It happens so often that we have grown accustomed to it. Which is sad, when you think about it. What am I talking about? Democrats and liberals playing the race card. In the past it was mostly held by the professional race provocateurs like Al Sharpton and Jesses Jackson, but more recently Democrat politicians have begun using it with regularity. Since MSNBC embraced its inner leftist, it has begun playing racially divisive games with impunity. It’s been so pervasive, these racial games, that I think many on the right have started to turn and face it. In recent days I’ve noticed an attitude of defiance building in my fellow conservatives; something that looks kind of like “I’m no racist, you’re just an idiot, and I’m done trying to convince you that I’m not a racist.”
Keeping all of that in mind, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) went ahead and lobbed this rhetorical grenade at anyone associated with the tea party.
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”
Disgusting. I’m not old enough to remember the Civil Rights movement and the turmoil of the 1950’s and 60’s. I was born into a much friendlier racial America, but over the years I have become a student of history. The pain our nation experienced (specifically African-Americans) in that time breaks my heart. I have sought out first hand accounts from my parents and grandparents and from my wife’s extended family… and their experiences coupled with my books and the things I’ve seen on TV tell me that Charlie Rangel is wrong.
He is wrong to equate the tea party to the racism of the south (and the North – Dr. King spent a lot of time fighting racism and poverty in northern cities like Detroit too) during the Civil Rights movement. It minimizes the pain and heartache of that period in our country’s history.
As is his wont, Rangel continued to spout his buffoonery. His next topic focused on how anyone opposed to immigration reform as presented by the Democrats and the Gang of Eight is a racist. (I’m not kidding.)
“Every white son of a gun from Europe has found a way to get here, and these barriers I think have a lot to do with color and the awkwardness or the uncomfortableness that a lot of whites feel about people of color.” Rangel refused to contemplate the Democratic Party’s historic opposition to immigration: “You are not going to go back to Abe Lincoln now and that bullshit are you?”
Republicans in Congress can stand up and debate reasons for being against the Gang of Eights immigration reform. They could use logic, statistics, academic studies, and historic observations – but none of that matters to the Left. They don’t even need to listen; all they have to do is say RACIST. The debate is over.
Will the media, who has watched the exchange, remember the numbers, theories or reasons that Republicans have used to argue their perspectives? No. What they will remember is that a mature, professional legislator who has been in politics for longer than many of them have been alive said RACIST. That will be the headline, that will be the story, and that will be the trope that the media peddles and that American public consumes.
It’s a disgusting story that is playing out all too often on the pages of our newspapers and on the sets of our television media. Racism exists. It is real and it is ugly. Racism is a sordid blemish on the sinful hearts of collective humanity, and it must be stamped out.
I think that is the worst part of what the race-baiters and leftists are doing — they are conditioning us to ignore their cries of racism. If we grow cold to the idea that racism really exists because a certain group are constantly crying wolf, what will happen when we encounter true racism? Will we even recognize it?