The red herring of racism

Media delight in trotting out Southern stereotypes to smear conservatives

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“In South Carolina, where a Confederate flag still waves on the front lawn of the State Capitol largely because of the efforts of the state Republican Party, it remains good primary politics to stir up racial animosity and then link it to President Obama. Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and the crowd that cheered them are following in a long and tawdry tradition, singling out a minority group for lectures while refusing to support policies that help all Americans.”

The New York Times

That’s just good writing. Regally stinkin’ thinkin’. But good writing. It neatly packs decades or more of sneering stereotypes into one compact paragraph. Yep! You got us, Times! We’re all racists down here!

Such ignorant, lazy broadsides tend to defame lots of good people. And it all smacks of a snickering effort to portray an entire political party and region of the country as racist – and ironically, other than being ethically dubious, isn’t that, itself, racist?

Oh, and by the way, it’s a blatant lie besides: None of the candidates “singled out a minority group for lectures.” That’s the vivid imagination of the liberal media. Most poor people are white. And Newt Gingrich has been addressing the problems of the poor – talking about the extent of the problem under this president and possible solutions, in honest ways the media and White House will not.

The only racial aspect of this is that the first black president has been an unalloyed disaster for black America.

As for the flag, it’s safe to say Southerners understand better than New York editorial writers the baggage that comes with the Confederate flag. This newspaper, as well as a solid majority of Georgians, supported changing our state flag to reflect that baggage.

But people down here lost ancestors in that awful war, and the Confederacy, whatever you think of it, was a significant portion of American history. Recognizing those facts is a most delicate matter best experienced firsthand, for more than a week every four-year election cycle.

Our friends in South Carolina have chosen to deal with the touchy conundrum in their own way, by moving the flag off the Capitol to a flagpole on the grounds.

But that, and Gingrich’s correct assessment of this president – that he is responsible for more food stamps than any president in history – is giddily seized upon by the media to paint South Carolina as backwater and racist.

MSNBC commentator and former Democratic operative Chris Matthews this week tried to advance that stereotype – by pointing to the fact that a South Carolina woman thanked Gingrich for putting debate panelist Juan Williams “in his place” for insinuating Gingrich was being racist. In response to Matthews, genteel former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford put the condescending media in their place:

“You know, I think that politicians can be known to pander to certain audiences or segments on certain issues. But so can pundits. And I think that the press likes to make issues sometimes about things where there are no issues. I mean, I for one live on the coast. My congressman is an African-American named Tim Scott, a Republican of whom I’m very proud, and my governor is an Indian-American woman named Nikki Haley, of whom I’m also very proud.

“So, those were both people that were elected by the electorate here in South Carolina. So the notion that we have a racial electorate here in South Carolina is absurd and nonsense and frankly just, you know, stirred up by people in the press. And I think that ... people in general are sick of politics as usual and part of that is they are sick of the press stirring thing ups with an angle. And you know what? I think that woman is right. People should be cheering.”

Good for her.

But here’s the modern media’s Catch-22: They imply Southern conservatives are just racist – and when the maligned get a chance to cheer someone who fights back for them, the media only see it as confirmation of the racism. You can’t win with these people.

The only relief from this slander, it seems, is the intervening years between elections.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/21/12 - 11:13 pm
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In New York, where old

In New York, where old newspapers blow down streets largely because of the lack of effort by the trash hauler unions and Democrats, it remains good primary politics to stir up class animosity and then link it to Republicans. Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden and the crowd that cheers them are following in a long and tawdry tradition, singling out conservatives for lectures while refusing to support policies that help all Americans.

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specsta 01/22/12 - 01:11 am
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Wrong again, Chronicle

Wrong again, Chronicle editorial board.

"The only racial aspect of this is that the first black president has been an unalloyed disaster for black America."

Really? I thought President Obama was the President of the entire country, not just "black America". I didn't realize there were separate Americas, as defined by the Chronicle. That sounds like something out of Jim Crow days. And you wonder why the South is portrayed as racist and backwoods?

President Obama has led this country with wisdom and restraint, despite the opposition of radical conservatives whose only goal is to see him removed from Office. Yes, we have unemployed and uninsured and folks losing their homes and pensions - but the conservative cabal can only focus on undermining any project the President tackles, regardless of how their childish behavior affects Americans.

I would say that President Obama has been very good for all of America - to have a leader who is intelligent (unlike Bush), forward-thinking and who understands that the USA is not an island unto itself, is the best choice for America to regain its vision.

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wtinney 01/22/12 - 02:04 am
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ACES did not say Obama was

ACES did not say Obama was just president of Black America. Learn to read before you post.

"The only racial aspect of this is that the first black president has been an unalloyed disaster for black America."

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/22/12 - 02:30 am
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The bottom line (which has

The bottom line (which has nothing to do with race) is that Obama has been a disaster for ALL Americans..And he must be replaced in November.

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copperhead 01/22/12 - 04:19 am
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The government should decide

The government should decide who is racist,tatoo "RACIST" on their forehead,and sent them off to re-education camps. The government is on your side and they are here to help.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/22/12 - 06:43 am
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The NY Times article blames
Unpublished

The NY Times article blames the Confederate flag flying above the SC legislature on Republicans. If they had done any investigating, which obviously they didn't, they'd have found that the flying of this flag was voted into place in 1962, with a predominately DEMOCRATIC legislature and a DEMOCRATIC governor, Ernest Hollings, in office. Typical liberal Barbara Streisand...blame Republicans for everything and give Dems a pass. In Al Gore's immortal words, this is "An inconvenient truth."

copperhead
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copperhead 01/22/12 - 06:44 am
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We need a "racism tzar". Put

We need a "racism tzar". Put someone in charge of deciding who are racists and deny them the right to vote. Then we can appoint a "religion tzar" to decide which is the correct belief and deny the rest the right to vote. There is no end to the tzars we can appoint to ferret out "undesirable"voters and deny their voice.

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Bizkit 01/22/12 - 07:47 am
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Oh come on. The Dems were so

Oh come on. The Dems were so successful demonizing Bush he was a lame duck president his last two years as the democratically controlled congress ignored Bush's letters about the failing economy and Freddie and Fannie (there is even a Wikipedia article on the subject, hee,hee.) and drove the economy off the cliff. As long as people ignorantly believe in the concept of race then there will be racism-there is only one race and that is the human race.Racism also isn't synonymous with only one race-asians, hispanics,and between those races too. Since all modern man evolved in subsahara Africa and then migrated out-we are all African-Americans. Unity at last. LOL.

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draksig 01/22/12 - 07:52 am
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Any critisizm of or negative

Any critisizm of or negative comment about Obama will be declared racist. Will we even be allowed to vote against him come November?

So many people claimed that electing Obama would heal the racial wounds in this country but it seems to have inflamed them instead. Take the recent news story where a company programs a GPS to avoid high crime neighborhoods when possible. Civil rights groups and news organizations pounced and declared the feature racist and nicknaming it the 'avoid ghetto' option.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/22/12 - 07:58 am
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I can't accept the concept of

I can't accept the concept of race because if I do I have to recognize the vast literature of race and intelligence. Since there is no race then the comparisons are void. If there is race then beside health disparities there is also an intellect one too. Read up on it. Seems like racist research in my book-examining IQ, SAT, etcs.

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effete elitist liberal 01/22/12 - 08:31 am
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"Such ignorant, lazy

"Such ignorant, lazy broadsides tend to defame lots of good people."
You mean like "all liberals are socialists / communists out to destroy America"? Or "all Muslims want to kill Christians and take over the world"? Or "all poor blacks have an entitlement mentality and think the government should take care of them"? Perhaps MR will get to these examples in future opeds.

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harley_52 01/22/12 - 09:21 am
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EEL said ""all liberals are

EEL said ""all liberals are socialists / communists out to destroy America"? Or "all Muslims want to kill Christians and take over the world"? Or "all poor blacks have an entitlement mentality and think the government should take care of them"?"

Can you identify the source(s) of those quotes, or did you just invent them to make your point?

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Riverman1 01/22/12 - 09:25 am
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Harley, I don't know. EEL may

Harley, I don't know. EEL may have seen my bumper sticker.

"Kill Communists"

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/22/12 - 09:29 am
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harley_52: have read them

harley_52: have read them essentially in these very words in this ACES posting forum for years. Of course I know you personally don't believe any of them, and are as shocked as I am whenever they appear. In fact, the next time a version of any of these "ignorant" statements is posted, I will look for your quick and indignant response....

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TNTHOMSON 01/22/12 - 09:57 am
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'President Obama (PBUH) has

'President Obama (PBUH) has led this country with wisdom and restraint"

"President Obama (PBUH) has been very good for all of America"

Bumper stickers for Obama2012 or grandiose illusions of the left?

harley_52
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harley_52 01/22/12 - 09:59 am
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EEL, to be perfectly honest

EEL, to be perfectly honest with you, I've never heard any of them in here or from the ACES. In spite of your dripping sarcasm and your desperate attempts to hang those statements on people you WISH had said them, they remain nothing more than agenda-driven inventions of an utra-left mind.

Rational, honest people use quotes "___" when they are identifying verbatim statements of specifically identified sources, not invented words attempting to disparage people with whom they philosophically or politically disagree.

You should try it sometime.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/22/12 - 10:03 am
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Riverman, nothing wrong with

Riverman, nothing wrong with that bumper sticker. And neither of us thinks ALL democrats are "socialists/communists out to destroy America," though there is little doubt some of them are.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/22/12 - 10:07 am
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This is a SUPERB Editorial

This is a SUPERB Editorial that nails the issue precisely. And get ready for a whole lot more of it. The 2012 election will be full of racist claims against Republicans and if Republicans win the election they'll claim it was because of racism.

Obama has set race relations in America back at least fifty years.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/22/12 - 12:03 pm
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harley_52 in fact I have

harley_52 in fact I have heard another local "harley" make remarks almost identical to the ones I named.... No relation, I assume?

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geezpete 01/22/12 - 12:15 pm
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Why CAN'T WE hate and be

Why CAN'T WE hate and be bigoted towards homosexuals, but Democrats CAN criticize us for being hateful and bigoted? Double standard.

Damn librul msm.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/22/12 - 12:25 pm
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EEL said "harley_52 in fact I

EEL said "harley_52 in fact I have heard another local "harley" make remarks almost identical to the ones I named.... No relation, I assume?"

Not sure what you're referring to. Can you post a link?

"Almost identical" doesn't cut it. Quotes men verbatim, otherwise you're paraphrasing. I don't believe I've ever said "all" in here as you claim.

Some, many, maybe even most......but not "all."

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Riverman1 01/22/12 - 12:31 pm
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The most hated, discriminated

The most hated, discriminated against and belittled in the liberal media are black conservatives. What those folks go through is unreal.

1800Jesus
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1800Jesus 01/22/12 - 12:34 pm
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It's pretty bad journalism to

It's pretty bad journalism to throw out things as facts without backing the claim up with data. A simple search of UGA's poverty stats brings this up for the state of Georgia:

White poverty rate - 8.24%
% of the poverty population that is White - 41.50%
African-American poverty rate - 23.08%
% of the poverty population that is African-American - 50.17%

And for South Carolina:
White poverty rate - 8.55%
% of the poverty population that is White - 40.95%
African-American poverty rate - 26.35%
% of the poverty population that is African-American - 54.47%

http://www.poverty.uga.edu/stats/

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Bizkit 01/22/12 - 01:32 pm
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Man, talk about a Continental

Man, talk about a Continental Divide. Are thar eny independents around har or is there just the extremes. After traveling round the planet some you get an appreciation for real poverty. It is all relative. I would rather live in the US below the poverty level than other countries at there median wage. Still in a country like ours it is shameful for any ethnicity to leave in poverty at over 40%. Hey "red" herring is that a discriminatory statement. Red as in communist or chinese. Hmmmmmm. This articles doesn't discriminate by discriminating against all the ethnicities. Seems warped-don't hate any one group just hate everybody equally. LOL

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TParty 01/22/12 - 01:28 pm
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This is the meat of the New

This is the meat of the New York Times paragraph "it remains good primary politics to stir up racial animosity and then link it to President Obama."

Then whomever wrote this editorial tries to cry foul saying "Such ignorant, lazy broadsides tend to defame lots of good people." only to be followed up by "The only racial aspect of this is that the first black president has been an unalloyed disaster for black America."

Come on... is anyone even trying to remain consistent and not appear as hypocrites?

First of all- quick and lazy history shows that today is better for anyone, to include blacks, compared to our past. Slavery is no longer around. Jim Crows laws are no longer around. Segregation is illegal, we have the civil rights act. So things are better. Obama has not "been an unalloyed disaster for black America."

Secondly- people can see why Newt's comment can come off as racist, right? This editorial says it correctly "Most poor people are white." The NY Times article says the same, that poor white folks out number all other poor in this country. So why does Newt say "African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps"? Why not all Americans on food stamps?

It's kind of like when Rick Santorum said that he did not want to "make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money." Why not American lives better?

If you took black and African-American out of those statements- they would be awesome statements. Instead, it focuses on a group of people and it's a group of people that are not more likely to be poor- as stated earlier in this editorial when the writer said "Most poor people are white."

It does make them look racists, by focusing on the color of skin, ignoring the fact that there are more poor white people and trying to make it seem that black people are happy with handouts and not working, with taking other people's money. It adds to the... making of an enemy almost. Creating a villain. Putting blame on a certain group, tagging them with being lazy and thus the reason we have entitlements, and lazy people, and why our taxes are so high and we why are in debt. And that is racist.

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Riverman1 01/22/12 - 01:38 pm
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TParty, we can debate subtle

TParty, we can debate subtle racism, but there are no people more overtly criticized because of their race than black conservatives. I mean MSNBC gets away with making fun of them specifically because of their race.

Owl
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Owl 01/22/12 - 01:38 pm
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The premise of this article

The premise of this article is insulting to Southerners.

TParty
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TParty 01/22/12 - 01:41 pm
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Riverman- I don't watch

Riverman- I don't watch MSNBC, but if you want to provide links, I wouldn't mind picking up my torch and pitchfork against them.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/22/12 - 01:47 pm
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Tparty, where have you been?

Tparty, where have you been? Clarence Thomas was almost ran out of Augusta by local Dems. It's so common in the national media it's a joke.

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Sargebaby 01/22/12 - 01:49 pm
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specsta says; “President

specsta says; “President Obama has led this country with wisdom and restraint…..”

Really? Where is the "wisdom" in cancelling the oil pipeline, that would have created tens of thousands of jobs, pumping millions into an already sagging economy? Where is the "wisdom" in creating a healthcare system that forces the American public to buy into, or be fined? Where is the "wisdom" in death panels that cut healthcare to everyone over 70 years of age?

Yep, he really knows restraint, alright! Wisdom has nothing to do with it!

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