Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

November 2, 2005

Black Democrats Endorse Racism

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:42 pm

But only against Black Republicans, of course. I can’t believe I’m actually seeing this, but it’s true:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

And they do illegal things also:

Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report — the only Republican candidate so targeted.

Note: I don’t know if those “operatives” are black, white, or something else, but the DSSC is headed by the very-liberal white Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). I guess he thinks it’s OK to break the law when campaigning against blacks.

But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with “pointing out the obvious.”

“There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names,” said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

OK, Mr. Mfume, how would you feel if someone “point[ed] out the obvious” and said you are just a slave on Charles Schumer’s plantation? Would that be OK with you?

State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

“Party trumps race, especially on the national level,” she said. “If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It’s democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy.”

Well, I’m glad to see party trumps race, but does it really trump racism? Would be be acceptable to Sen. Gladden if a Republican opponent of hers told voters not to vote for her because she’s black? Would it be OK with her if Republican activists threw food at her at campaign rallies? (Maybe hog jowls?)

The fact is, most voters are not racists, and the other fact is, Michael Steele is a great candidate — and taken together, those two facts scare the Democrats out of their wits.

And the good thing for Republicans is — they don’t even seem embarrassed about it!


James Taranto quotes the following from the same article:

Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.

“Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community,” she said. “His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people.”

Taranto then comments:

This is the equivalent of racist white politicians in the pre-civil-rights South denouncing a white liberal as a “nigger lover.” If black Democrats–and white Democrats, for that matter–cannot disagree respectfully with a conservative who happens to be black, they have no moral authority when it comes to combating racism in other manifestations.

Samuel Alito: Minority Rights Champion

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:46 pm

Many liberal commentators and organzations (like MoveOn.org, as noted previously) are criticizing Samuel Alito for allegedly wanting “to strip basic protections from workers, women, minorities and the disabled in favor of unchecked power for corporations and special interests.”

Of course, the opposite is true, as noted by this article. A sample:

In his 15 years on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Alito has compiled a reputation for safeguarding the rights of blacks, religious minorities, and persecuted women that would be the envy of any left-winger.

As a federal appeals judge, Alito ruled in favor of Ronald A. Williams, a black man serving life in prison for first-degree murder, who had discovered evidence that one of his jurors was racially prejudiced and lied about this during the screening process. Since this evidence only came to light after Williams’ conviction, Alito gave him a new day in court.

He also showed concern for homosexuals in a 2004 case filed against New Jersey’s Shore Regional High School Board of Education. Alito ruled the high school had failed in its duty to provide a student an adequate education by failing to protect him from years of brutal harassment, in which bullies regularly belittled his “perceived effeminacy,” slurring his assumed sexuality. Alito sent a clear message that he would have zero tolerance for any school district that looked the other way while students vicious bullied one of their own, even if that hazing were conducted on the basis of homosexuality (real or imagined); gay kids have a right to education, too.

However, Alito’s most notable ruling came in the groundbreaking case of Fatin v. INS, which specifically established the rights of women who refused to wear traditional Islamic dress, such as the burqa, in their homelands. Alito determined, for the first time, that women who have reason to believe they would be persecuted for not abiding by medieval Koranic dress codes could be granted asylum in the United States. One law review article commented, “Fatin v. INS was a stepping stone for Iranian women. It finally showed an international awareness of repression on the basis of gender persecution.” Unlike liberal jurists, though, he set the bar high enough that “persecution” means “threats to life, confinement, torture, and economic restrictions so severe that they constitute a threat to life or freedom.

He has, in other venues, shown appreciation for the rights of Muslims – Sunni Muslims, specifically (a fact that should not be lost on our leftist friends, who counsel Bush to establish cordial relations with Sunnis in Iraq). Alito rebuked a police department for forcing Muslim officers to shave their beards, which violated their religious consciences.

In fact, Alito has a stellar record on Freedom of Religion in general, even siding against the ACLU‘s full-time grinches in a Nativity scene case, ACLU v. Schundler. He likewise ruled Christian afterschool clubs should be able to set up tables at school events, and religious students should be able to express their faith openly, in their words and artwork.

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