Thursday, April 1, 2010

Take THAT!

Mark Davis, a conservative radio talk show host and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, has had it with TEA Party activists being called racist. He says so in this recent offering...

"Don't take my word that the Tea Party critics are full of it. Come to QuikTrip Park on April 15 [a tax day rally to be held in a Dallas suburb]. You will find people looking for leaders who will reduce spending, reduce taxes and obey the Constitution. And they don't care what color those leaders are. If the crowd is overwhelmingly white, it's not because the Tea Party has a problem with people of color. It's because so many people of color have a problem with limited government. Anyone in that crowd will gladly make the case to any skeptic of any color."

"I have no problem with anyone who disagrees with Tea Party politics. Tell me such limited government is too risky. Tell me ObamaCare is a great idea. Tell me taxes need to be raised. We'll have a lively chat."

"But tell me the Tea Party people whom I have come to know and admire are racists, and you are a liar."


Okay Mark, I guess we'll see...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mark is on the mark

Gerald Britt said...

Anonymous 12:19, as I said, 'We'll see..."

brian said...

When the left can't win on facts they always resort to character assination or playing the race card.

Gerald Britt said...

Brian,

I'd say that is a pretty sweeping accusation. Let me say this.

I think it is important to understand that just because there are people who find a conversation regarding race - or even the mention of race or racism - uncomfortable, condemning or painful, doesn't mean that racism doesn't exist. Nor does it mean that the actions, speech, proposals or activities that are seen as racist aren't so, because those who are made uncomfortable by them don't want to consider race.

Here are facts. No matter the legislation, laws, progress or successes regarding civil rights and race in this country - racism still exists. It is still a factor that needs to be considered in the leveling of the playing field in nearly every sector of society.

I can understand that white people, primarily do not like, are tired of and feel uncomfortable being 'blamed' for things that they didn't personally do. But the facts are that the legacy of race and racism still provides certain advantages for people whose skin is white and disadvantages for people of color.

There are still things that shouldn't be said. There is still such a thing as bigoted, insensitive, racist speech. 'Code words' in reference to speech are a reality. And it is equally true that, for whatever reason, the actions of many people, in the past couple of years, at campaign rallies, Tea parties and other gatherings, have been undeniably racist.

That racism is meant to intimidate, spread virulent hatred and rally people who are basically afraid of sharing or losing power to give expression to things that are ugly and dangerous.

It is very interesting that those who are sensitive to racism - even overly sensitive - are blamed for impinging on the free speech of those who feel that saying virtually anything that may be construed with racism. Instead of those who are so concerned with the 'violation' of their freedom of expression asking why did this country persist so long in protecting racists and racism? Because that's actually what makes having a civil conversation on these issues - without race getting in the way - possible.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes Brian, looking through the self-indulgent prism of color!

Anonymous said...

Obama sat in the church of the most racist person on the planet--Jeremiah Wright and I don't hear you saying a word.

Gerald Britt said...

Anon 11:25,

Aside from that being irrelevant to what I wrote, its also untrue. So I'm not quite sure what you're talking about...

Anonymous said...

You just expounded on racism and accused tea parties as being racist and you think the comment was not relevent?

Gerald Britt said...

What I 'expounded' on was white people's defensive reaction to claims of racism. And an unwillingness to deal with the fact that it is racism itself which is the reason for those claims - had it never happened, and if the legacy of that racism was not still with us, there would be no justification for those claims. No one (white's who are defensive and who claim to be tired of being 'blamed') never lament this country's history which gives a basis in fact for those claims.

The insertion of Jeremiah Wright into the argument/discussion, is irrelevant and the claim is untrue. Wright pastored a multiracial church - much more racially diverse than the churches of many of those who criticize him - with outreach ministries which served a diverse population.

While many of us may disagree with his hyperbole or with the conclusions that he drew from historical facts, the truth that he spoke was that America courted Divine judgement for its lack of repentance for its imperialism, oppression, racism, materialism and militarism. It may not be a popular message, but that is not a racist message. His style of preaching may not be that Billy Graham, but that doesn't make him a racist. And I have heard him on a number of occasions and there is nothing racist about his preaching.

Wright's 'racism' is convenient deflection for those who want to evade an honest discussion regarding race, poverty or public policy. It's easier to feign 'fatigue' on the subject; throw out the name 'Jeremiah Wright' and then feel satisfied that some 'point' has been made.

The facts are what they are - we still deal with the vestiges of a national heritage that has trouble reconciling itself with the need to share power at the highest levels and that Rev. Wright - who has long since resigned from his church - is a non-issue.

Anonymous said...

Racism is an excuse. Its a carrot dangled by the elitist to facilitate and manipulate the community.

Gerald Britt said...

Anon 5:49,

Most people who enjoy living in denial think the very same thing...

Anonymous said...

The Tea Partiers were very well behaved but the same can't be said of the Reid supporters. There are plenty of film clips which show them throwing eggs and otherwise making fools of themselves. No pictures have been seen which show such things from the Tea Party people in spite of a reward offered.

Anonymous said...

Gerald, here is my denial of through the prism of color.

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. . . . Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."
JAMES CONE

Anonymous said...

Remember the KKK was the official terrorist arm of the Democrat party.

Gerald Britt said...

Whenever anyone says that, it really amuses me, because they don't understand the flow of history. But ok...

Just remember that the Democratic Party of that day, evolved into today's Republican Party...