by James Atticus Bowden
Republicans are accused of
racism as often and certainly as the sun rises in the East. But, the constant caterwauling from
liberalsdemocratsmediaacademics (one word) is just phony.
The real Republican racism is our own clumsy, unthinking and
vicious aping of the liberalsdemocratsmediaacademics.
It needs to stop.
One form of Republican racism is when Republicans ‘step and
fetchit’ at the mere accusation of racism.
If some Republicans feel guilty and need to atone, then they
really must be racist. No
argument there. Guilty is as guilty does.
We, who aren’t guilty of prejudice, have no tug to apologize
for what we haven’t done, never supported, and find sinful.
Other Republican racism isn’t the insensitive stupidity of Sen.
Lott’s remarks. Nor, is
it the ‘uppity’ re-nomination of Judge Pickering and company.
And it’s not the courtroom assault on racial quotas at the
University of Michigan. It’s
every time Republicans think, speak or act like our race-baiting
Most repugnant Republican
racism is being color bound instead of color blind.
the hyphen. Putting a
hyphen before ‘American’ is as despicable today as President
Teddy Roosevelt said it was a century ago.
Even if someone asks to be called by half names, like
African-American, they diminish one name as they establish the
other. Racial identity, if one insists on recognizing it, is
relevant by exception. When
should race count in America in 2002?
The war which ended in a victory over slavery and gained
Constitutional protections and the movement which ended in a victory
over segregation and gained laws and court-ordered access aren’t
sufficient? Why do the
descendants of upright, courageous Americans need apologies from
Americans who didn’t commit the evil?
Why should some persons be considered part of permanent
groups of victims and villains?
Affirmative action goals, bonuses, floors, set asides =
doesn’t improve with the color of the loser.
When will quotas ever end?
Why cheat to get minorities in colleges and then support
segregation – dorms, offices, programs, etc. - when they get
African-American History Museum.
A separate museum on the mall of the Nation’s Capitol
suggests a permanent separateness from American history.
Like you can pull out the black patches from our American
quilt. How many other
minorities get their own museum?
Why kill E Pluribus Unum?
Indian Tribes. A bill
to give federal recognition to six ‘tribes’, which have been
Virginians for 300 years, makes distinctions among citizens based on
blood. If your neighbor
is one-eighth the right kind of Indian, he may open a tax-free shop,
start a tax-funded school, get power as a sovereign government
against your city/county/state/federal government, etc.
When will special privileges based on race end?
When are you responsible for your life – and not place any
blame on dead people? Do
you live as an individual, not as an object in a group trying to
profit from past shame? Can
a scam in the name of racial civil rights be called crooked
Any celebration of an ‘alternative’ to CHRISTmas based on
race alone is shameful. Even if it is the President pandering.
guilt. The Virginia
House of Delegates – the oldest representative body in the
hemisphere – is shucking a salute to Virginia because it was
written by a little old lady in the 1950s (guilt by history) who was
a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (guilt by
The Republican race problem isn’t whose votes we lose.
Ethnic bloc voting only measures Democrat race-baiting.
Republicans win elections in the market place of ideas – sooner
or later. Future victories will include all Americans, unless real
Republican racism sells our concept of individual dignity and rights
down the river.