It's about character
Rainbow Coalition racism
By Salena Zito
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Just pretending racism doesn't exist doesn't mean it isn't there.
How else can you explain Lt. Gov. Michael Steele of Maryland being pelted with Oreo cookies at Morgan State University in Baltimore? The unfunny joke -- Oreos are black on the outside, white on the inside -- shouldn't make any reasonable person laugh.
Otto Banks, a black Republican and recent Harrisburg City Council candidate, endured his share of similar racial attacks. Mailings by the Democratic State Committee portrayed him as a sellout, his signs were defaced with the word "whitey" and he was constantly called "Uncle Bush Tom."
Said Banks, now an outreach director for the Republican State Committee: "An African-American Republican running for office can expect to be pictured incessantly with President Bush, linked with the NRA and gun proliferation ... labeled a sellout and compared to Strom Thurman."
Yet that has not scared him away from the GOP. One campaign Banks will concentrate on is that of Lynn Swann, newly endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate. Swann, the ex-Steeler, ex-chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and self-proclaimed conservative, is black.
Racism is based on fear and fear makes people behave in ways they might not normally consider. The Democratic Party is fearful of losing its black-voter base, so it attacks. But the same bile it hurls on a daily basis at white Republicans comes out racist when it attacks black Republicans.
Something to consider, though. The superheros of the black movement -- Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton -- are noticeably absent when a black Republican is attacked.
First, no witness at Morgan State can say they saw Michael Steele pelted with Oreos. Only his campaign claims that happened and even they have not one photo of this.
Why Ms. Zito? Because these folks NEVER stand up for black people. They run from the room when their white patrons insult blacks as a group and then come back to defend them. Steele was called on his refusal to condemn Gov> Erlich attending an all white country club for a fundraiser.
And Erlich's campaign has been far less than supportive of Steele in his Senate race, refusing to help him, in fact, claiming he would have a hard time raising funds and quoted as such in the Washington Post.
Mr. Banks needs a tougher skin. Democrat veterans have been compared to Osama Bin Laden and had their honorable records questioned. Bush and the NRA are unpopular in the black community. Strom Thurmond was a respected Republican. Why is Mr. Banks running from his party?
He knows that President Bush rates between 2-5 percent with black voters. Why does he think he would be able to get black support? African-Americans reject the GOP and the people who represent them. Why was he surprised? Black voters treat suspect Dems the same way. Ask Barack Obama.
posted by Steve @ 10:16:00 AM