The shamefully cold-blooded marriage between progressivism and race.
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Now. Let’s give some context to the race pimping sentiments expressed by Mistuh. Jimmy and White Mo, sentiments that are clearly focused on judging others by race.
What’s important to understand here is the hand-in -glove aspect of all of this. The life-giving necessity of racism to the political existence of progressivism. It is now and has always been the very oxygen provided by the first that gives the second the room to breathe.
There simply isn’t space here to list the entire history of those who, in a fashion ranging from the cold-blooded to the casual, have displayed in word and/or deed their fervent belief in the progressive-race pimping way of political life. Here’s a small sampling:
• Woodrow Wilson, a white man who served as the progressive President of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey and President of the United States. Wilson, a rabid segregationist, segregated the federal government while creating the progressive “New Freedom.” He created the Federal Reserve, supported tough anti-trust laws, establishing the federal farm loan program, and — yes — the “progressive” federal income tax.
• Josephus Daniels, a white man who was the leading progressive journalist of his day as the publisher of the Raleigh News-Observer in North Carolina. In this capacity he was a strong supporter of progressive causes such as child labor laws public education and government ownership of telephones, telegraphs and all private radio transmitters. Mr. Daniels was also Secretary of the Navy under Wilson and Ambassador to Mexico under FDR. Like Wilson a rabid segregationist, Daniels segregated the United States Navy.
• Theodore Bilbo, a white man who served as Senator and Governor of Mississippi. Called “Bilbo the Builder” as governor because of his devotion to public works, including a state highway and hospitals. He also outlawed public hangings. A staunch defender of the poor, the unemployed, farmers, veterans, and public schools, he was a fierce opponent of bankers and the rich. Once elected to the Senate he was a strong supporter of FDR’s establishment of Social Security, providing his vote for it in the Senate when the program was created in 1935. Bilbo was a notorious segregationist, member of the Ku Klux Klan and author of Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization.
• J. William Fulbright, a white man educated at Oxford University, a Rhodes Scholar, the progressive president of the University of Arkansas, Congressman and Senator from Arkansas, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A segregationist, as a Senator he was a signer of the infamous “Southern Manifesto” which proclaimed opposition to integration, specifically the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision.
• George Wallace, a white man who served as the progressive Governor of Alabama. Focused on a progressive platform of jobs and education (he established the Alabama junior college system), he famously promised “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
• Howell Raines, a white man who served as the progressive Executive Editor of the progressive New York Times. Raines was a strong proponent of the latest progressive trend in journalism known as “advocacy journalism” and pushed the Times in that direction. He resigned in disgrace from the Times when it was discovered that he had hired reporter Jayson Blair because of his race — Blair is black — and that Blair was in fact plagiarizing his work. Warned of Blair’s unqualified work, the Times was force to admit Raines deliberately kept Blair at his post because of his skin color.
• Al Sharpton, a black man who is a progressive activist headquartered in New York City. A staunch supporter of all things progressive whether the issue is jobs, health care, the war in Iraq or education, to name a handful. As with Carter, Bilbo, and Wallace, he targets a racial audience, in this case black Americans, to build his political following for progressive causes. Using the language of anti-Semitism, (“diamond merchants”) to black followers, he has led a march through the streets of heavily black Crown Heights in Brooklyn with protesters yelling of Jews “Whose streets? Our streets!” He was a staunch supporter of what proved to be the false rape allegations of a 15-year-old African-American girl Tawana Brawley against a white cop and inveighed against the “white interloper” in what Sharpton considered to be black territory — Harlem.
• Van Jones, a black man who served until recently as the progressive “Green Jobs Czar” in the Obama Administration. An activist in all manner of progressive causes from crime to the environment, his use of race pimping techniques extended from his support of cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to the environment, as evidenced in this now infamous race pimping quote unearthed by Fox commentator Glenn Beck: “The white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities because they don’t have a racial justice frame.” “Racial justice,” of course, is pimp-speak for judging others by skin color.
• Sonia Sotomayor, a Hispanic woman who has just taken a seat on the United States Supreme Court. A life-long progressive, she actively supported the concept of judging others by skin color as far back as her student days at Princeton. Whether belonging to Acción Puertorriqueña, a student group formed on racial grounds, or as co-chair at Yale Law School of a race-based group for Latin, Asian, and Native American — but not white or black — students, or her famous remark that she views her role on the bench as a racial one of being a “Wise Latina” Sotomayor has made plain her devotion to race as a yardstick of measurement in American society.
Each and every one of these “progressives”, and countless others unmentioned, race pimped their way to political power by pitting one race against another. They race pimped for the presidency, governorships, and Senate seats. They race pimped in the name of giving people jobs, educating children, taking care of veterans, building hospitals and highways, cleaning up the environment, ending wars, and creating a life filled with “justice” for you and me. So who cares how they do it? The cause is worthy, right?
We end with our favorite, White Mo. She of the white owned New York Times with the white run editorial board and the majority white columnist crew. White Mo, who looked at the chief executive of the United States delivering a serious policy speech on health care and saw…yes indeedy, surprise surprise…a black president. Not the president of the United States. Nooooooooooo. Not our White Mo. She saw, in her words, “a black man” who is president of the United States. Not a president of the United States who happens to be black. And hearing a congressman shout “You lie!” she saw race there too.
But of course she did. As the late Jack Kemp might say, “White Mo knows a lot about black people. She met one once.”
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H/T to National Review Online