Who’s Racist Again?

I recently had the privilege of conducting a course for Prager University entitled, “Who Are the Racists: Conservatives or Liberals?” in which I argue against the notion that conservatives and conservative policies are racist. I also detail- while discussing affirmative action and voter-id laws- that in fact, the preoccupation with race and condescending views of blacks are held predominately by the Left. I regard this as evidence that- at the very least- the Left, including many of their positions are racist.

And as luck would have it, several recent examples involving Democrat politicians and potential politicians prove my case. The midterm elections are a week away and Democrats are hoping for the best but expecting- and already lamenting- the worst. They anticipate that voter turnout will be low, and have admitted that black turnout – or lack thereof- decides the Democrats’ political fate. Faced with the growing prospect of losing seats in the House of Representatives and losing majority control of the Senate, Democrats have resorted to… being Democrats. In these cases, they’re ginning up racial fears among black voters to manipulate- excuse me, motivate- blacks into voting for them, saving their political hides.

Of course this is nothing new for Democrats. They do it well and they do it often. Earlier this year, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said some of his fellow Republican congressmen were racist and the GOP base was “animated by racism.”

Last year, Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson distributed a fundraising flier that had a burning “t”- a symbol of the KKK, saying, “Now you know what the ‘T’ stands for.”

During the presidential election in 2014, Vice President Joe Biden- while speaking at a campaign rally attended primarily by blacks- said, “We got a real clear picture of what they all value… Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the — he said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, ‘unchain Wall Street.’ They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

A sitting vice president of the United States had the temerity to lie like this, publicly, as a way to frighten black voters to the polls to re-elect Barack Obama- and Biden himself, by extension.

Subsequently it’s no surprise that Democrats will manipulate and use racial fears as a political tool to facilitate their elections and re-elections. Recently, to jumpstart interest among black voters, Democrats and Democrat supporters have either played the race card or released several racially despicable political advertisements in multiple states, hoping to scare blacks into action- rewarding undeserving Democrat candidates with political victories.

For example in Maryland, black gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown- with the help of the Maryland Democratic Party- mailed out multiple versions of pamphlets attempting to connect Brown’s political race to Ferguson, Mo, poll taxes, and to the 1963 March on Washington. An alternate version of this pamphlet has an old photo of white protestors near a poster suggesting that blacks “go back to Africa.” Rather than run on the merits of his candidacy, Brown prefers a mixture of racial fear mongering, racial empathy and racial solidarity.

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A Democrat.

One of the more disgraceful, racially provoking attempts to frighten and lure blacks to the polls is a flyer distributed by the Georgia Democratic Party invoking the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The emotionally-manipulating flyer details the shooting of Brown- whose “body [was] left in a pool of blood in the street for four hours”- by officer Darren Wilson. The flyer then notes the racial demographics of Ferguson- 67 percent black, juxtaposing it against the racial makeup of the mayor, city council and the police force being predominately white. The flyer then asks, “What are you going to do about it?”

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Really?

To be sure, Ferguson has nothing to do with Georgia’s elections. Period.

Further, the two people who this ad is intending to benefit- the Democrat nominee for Senate, Michelle Nunn, and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, grandson of former president Jimmy Carter- are both… white. Thus the Georgia Democrat Party wants blacks to do in Georgia what they reject in Ferguson.

Gotcha.

More to the point, the flyer is reprehensible because it uses the images of two black children holding signs that read, “don’t shoot,” referring to motto “hands up; don’t shoot” used by Ferguson protestors falsely attributed to Michael Brown in his encounter with officer Wilson. It also uses a photo, presumably of a Ferguson protestor, of a person on his/her knees with hands raised- again in the ‘hands up; don’t shoot’ mold with the caption “Vote; it’s up to you to make change happen.” Again, that the Democrat party in Georgia views this as acceptable- improperly connecting Ferguson to Georgia while inappropriately playing on racial fears to generate needed black turnout- is a clear indication of their anything goes, ends-justifying-the-means mentality. Rather than supporting the merits of Democrat policies past and present, and the candidates that hold them, the Georgia Democrat Party would rather employ scare tactics of the lowest sort- in this case, making the election about race/racial discrimination rather than the substance of the candidates.

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These are Democrats, not conservatives.

Another repugnant example of Democrats racially manipulating blacks is in North Carolina. Democrat nominee Kay Hagan is in a close race with Republican nominee Thom Tillis to be the next U.S. Senator from North Carolina. To persuade blacks to vote for Hagan, flyers were distributed to black churchgoers that contained a picture of blacks being lynched with the inscription “Kay Hagan doesn’t win! Obama’s impeachment will begin!”

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The flyer in Georgia is no doubt intentionally disingenuous and inappropriate. But this flyer is not only misleading, it’s disgusting. A group calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County is responsible for the ad. I suspect that the members of this group aren’t conservatives.

It’s just a hunch.

Though Hagan claims no knowledge of this group saying, “I don’t know anything about the group or flier. We don’t coordinate with outside groups,” she hasn’t to my knowledge, denounced the flier as repulsive nor shamed the group for creating and distributing the flier. Hagan also hasn’t distanced herself from it either, which directly impugns her character. A person who doesn’t immediately condemn tactics like this is unfit and undeserving to be leader anywhere, especially in the U.S. Senate.

Another Democrat.

More still, a Democrat political action committee (PAC) linked to former aides of Sen. Harry Reid, has created an ad in support of Hagan’s campaign, that- among other things- blames her opponent for the Trayvon Martin shooting.

More Democrats.

I could do this all day. It should be more than obvious that Democrats are the ones preoccupied with race- who will use any tactic that emotionally manipulates blacks, racially inciting them to the polls and hoping for a political payoff. The charge that conservatives are racist is a very bad joke when compared to the outright, shameless attempt of Democrat politicians and their supporters to play various versions of the race card in an attempt to achieve and maintain political power.

But what is breathtakingly shameful is that Democrats are trying to link conservatives to the disgraceful, racist history of the Democrat party as proof that conservatives, today, are racist. It was the Democrat party that legislated Jim Crow segregation with its accompanying poll taxes and other intentions to suppress the black vote. It was Democrats who engaged in and approved of lynching. It was Democrats who created, and supported the KKK- up to and including having had a former Klansman, Robert Byrd, in the U.S. Senate up until four years ago. Blacks marched on Washington because it was Democrats who prevented them for accessing and experiencing equal access and socio-economic opportunity.

Democrats were and still are the racists that blacks need to be concerned with, not conservatives.

That this has to even be said is indicative of how effective Democrats have been in slandering and vilifying conservatives and how utterly ineffective conservatives have been in not only defending themselves against such baseless charges, but demonstrating how the Democrats repeatedly use race as an instrument of manipulation to solidify and maintain political power and influence.

It’s always and everywhere, at the expense of blacks.

To be sure, racism exists above and apart from politics.  As long as we’re on this side of heaven, racism will always exist.  However, the Left and the policies that those on the left support are by far, more racist and condescending to blacks than even the mere charges of racism that’s projected onto conservatives.

* Update.

Yet another Democrat has joined in the raced-based, fear mongering and political manipulation for votes, strategy.  Mary Landrieu told Chuck Todd that among other things, the South is an inhospitable place for blacks or women. This is definitely a curious statement considering that Landrieu herself has been elected numerous times during her 30-plus year career in… Louisiana. It’s also curious that the her state has an Indian American, Bobby Jindal, as governor. And what about the all the black mayors Louisiana has? How do inhospitable people continually vote for the very people that they take umbrage with?

Again, this charade is stupid, it’s based on lies and it’s immoral. If the substance of Democrat politicians and their policy positions had any political or intellectual capital whatsoever, or had net benefits to the states in which they’re from or the country at large, these sorry politicians would be trying to defend the merits of what they’ve accomplished over the last several years.  But they aren’t.  They’re trying to appeal to blacks through the lens of “racism” which is a very clear and tacit admission that not only do the policies they support stink, but they have failed and will continue to fail.  Which is why they’re silent in regards to them.

America, we can do better.

*Update no. 2.

Even more Democrats have joined in the cynical, race-baiting, exploitation of blacks in ever more transparent and cynical efforts to scare blacks to the polls on Tuesday.

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In Alabama, fliers were distributed in black communities that tied lack of voting to land “being given to extremist groups to honor klansmen.”  Again, the Democrats are trying to tie the KKK- long known to be part of Democrat political history- to Republicans.

This reeks of desperation.

If this is all that Democrats have, as I said above, doesn’t this acknowledge that there’s no real reason to vote Democrat?

Another flier in Milwaukee shows a picture of three black men- Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Dontre Hamilton- who were killed by police officers (sans Martin), with the caption reading “Don’t let anyone silence your voice. Vote Nov. 4th.”

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Wow. No words.

But as PJMedia says this is particularly troubling and misleading because,

All of this comes against a background of rising chaos in the inner city: killings have risen sharply, along with all of the urban pathologies which feed and fuel them: drug and alcohol dependency, homelessness, joblessness, a failing school system (the only one in the state of Wisconsin to receive a failing grade from the state Department Public Instruction), and so on.

The reason that this particular flyer, which obviously seeks to portray the Democrats as the saviors of the urban community, is a perversion of reality in Milwaukee in particular is revealed by one simple fact: The last Republican mayor of Milwaukee left office in 1908. Since then, the city has had a succession of Democratic mayors, broken only by the times that Socialist mayors have been elected (the last of these, Frank P. Zeidler, left office in 1960). So, even if the Socialists were benign in the city’s history, the Democrats have owned Milwaukee, and with Milwaukee, all of Milwaukee’s ills, for an unbroken 54 years and counting.”

Pitiful.

*Update no.3. 

What would race-baiting be without Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-NY) thoughtless input. The morally-corrupt tax cheat who’s been charged by the House of Representatives’ ethics committee with numerous ethical violations, weighed in on the gubernatorial race in New York. True to form, Rangel accused Republicans of not only hate, but racists who still believe slavery continues (it does, actually- in Africa).  Rangel said, “They [Republicans] don’t disagree — they hate. They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and they think they won the Civil War.”

What? Can anyone decipher Rangel’s verbal, intellectual, ahistorical mishmash? Only a dumbed down society can elect and re-elect a charlatan like this. Rangel is who he is- rotten to the core, but this is a very poor reflection of the New Yorkers who re-elected him after knowing about his lies, tax cheating and corrupt politicking.

No wonder people demonstrate such cynicism and apathy with politics and politicians.

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Commemoration Of Rev. King’s Dream

As we commemorate the fiftieth year of the March on Washington and Rev. King’s inspirational and iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Americans can be thankful for how far the country has advanced regarding civil rights in such a relatively short period of time.  All Americans, from the blackest of the black to the whitest of the white- and all shades in between- are forever in debt to those who courageously stood as a testament to freedom, justice and brotherhood.

Of those that stood, Rev. King was front and center in the moral movement against the legally-mandated and immoral practice of Jim Crow segregation- an external threat that sought to keep American blacks in their place- a place that stood in contradiction to the country’s foundationally-stated democratic aims and constitutional ideals. The main reason Rev. King’s speech was so poignant and his public ministry so effective- which precipitated major civil rights legislation- was because he courageously stood in protest demanding biblical justice in an American context with the Constitution in one hand and the Bible in the other.

Rev. King fought to prove that race wasn’t a source of power, meaning there is no virtue nor vice inherent in one’s race and it’s precisely why he dreamed of a nation that judged individuals by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.

We as a nation would do well to keep this lesson in mind as there are wolves in sheep’s clothing who continue to promote racial grievance and discord, preferring to use race as an instrument of division at the expense of racial reconciliation.  These wolves claim to stand in Rev. King’s shadow while perverting his dream and it’s contemptible.  Jesus said a good tree does not bear bad fruit.

King wouldn’t dignify their actions and neither should we.

 

Where’s The Black Church?

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The problems that have infected and affected the black community need to be immediately addressed in a serious and sincere manner.  Most of these problems have at their center a lack of morality that was once readily present and recognizable in black America but has become increasingly rare.  Considering the depths and consequences of these issues, there needs to be a focused and concentrated effort- originating from inside the black church- that renews the minds and hearts of black Americans.  This renewal should focus on Christian character development and discipleship as the corrective to the pervading troubles that now afflict black America.

That blacks are in need of spiritual (and social, and economic) renewal is no secret.  Certain segments of black America have given themselves over to behaviors that most people label counterproductive, destructive and undignified- from the astronomically high numbers of black children born outside of wedlock and disproportionately high rates of abortion; black-on-black violence, to what has been termed, ‘flash robs.”  Frankly, these behaviors are embarrassing and morally disturbing. We know that the black church has failed its moral and spiritual obligation of leadership because the effects of the cultural degradation are too abundant to ignore or claim otherwise.  Of course, not all black churches have failed.  But collectively they have.

What’s worse is that many of these behaviors are now accepted and referred to as “culturally authentic.”

Because of the postmodern trappings of “tolerance,” “diversity” and moral relativism, blacks have willingly relinquished the painful process of self-critiquing their own community.  The moral and spiritual deficiency have led black culture to define “authenticity” as comporting oneself with behaviors and stereotypes that the generations of many black grandparents and great-grandparents sought to avoid and overcome.  In other condescending terms, this “authenticity” has been equated with “acting black.”

Many well-meaning white people- Christian and non-Christian alike- are almost equally complicit in this destructive form of “tolerance”.  For out of fear of verbal- and potentially, physical- reprisals, such as being labeled “racist,” “insensitive,” or worse, they refuse to speak out and condemn these unacceptable behaviors, passively accepting and legitimizing a form of conduct that they would never accept from anyone in their own family. The soft bigotry of low expectations comes to mind here.

Recognizing the silence and impotence of the black church, we must assume that black ministers have been evasive regarding the discussion of personal and communal sin.  The sermons regarding the guilt and shame of socially self-destructive and damaging behaviors don’t contain the condemnation they once did.  Again, this truth is self-evident, predicated upon the preponderance of detrimental activity that proliferates within black culture. This behavior is troubling, and the unbecoming conduct represents moral and spiritual captivity, which is very much in need of redemption.  The first slavery was obvious- it was an existential reality recognized by blacks and though accepted as reality, it was challenged as a moral evil and was eventually abolished.   This second slavery, however, is much more reprehensible than the first because though blacks are physically free, spiritually, they’re very much still bound while being, physically, the freest blacks, ever, in the history of the world.

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I’m angry and sad that a community whose heritage and dignity once coalesced around the lordship of Jesus and his church has allowed itself to come to this. The timidity of the black pulpit in not properly teaching the gospel of truth regarding spiritual liberation along with the kind of character that’s centered on the fruit of the Spirit, as well as not holding their congregations to a higher standard of personal and communal morality has had disastrous effects.  The black church is a storied and hallowed institution in American history and we’ve seen the power of the black church as evidenced by its historical stands against slavery and Jim Crow, as well as its morally-influential presence during the era of civil rights.  During these times, the black church truly was a moral beacon of light and hope. It spiritually sustained generations of blacks during periods of time in our country’s history when America was much more racist and unbecoming than it is now.  It fostered an elevated level of moral character that included “blessing one’s enemy” while, “turning the other cheek” when circumstances made it exceptionally difficult to do so.

Many argue that because of the Church’s spiritual complacency, its influence on American culture is fading; some of these arguments have merit.  The voice of the American church has been morally compromised when it comes to religious and ethical positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, high rates of adultery and divorce affecting natural marriage; justice, and righteousness when dealing with immigration and poverty to name a few.  But the lack of moral influence that the black church has had on America in general over the past forty years is nothing short of disheartening.

Blacks must realize that cultural and spiritual redemption won’t come at the tip of a pen from a progressive politician; if so, it would’ve happened by now.  It will only come by moral renewal- re-engaging in the process of sanctification by repenting and returning (metanoia) to the biblical values contained in the Christian faith of the Bible- the faith of their fathers- facilitated by a church that steadfastly bears witness to that reality in the pulpit by holding their congregations accountable.