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Monday, July 21, 2014

Morris Dees, SPLC Founder Joins Atty, Holder On Racial Animus And President Obama

After Attorney General Eric Holder's ABC News interview on July 13, 2014, Sarah Palin and other GOP conservative talking heads accused the AG of "Playing the Race Card." 



Since Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (years later) the GOP has carved out a geo/political region across a southern swath of the United States with an undeniably effective "Southern Strategy."

Southern strategy - Wikipedia

While the GOP "base" map looks more like the image below, rest assured the GOP has a voting bloc strangle hold on the states depicted above via Wiki.

A political party with 82% white membership with subgroups like conservative libertarians (reported demographic of 70 plus percent white members) has a dedicated voter niche. The GOP can claim fiscal conservatism and the moral high-ground (very much unfounded), but the glue that holds it all together resides in matters of race.

He claims not to have said "black people" while claiming a misstated and garbled "BLAH" people.  Yet, his audience resoundingly applauded his words signaling aggregate knowledge of a species called "BLAH" people (maybe only a denizen species in Iowa). There is not denying recognition of Santorum's "dog whistle."  

Rush Limbaugh has stated angst against Obama and Holder is not due to race. He posits the more vocal are anti-democrat. Fortunately, Limbaugh speaks to a dedicated group of sycophant listeners. His listeners may even find a place in their gray matter to accept Limbaugh platitudes. We offer a vastly different picture.
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THE TOP TEN RACIST RUSH LIMBAUGH QUOTES

1. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
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No, but I’ve noticed that all racist bigots think like Rush Limbaugh. Comparing a respected black politician and minister to common criminals is Jim Crow racism. Maybe all black people look alike to him, but I’ve never seen a picture of a wanted criminal that looks like Jesse Jackson. A serial killer that looks like Rush Limbaugh on the other hand.
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Talking heads on the Right consistently adopt deflective strategy against AG Holder, but the strategy fails once their rhetoric moves beyond their sycophants followers. I place much more faith in one who surely knows the vast cloaked world of racism, antisemitism, homophobia and gender bias. Once, I move past Tim Wise's educational anti-racism lectures and books, I quickly move  to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In fact, the SPLC is my one stop source of information related to US  covert and overt racism. Morris Dees, SPLC Founder, recently wrote in support of Holder's comments on race in America and direct animus towards President Obama and himself. 

HomeThe Southern Poverty Law Center 
Right-wing pundits are jumping all over Attorney General Eric Holder for daring to suggest on Sunday that “racial animus” plays a role in the “level of vehemence” that’s been directed at President Obama. They’re denouncing him for “playing the race card” and “stoking racial divisions.”
Who do they think they’re fooling?
The rhetoric is what’s hateful. Calling people out for it is not.
The racism Holder described has been obvious since the 2008 campaign, when Obama was portrayed as someone who was not a “real American” – a Muslim, a Kenyan, a communist, even a terrorist sympathizer.
Since then, an entire movement has been built around the thoroughly discredited notion that the president’s birth certificate is a fake. And that’s just the beginning.
Newt Gingrich has called Obama the “food stamp president” and referred to his “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.”
Rush Limbaugh has said Obama – and Oprah Winfrey, too, by the way – have reached the pinnacle of their professions only because they’re black. He added this week that “so-called conservative media types” praised Holder’s nomination only because he’s black.
Glenn Beck has said the president, whose mother was white, has a “deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.”
Conservative hero and former rock star Ted Nugent, who was invited to campaign with the GOP nominee for Texas governor, called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”
Confederate flag was waved in front of the White House during last year’s “Million Vet March.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina screamed “You lie!” during the president’s address to Congress in September 2009. When has that happened to a president before?
All manner of overtly racist posters have been seen at Tea Party rallies, including one depicting the president as a “witch doctor.”  
We’ve repeatedly seen stories about conservative politicians sharing racist jokes  And, we’ve seen an explosive growth of radical-right groups, including armed militias, since Obama was elected, and repeated threats that violence is needed to “take our country back” from the “tyranny” of Obama. This is part of a backlash to the growing diversity in our country, as symbolized by the presence of a black man in the White House.
I grew up in rural Alabama during the Jim Crow years and lived through the civil rights movement, when white supremacists did everything they could, including committing violent atrocities, to turn back the tide of progress. And I’ve stared across the courtroom at some of America’s most vicious hatemongers – men like neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Cross, who recently killed three people and once targeted me. I know racism when I see it.
No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That’s clearly not true.
But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words. It’s been going on since Nixon implemented his “Southern strategy” of appealing to white resentment in the wake of the civil rights movement.
I wish it weren’t so. But it is simply undeniable. We should call it what it is.

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