, the group that held the meeting where Ms. Sherrod made her speech and the group that had just urged the tea party to disassociate itself from its racist fringe, and in so doing demonstrated that he himself was big part of that racist fringe.

And as it did with the falsely edited ACORN tapes before, FAUX News, the echo chamber for the tea bag racist fringe, has demonstrated its far from fair or balanced or accurate reporting over the past few days by airing Breitbart's edited video repeatedly.

This is exactly what FAUX News did with Breitbart's highly edited ACORN tapes. In both cases, the release of the unedited tapes show that Breitbart and FAUX news have no interest in ensuring the veracity of the trash they air. If it fits their "Obama is a racist" frame, they run with it and ignore the truth that should be uncovered by actual journalistic research.

As a result of these lies about Ms. Sherrod, the NAACP criticized her and the USDA asked for and accepted her resignation. Yesterday the NAACP admitted it was wrong to have criticized Ms. Sherrod and very early this morning, USDA's Tom Vilsack said:

"I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner."

Let's hope the USDA will admit their mistake of being snookered by Breitbart and FAUX News and will do the right thing by Ms. Sherrod.

July 21, 2010 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you know that the NAACP doesn't think the Tea Party is racist?

it's true:

"The NAACP resolution did not conclude that the Tea Party movement as a whole is racist; it called upon its leadership to repudiate racist elements. "We don't think the tea party is racist," said NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, "but we don't think they've gone far enough yet either" in condemning racist incidents. Vice President Biden agreed, characterizing the movement as "very conservative, very different views on government and a whole lot of things. But it is not a racist organization."

Meanwhile, the National Tea Party Federation -- representing 61 groups around the country -- expelled Williams (and his organization, the Tea Party Express) over the racist blog post. The parody, said federation spokesman David Webb, was "clearly offensive." Williams was not repentant -- apologizing mainly for using the term "massa" -- but his marginalization was swift.

To summarize: The president of the NAACP affirmed that the Tea Party movement is not racist. His organization urged Tea Party leaders to publicly condemn the movement's racist elements -- which the Tea Party Federation did almost immediately. These developments are small but significant signs of sanity."

July 21, 2010 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...


"The NAACP has a zero tolerance policy against racial discrimination, whether practiced by blacks, whites, or any other group.

The NAACP also has long championed and embraced transformation by people who have moved beyond racial bias. Most notably, we have done so for late Alabama Governor George Wallace and late US Senator Robert Byrd -- each a man who had associated with and supported white supremacists and their cause before embracing civil rights for all.

With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA Official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.

Having reviewed the full tape, spoken to Ms. Sherrod, and most importantly heard the testimony of the white farmers mentioned in this story, we now believe the organization that edited the documents did so with the intention of deceiving millions of Americans. I apologized to Ms. Sherrod, clearly a commited and selfless public servant, who had been unfairly maligned

The fact is Ms. Sherrod did help the white farmers mentioned in her speech. They personally credit her with helping to save their family farm.

Moreover, this incident and the lesson it prompted occurred more that 20 years before she went to work for USDA.

Finally, she was sharing this account as part of a story of transformation and redemption. In the full video, Ms.Sherrod says she realized that the dislocation of farmers is about “haves and have nots.” "It’s not just about black people, it’s about poor people," says Sherrod in the speech. “We have to get to the point where race exists but it doesn’t matter.”

This is a teachable moment, for activists and for journalists.

Most Americans agree that racism has no place in American Society. We also believe that civil and human rights have to be measured by a single yardstick.

The NAACP has demonstrated its commitment to live by that standard.

The Tea Party Federation took a step in that direction when it expelled the Tea Party Express over the weekend. Unfortunately, we have yet to hear from other leaders in the Tea Party movement like Dick Armey and Sarah Palin, who have been virtually silent on the “internal bigotry” issue.

Next time we are confronted by a racial controversy broken by Fox News or their allies in the Tea Party like Mr. Breitbart, we will consider the source and be more deliberate in responding. The tape of Ms. Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP banquet was deliberately edited to create a false impression of racial bias, and to create a controversy where none existed. This just shows the lengths to which extremist elements will go to discredit legitimate opposition.

According to the USDA, Sherrod’s statements prompted her dismissal. While we understand why Secretary Vilsack believes this false controversy will impede her ability to function in the role, we urge him to reconsider.

Finally, we hope this incident will heighten Congress’s urgency in dealing with the well documented findings of discrimination toward black, Latino, Asian American and Native American farmers, as well as female farmers of all races."

July 21, 2010 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, there is no urgency

we have a black President

we have a black nominated for the Senate by a major party in South Carolina, of all places

liberals have gotten a lot of mileage out of racial discrimination in the past but its time for them to stop exploiting the situation and let America move on naturally

time to move on, folks

July 21, 2010 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

The Great Oz has spoken!

July 21, 2010 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that demonstrates nicely what kind of world liberals are living in

I wonder kind of delusions they'll have after November

July 21, 2010 11:20 PM  

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