This kind of “article” is what conservatives have boiled systemic racism down to. They do not understand the concept and can’t see how their denial of it’s existence just bolsters the arguments for it. No one thinks your baby is racist, Karen… But we know it’s mother is.
Over the past week, I have received several messages taunting me over Donald Sterling, the well-known racist and owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Readers want to know why I don’t point out this racist “Democrat.” There is no quetion that Sterling’s comments were racist so let’s start with the recording that started it all:
I did not post this video on this website before because I don’t consider Donald Sterling to be a political figure and that is the primary focus of this blog. However, in response to the Cliven Bundy facepalm, the Conservative Media put Sterling on my radar.
The headlines started coming out on some major right wing political websites and blogs:
“LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling is a Racist Democrat”– The Tea Party News Network
“Report: Clippers Owner Caught In Racist Rant Is A Democratic Donor” – Fox Nation
“Donald Sterling made donations to Dems” – Politico
“Media Ignoring Dem Donations of LA Clippers’ Owner, Allegedly Caught on Tape in Race-Based Rant” – NewsBusters
“NBA Sterling is a Democrat…” – The Drudge Report
“Race Hate Spewing Clippers Owner Is Democratic Donor” – The Daily Caller
Rush Limbaugh went off on a tirade about it on Monday saying, “This guy is a big Democrat… The only reason he is in trouble right now is that he did not give enough money to Obama.” He then went on to rant about Sterling being “a typical Hollywood Democrat” and a litany of other textbook Limbaugh hyperbole.
So NOW they have my attention. Apparently it’s very important that these websites point out a Democratic racist to help soothe the burning of the wound caused by their frantic embrace of Cliven Bundy. The world must know that this Democrat is a racist too!
Except they got one thing wrong… Donald Sterling is a registered Republican in Los Angeles County and has been for over 18 years.
On Sunday, Michael Hiltzik, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, tweeted that local voter records show Sterling to be a registered Republican since 1998. Mother Jones followed up and did a search of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website for Sterling’s name, date of birth, and address confirmed that he’s registered as a Republican.
Donald Sterling – Registered Republican
Again, the Conservative Media got it wrong. They jumped at a chance to paint a “Democrat” as a racist just because Sterling made a small contribution to Grey Davis and one to Bill Bradley over 15 years ago. They thought that they could just shout out “Democrat!” and no one would check them on that. The rest of the media was prepared to not even bother with checking his political party affiliation but, because of the noise they made, the facts came out. Well known racist Donald Sterling is indeed a Republican.
Keep your mouth shut, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh, and you’ll stop helping me point out that Republicans are Racists.
Well, Republican Primary Season is upon us once again and nothing gets the truth out of GOP candidates quite like the mad dash to the right that they all do in order to please the base. Some candidates know exactly what their kind wants to hear and it leads some of them to drop the dog whistles and come straight out with it. Today we get to hear from Texas Republican Senate Candidate Chris Mapp who participated in a series of interviews with the Dallas Morning News as they decide who gets their endorsement in the primary against sitting Senator John Cornyn.
Texas Republican Senate Candidate Chris Mapp
Getting the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News Editorial Board is a definite leg up in a primary that is filled with Tea Party candidates. Chris Mapp has decided that getting to the right of Cornyn is his best shot and he let it all hang out in his interview. Here is how the Dallas Morning News article puts it:
South Texas businessman Chris Mapp, 53, told this editorial board that ranchers should be allowed to shoot on sight anyone illegally crossing the border on to their land, referred to such people as “wetbacks,” and called the president a “socialist son of a bitch.”
Unsurprisingly, the Dallas Morning News then went on to endorse John Cornyn.
But Chris Mapp wasn’t done! Later, in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Mapp defended his use of the term “wetbacks.” He described the slur as normal for Texans and said its use is as “normal as breathing air in south Texas,” according to the newspaper.
Apparently what Chris Mapp is saying is that Republicans being Racists in South Texas is as normal as breathing air. I wonder how many of his constituents agree.
Oklahoma Republican House Majority Leader Dennis Johnson
The Republican outreach to minorities continues! The new Republican party wants non-white citizens to understand that they aren’t just the party of old, white guys. The GOP is now opening the tent wide for people of all creeds and colors.
Continuing that effort, Oklahoma Republican House Majority Leader Dennis Johnson used his time during a floor debate to discuss effective strategies for small business owners.
“There’s such a thing called niche marketing,” he began. “You find out what you do better than somebody else and that’s what you market.”
I’m with ya, Dennis. Niche Marketing. I got it.
“Then you get the reward of success. People come back to you,” he continued. “They like the service they get, and they don’t ask me—they might try to Jew me down on a price, that’s fine. You know what? That’s free market as well.”
The “new” GOP wants to reach out to people of all colors but they simply can’t stop their true inner feelings from surfacing.
Immediately after this comment, someone hastily whispers to Leader Johnson and he turns back to the mic to apologize.
“I apologize to the Jews. They’re good small businessmen as well,” Johnson said with a laugh.
Double facepalm. They still don’t get it.
In a later interview with The Oklahoman, Johnson explained that it was a term used in his youth that somehow bubbled up out of nowhere. He said that the comment “came out of one of the wrinkles of my brain and it was not something that was intentional.”
Hmmmm… Where have I heard that before? No one has to convince me that, deep in one of the wrinkles of their brain, Republicans are racists.
Racist U.S. Rep. Don Young addresses a Choose Respect (ha!) rally in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Juneau, Alaska. (Becky Bohrer/AP Photo)
With it’s recent “autopsy” and declarations of the necessity to re-brand itself to a more diverse set of voters, the Republican Party is just days into their campaign to put lipstick on their pig. They have no desire to change their positions on any of the policies that lost them the 2012 election, but they do want to stop saying what they think when other people can hear what they are saying. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, has declared that Republicans need to stop saying “stupid” and “idiotic” things in public. Well, already an elected Republican Congressman has shown that a lot of GOP members just can’t help themselves.
In an interview with public radio station KRBD, Representative Don Young of Alaska launched his appeal to bring more Latinos into the “Big Tent” of the Republican Party. “I used to own — my father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now.”
In a released statement, Representative Young did not apologize but instead explained that the phrase was simply ingrained into his being because he used it when he was growing up. That’s right Don. You used the term “Wetback” (a derogatory term for Mexican migrant workers) because you have always used it… Because you’re a racist.
“I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in central California,” he said. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”
It was a racial slur back then and still is today, you ignorant fool. But Don Young doesn’t see it that way. I argue that most Republicans will take his reason for using the slur as perfectly acceptable… And that is why I continue to believe that Republicans are racists.
The thunderous applause that Ann Coulter gets for this off-the-cuff remark shows you just how out in touch with their racism that the new Republican party is becoming. I like to discuss subtle racism and dog whistles because I find them fascinating but that sometimes makes me overlook more obvious material since I’m looking for subtlety. With Ann Coulter, this is never the case. Subtle ain’t her style… Especially in front of a hungry audience that’s begging for red meat.
The 2012 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference really highlighted something we already know… Republicans are racists.