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When All Else Fails – Play the Race Card

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS – PLAY THE RACE CARD

racismRemember when the Tea Party was showing their asses up and down Main Street, U.S.A.? Remember the signs – not just the misspelled ones, but the racist ones? Remember the sanctimonious protests that their movement wasn’t racist? Uh…huh – if you believed.

 After spending decades of my life as an activist working against organized hate groups, I think I am more than qualified in identifying and classifying people and groups as racist in nature, and I have been labeling, not only the Tea Party, but ReBiblicans, in general and these Dominionist flim-flam artists as racist hate-mongers for a while now.

After struggling for the last several years to foist their radical Biblical agenda on the American people, their frustration level hit a crescendo this week, and they all seemed to have some sort of epiphany that their fear tactics needed yet another boost. Why not scare the hell out of white people?

Now, we all know that white supremacist consider Caucasians to be superior to all other races, and that one of their many tactics in their tired old bag of tricks has been to use fear of other races to recruit others into their hateful fold. Their own fear of becoming a minority in this country and losing their “white privilege” is all consuming. And, they have used their fear tactics throughout the ages.

Dominionist and their supporters use fear, as well. And, while they attempt to masquerade themselves as all-loving, tolerant, up-standing citizens we all know that when the veil is lifted, we find intolerance and bigotry.

Thus far, these individuals have targeted homosexuals, women, liberals, progressives, Muslims, and atheists with their propaganda, rhetoric, and legislation. Taking on such issues as same-sex marriage, the right to choose, terrorism, and God’s wrath they have pulled out all of the stops in their campaign of fear and foreboding. Now, they have taken a page from the White Supremacist Bible – the oppression of white people.

glenn-beck-cryingAccording to Glenn Beck, (I hardly even want to mention this imposter), progressives and liberals have been engaged in actions to start a revolution in this country. The recent flap over the rodeo clown in Missouri who dressed up like Obama and suggested that he be trampled by a bull, and the fallout that followed is proof positive of modern day McCarthyism. After all, the clown, according to Beck, was a “very brave artist.”

larry klaymanLarry Klayman, Founder of Judicial Watch, weekly columnist for the right-wing rag, World Net Daily, and well-known “birther,” has, once again, jumped on the conspiracy train to warn all of us that President Obama is engaged in a massive attempt to “keep whitey and whitey’s allies down.” In his article Obama’s Mein Kampf  he makes the following claim: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/klayman/130814

“…perhaps it was Obama’s bigoted remarks after the George Zimmerman trial – where he effectively rejected the jury’s verdict of not guilty with a statement that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago – that truly unmasked his hateful intentions to make “whitey” and the others pay back “his people” for prior discrimination. And, indeed, this is what is at the heart of NSA-gate; a means to keep whitey and whitey’s allies down as Obama dismantles and deconstructs the nation by having them pay their “fair share” in reparations.”

For decades, one of the most used weapons in the white supremacist propaganda chest was the notion that white people were going to be forced to pay reparations to the descendents of slaves in this country. This idea was meant to strike fear in the hearts of white tax-payers. Of course, the use of “whitey” in his column was deliberate in his attempt to create outrage, and the use of “his people” speaks volumes to Klayman’s obvious prejudices.

erik_rushBut, the racist venom didn’t stop there. Erik Rush is another World Net Daily nut. Immediately after the bombing of the Boston Marathon, assuming the bomber had to be Muslim, Rush tweeted the following:

“Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!”

Today, Erik Rush wrote a new column in which he postulated that the new Forrest Whitiker/Oprha Winfrey movie Lee Daniels: The Butler is meant to “stoke anti-white violence.”

“…there is little doubt that the film will be used in the ongoing effort to rile black Americans. As I’ve said in the past, racial tension is one of the many circuits the administration has constructed that, when completed, may be used to initiate widespread civil unrest at the president’s push of a button.”

“There have been quite a few instances of black-on-white violent crime since Obama came into office; these have gone largely unreported by the establishment press for reasons that should be obvious. The point is that some blacks have become sufficiently motivated to perpetrate these crimes, and it is all – all – due to the lies into which they have subscribed.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/erik-rush-obama-and-oprah-will-use-butler-stoke-anti-white-violence#sthash.EFVCY2Ed.dpuf

Yet another chapter from the playbook has been unearthed. The old mantra of black on white crime, as well as riots in the streets, is a staple of the white nationalist crowd. A thinking person would know that if “Mandingo” or “A Time to Kill” didn’t create a civil uprising, the chances are a movie about a White House butler probably won’t either. But, then we ARE talking about last ditch efforts from those who would best be accomodated by life in an asylum.

JESSE-PETERSON-PHOTOThen there is Jesse Lee Peterson, the African-American darling of the Tea Party, and the founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). On September 21, 2005, Peterson penned a column for WorldNetDaily, in which he suggested the majority of the African-American people stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were “welfare-pampered”, “lazy” and “immoral”.

Peterson believes that Islam is an evil religion and that Muslims hate us because we are, after all, a Christian nation. According to Wikipedia:

“He has also claimed, “Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men” and “Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright Jr. He is the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus! He embodies the aspirations of every left-wing black group that wants to tear down this country and take power away from the “oppressive” white man. He’s not an obvious race hustler like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson; but Obama is a smooth pathological liar—with a wicked heart” Peterson has also thanked “God and white people” for slavery adding if it weren’t for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the promise land and described slave ships as akin to “being on a crowded airplane”. Peterson is friends with Sean Hannity and is a frequent guest on his TV show.

“He has said women should not be allowed to vote:

“Women cannot handle power. It’s not in them to handle power in the right way. […] I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should’ve never turned this over to women. […] It was a big mistake. […] And these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil who agrees [sic] with them who’re gonna take us down this pathway of destruction. And this probably was the reason they didn’t allow women to vote when men were men. Because men in the good old days understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it. And they understood that, you let them take over, this is what would happen.”

Yesterday, Peterson was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times where he claims that most black Americans are suffering from a lack of moral character – not racism and that most black people are racist toward whites. He also believes that the Civil Rights Act didn’t do enough to protect white people:

The problem with the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Peterson tells the Times, is that it didn’t “protect white folks” against “black racism.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jesse-lee-peterson-civil-rights-act-didn-t-do-enough-protect-white-people#sthash.Pz5FIJzS.dpuf

Perpetuating the myth that white people in this country are being oppressed on a daily basis is the stock and trade of the White Nationalist. While Peterson doesn’t fit the bill because of his race, he has no problem with furthering the message to maintain his standing within the extremist community. I doubt that he realizes how expendable to that crowd he really is. However, Peterson et.al. have become useful tools to those who are attempting to bamboozle the public into believing that they couldn’t possibly be racist pigs.

Sandy riosThe next outfit to signal their racist discontent was none other than the American Family Association which has already been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law center. Talk-show host, Sandy Rios sounded the alarm about Obamacare and Muslims in Michigan. According to Rios, Obama resettled “thousands of Palestinian refugees in the United States once he became president – a rumor long since proven erroneous – but, it makes for good right-wing radio. Here is a little clip from her rant:

“I think it is frightening because they are Islamists and they are in the heart of our country, and now they are qualified for food stamps as well. We know that in Michigan, Muslim men have multiple wives even though we don’t allow that in this country. They do still practice it so they go in and sign up for food assistance…. Is Arabic going to be the new language—how many languages are we going to have that are going to be officially acknowledged in America?”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-fears-food-stamps-will-aid-islamists-and-palestinian-refugees-obama-didnt-resettl#sthash.Tfp2SyqX.dpuf

Once again, using the scare tactics that “American culture” is going to be changed, and that other etnicities are threatening our language and our way of life is simply one of the old, tired arguments of groups like the Klan, the neo-Nazi’s, the old White Citizens Party, the Council of Conservative Citizens, etc.

So, what has caused this recent spate of racist rhetoric from the extremist right? Generally speaking, only the most in-your-face, groups of organized racists speak in such caustic and despicable terms, while the closet racists, right-wing pundits, and political hopefuls keep their poker faces and attempt to defraud the public.

Also generally speaking, the extremist right has made very little headway this year in furthering their insidious agenda. What little they have accomplished has met with a great deal of derision, and in some cases, court rulings against their pernicious attempts. Consequently, their frustration has, perhaps, resulted in a dropping of the mask allowing their true colors to emerge. Desperation can sometimes cause fools to become even more foolish. As we have all witnessed before, when all else fails, as it has, they play the race card. That’s what it’s always been about, anyway.

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Founded in 1990, the Discovery Institute is billed as a non-profit “educational foundation and think-tank. The Institute has long been a tool of the Christian ultra-right-wingers. It was initially established as a branch of the Hudson Institute by Bruce Kerry Chapman and his pal George Gilder.

Bruce Chapman

Bruce Chapman

Chapman is a WashingtonState politician who served as Director of the Census Bureau at the pleasure of Ronald Regan, as well as an Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna. He is a major proponent of Intelligent Design and that is truly what the Institute is all about.

George Gilder

George Gilder

Gilder, on the other hand, is more than a one-trick pony. A major contributor to Forbes, Wired, the National Review, and the Wall Street Journal, Gilder is a critic of feminism and governmental welfare policies claiming that they “eroded the “sexual constitution” that socialized men as fathers and providers.”If that isn’t enough, Gilder’s racist and discriminatory opinions against people of other cultures speak volumes about the Institute’s true leanings. He describes both African and Native American cultures as “destructive cultures”, “tragic failures” and “virtual social suicide”, and upholding Native American or African cultures is a “terrible perversion.”

In his own words:

Indian culture didn’t fail because it was virtuous. It failed because it was a corrupt and unsuccessful culture. These tribal cultures they [multiculturalists] are trying to import from Africa are tragic failures, too. To uphold these destructive cultures that have been virtual social suicide for the people who live in them is a terrible perversion.”

Additionally, Gilder is a major opponent of secular public education.

“Religion is primary. Unless a culture is aspiring toward the good, the true, and the beautiful, and wants the good and the true, really worships God, it readily worships Satan. If we turn away from God, our culture becomes dominated by “Real Crime Stories” and rap music and other spew… When the culture becomes corrupt, then the businesses that serve the culture also become corrupt… Secular culture is in general corrupt, and degraded, and depraved. Because I don’t believe in secular culture, I think parochial schools are the only real schools”

And…if one were to buy into Gilder’s warped and demented thought process we would believe that poor people are spoiled and suffering from moral decay:

What the poor really need is morals…The official poor in America have higher incomes and purchasing power than the middle class in the United States in 1955 or the middle class in Japan today. The so-called “poor” are ruined by the overflow of American prosperity. What they need is Christian teaching from the churches…The poverty line in a rich country like the United States is a meaningless standard. We have no poverty problem strictly speaking, we have a desperate problem of family breakdown and moral decay.”

While the Discovery Institute claims to be a “secular organization,” it is clear that their claim is patently untrue. It is equally as clear that the Institute has a decidedly Christian agenda, is funded largely by the Christian far-right, and that it fosters nothing less than a Christian worldview. Through its’ public statements, publications and presentations it is obvious that the purpose of the group is to promote a Christian ideology. Americans United for Separation of Church and State seems to agree:

AU“Though the Discovery Institute describes itself as a think tank ‘specializing in national and international affairs,’ the group’s real purpose is to undercut church-state separation and turn public schools into religious indoctrination centers.”

For the past two decades the Institute has been surrounded in controversy. According to a Wikipedia article, one such controversy involved the schism within the Episcopalian church over the ordination of homosexuals:

One controversy erupted when it was made public in the online journal Salon that, in the summer of 2000, Discovery Institute President Chapman advised a breakaway faction of Episcopalians opposed to the ordination of gays on how to fund their desired schism from the mainline denomination, and suggested that funds from multi-millionaire and institute board member Howard Ahmanson, who was also a fellow Episcopalian, might be available for this task. In a memo Chapman sent to fellow dissident Episcopalians, he stated that for their campaign to succeed fund-raising was critical, but “is going to be affected greatly by whether we have a clear, compelling forward strategy” and “the Ahmansons are only going to be available to us if we have such a strategy and I think it would be wise to involve them directly in settling on it….”

Well connected and well funded, the Discovery Institute is but one of many think-tanks who are stealthily pushing forward with an agenda of right-wing dogma and dominionism. They are powerful forces in the halls of government and in winning the minds of unsuspecting and gullible Americans. It is imperative that we know who these people are, what their goals are, and how to combat their message.

For a list of the most prominent of these members – click here.