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December 06, 2002

More proof of Rightwing Racism

A few days ago I noted the historic racism of the conservative movement, symbolized by National Review's historic opposition to the Civil Rights movement and laws.

Well, just a reminder that this racism is not in the past, check out this present-day tribute to arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond.

"[Strom Thurmond] opposed the liberal civil-rights movement because it sought to force radical change. He opposed not its goals, but its tactics . . . It forsook the legislative route of state legislatures and ordered, measured, consensual change for the heavy, centralized hand of the federal government and the courts."
Yep-- the same magazine that advocated stripping blacks of the vote in the South back then dares today to condemn the civil rights movement for not pursuing change in those racist states.

The rightwing were racists then. They are racists today.

They are also liars. The Dixiecrats like Thurmond publicly opposed desegregation as a goal, period. What awful liars conservatives are, but then they have their commanding liar in chief as an example.

Thanks to Tapped for the reference.

Posted by Nathan at December 6, 2002 12:06 AM

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Racism was the heart of Nixon's Southern Strategy and remains the soul of the Republican party, a couple of house darkies notwithstanding.

Posted by: Mike at December 6, 2002 12:12 AM

The conservatives can sure hold a grudge. They are still bitter over losing the civil rights fight. They are determined to undo the past humiliation of the racists, just as they are determined to rehabilitate Watergate/Iran Contra criminals. Some the more fringe ones are even trying to put a positive spin on slavery. I wonder how long before that becomes "mainstream".

Posted by: MickeySullivan at December 6, 2002 03:02 PM

If you haven't noticed, the majority of calls for Senator Lott to step down as majority leader are coming from conseratives, who are working to make sure that the Republican party is inclusive.

And Mike (post 1), before you accuse the Republican party of being racist to its core, maybe you should look at your own attitudes and the slurs you use in conversation. Or perhaps your wing of politics is just dumb to the core.

And for Mickey, Strom Thurmond was a Dixiecrat when he advocated segregation - does the 'crat' suffix sound familiar - it should, because it stems from the Democratic party. The South rejected the Republican party for its Civil War and Reconstruction policies (which is why the Ms. Landrieu hails from a state that has never elected a Republican senator).

With the exception of the Senate, where everyone is a bit too collegial, we have the National Review and the WSJ standing next to Al Sharpton on this.

Posted by: Grant at December 14, 2002 03:00 PM

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