Arsonists lament flaring of arson under arsonist…

At least that was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the headline on Drudge.  Well, that and the old gag about the guy on trial for murdering his parents who pleads for leniency from the court because he’s an orphan.  See if you can guess why.

Black lawmakers lament flaring of racial tensions under Obama

Niall Stanage 08/26/13 05:45 AM ET
When President Obama follows in Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps on Wednesday with an address at the Lincoln Memorial, he will face a nation where race remains the great divide.

Black lawmakers say the election of the nation’s first African-America president has not been a salve for racial tensions, a view that the public has also voiced in recent polling.

While Democratic lawmakers place the lion’s share of the blame on Republicans for the state of affairs, they betray disappointment that more progress has not been made since the civil rights movement won its biggest victories.

Move over, MLK, because I’m pretty sure the media is about to anoint a certain someone’s address at the Lincoln Memorial as the greatest speech on race ever given.  At least since his distancing-himself-from-Jeremiah-Wright race speech during the 2008 campaign.

Funny thing is it was the Republican party pushing for the Civil Rights Acts when King gave his speech.  I believe Democrat and future Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd expressed some reluctance on the matter in no few words.

But enough about facts, there’s a lot of conjecture to be had.

Many Democrats insist that the ferocious opposition to Obama has a racial component.

“How do you overcome it?” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a founding member of the CBC said, referring to racial inequalities.  “We certainly haven’t done it with an African-American president.“

I saw the people who scream and shout about ObamaCare.  I saw the hatred that was in people’s eyes.  People are not being honest with themselves if they don’t realize that the roots of racism go deep, that we still have not been able to cut that cancer out of the side of America.”

“I think electing President Obama was a big, big, big positive.  Now, the reactions to that election have not always been positive,” said Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the number three Democrat in the House.  “It was a positive for people who look like me.  It was a negative for a lot of people, and they reacted negatively.”

Still, Clyburn, Rangel and many other members of the CBC remember just how bad things were in an earlier era.

Upon which they reminisced about the savage opposition and visceral hatred Democrats meted out against President Bush, President Bush, President Reagan, President Ford, Nixon, et al.  Not to mention the nasty Republican opposition and distaste for Clinton and Carter.

Of course not, it’s segue into they’re recalled experiences from 50 years ago.  Which in retrospect must not have been all that bad since things are only slightly worse today.

I saw the people who scream and shout about invading Iraq.  I saw the hatred that was in people’s eyes.  People are not being honest with themselves if they don’t realize that the roots of racism go deep, that we still have not been able to cut that cancer out of the side of America.

Oh, oops, that was non-racist hatred of an evil white Republican president.  Carry on, gentlemen.

Clyburn makes me want to vomit.  “It was a huge positive for people who look like me.  It was negative for a lot of people and the reacted negatively.”  What an ass.  Notwithstanding the fact that blacks are, collectively, worse off by every possible economic measure since Obama was elected his implication is completely vile.

If you look like him, i.e. black, the election of Barack Obama in and of itself is a positive.  Fair enough.  First black president.  Very symbolic.  And the culmination of a long, bloody struggle for Civil Rights.

Conversely, his election was a negative for a lot of people.  People who aren’t black.  White people who reacted negatively to the election of Barack Obama.  Because he  is black.

Yeah, racism is alive and well in America today but it isn’t the Republican party advocating it.  Seriously, how racist is Clyburn’s insinuation that any negative reaction to the election of a president – you know, the kind of event where the stakes and emotions run high – isn’t about issues but the president’s blackness?

Maybe race relations haven’t come as far as I thought.  I always figured America’s first black president would be criticized like every other president before him.  How racist is that?

I like that Clyburn, Rangel, and the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus remember how bad things used to be.  Not many do, apparently.

While 45 percent of Americans said they think the United States has made a lot of progress toward realizing King’s dream of racial equality, 36 percent were more circumspect, saying only “some” progress has been made. Fifteen percent said that the advancements had either been small or nonexistent.

Forty-nine percent of Americans believe there is a long way to go before something akin to a color-blind society can be realized.

Okay then.  White racists murdered blacks who came to organize for Civil Rights.  White racists bombed a black church.  Whites killing blacks just because they were black wasn’t the man bites dog story it is today – it was protected if not outright abetted by the local authorities.  White authorities denied blacks the right to vote.

Fifteen percent of the people polled think advancements in equality are small or nonexistent.

Thirty-six percent think only “some” progress has been made.

That lack of historical awareness is what keeps the race hucksters in business.  The 49% who believe there is a long way to go before something akin to a color-blind society can be realized are 100% correct.  Rangel, Clyburn, Obama, and a cast of thousands have too much invested in stoking racial division to ever let anything like a color-blind society exist.  Black politicians never hesitate to sell out their constituents to public sector unions and open borders crowd.  If they don’t spark the comforting fires of racism the people that vote them into office just might notice.

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  • Brucehenry

    Disappointed in you, Baron. Thought you, at least, were too sophisticated to buy into the He Who Smelt It Dealt It school of thought regarding racism. But you can turn a funny phrase.

    Wizbang should steel its collective self. We’re gonna have a lot of “We got a looooong way to go” pieces published over the next week or two, and if every one is gonna be called “race baiting” you guys will be exhausted by Labor Day.

    Here’s what Wonkette says about an article written by Kathleen Parker bemoaning how Obama keeps reminding everyone of his blackity blackness, thus “inflaming racial hatred” —

    Similar satiric pieces could have been written about any number of Wingnut Whines that have appeared recently, and which will appear with ever increasing frequency this week.

    • jim_m

      Bruce, this is more than your childish and wildly inaccurate metaphor admits. The left has a vested interest in creating the belief that racism is far more prevalent than it really is. The left aggressively seeks out examples of racism to the point that they fake them when they cannot find them on their own. We are told that opposing obama on the issues is racism.

      Sorry, Bruce, but your weak attempts to divest yourself of your own repeated claims of hearing dog whistles is not going to work. You have been increasingly likely to make bullshit claims that people here are racist because we used such and such expression.

      If you cannot see that you are just as bad as Jackson and Sharpton and also have a vested interest in keeping racism alive in this nation then there is little hope for you. The left wants racism alive. Why else do they insist that race be disclosed on every freaking government form they create? Why do they insist on using race to determine who gets a job and who gets college admission? It isn’t for diversity reasons. You aren’t interested in real diversity. You are only interested in a varied color pallet.

    • I seem to remember MLK saying something about a dream where his children are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

      Yet in the tiny, jaded minds of Rangel, Clyburn, the media and I’m sure Obama himself any criticism of President Barack Obama from the right is evidence of racism. He’s black, you disagree with him, you’re racist. Ipso facto.

      Fuck those guys. I do not agree with and dislike Barack Obama. His blackness has nothing to do with it. But it doesn’t matter because I’ve exposed myself as a fucking racist merely by expressing my displeasure with his policies and actions.

      And hey, you know what? I don’t need to steel myself for the “we’ve got a long way to go” to the hypothetical colorblind society that has never existed throughout human history and is on display precisely nowhere in the world today. America is probably already the least racist place on Earth.

      Now, could things be better? I suppose so. But whatever additional progress is made will never be enough for the grievance industry. They’ve cried racism so often I’ve given up on caring what they have to say. Yeah, yeah, racism is all around us. We whites can’t go a day without hating us some Negroes. I get it.

      If I were setting out to destroy the black community I couldn’t conceive of a way that would be more effective in the long term than imposing the current crop of black Democratic leadership upon them. You get the government you deserve, good and hard. I don’t know what the black community did to feel like it deserves to be treated as a permanently aggrieved underclass, but they really should seek a new path. It’s what Dr. King would want.

      • jim_m

        By the standards of today’s left Martin Luther King Jr is a racist.

      • Brucehenry
        • jim_m

          I think it is safe to say that he would not want people judged and categorized by the color of their skin like you and your lefty friends insist that everyone do. And there is no point in denying that you do. The left has filed lawsuit after lawsuit to try to maintain racist admissions practices in universities trying to find any bogus reason that will allow them to admit students based on race.

        • jim_m

          And I think the bigoted author of the linked article needs to reconsider his position that King was demanding reparations for slavery. ANd rather than taking the easy way out and blaming white people’s racism for the increase in black poverty and the destruction of the black middle class, you and your racist friends ought to take a look at the government policies that have caused that. Affirmative action does more to harm blacks today in academia than it does to help them.

          Sure, things aren’t perfect, but it is no longer the result of systemic racism, claiming that it is demeans the progress that has come and the people who have changed this nation dramatically. Today millions of blacks are leaving the north and returning to the south because 1) racism does not exist there like it once did and 2) they can get jobs.

          You would love to live in your socialist dystpoia and blame the white man for all the evils of society. Frankly it is your socialist policies that are responsible for most of it today. Racism is largely a thing of the past, except where lefties are creating bogus hate crimes or demanding that everyone judge another person based ont he color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

          The only people demanding that we look at the color of a person’s skin to judge him are on the left. Anyone who says that we ought to look at a person’s character is tarred as a racist.

          If you want to talk about King’s legacy you could do well to start by not pissing on his grave.

          • jim_m

            As for your racial preferences and the notion that they are either necessary or right the article I linked has this:

            Racial preferences are not just ill advised, they are positively sadistic. Only the preening self-regard of University of California administrators and faculty is served by such an admissions travesty. Preference practitioners are willing to set their beneficiaries” up to fail and to subject them to possible emotional distress, simply so that the preference dispensers can look out upon their “diverse” realm and know that they are morally superior to the rest of society.

            Affirmative Action is not to benefit the black people, it is for the sole benefit of lefty elitists so they can feel better about themselves and look down at the rest of society.

  • Commander_Chico

    Racism exists. I’ve seen it in the military, the courts, and in the private sector. Blatant discrimination, particularly in prosecution decisions and judging job performance.

    There are black and white racists. Since white people control most organizations, black people more often get the short end.

    On the other hand, most people who complain about racism (this includes white males who bitch about affirmative action) are weak folks who can’t face their own shortcomings. Some strong people have a legit beef.

    Both parties and their propaganda outlets use race to mobilize their bases. Obama should have kept his mouth shut after the Zim verdict, but he kept the agitation going. Drudge Report daily engages in the most crude type of racial propaganda against black people. Limbaugh is always skirting the line.

    As I’ve said before, the descendants of former slaves are a small percentage of the US population and will be absorbed by other segments, like white people and Latin and African immigrants. This will not be a big issue in the USA in 50 years.

    • “This will not be a big issue in the USA in 50 years.” (Through assimilation, that is…)

      I disagree, though I’d really like to think otherwise and agree with you.

      30, 20, 10 years ago, I’d have agreed. Even 5 years ago, I’d have probably agreed. I was glad to see Obama elected, though I thought his resume was about as thin as Brit military issue toilet paper from the ’80s and didn’t vote for him, because it was a sign that maybe, maybe things were really changing.

      But when any criticism (no matter how mild, and certainly no worse than was leveled at Bush) was met with “RACIST!” – I started having my doubts.

      And now? I think we’re rapidly sliding back to the ’60s. You’re going to have ‘community activists’, ‘progressive’ politicians and plenty of people around who will keep any sort of perceived offense stirred up because it gives them a political advantage of some sort. (And it doesn’t even have to give them any real advantage – they just need to THINK it does.)

      That sort of thinking, along with ‘diversity’ programs that almost seem designed to emphasize the differences instead of trying to merge the community into a cohesive whole – pretty much ensures the race-baiting poverty pimps are going to have plenty of work for the next 50 years or more.

      • Commander_Chico

        The poverty pimps are definitely out there.

        That goes to my other theme – the growing need to subsidize the surplus labor or unemployable population. Like the Roman hoi polloi back in Caesar’s day.

        There will be more agitation and discontent, but the sources of it will be class based – there will be more and more of an elite taking all of the chips, and a big underclass with less of a middle class.

        There are few good jobs for anyone of below-average intelligence. That is, half the population. People on the right side of the Bell Curve will be cleaning up in IT, finance, business, etc. On the left side, part-time service jobs with low wages and no benefits.

        So a lot of people with no hope of the American Dream, in the way industrial production workers and service workers used to have.

        It will always make sense to The Powers That Be to channel those discontents of the black and white underclass into racial themes.

  • Hank_M

    “Many Democrats insist that the ferocious opposition to Obama has a racial component.”

    This has been the driving force of the america is racist narrative these last 5 years. Doesn’t seem to matter that we elected our first black president – twice.
    Disregard that, doesn’t mean a thing. But since many americans do not agree with what Obama is and has been doing, which I might point out, is pretty much the exact opposite of what he campaigned on, then hell, it has to be racism.

    It’s a convenient but intellectually bankrupt excuse.

    It’s also incredibly disingenuous for Rangel and others in the CBC to be lamenting the lack of progress. Maybe they can advise as to the proper reply when the Vice President of the US states to a black audience that [Republicans] “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

    Last thought, “Forty-nine percent of Americans believe there is a long way to go before something akin to a color-blind society can be realized..”

    Aren’t they going to be disappointed to find out that colorblind ideology is now considered a form or racism.

    We have along way to go? Sure do. But it might come as a surprise to many who that might be.

    • jim_m

      “Many Democrats insist that the ferocious opposition to Obama has a racial component.”

      Most of obama’s support has a racial component to it.

    • “Aren’t they going to be disappointed to find out that colorblind ideology is now considered a form or racism.”


      “You’re not being OVERTLY racist, but we know you’re racist because you’re not being racist – so we’re going to have to do all the racist things you’d be doing if you weren’t trying so hard to not be racist to show people just how racist you’d be if you weren’t trying to not be racist.”

      I think I’ve got that right…

      I have to wonder at times, though, whether the constant accusations of racism don’t get people to a point where they go “Oh, hell. If you’re going to accuse me of it no matter what I do, what’s the point in even trying?”

  • GarandFan

    If racism is alive and well in this country, it’s because certain people have a vested interest in it’s continuance. Right, Al, Jessie?


    Three teenage girls are facing several charges, including ethnic intimidation, after police said they brutally beat a 32-year-old woman Sunday in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

    Investigators said the incident happened around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Concord and Itin streets.

    According to police, the girls threw a bottle at the woman’s car, and when she stopped to confront the girls, they attacked her.

    “It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. Our youth …,some of them are going in
    the wrong direction,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.

    And why would those youth be going in the wrong direction?

    Alleged unprovoked assault of 71-year-old New Haven man leads to multiple charges

    Police say on Sunday, Aug. 25, the elder New Haven man was eating a hamburger in the Goffe Street Park following a Toni Harp mayoral campaign-sponsored event that afternoon when he was approached by the 35-year-old. Police say DelaPaz told the elder white male that he shouldn’t be “in his park where young black kids are playing”. When the man refused an order from DelaPaz to pick up a football, DelaPaz punched the man multiple times in the face, knocking him to the ground. Police say several witnesses supported the victim’s account of the unprovoked attack.

    I could make some snarky remark here, but I won’t. this just makes me really damn sad.

    A black South Carolina man says a restaurant in North Charleston refused to seat his party of 25 family and friends and asked the group to leave after a white customer complained of feeling threatened, according to reports.

    The man, Michael Brown, also known as Mike London, could not be reached but his Facebook post in which he gave details of this experience indicates the group waited two hours to be seated at the Wild Wing Cafe before a manager approached and later refused to seat the group.

    (Manager was WAY in the wrong here – but seriously? Waiting TWO HOURS for tables at a Wild Wing? They’re not that good, I think. The one time we went there to watch a Steeler’s game it took the three of us 45 minutes to get seated…. But details are lacking – did they just show up and hang around for two hours waiting for tables? Common courtesy would lead you, I think, to call ahead at least an hour and warn them a large group’s coming. Is this something they’ve done before, and gotten seats?)

    “He and many of his family and friends were there about a month ago, and they are regular customers of ours,” she said. “They were having a going-away party and they just didn’t receive the experience that they have come to know and love.”

    (So it was just the manager (very likely the ex-manager) at the time.)

    Now for a quick check – which of these three incidents showed racism?

    Arguably, the all three are racist. But think of another scenario for the third – where the group of 25 was white and kind of rowdy – not destructive, just ‘happy’ – and a patron requested they not be in their section. Would the manager be right to refuse them service? Should the group leader get bent out of shape because of it?

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Sadly, Baron, with that cryptic headline you might have lost 1/2 or more of the audience. That aside, you have to keep in mind that leftists are so retarded they couldn’t grasp political ironies if you sat them down and used stick figures and flash cards to explain it all to them. Nature of the beast. Concerning the systemic duplicity of black race hucksters it’ll get far worse as time marches on. Once inflation in food and fuel take root, the inner cities will devolve into even greater strains of violence; meaning the hard core left will need further to scapegoat society at large and whites in particular. Regarding the inherent racism of lily-white trust fund baby leftists, that too only will get worse as time marches on. C’est la vie.

    • Brucehenry

      Being the smartest guy on the Internet will turn you into a pessimist, it seems.