|One question, Logipundit: Are you and John Broussard one-in-the-same? I’d just like to know who I’m debating with, lol.
First, your contention that I took a tone with you is — AMUSING; I didn’t. I was just stating my opinion. My apologies if you took it that way. Next, I have NEVER assumed that everyone around me is racist (?). And “color-blindness” is a flawed concept; when you tell a person-of-color “When I look at you, I don’t see your color — I just see a person”, it is like saying that there’s something WRONG with that person’s color, so I’ll just pretend he/she ISN’T that color. THAT’S racist. Blacks and whites are different and that isn’t necessarily a BAD thing; our differences are what make America unique, not some perverse ideal that we should all strive to be (culturally) the same. What is American culture but a blending of various cultures. We do, however, largely aspire to the same things, those being success and contentment.
You seem to have missed everything I said in that post. I never said that Rice and Powell were undeserving of their positions because of their race (?). That assertion, in and of itself, proves another point I’ve frequently made about conservatives and race relations; they don’t want to support civil rights in the traditional sense — they want to tweak them! [e.g. Affirmative Access vs. Affirmative Action] You totally twisted my points in that statement. And Janice Rogers Brown’s stances in various Civil Rights cases more than confirm what I’m getting at! Also, the fact that you laud books like Dinesh D’Souza’s “The End of Racism” showcases the large disconnect that Republicans and/or Conservatives HAVE with African-Americans. [I’ve read that book, incidentially; Slavery is not (inherently) a racist institution, but it was as it was practiced in the United States!]
And Mike Gahagan’s contention that LIBERALS have succeeded in dividing people along race, sex, sexual orientation etc., is somewhat off-base. Remember, it was conservatives (hastened by Karl Rove) that went into the African-American community (a FIRST) and tried to draw black votes by playing on the religious homophobia RAMPANT in our community (i.e. opposition to Same-Sex marriage), hence dividing black and gay Americans. More, George W. Bush’s speech at Bob Jones University in 2000, which then had an enforced ban on interracial dating — has only compounded this. Many people-of-color — myself included — have seen Ronald Reagan’s infamous coining of the phrase “welfare queen” as QUITE divisive (when you read between the lines). Reagan also supported apartheid and once labeled Nelson Mandela as a communist; this suggested a subtle support for institutionalized racism in (at least) other places in the world — in the form of APARTHEID. Then there’s Trent Lott’s (not to mention Haley Barbour’s) support for the CCC [Council of Conservative Citizens] — an organization that has disdained Dr. King, Abraham Lincoln AND Abraham Lincoln.
I am, by no means, suggesting that racism is only specific to the Republican Party. Indeed, Senator Robert Byrd is a former Klansman; and then there’s Zell Miller, who is only a Democrat in NAME — he’s really a Dixiecrat! More, Democrats seldom defend Civil Rights anymore because they also (hopelessly) seek to draw support from politically moderate to conservative [white] Southerners; I live in Texas and this has been true for a LONG time. And I OFTENT differ with Jesse Jackson on his motives and methods! [An understatement].
You seem like an intelligent blogger, Logipundit, but I suspect you had more ulterior motives when you came onto my blog the other week and dismissed my comments on the Katrina response as “unintelligent”. Make no mistake — I enjoy debate and divergent views, but I dislike being baited. Again, I apologize if you interpretted my previous comments as having a tone; that was not my intention. However, you will not have to be bothered with me “tonally” tainting your blog again. Nice blog, by the way.
The Fates Bless and Keep You,
Mervin, aka Mirror Ball.