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Friday, September 30, 2005

My reply to Robert George


The Black Republican turtle

Bob,

Your reply was sad, really.

No one is asking why you aren't a Democrat. No one cares.

What I am asking is why you refuse to stand up for black people. You don't need a party card for that.

You know, when black Democrats didn't like how Mark Green treated their leaders, they voted Republican. They didn't need his insults and they didn't have to vote Democratic. Why? Because they could and Mark Green was sent into electoral oblivion.

But time and again, you remain a Republican, you swallow their insults and then, amazingly, worry about my language? I'm a 40 year old black man. I remember reading Dick Gregory's Nigger as a kid. I still own the book, battered and taped, but it's still around. Do you want to know why the word comes to mind, because you people act like niggers. No pride, no dignity, no self-respect.

You know, my mother would ascribe your conservatism to being West Indian, and thinking you're better than American blacks and slavishly seeking white approval. I disagree with her. I think you're an idealist. I think you believe you can be a conservative, and black and treated fairly. Reality, however, means you must constantly prove your loyality and fidelity to your mentors. The problem is that to do, you must constantly belittle and deny the plight of blacks in America, or attack the Democratic Party and the black support they get.

Why is it a mystery that blacks don't support the GOP? Why do you think none of you people could run in a black electoral district and win? You would be lucky to get 20 percent of the vote and we both know it.

You see how the New York GOP has treated Randy Daniels like a red-headed stepchild? He's been shoved out the Senate race and is begging for support to lose to Eliot Spitzer for governor. They treat him as if he's unwanted. And we see this and know the GOP has no home for us.

No, Bob, it's not racism, but contempt. If you don't like being called a house negro or a slave stop acting like one. Stop chasing after white people who show their contempt for your people openly. Who discuss race as if you're not in the room. Clearly Bill Bennett has dealt with blacks in his career, even as staffers, and then, despite that, tosses off genocide as if it it's just a bad idea. Your friends at the WSJ editorial page ran a racist screed Southern Partisan would be embarassed to run. The folks at Stormfront are more subtle.

See, Bob, here's the problem, you say you disagree with them, but you still work for them, still explain away their positions. Sure, you complain a little, but you never stand up. A sharply worded essay is no challenge. How Deroy Murdock looks himself in the face is amazing to me. His coworkers wrote about black people like barely domesticated animals. A man, a real man, would have challenged that, quit his job. The insult would have been to shameful to live with. To explain that his coworkers thought black people, people like himself, should die, must take the kind of seperation of self which would amaze a VA shrink.

What does he think? They don't mean me. They mean those low-class niggers in Anacostia.

No, they mean him, you and the rest of their house pets, Bob. That is who they mean. Despite knowing you, they can write that and laugh.

Speaking of treacherous black conservatives, well Bob, it's nice to know that you folks admit that your agenda is to betray black people. I mean, you people push vouchers, knowing that they will ultimately go to fund seg academies in the South, you people parrot lines about blacks being dumb and voting Democratic, you people support tax cuts which harm working class people, especially the black working class. You support the end of public housing, so that black people are at the mercy of slumlords.

We can talk about your treachery, your placing of self above all, all day.

But I want to also talk about words. Not words like nigger and porch monkey, but other words:

Social Justice

Education

Health Care

Fair Housing

Diverse Media

Affirmative Action

You know, Bob, the words that matter.

While words like nigger may unnerve you, upset you, I suspect that it really your conduct which bothers you. The fact that, close to the surface, you know my words are true, like a dagger into your conscience. You know the people you have supported have shown their real face, their hateful contempt for black life. Your pathetic challenges are flicked away like gnats. They don't have to respond to you, much less apologize, because they own you. All you do is serve as window dressing. Makes the soccer moms feel better.

But ask them for something real, like those ministers did on prison reform and see what happens. Nothing. Because when it comes down to it, they will not sacrifice one white vote for you. Not one.

Let's talk about Rev. Flake for a minute. Remember why he left Congress? Something about sexual harassment? Then he went back to his church and then sucked up to the most racist mayor in New York's modern history, Rudy Giuliani. How many times did you defend him, Mr. George. How many times?

Now, I don't have a problem dealing with the GOP, I've worked for them. But what I do have a problem with is this: not standing up. When the NYPD was murdering black people, where was Flake? Nowhere to be found. Was he meeting with the mayor? Leading his congregation in protest? No. He was out for him and his. As long as he got the money, he kept his mouth shut and built his empire. What he did not do is shepard his flock in the way of the black church. He stood for material gain, and this is a man you laud?

I don't have to tell people the GOP is evil. my 10 year old nephew knows that. And we don't have say something as simplistic as the GOP is racist. Howard Stern said that today on the radio. That's assumed. Last year, they had a mock election in my niece's class, and she mistakenly voted for Bush. When she got on the phone, she apologized, "I'm sorry Uncle Steve, I voted for Bush by accident". She was all of seven. Even then, she knew that wasn't the right thing, and given how busy my sister is, she isn't giving lectures on politics to her tweener kids.

The question you need to ask is this, Mr. George: why do you still associate with a party who embraces racists? Do you think you can change them?

I mean, that's right out of the battered spouse playbook. "If I love them enough, I can change them".

Well, no. Because they don't want to change. What was that? Project 21? What happened to that? And all the other iniatives of the GOP to gain black voters? Didn't people quit because the party wouldn't listen to them?

You know, Republicans are great at talking up capitalism, but better at keeping the door closed to blacks. I don't see any move to end housing discrimination or redlining, acts which wouldn't cost a dime to impliment. If you want more entrepreneurs, something which you can see in Harlem today, it might be nice if you could get loans and insurance without jumping through hoops. Not just a payoff to their allies and their "minority-owned" firms with the figurehead black "owner" and white backers.

You mentioned Michael Steele being different than Alan Keyes, and lo and behold, here's an article about Bob Erlich holding a fundraiser at an all-white country club.

Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele back-pedaled Saturday on previous comments that downplayed Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s decision to hold a fundraiser in a restricted country club that allows blacks to enter but prohibits them from becoming members.

When Steele, who analysts suspect will run for a U.S. Senate seat against former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume in 2006, was first asked to comment on the location of the fundraiser, he referred to the flap as “all a bunch of nothing.”

During an interview with a Washington, D.C.-area radio station, Steele said his opinion has changed a bit. “I admit that my initial reaction to this was a little more flippant than it should have been. When I was posed with this question, my response was in the context of all the things I am fighting for and thinking about,” said Steele, stating that minority access to a better education is more important to the community than access to the restricted Elkridge Club in Baltimore.


See, Bob, that's why we don't trust or like Black Republicans. Because there is no position that will force them on their hind legs. It's outrageous that a major country club in Maryland doesn't accept blacks as is. It's more outrageous that the governor of the state would hold ANY event there. But you know what's worst of all? What really sucks? That Michael Steele, when confronted with this, acts like it's no big deal. Shit, if it was no big deal, they'd let blacks in as members. He's acting as if this is not a problem. He's the lieutenant governor and the racists in this club would not have him as a member. A man would at least note that minor fact. But not a black Republican.

Why did he backtrack? Because black citizens were outraged and whites were stunned. But he acted like he didn't even understand why it would be a problem. That is why black voters hold Black Republicans in contempt.

You think that inspires confidence in voters, black or white? How can you trust someone who won't stand up for himself. Black Republcians don't get that their craven behavior repels white voters as well. If he can't recognize an insult, how can he actually stand up for what he says he believes in?

Bob, you keep missing the point, sadly, broadly, and completely.

Even today, yet another Black Republican seems eager to sell his people down the river for little reason.

HUD chief foresees a 'whiter' Big Easy

By Brian DeBose
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
September 30, 2005

A Bush Cabinet officer predicted this week that New Orleans likely will never again be a majority black city, and several black officials are outraged.

Alphonso R. Jackson, secretary of housing and urban development, during a visit with hurricane victims in Houston, said New Orleans would not reach its pre-Katrina population of "500,000 people for a long time," and "it's not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again."

Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, quickly took issue.

"Anybody who can make that kind of projection with some degree of certainty or accuracy must have a crystal ball that I can't see or maybe they are more prophetic than any of us can imagine," he said.

Other members of the caucus said the comments by Mr. Jackson, who is black, could be misconstrued as a goal, particularly considering his position of responsibility in the administration.

"I would beg and hope that the secretary, if that is what he is saying, would re-evaluate the situation," said Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat.

Mr. Jackson, whose remarks were reported by the Houston Chronicle, said New Orleans might reach a population of 375,000 people sometime late next year with a black population of about 40 percent at the highest, down from 67 percent before Hurricane Katrina sent a storm surge that overwhelmed New Orleans levees and flooded 80 percent of the city.


I mean, why would he say that? And then act that if the people of New Orleans have no right to reclaim their homes?

He acts like land theft would be no big deal. Now, it's clear that at present, many do not plan to return, but this makes it seem as if they would not have the right to.

Once again, a black Republican seems to advocate policies which would harm black people.

When it isn't ignoring insults. it's actively seeking to harm black people, their own people.

So exactly why should any black person be a Republican if they aren't ambitious to the point of willing to harm other people?

Update: I think Bob has lost his fucking mind. Seriously.

This transcript is from today's Good Morning America

REP. JESSE JACKSON JR. (D-IL): He should be removed from the airwaves as soon as possible. Bill Bennett owes America an apology. He certainly owes African-Americans an apology.

SEN. PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT): I'm not even going to comment on something that disgusting. I'm really not, and I'm thinking of my black grandchild, and I'm just going to hold.

TAPPER: On Hannity & Colmes, Bennett said he was just making a hypothetical argument.

BENNETT (video clip): This is like Swift's "Modest Proposal," for people who remember their literature. You put things up in order to examine them. I put it up, examined it and said that is ridiculous and impossible, no matter who advances it.

TAPPER: But why immediately link blacks and crime? Bennett told me on the phone that race was on his mind because of recent stories in the media about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

BENNETT (audio clip): Stories about looting and shooting and gangs and roving gangs and so on. ... I'm sorry if people are hurt, I really am. But we can't say this is an area of American public policy that we're not allowed to talk about race and crime.

TAPPER: Robert George, a Republican editorial writer for the New York Post, agrees that Bennett's comments were not meant as racist but he worries they feed into stereotypes of Republicans as insensitive.

GEORGE: He should know better the impact of his words and sort of thinking these things through before he speaks.

TAPPER: In light of accusations that the Bush administration was not as sensitive to victims of Hurricane Katrina because many of them were black, one Republican official tells ABC News that Bennett's comments were probably as poorly timed as they were politically incorrect.

SAWYER: Well, Jake, I saw that you talked to him. What adjective did he use for what he said?

TAPPER: He didn't -- he said he was being provocative. He has a background in philosophy, and the idea was merely to put out a construct to discuss and shoot down. He did not seem particularly apologetic. He said he was sorry if anybody was hurt, but he saw this as a way that his enemies, his opponents were out to get him.
Are you fucking kidding me? Here we go again, explaining away racist words. Oh, he didn't mean to call for genocide, it just came out of his mouth. Bob, why didn't you just denounce this fucking statement for being racist, like everyone else. But no, you have to explain away the comment, minimize it.

What the fuck is wrong with you? Are you ill? Does Bennett have pictures of you blowing him? Why in God's name would you defend this? What possible motivation would you have to do something so fucking sad. Like I said, if you don't want to be called an Uncle Tom, stop acting like one.

posted by Steve @ 2:13:00 PM

2:13:00 PM

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