“Okiemama, Yes, I was very much alive in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. People can only feel a certain way about themselves if you give someone that power. It's apparent a review of vocabulary is necessary amongst the left.
Political satire: is used as a method of advancing political arguments, rarely offers a constructive view in itself; when it is used as part of protest or dissent, it tends to simply establish the error of matters rather than provide solutions.
If you have given this letter the power to make you feel worthless I can understand why you feel so strongly. Unfortunately, some black Americans seem to have placed an automatic trust in fellow blacks before objectively listening and considering someone else's opinion. This leaves them open to manipulation and victimization by their own race. Not everything in the political arena is about race and discrimination. Something as historical as political satire used in ancient Greece is not an attack on one's race. But people have been so hardwired and misinformed that the "racist" button is their default.”
“Today's generation of liberals seem to want to recapture the "glory days" of the 60's. Racism was rampant and ugly then. While I am not denying the existence of racism now, people have confused bigotry with racism. Bigotry is being obstinately or intolerantly devoted to one's own opinions & prejudices.
The UN says "...any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life"
The signs you don't like, the letter...they do not impair enjoyment, deny human rights nor freedoms in anyone's political, economic, social, or cultural lives. They may be distasteful and offensive. They are not racist. But in your labeling Tea Party members racists you show yourself to be a hypocrite, and frankly, bigotted. You have made much of little. Stereotypes exist for a reason in all cultural groups, because there are some people like that. We have rednecks and trailer trash, which the libs have taken great pleasure in exploiting. You've been manipulated by the NAACP to spread their message. We're all Americans. When we react to the "machine" (NAACP, FoxNews, CNN, GOP,) we lose our dignity. Don't believe everything you've been told. I'm in the Tea Party. I'm not a racist. I don't hate you. I just don't agree with you nor Obama.”
hp blogger Alvin McEwen on Jul 19, 2010 at 17:59:52
“My friend, you are speaking in circles. It's not a matter of hating me - I could care less. Nor did I label tea party members as racists. I merely pointed out the hypocrisy of tea party members when they claimed that there are no racist elements in the group and then dismissed a member for a racist letter. Don't you think that's hypocritical?”
June 10, 1964
Senate Minority Leader Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by staggering majority of Republicans in Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Dirksen, Republican leader from Illinois, to get Act passed.
August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor
September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan establishes White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs
June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act
November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation
August 20, 1996
Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law
“(cont..) Nobody denies that pre-1964, the Democratic Party avidly supported segregationist policies and used African-Americans as a way to win win white racist votes. But history shows the post-1964 the Republicans actively sold their party to this former Democratic base in the South and elsewhere. It was a conspired plan with key players being Strom Thurmond, Richard Nixon, the nomination of Barry Goldwater & the whole 1964 Convention, Lee Atwater, Roger Ailes (now the President of Fox "news"), and even your beloved Ronald Reagen who began his campaign in an once unknown town called Philedelphia, Mississppi: famous only for the execution of three civil rights workers in 1964. Reagen championed "state's rights" bringing back the memory of segregationists who said the same thing in defense of their opressive laws of blacks. He opposed the Civil Rights Act of '64, just like the Southern Democrats like Strom Thurmond and others who switched their allegiance to Repulicans because of the breaking of that filibuster by Northern moderate Republicans and Democrats. And it is exactly why Reagen vetoed the decleration of Martin Luther King Jr's national holiday, a vetoe which could not be sustained.”
Cal3b G on Jul 19, 2010 at 15:58:37
“I've never seen such revisionist history from any website. Did Glenn Beck write that? You failed to mention that from 1964 onward the Republican party sold its soul to the South. They completely ridded themselves' of everything the party had done for Civil Rights in favor of Southern Whites. Before the 50's-60's, the Republican Party wasn't even a force in the South. Now they own it. Just listen to Nixon: "I'm not going to campaign for the black vote at the expense of alienating the suburban vote."”
June 5, 1956
Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law
November 6, 1956
African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President
September 9, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act
September 24, 1957
Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools
May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats
May 2, 1963
Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights
September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School
June 9, 1964
Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate
“You know what the say about people making assumptions . . . You don't know anything about me. You want history?
January 26, 1922
House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster
October 3, 1924
Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention
June 12, 1929
First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country
August 17, 1937
Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation
June 24, 1940
Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it
September 30, 1953
Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education
November 25, 1955
Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
March 12, 1956
Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation
(continued . . .)”
“Did you people not see them laughing. He KNEW he was being ridiculous. Sheesh, you libs need to lighten up. I know it's been a rough year for you, but shake it off. You used to be a fun bunch. :)”
LonosCurse on Jul 17, 2010 at 23:19:19
“He's laughing all the way to the bank. I never thought that Beck believed anything he spews. The problem in that the knuckleheads that watch him lap it up.”
tjconkster on Jul 17, 2010 at 22:53:31
“Hasn't been a hard year for me...I'm back to work thanks to the Prez...and yes its a permanent job with benefits...He has made some stunning accomplishments despite the repub obstructionism....and I'm having another great weekend....guess you were wrong about that....Oh and I'm waiting to see if I get accepted to Glenn Beck University....can't wait to get dumbed down.....”
“Knowing full well that I am going into the lion's den, especially with my picture, I still will defend this letter. I would like to ask specifically HOW this letter is racist? Because you see the word "Colored"? or "massa"? or because part of it was written in the conversational style of a negro of the Civil War era? Maybe because it was a direct challenge to Mr. Jealous' undocumented, unsupported comments? Or is it the fact that there might be people that don't agree with you and have decided not to be politically correct?
If you will notice, I purposely have not said anything intentionally inflammatory. I have asked honestly posed information seeking questions looking to understand the specific reasons you feel this letter is racist. You cannot accuse me of racism nor ill-intent. My purpose is dialogue. This is a mere comment. There is no tone of voice that can relay sarcasm, bitterness or anger.
This letter uses political satire and sarcasm to make a point. The Republican party and Lincoln were abolitionist. KKK were and still are Democrats. The three founders of NAACP were white people. Investigate. Think for yourselves. Listen, truly LISTEN to both sides. Make your own EDUCATED choices.”
garagenoir on Jul 18, 2010 at 08:50:29
“And don't sweat your picture Jan. I fly the flag every day. So you wrapped yourself in it! That doesn't change the fact you're wrong.”
Dan Bernard on Jul 18, 2010 at 08:31:32
“You're just an obedient German, I get it. Just following orders. You don't write letters like this, just defend them. So where's your dialogue, or rather, zwiegespräch?”
Cal3b G on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:44:47
“And I'm too tired to tell the rest of the story so I'ma just sum it up with the fact that the Republican Party sold its soul to the South in 1964 with Barry Goldwater's nomination. His extemist views and rhetoric caused Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his autobiography to describe the GOP's 1964 Convention as a "marrige between the right-wing and the KKK." Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of '64 because of "state's rights" as did conservative Darling Ronald Reagen, the Governer of California. The head Southern Democrat and KKK supporter, Strom Thurmond, who was the Candidate of the Southern State's Rights "dixiecrat" Party in '48 after the DNC endorsed Civil Rights, decided that as a symbol of support for the GOP's new platform and his disgust with his life-long party's embrace of Civil Rights in the North he would openly changed his party allegiance from Democratic to Republican. Nixon's team would develop the Southern Strategy to play on what happened in '64 and the eventually the South would follow Thurmond's lead and go from solid Blue states to solid Red states.
In the 1960's, as the Democratic Party was rejecting the racism and white supremecy of its past, the Republicans were picking up these pieces and building a coaltion from those alienated from their former party.”
Cal3b G on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:26:58
“"This letter uses political satire and sarcasm to make a point. The Republican party and Lincoln were abolitionist. KKK were and still are Democrats. The three founders of NAACP were white people. Investigate. Think for yourselves. Listen, truly LISTEN to both sides. Make your own EDUCATED choices. "
You obviously aren't very well educated in history because you've quoted Glenn Beck's revisionist history line by line. The ideology of the two major parties have almost completely reversed as well as their most reliable regions. The Democratic Party was the party of the South in the 19th century, as well as white supremecy, "state's rights", and "small government". The Republican party upon its initial establishment was the reformist party as well as a party based on nationalism and a strong national government as opposed to state's rights. It also included Northern abolitionists. With the deal made by Rutherford B. Hayes, the Republican party decided to end Reconstruction but still maintained its strength with African Americans who voted nearly 98% for the Party of Lincoln. TheGOP then moved on to the Industrial Revolution but was also divided beneath the surface. The conservative wing of the party thought big business should not be regulated, while progressives like T. Roosevelt believed the Fed should step in to protect the people.But in 1912, the GOP decided no reg was the way to go and the Northern Democrats who were making a comeback like Woodrow Wilson were taking their party on a more progressive path.”
Virgil Kane on Jul 18, 2010 at 02:52:38
“Whenever you have to say..."I don't mean to be racist"....well, you're being r@cist....”
Okiemama on Jul 18, 2010 at 00:53:57
“"KKK were and still are Democrats" That "still are" part is absolutely ridiculous. I know some of the founders of the NAACP were white. What is your point? That they were accepting and tolerant people? Were you alive in the fifties, sixties and seventies? I was and I remember stuff like this being spewed by the Klan all the time. This letter was not satire and the only point it wanted to make was that black people are worthless What undocumented and unsupported comments did Mr. Jealous make? This letter proves there is a racist element and activities in the tea party. You cannot have a dialogue with people who mean you harm. If you blow the objections to this "letter' as mere political correctness there is something so wrong with you that you are a lost cause. Mr. Williams views are intolerable and anyone who defends him is intolerable also. Wrong is just wrong.”
KatieAnnieOakley on Jul 17, 2010 at 23:20:05
“Clearly the letter is meant to provoke. Antiquated words and expressions do not change the intended message. Part of communication overall is what's preceived "between-the-lines."
A pig wearing lipstick - is still a pig. The scientific name of a domesticated pig is Sus domesticus. If said Sus domesticus is wearing a composition of 8% to 20% of waxes, 30% to 80% of oils, 3% to 30% of colorants, 8% to 20% of cetearyl isononanoate, 1% to 10% of a sesquistearate and 2% to 20% of isopropyl hydroxystearate on it's lips, it's still a pig wearing lipstick... You can change the words all you want... the meaning stays the same.
SO... do you see now?”
hp blogger Alvin McEwen on Jul 17, 2010 at 22:57:21
“You didn't just step in the lion's den. You stepped in the mouth of a hungry lion. I'm sorry but the link I provided regarding the tea party comments and pictures more than proves the reasoning behind the NAACP's resolution - which is what this is about
The letter pushes some of the rudest and nastiest stereotypes about African-Americans including the notion that we don't work, that we are lazy and want handouts, that we subsist on getting things from supposedly "more qualified" white folks.
Also, please check out the other link regarding Mr. Williams's extremely nasty comments about President Obama - comments so nasty that they made David Gergen gasp. And all of this is coming from a man who is trying to say that nothing his movement supports is racist? It's like a cannibal trying to say that he is a vegetarian while snacking on someone's fingers.
“Since you asked, wilgus, NO! That is the most worn out, recycled, unimaginative, grade school, spoon fed rhetoric that you armchair "professors" like to take off your dusty progressive shelves and attribute to ANY military effort that lasts longer than a weekend National Guard exercise.
You must be one of those macho, "living-on-the-edge" peeps. You have the guts to call the most sophisticated military in the world inept? Then again, you are probably sitting at home alone in your pink bunny slippers & boxer shorts reading this. Anyone stupid enough to talk smack about our military was born without a brain. You don't have the slightest clue the specialized technical training our military goes through . . . for US!
If you don't get it by now, I am sick and tired of your type putting down our country and the good men and women that defend it, be it in the armed services or private business. Not everyone are lying, two-faced cheats . . . just the occupants of the White House & the Democrats as far as I can see. SHAME ON YOU!”
mjeffn on Jun 26, 2010 at 21:10:38
“I'm not sure what your going off about but, like a typical teabagger the news that there are more contractors there than troops seems to have escaped your addled brain.”
“you are just off the deep end. look at the big paragraph you wrote and you didn't say one relevant thing. so, the reason he is the greatest is because of his "power" as a "black" man? what the heck does that mean to a rational, intelligent person? is that something he keeps in a magic "mojo" bag in the oval office? now who is being racist? good grief, woman.”
“seriously, if people thought he was funny i AM worried for our country. he had professional comedians write his jokes. they were plain lame and mean at times. his timing was terrible. he read them from his teleprompter. it really was embarrassing. you people remind me of the subjects of the emperor with no clothes. you will tell him anything, laugh at his jokes, complement an imaginary wardrobe just to be near him. sad, sad state of affairs we are in, when people have lost their genuine individuality. lemmings, a country of lemmings.”
pyradius on May 4, 2010 at 19:58:34
“If people are that angry over nothing I am worried for our country. I personally have been one of the President's fans and largest critics in some areas, hardly singing some song of worship...and I still found it funny. Jay Leno's "safe" humor might be more up your alley, but true comedy knows how to push a few buttons, even your own.”