The Democrats and Racism
By Larry Huss
The 2008 primary campaign season may be best noted for exposing the hypocrisy of Democrats and race. Ever since the days of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale we have had to listen to the noblesse oblige attitudes of Democrat leaders as they sniff with disdain and lecture us about race and bigotry. They engaged in revisionist history when it comes to addressing the checkered past of our nation’s treatment of blacks. John Kennedy is treated as the hero of the civil rights movement by the Kennedys’ post mortem public relations machine when, in fact, President Kennedy’s primary contribution to race relations was to authorize spying on Martin Luther King, Jr. The Democrats claim ownership of the Civil Rights Act when, in fact, despite a Democrat majority in both the House and Senate, it only passed because of the support and leadership of Republicans in both houses. During the Carter and Clinton presidencies, they rewarded the monolithic support of black voters with a couple of lower level cabinet positions.
And on Tuesday, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter in addressing the upcoming Pennsylvania primary, noted that “there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.”
And don’t think that this latent racism is confined to working class Democrats. As noted previously, despite overwhelming support from the African-American community, the Democrats have reserved leadership roles to those who are white – usually white AND rich. Even Bill Clinton, revered by some misguided sycophants as America’s first Black President, has shown his racial intolerance. Oh sure, Clinton attended services at the black churches, played saxophone with black jazz players, cried with black mothers and participated in ceremonies honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Sure, he played to a cast of race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and in doing so solidified the perception of them as Black Leaders – knowing full well they presented little threat to the Clintons’ dominance of the Democrats.
But as the liberal elites so often remind us, it is the actions under stress that demonstrate one’s real thoughts about race. And the Clintons, in the wake of Hillary’s repeated defeats have shown what they really think of black ambition in general and Barak Obama in particular. First they dismissed Obama’s candidacy as a “fairy tale” – the idea that a black man should aspire to be president. And then, the ultimate slap, they demeaned Obama’s victory in Georgia by dismissing it as the same as Jesse Jackson – as if all blacks were the same. The Clintons and their supporters continue to suggest that a black man cannot win the presidency and, in doing so, make the man’s color more important than his character.
One of the most pernicious forms of racism is to take the support of the black community for granted and dismiss its aspirations as improbable.
The Democrats would be well served to heed my father’s advice: Before you criticize others, clean your own house first.