Who Are The Real Racists: Conservatives Or Liberals?


To call someone a racist is a serious charge. A racist is someone who believes that one person is superior (or inferior) to another person simply based on their skin color. It’s a belief that is both foolish and stupid. But conservatives are accused by progressives of being racist on an almost daily basis. Is it a fair accusation? Or, is it just political posturing? And, if it is political posturing, what does it say about the people making the charge? Derryck Green of Project 21 has some provocative answers.

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Hope, Freedom, And America

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There are many problems that beset our nation.

Predicated on historical standards of economic recovery, the economy is nowhere near where we were told it would be. Quality jobs are scarce.  Job creation isn’t maintaining pace with population growth. Wages are stagnant. Government dependency has increased.  Economic and cultural confidence is waning.

Much of this is the result of imprudent economic and political policies, which have lead to sustained apathy and diminishing optimism.

Our borders are intentionally porous, and our Border Patrol agents are increasingly overwhelmed with the numbers of illegal immigrants confidently flooding into the country without fear of imprisonment or deportation. As they plan for their new lives in America, they know full well that national leaders in the federal government stubbornly refuse to enforce its immigration policies- limiting national security and increasing health concerns posed- while suing the states who attempt to protect their borders.

Americans have a growing distaste for insulated politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, whose approval ratings are at an historical low.  This has manifested itself in tangible feelings of resentment and frustration by Americans who’re dissatisfied with their representatives. Internationally, America’s reputation- the prestige and courage of our military force, diplomatic honesty, and trustworthy follow-through of our promises has been impressively diminished. For our friends and allies, this tarnishes what confidence in cooperation and protection they have left.  For our enemies, it emboldens them, as they view our reluctance to acknowledge and confront the evil they represent as weakness.

Much of this is, obviously, the result of the ideological agenda implemented by President Barack Obama.

At the same time, we must remember that Obama is an emblem- a mascot perfectly reflective and a culmination of a cancerous strain of thought. Obama personifies a poisoned ideology that seeks to take full advantage of the opportunities provided to him in America while simultaneously seeking to destroy- or in his words, “fundamentally transform” the very system that provided the blessings he enjoys, takes for granted, and attempts to prevent others from experiencing. Obama and the party he leads are convinced in their own arrogance.  They express themselves in a healthy and robust naïveté- an ignorance borne in conceit- the antithesis to that which is great about America.

Again, it isn’t just him- though he does bear considerable responsibility. It’s political leftism that seeks to devour the cultural norms and the traditions of Western civilization that brought us this experimental idea of America and to recreate in its place a system that’s failed everywhere it’s been tried. That fact that it’s failed before, time and again, is of no concern to Obama and his ideological acolytes. In their perceived wisdom, these true believers know better and are fully convinced of their ability, intellectual prowess, and good intentions that they’re able to perfect the problems of the past, faithfully believing that this time- because they’re in charge-it will work.

Left unchallenged, they too will fail because like the failures of the past, they lack the ability, foresight, wisdom, and intellectual maturation to think their grand idea out to its logical conclusion. In the end, as history has shown, the system they lust and whore after always implodes.

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Cowardly Ryan, No Heart

Another example of why Republicans can’t maintain a sense of respectability came last week when Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, walked back his statements regarding the culture of poverty that exists in the inner city.

Speaking on Bill Bennett’s show “Morning in America,” Ryan said- among other things- that there is a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work.” He was right.

The Congressional Black Caucus claimed Ryan’s statement was “highly offensive.”  How the truth is offensive is anyone’s guess.  Everyone with eyes can point to any inner city in the country and clearly see the chaos and dysfunction that permeates it.

And of course, black Democrats couldn’t pass up another chance to embarrass themselves and prove again why no one takes blacks who vote Democrat- or black Democrat politicians- seriously.

Barbara Lee (D-CA) called Ryan’s statements a “thinly veiled racist attack” and added, “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”


Aside from whites and Latinos who also live in the inner city, whether Ryan meant “black” or not isn’t important because it’s not a racial issue.  But the merits of what he said are undeniably true.

More importantly, it’s NO coincidence that these same inner cities, which have been run and ruined by progressive politicians and suffer from a culture of moral, spiritual, and economic poverty, are all under the political auspices of the Congressional Black Caucus. So in essence, Paul Ryan was indirectly calling the Congressional Black Clowns out on their lack of political leadership and influence upon the districts they represent.  That’s one reason why the CBC is calling Paul Ryan racist.  The CBC wants to deflect attention away from their contributions to this problem, which directly indicts their perpetual failures as political leaders.

But even more troubling is that Ryan- who went through the trouble of drafting a 200-pg report on the federal government’s fifty-year failure on the “War on Poverty” that details how welfare programs trap beneficiaries in poverty- is now apologizing for what he said, claiming his statements were “inarticulate.”  Ryan has also agreed to meet with the CBC, which means he’s volunteered to grovel as penance, hoping for absolution.

This is nothing more than another public example of black power (black grievance) leveraged with the manipulation of white guilt.

Sadly, in post-modern America, the truth is now referred to as “inarticulate.”  When that truth is spoken, and people are “offended,” it’s apologized for.

With all due respect to Congressman Ryan, his retraction due to the CBC’s campaign of public intimidation shows that he’s a coward, and he typifies the essence of today’s Republican.  It’s one reason why so much effort is made by conservatives to distinguish themselves from Republicans.  Republicans have no courage, vigor, initiative, backbone, or testicular fortitude to speak the truth and condemn those who would seek to silence it, regardless of the issue.  By acknowledging the CBC’s foolishness, Ryan gives these benefactors of affirmative action credibility in attributing his statements- and the party he represents- to racism.

Doing this also demonstrates that Ryan-and the GOP-still aren’t ready for any serious and meaningful outreach to poor and minority communities in an effort to expand their base and appeal.

Ryan shouldn’t be apologizing for the truth; the data and common sense affirm.  What characterizes the inner cities- rightly called ghettos- is a culture of poverty that unproductive and inefficient welfare programs aid and abet.  This is why everyone who can do so leaves the inner city as soon as they get the chance.  This should be said over and over and over.  What else do people call high rates of illegitimacy, fatherlessness, abortion, broken families, violent crime, and drug and alcohol abuse that isn’t accompanied by any moral stigma, but funded by federal and state governments? It isn’t called the American Dream; I can guarantee you that.

No one expects anything more from the CBC than the racial charade we see here; the bar really is that low- completely earned, by the way.  By acknowledging their empty cries of racism, Congressman Ryan has allowed the CBC- emblematic of black Democrats and their white counterparts everywhere- to excuse the inexcusable behaviors that characterize and contribute to the culture of poverty.  This is precisely why alleviating high rates of poverty in America will never happen.  Democrats need poor people as a constituency so they excuse their behaviors, and Republicans are afraid of calling Democrats on it.

Paul Ryan should’ve ignored the CBC in the same manner the CBC ignores its constituents.  He also should’ve doubled down on what he said on Bennett’s program, standing firm on the truth.  Instead, he gave the CBC unearned credibility and proved once again that Republican leadership is just as gutless as Democrat leadership.

Is it any wonder why our country continues to proceed in the direction it is?

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The Smearing Of “Uncle” Thomas

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Over twenty years after being nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas still raises the ire of the Left.  No sooner did he finish his speech lamenting that society has grown more race conscious and too sensitive regarding racial identities, the liberal mentality he identified as being the source of such racism validated his point.

Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D- Montgomery) expressed his dislike for Clarence Thomas simply because “he’s married to a white woman.”  Holmes then “backtracked” his original statement, saying it was “misinterpreted,” Holmes “clarified” his position regarding Thomas, saying, “ I don’t like him at all because he’s an Uncle Tom.”

Glad that’s cleared up.

That Justice Thomas has been charged with being an “Uncle Tom,” a “sell out,” a “house slave,” and worse isn’t new.  Simply search Google and see what Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Michael Eric Dyson, Spike Lee, Julianne Malveaux, and many self-identified Democrat liberals have said in disparaging Justice Thomas.  But the denigration of Justice Thomas points to something more sinister and ugly.

Think about what Rep. Holmes said about Justice Thomas; what so-called “reverend” William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP recently said about Senator Tim Scott; what black Democrats and others have said about Lt. Col. Allen West; what the racial provocateurs on MSNBC has said about Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson, and Herman Cain (herehere, and here); and what many other self-identifying liberals and progressives have said about the aforementioned… what does it represent?

These examples illuminate the continued emotional dysfunction of many blacks caused by perpetually embracing a racial identity that incorporates the silly, archaic, and destructive notion of black “authenticity.”  Blacks are the only group who willingly cannibalizes their own members for independent thinking and behavior that deviates from the accepted narrative.  Truly a self-defeating tribal mentality.

But it also illustrates that the only acceptable form of racism that’s encouraged and applauded is that against black conservatives. And it always originates from the left.  Always. Democrat racism is good; Republican or conservative racism is bad. This intentional double standard and narrative is used as an effective strategy to intimidate more blacks away from thinking for themselves and toward intellectual and political freedom.  In other words, keeping blacks in their place.

And blacks suffer as a result.

The life and achievements of Justice Clarence Thomas should be held as an example for all Americans to follow.  He transcended poverty; embraced the values of hard work, self-discipline, and determination, and reached the jurisprudential heights of the Supreme Court of The United States.  By all accounts, Justice Thomas is a decent and honorable man.

But none of that matters to those who only see “race.”

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Tavis Smiley Is Right. This Time


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Last week, Tavis Smiley garnered attention for what he said on Sean Hannity’s television program.  Specifically, Hannity asked Smiley if black Americans were better off after five years of the presidency of Barack Obama.

Smiley’s answer- which should have been a shock and surprise to exactly no one — was that blacks aren’t better off and that eventually, the socio-economic data would demonstrate that blacks will have certainly lost ground in all economic categories when the Obama administration culminates.

Again, what he said isn’t a shock.  Conservatives- particularly black conservatives- have been saying this for years.

The so-called shock is that Smiley, a black liberal, broke taboo and said it publicly. And he said it on FOX News, no less.

Since January 2009, blacks have suffered economically- be it consistently high unemployment numbers, the statistical drops in income and wealth, and a drop in homeownership- in comparison to their own numbers prior to Obama’s inauguration and in comparison to their white peers.

Look at the unemployment rate that has devastated the economic potential of blacks as the first indicator.  Since Obama was elected, black unemployment has been below thirteen percent only twice- January of ’09 and July ’13. Twice. It’s been at or above fourteen percent, forty times; it’s been at or above sixteen percent, eleven times.

Black teens have fared much worse.  During this same period, black teen unemployment has never been below thirty percent. Not once. It has been at or above forty percent, thirty times.

That black teen unemployment has maintained such a high level isn’t a bad economic indicator for black America’s current reality; it is disastrous for the future of black America.  Diminishing the opportunities for black teens to enter the workforce delays their exposure to- and development of- the necessary skill sets that create prospects of economic ascendancy, which comes as a result of increased wages and/or promotions into employment accompanied by salaries rather than wages.

This situation is compounded because many of these same black teens are subjected to substandard public education (dominated by teachers unions that fund the party blacks vote overwhelmingly for). Coupling that substandard education with the lack of economic opportunity and prosperity and a (permanent?) underclass is intentionally being created that will be forced to seek financial support and economic stability from government provisions. Or worse, the underclass will seek economic prosperity through the black market and other violent and gang-related activities.

But is Obama to blame for this sorry state of affairs?  Yes, he’s partially responsible. And as Smiley said, he should be held responsible- he won’t, but he should.  He is the president after all.

But more important to note and understand is that it isn’t necessarily Obama who’s the problem; it’s the party and the policies of his party that are ultimately to blame.  Whether Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden is president, these folks are simply emblematic figureheads and are ultimately interchangeable. It’s the economic policies that are the cause of so much economic destruction concentrated in black America.  (That, and the overwhelming need for spiritual redemption.)

This is what Tavis Smiley and his ilk intentionally and continually ignore.

Remember what the Congressional Black Caucus acknowledged- those wayward, black sheep who continue to embarrass themselves, Congress, and black America?  They see and give lip service to the oppressive economic difficulty that blacks are subjected to.  But for them- and according to their own admission- racial solidarity and party policies are much more important than the economic well-being of their constituents.

According to Sentier Research reported by the New York Times- between June 2009 and June 2012, median annual household income for blacks fell 11.1 percent to $32,498 (from $36,567). The drop for whites was 5.2 percent; for Hispanics, it dropped 4.1 percent.

According to Census Bureau reports (2010) as reported by CNN Money, whites ($110,729) had twenty-two times more wealth than their black counterparts ($4,995).

Also, according to the same report, of all the homes that report receiving food stamps, 26.4 percent are black; yet blacks are only 13 percent of the total population.

And this year, black homeownership has hit an eighteen-year low.

With these kinds of stats, it’s no surprise that the black poverty rate now stands at twenty-eight percent, compared to just ten percent for whites.

Yet, exit polls from both the 2008 and 2012 election saw blacks give Obama and the Democrat party ninety-five and ninety-three percent of their votes, respectively.  In 2008, it was (emotionally) understandable; in 2012, it was neither understandable nor justifiable.

Sadly, blacks will continue to give whatever charlatan who receives the Democrat nomination for president in 2016 the majority of their support, continuing the humiliating pattern of reflexively voting against their own self-interest without a moment’s pause.

So yes, Tavis Smiley is absolutely correct.  Blacks have been- and will continue to be- worse off under the first black president; and the president should be held responsible.

But blacks aren’t absolved from their contributions to these problems and should also be held responsible. Blacks actively underwrite their own socio-economic demise, particularly in favor of racial solidarity by continuing to demonstrate political loyalty without demanding anything of substance in return.

It’s far past time for blacks to understand that it’s increasingly difficult to generate sympathy for problems they’ve actively helped create.

Blacks aren’t victims; they’re co-contributors to their fate- in more ways than they care to admit.


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