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A Dangerous Path

I’m linking to several articles in this post because I never thought it would again be acceptable to present such blatantly racist views.  Oh, these people don’t use the N word, but it’s breathtaking how offensive they are, and apparently they don’t think there will be consequeces.  First there is the Speaker of the House in Missouri who said he would rather see Cairo Illinois — impoverished with a population that is 2/3rds African-American — underwater than flood Missouri farmland. Quoting from the article:

Missouri’s Republican House Speaker Steve Tilley was asked by reporters about the dilemma. “Would you rather have Missouri farmland flooded or Cairo underwater?” Tilley is asked.

Without hesitation, he replies, “Cairo. I’ve been there. Trust me. Cairo.”

As another reporter prepares to ask another question, Tilley goes on. “Have you been to Cairo? OK, then you know what I’m saying then.”

You can read the article here

Then there’s Oklahoma State Rep Sally Kern who said …Minorities earn less than white people because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative.

“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

Check out the article.

Then there’s the newest racist meme now that the Birther nonsense has been shown to be nonsense which any of us who were paying attention knew almost three years ago when the initial document was released by Hawaii.  This little poisonous frog croaks about how Barack Obama could not have written his first book and in fact it was written by Bill Ayers.  Now, this is nonsense on it’s face, but I heard a historian last night describing how when Fredcrick Douglass published his books back in the 1840’s and 50’s they publishers included a letter from a white historian stating that Mr. Douglass was, in fact, literate and had, in fact, written the books.  This is no different in substance and that was nearly 200 years ago.  Have we learned nothing?

Finally there is Trump who is fanning the flames of white resentment by implying that the President got into Harvard because of affirmative action.  Maybe he did.  I don’t know, but if he did it proves that affirmative action works.  They found a promising student who would never have gotten into an Ivy League college under the old network, and he excelled and became president of the Harvard Law Review.  Let me tell you having been through law school — even at far less elite schools being the president of your school’s law review is a _Big Deal!_  Add Harvard onto that, and this is again just an attack because of the man’s race.

People can disagree with the president’s policies but these kinds of attacks are harking back to America’s great sin, and nothing good can come of this.

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