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Who is calling whom ‘racist?’

January 7, 2008

by Roz Kohls

Whenever Republicans mention “law and order” or “securing the borders to slow illegal immigration” they are accused of racism. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said in his new book “The Conscience of a Liberal,” that in 1980, when Republican president, Ronald Reagan, said he supported “states’ rights,” Reagan was using code to declare his secret sympathy for southern racism.

However, according to Bruce Bartlett, who wrote a book “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past,” for the past 200 years, prominent Democrats didn’t bother to use code words about race.

“They were openly and explicitly for slavery before the Civil War, supported lynching and “Jim Crow” laws after the war, and regularly defended segregation and white supremacy throughout most of the 20th century,” Bartlett said Dec. 24 in the Wall Street Journal opinion page.

Bartlett listed 40 quotes from prominent Democrats and sections of the Democratic platform, starting with Thomas Jefferson through Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., (D-Del.) one of the Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination in 2008.

Some of them come from people you would never expect to say something racist.

“Blacks are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind,” Thomas Jefferson, for example, said in 1787.

“Blacks are a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race,” said Chief Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney in 1856. He had been appointed by Andrew Jackson in 1836, the co-founder of the Democratic Party.

Even Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of the Democrats’ favorite presidents, was openly racist. In 1925, he said “The mingling of Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of 10, the most unfortunate results.”

“I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes,” said Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1961, when he authorized wiretapping the phones of Dr. Martin Luther King.

“I’m not going to use the federal government’s authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods,” said President Jimmy Carter in 1976, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African American (Barack Obama) who is articulate and bright, and clean and a nice looking guy,” said Biden, campaigning this year.

The following quote is the most disgusting:

“I am a former Kleagle (recruiter) of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County . . . The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union,” US Sen. Robert C. Byrd, (D-W.Va.) said in 1946, and who is still in the US Senate today.

Openly advocating for the Ku Klux Klan makes saying “states’ rights” small potatoes in comparison.