When Glenn Beck said he believed President Obama was a racist during an appearance on Fox & Friends on July 28, 2009, Democrat talking heads throughout the country came unhinged.
In the media frenzy that followed, excerpts from Beck’s statement were taken out of context by liberal pundits and kook-fringe bloggers so that the world read about Beck saying, “[Obama] is, I believe, a racist," without also reading Beck’s qualifier: “I’m not saying [Obama] doesn’t like white people…[but he has] a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."
Despite their internal inconsistency, Beck’s words do raise a legitimate question. Do Barack Obama and the Democrat Party foster racism and use it as a political tool? The cold, hard truth that no one on the Left wants to admit is that they do.
Democrats, not Republicans, were the party of the South during the 1800s, and it was they who promoted and defended slavery during the Civil War, spawned and propagated the Ku Klux Klan during the decades after that war, and supported “Jim Crow laws” to keep former slaves from owning property, getting a job or voting. The Democrat Party then spent the 20th century, and has spent the first decade of the 21st, bringing us politicians with undeniable racist ties and convictions.
From 1927 to 1937, former Klansman Hugo Black was an Alabama Senator before defending Klan interests from the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, where he was a justice from 1937 to 1971. And in 1959, another Democrat and former Klansman, Robert Carlyle Bird, ascended to the Senate where he still serves the people of West Virginia. Ironically, my quick search of Byrd’s senate webpage found an emphasis on how he “has never lost sight of where he came from or where he is going” during his rise from “humble beginnings to the halls of power,” but no mention of his former Klan membership.
In the early 1960s, the Democrats gave us Ernest Hollings, governor of South Carolina. While governor, he was “a leading participant at a July 23, 1961 conference of ‘leading segregationists’ in Atlanta to organize a ‘segregationist bloc’ voting lobby to resist pressures for integration.” He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, and as a senator he openly opposed integration of private businesses and the efforts blacks were making to be able to eat in the same restaurants in which whites ate.
Although the list of elected Democrats who double as racists goes on and on, we need to remember that racism isn’t only found in those who have been elected. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two of the most racially-charged speakers on the planet, have never been elected to office yet have impacted and sometimes controlled Democrat policies since the late 1960s. Ironically, these two “righteous brothers,” full of the “hatred for white people or the white culture” Beck ascribed to Obama, have used accusations of racism against others to make their names and their fortunes.
For example, Jackson is known for his “shakedown” tactic, as extensively documented by Ken Timmerman in his book by that name. Jackson’s victims — huge telecommunications companies, banks and brokerages — have donated millions to his “Rainbow Push Coalition” and “Citizenship Education Fund” to buy their way out of accusations of racism. In the meantime, columnist Mychal Massie, who happens to be black, says it’s hard to find “blacks [who] can truthfully say they tangibly benefited from Jackson’s [shakedowns].”
Sharpton’s tactics are even worse. In 1987 he asserted that “six whites, [including] some law-enforcement officers in Dutchess County, New York, …had abducted, raped, and smeared…feces” on a black teen named Tawana Brawley. Although there was no evidence to support the charges, Sharpton went so wild with his accusations that he even included “then-Duchess County assistant prosecutor Steve Pagones [as] one of Brawley’s assailants.”
Appearing on “reputable” news outlets like the Phil Donahue show and “Geraldo,” Sharpton told television audience after television audience about Pagones’ alleged complicity in this crime that never happened. When the case was finally thrown out, Sharpton started looking for another white on black crime he could exploit while Pagones’ life fell apart. Even though Pagones had been acquitted, the scrutiny and pressure that came along with being accused of gang-raping a 15 year old black girl took its toll. Ironically, Sharpton has yet to apologize to Pagones or even to acknowledge the false accusations he made against him.
But it appears that that’s just the way Democrats operate: they don’t remember what they want to forget. Thus, Sharpton can say what he wants yet be innocent of the effect his words have on bystanders. Byrd can be a former Klansman, yet talk about an America-pie version of his climb from humble beginnings “to the halls of power.” And Obama’s pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, can say “the government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color” in September 2001 and that “racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run” in January 2008, while Obama claims he never heard one racial slur about whites in Wright’s sermons.
And if anyone still doubts that racism is a political tool Democrats love to use, just consider Obama’s handling of the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Although Gates was arrested for refusing to cooperate with Cambridge, Mass. police Sgt. James Crowley, after Crowley reached the scene believing there were “two possible burglars” involved, Obama took time during a nationally televised press conference to point out that Crowley had acted “stupidly” in arresting Gates.
Our “post-racial” president reflexively inflamed the incident — just as Prof. Gates did — manufacturing a racial incident where there apparently was none to begin with.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was quick to jump on the racial bandwagon by saying Obama “was right on target” with his criticism of Crowley, adding that Gate’s arrest proved that “inequalities and…racism…continue to exist.”
This is the real Democrat Party, and Beck was dead on when spoke of a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." To ignore it is to ignore history.