The tweet from California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu to Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Scott Perry was as racially explicit as it could be. It read:
Dear @RepScottPerry: Native-born Americans like you are no more American, and no less American, than an immigrant like me. And with every passing year, there will be more people who look like me in the US. You can’t stop it. So take your racist replacement theory and shove it. https://t.co/By1d2OBzv9
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 15, 2021
This because Congressman Perry — full disclosure, my own congressman — had the audacity to say this:
For many Americans what seems to be happening or what they believe right now is happening is, what appears to them is we’re replacing national-born American — native-born Americans to permanently transform the political landscape of this very nation.
At no time did Congressman Perry mention race. Never. Never once. Why would he? Republicans — the members of the Party of Lincoln — passionately agree with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous call to judge fellow Americans by the “content of their character” and not the color of their skin. The phrase “native-born American” applies to anyone born in America regardless of their color.
And as Congressman Lieu has just perfectly demonstrated, that is decidedly not the belief of either Congressman Lieu or his party. What Mr. Lieu has just so casually tweeted out is the oldest of Democratic Party doctrines — Jim Crow-ism, the systemic racism of the Left that built the party on slavery and segregation and is still building it exactly on race.
Here are some of the notables from Mr. Lieu’s party’s history over the decades that are exactly in line with the California congressman’s expressed belief that Americans must “look like me.”
The 1868 Democratic National Convention official slogan:
“This is a White Man’s Country, Let White Men Rule”
Democratic President Woodrow Wilson campaign manager and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, the progressive publisher of the Raleigh News & Observer:
“The subjection of the Negro, politically, and the separation of the Negro, socially, are paramount to all other considerations in the South short of the preservation itself of the Republic.”
Alabama Democratic Gov. George Wallace, 1963:
“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny … and I say … segregation today … segregation tomorrow … segregation forever.”
Washington, D.C., Democratic Mayor Marion Barry, 2012:
“We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go. I just tell you that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
One could fill volumes and volumes of Democrats repeatedly doing exactly what Congressman Lieu has done — dividing by skin color.
Note well: the phrase Congressman Perry used — “native-born Americans” — has zero, say again zero, reference to race. Not to say the obvious but the term “native-born Americans” applies to anybody and everybody of any color who is born in the United States. It applies to Joe Biden and Dr. Ben Carson, Al Sharpton and Mitch McConnell, ex-GOP Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and California’s Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, the late Elvis Presley and millions of others famous and unknown. “Native born” means what it says: born in America. There is zero reference to race, gender, or anything else.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but America is the one country on the planet where 100 percent of the “native born” are descended from, yes, all kinds of immigrants from around the globe. In fact, Congressman Perry’s district as well as neighboring districts here in Pennsylvania are filled with the descendants of German immigrants. Any time spent here and one still finds native-born Americans — say again native-born Americans — with “Pennsylvania Dutch” — aka German — accents inherited from their immigrant ancestors.
The real problem here, exactly as Congressman Lieu so vividly illustrates, is that the Democratic Party — again, the party founded by slave owners, the party that enthusiastically supported slavery, segregation, and now the son of segregation, identity politics, believes to its core in judging Americans by skin color.
Or, as Congressman Lieu put it, both his party and the congressman himself believe — and have always believed — in dividing Americans into two categories: “people who look like me,” and the rest of Americans, who don’t.
Look no further for Jim Crow.