Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being run out of professional basketball for racist comments he made in private while both Democrats and Republicans rightly cheer. Racism, many in the media would tell you, is no longer acceptable in America. But that’s a lie. Racism in America is dying, but it’s not dead yet. It’s being kept alive by the Democratic Party.
I recently went to New York to see Bryan Cranston on Broadway play President Lyndon Baines Johnson in: All The Way. It was an excellent performance, but it was an incredibly well-crafted piece of propaganda.
The hero, LBJ, has to fight racist Republicans and many Democrats to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He feels compelled to do this because it’s right and it finished the work of JFK, whom he replaced after Kennedy was assassinated. But although JFK is routinely cited as a civil rights hero, it’s rarely noted he did little more than pay lip service to the cause, constantly putting off the NAACP because he was afraid it would hurt him in the 1964 election. In other words, President Kennedy put his own political fortune ahead of what was right. Not exactly the quality one seeks in a hero.
But LBJ would not be stopped, at least according to the play. And he really does deserve credit for pushing what JFK wouldn’t try. But the cooperation of Republicans, without whom Democrats would have filibustered and blocked the bill, is downplayed.
This is how history is written — not in books or the public record, but in the minds of a disconnected public that gets its news from pop culture. LBJ’s racism also is downplayed — he’s simply a man working to do what is right, though often in a Machiavellian way. The play refers to LBJ’s Great Society, but only in passing — it focuses on the Civil Rights Act and his election in November 1964. This leaves the audience with an incomplete picture of LBJ’s legacy, one that perpetuates the myth of an altruistic hero.
But that altruistic hero went on to implement anti-poverty programs that have trapped generations of Americans in poverty and created a loyal base of voters for his party that successive Democrats have exploited to obtain and maintain power.
“Vote for us and we’ll give you stuff” has been the subtext of every major Democratic campaign of the last 40 years. In the black community, this scare tactic has been cynically married to the charge of racism, creating a 1-2 punch that ensures the Democrats’ power base, even though blacks’ unemployment rate stands at 11.6 now — nearly twice that of all Americans and higher than any other ethnic group. How’s that loyalty working out?
When Republicans attempt to reform anti-poverty programs, liberals cry racism. Why? Because they equate “poor” with “black” — even though there are more white people on welfare than any other race. It’s Pavlovian — but in this case liberals are both Pavlov and the dog.
Democrats have locked up the black vote for generations not because they’ve solved any problems in the black community — those they’ve attempted to address have done nothing but get worse — but because they’ve cynically, and diabolically injected race into every issue and labeled with “otherness,” anyone who strays from the orthodoxy they’ve deemed “acceptable thought” for black Americans.
Where Sterling was run out of public life for his racist comments, elected Democrats face no repercussions for theirs. The late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., a former leader of the KKK, twice was elected the majority leader in the U.S. Senate and served a 6-year stint as, ironically, minority leader in between. Add Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton and countless others to the list of elected Democrats who’ve said things just as racist as Sterling, yet faced no consequences. And that list continually grows.
In one of the most disgusting displays of recent liberal bigotry,: U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom”: on a radio show for the New Nation Of Islam. Hilariously, the host immediately said, “You said that, I didn’t.” You know it’s bad when the New Nation Of Islam host distances himself from a bigoted comment.
When confronted about his hateful comments the next day by CNN, Thompson was unrepentant, saying he could call Thomas an “Uncle Tom” because he’s black too. “Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community,” Thompson said. “And the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensitive to those issues.”
In other words, Thompson’s problem is Clarence Thomas takes his oath to the Constitution too seriously and should ignore it to “favor” people who share his skin color. To liberals, people are their skin color first, and that should dictate their thoughts and behavior. To stray from that is somehow a betrayal. It’s the basest form of racism, even if the victim and the perpetrator share the same melanin.
But was Thompson rebuked for his assault? Did Democratic leadership criticize him for accusing Thomas of leaving the liberals’ mental plantation? Quite the opposite.
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No.3 Democrat in the House, was asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe if he agreed Thomas was an “Uncle Tom” for not adhering to liberal orthodoxy. His reply was “Well, I don’t know.”
Let that sink in.
This is the assistant Democratic leader, not some backbencher. Clyburn’s refusal to rebuke Thompson is an implicit embrace of what Thompson said. And, more importantly, think of what Thompson’s words imply — if you are black and you stray from the liberal/progressive ideology, you’re betraying your race.
To progressives, you aren’t an individual, you’re your skin. Clarence Thomas isn’t a man, he’s a black man. He isn’t an American, he’s an African American. It’s the prefix, not the person, that matters. That, at its core, is racism.
Donald Sterling never will be accepted in polite society again, and rightfully so. He may even be forced to sell his NBA team for his private racist comments. Meanwhile, Democrats will continue to exude racism publicly, and proudly, in the hope that it scares the hell out of voters, particularly minority voters, and keeps them from realizing their lives depend more on who they are and what they do than on any politician or party. Democrats will continue to convince people that even though their lives haven’t improved after decades of loyally voting for Democrats and their ever-increasing government programs, the alternative is worse, so don’t try it.
It’s divisive, cynical, cruel, un-American and racist. It’s also the path to, the reason for, and the basis of Democrats’ power. As long as it works, they’ll never stop doing it.
Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist.: