The shamefully cold-blooded marriage between progressivism and race.
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After a couple hundred years of American politics, there are so many candidates for the trophy of Most Outrageous Race Pimping Progressive that space limits. But here’s a small sampling of those who have given the progressive race pimping tradition a special glow, all honored and cherished in some fashion in their day for their handiwork.
Let’s start with Mistuh Jimmy himself, so you can get a feel for how the marriage between progressivism and race pimping works in practice.
Here’s the tale as presented by then-New York Times reporter Jim Wooten, who knew Mistuh Jimmy “for a long time” before he ran for president because Wooten started out as the Atlanta bureau chief of the Times. As a matter of fact, it is Wooten who reports on why and from whom Jimmy Carter acquired the name “Mistuh Jimmy.” This tale emerges from Wooten’s 1978 biography of Mistuh Jimmy titled Dasher — after Mistuh Jimmy’s Secret Service code name. Also sourced here is Mistuh Jimmy’s own tale of his life in his 1976 campaign biography Why Not the Best?
In 1970, Mistuh Jimmy is taking his second — and winning — crack at the Georgia governorship. What was Mistuh Jimmy running on back there in 1970? What political view was he pushing from one end of Georgia to the other? Why — progressivism, of course. Mistuh Jimmy was for progressive penal reform, reorganizing in progressive fashion the antiquated Georgia state government, zero based budgeting, updating the state constitution, hiring the disabled to work as radio operators for the state police. He just loved progressive ideas about tax equalization, education, historic preservation, and so on and on and on. He was a fountain of “progressive” ideas about how to help the people of Georgia.
But of course, since progressives must tend faithfully to the racism side of the marriage, Mistuh Jimmy was nothing if not a star at race pimping. Specifically, this meant he would work with another man actor in the progressive-racist racket.
Mistuh Jimmy needed Mistuh Roy, actually Mistuh Roy Harris.
Mistuh Jimmy had lost the Democratic primary first time out when he ran for governor, back in 1966. To the infamous axe-handle wielding racist Democrat and progressive populist Lester Maddox. Maddox was prohibited under the Georgia constitution from serving a second consecutive term, so Mistuh Jimmy needed to pimp harder to win the Maddox racist vote. Why? His opponent this time around was the much better known former governor Carl Sanders. So it wasn’t enough just to pimp race in any average fashion, bad as that might be. No, sir. Mistuh Jimmy had to do much better — to out pimp the legendary Lester Maddox. So he lined up ex-Democratic governor Marvin Griffin, the man who responded to the idea of integration in Georgia by saying: “Never, no, never!” Now, Griffin’s endorsement in hand, he sought out Mistuh Roy.
Mistuh Roy had fairly well defined views on race as well. How defined? This defined, according to Jim Wooten, who quoted Mistuh Roy’s beliefs on the subject:
“Niggers are niggers and no amount of crossbreeding is going to help them any. The tiniest drop of nigger blood will spoil a man. History shows that. Everybody knows that, and those who don’t know that have probably got some nigger blood in them, that’s all.”
Alrighty then!!! One thing you can say about the people who race pimp, they sure don’t beat around the bush, do they?
As if this kind of race pimping was not enough to get Mistuh Jimmy’s real message across, he decided to race pimp the kids. The well-choreographed visit to a segregated academy in Swainsboro, Georgia, where Mistuh Jimmy was “warmly applauded” by an “all-white” class of sixth graders as he delivered his message that he would do “everything” he could for both this school and similar institutions across the state. In other words, he race pimped sixth graders! Sixth graders!
Then there were the photos distributed. Photos? What photos? It seems that when Carl Sanders was Governor of Georgia, there had been a moment of glory for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. There was a playoff win and the usual champagne dousing of players ensued. On this particular occasion Governor Sanders had shown up to help celebrate. Photos were snapped of the Governor surrounded by jubilant Hawks players, coincidentally all black players, spraying and dousing away in happy victory. The Carter campaign saw yet another chance to race pimp. So “thousands of copies” of a photo of the white Sanders whooping it up with black athletes were distributed across the state. Mistuh Jimmy won. And he won, as no less than the New York Times would acknowledge, by appealing directly to “the white racist vote.” That’s Times-speak for “race pimping.”
Because the harsh pull-back-the-curtain fact was that Mistuh Jimmy clearly shared Mr. Roy’s “let’s judge others by skin color” attitude or he would have been making an issue of Mr. Roy, not “riding through Augusta” on a “steaming morning in September 1970” race pimping away to get the support of a man whom Wooten described as representing the “mean recalcitrance of a slave-based society, challenged by decency and the United States Constitution.” There would have been no visits to race pimp segregated academies or race pimp a photo showing a white governor with a bunch of black athletes unless Mistuh Jimmy shared the idea that the color of one’s skin was somehow a big deal and race pimping wasn’t a big deal. That’s why he was called “Mistuh Jimmy” in the first place.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online