September 23, 2005

And my last post was sarcastic?

Really? Check this out: President Bush Is ‘Our Bull Connor,’ Harlem’s Rep. Charles Rangel Claims.

Comparing President Bush to the Birmingham, Ala., police commissioner whose resistance to the civil rights movement became synonymous with Southern racism, Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday of the president: “George Bush is our Bull Connor.”

Mr. Rangel’s metaphoric linkage of Mr. Bush to the late Theophilus “Bull” Connor — who in 1963 turned fire hoses and attack dogs on blacks, including Martin Luther King Jr., demonstrating in favor of equal rights — met with wild applause and cheering at a Congressional Black Caucus town hall meeting, part of the organization’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference.

Yesterday’s town hall meeting was a highlight of the four-day conference, which today will feature an anti-Iraq-war forum with a roving, protesting anti-war mother, Cindy Sheehan; a prominent New York black activist, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and a former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kweisi Mfume. The conference culminates in a gala tomorrow evening.

Mr. Rangel, a Democrat who has represented Harlem for almost 35 years, spent his portion of yesterday’s forum reminiscing about the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, and calling on his audience to undertake similar action today, inciting them to “revolution” after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and particularly its impact on indigent blacks in the Gulf Coast region.

The storm, he said, showed that “if you’re black in this country, and you’re poor in this country, it’s not an inconvenience — it’s a death sentence.” Denouncing Mr. Bush for waging “a war that we cannot win under any stretch of our imagination” instead of providing for those devastated by the hurricane, Mr. Rangel left his audience with a parting thought.

“If there’s one thing that George Bush has done that we should never forget, it’s that for us and for our children, he has shattered the myth of white supremacy once and for all.”

As James Taranto aptly notes, exactly how will this benefit the nation -- and specifically Democrats and the Left?

The civil rights movement succeeded--with great difficulty at that--because it appealed to the consciences of white Americans. This was a matter of practical necessity: In a democracy, you cannot bring about change without appealing to the majority. But it was also a matter of the uncomplicated rightness of the desegregationist cause. Winning equal rights for black Americans required overcoming a lot of history, prejudice and fear, but it didn't require overcoming any compelling arguments on the other side, for there were none.

By contrast, issues of race and poverty in America today are far more complicated, involving questions of personal responsibility, governmental ineffectiveness and corruption, and the racial attitudes of blacks as well as--indeed, we'd argue, considerably more than--those of whites.

Rangel's simple-minded approach is utterly inadequate to the task. He suggests President Bush is a racist, notwithstanding Bush's having made poverty a priority. He describes blacks as a passive, downtrodden population, then urges them to "revolution"--but who does he think would support such a revolution?

The answer is, some [misguided] blacks and some [misguided] guilty white liberals. And this will benefit, as I noted, virtually no one. Democrats and liberals will not gain anything since this "approach" will be anathema to the vast majority of Americans, and Democrats already have a lock on the African-American vote. As noted countless times on this blog already, preposterous charges of racism cause good people to just stop listening. This "Boy who Cried Wolf" situation will only serve to harm blacks in the long run because whites and others will be so desensitized to the "racism" cry that when real racism shows its ugly head, no one will listen. Or worse, care. And the primary culprits for this sorry situation will people like Rangel, Sharpton and Jackson.

Posted by Rhodey at September 23, 2005 05:11 PM | TrackBack

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kudos rhodey, kudos......and the delaware state police signed a consent decree that will pay 12 minorities that 'failed' a test for the state police as much as twelve years ago a total of 1.4 million dollars because the MULTIPLE CHOICE test was biased??????? That is why idiots like those you mentioned do it because every once in awhile, they win if they can find liberal judges and those being accused run afraid of being called racist or are of the guilty white ilk.....and Biden votes against judge roberts............and it goes on and on.............

Posted by: cardinals fan at September 23, 2005 09:57 PM

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