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Rep. Paul Ryan at CPAC 2014.
Rep. Paul Ryan. Bones non-racist. Words ... different story.
Rep. Paul Ryan continues to self-righteously push back against his racist dog whistles having been recognized for what they are. "I don't have a racist bone in my body," he told Bill O'Reilly. (Probably not! But then, racism tends to be carried more in the brain than the bones.) In case you find yourself in danger of being convinced by Ryan's simplistic assertions that, whatever he may have said, he just isn't racist, David Corn has rounded up a few examples from Ryan's history of blowing that particular dog whistle.

There's the time when, speaking to an audience of Ayn Rand acolytes, Ryan's solution to "the victimization class" was "trying to recruit a lot of minority legislators to work with us." That makes pretty clear who he thinks "the victimization class" is. Most crucially, Ryan's recent finger-pointing at inner-city (read: black) culture is nothing new. In 2012, for instance, he said:

... the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character.
Please read below the fold for more on this story.

Bring opportunity, help people get out of poverty ... good. But how? Ryan's answers always circle back to this culture argument, the "good discipline, good character." It just so happens that, in a recent debate with Jon Chait over Chait's liberalish version of such a culture argument, Ta-Nehisi Coates has laid waste to such claims. First, Coates argues, the idea that culture can be separated from the conditions that created it—white supremacy, in this case—is just wrong:

... when the rising number of arrests for marijuana are mostly borne by African-Americans; when segregation drives a foreclosure crisis that helped expand the wealth gap; when big banks busy themselves baiting black people with "wealth-building seminars" and instead offering "ghetto loans" for "mud people"; when studies find that black low-wage applicants with no criminal record "fared no better than a white applicant just released from prison"; when, even after controlling for neighborhoods and crime rates, my son finds himself more likely to be stopped and frisked.
You just can't talk about black culture in America independent of this context. Moreover, Coates argues, if anything was going to instill in African-Americans a culture that did not value families, education, or work, it would have been slavery. Yet history shows us that is not what happened; looking back at that history, "you find black people desperate to reconstitute their families, desperate to marry, and desperate to be educated." And still today people are struggling for something better—but they're struggling not against their own culture but against actual, vicious barriers. Telling people to overcome that only through their own moral strength is a way to stay where we are:
Urging African-Americans to become superhuman is great advice if you are concerned with creating extraordinary individuals. It is terrible advice if you are concerned with creating an equitable society.
Of course Paul Ryan would deny that white supremacy is still in effect. Indeed, it's his business to continue it, to make appeals to conservative white voters by assuring them that it's not racist to think that there's something wrong with black people, because that thing is inner-city culture. And, as the fact that Coates is here responding to a writer generally identified as liberal reminds us, the idea that black culture is what is keeping black people disproportionately poor and imprisoned is not restricted to the Paul Ryans of the world. He may use that idea in more damaging ways, but it gets its power because it goes beyond him and his supporters.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  inner cities: the sinkholes of bad character (8+ / 0-)
    ... the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:55:29 AM PDT

    •  Especially if you have ever been to the inner city (0+ / 0-)

      There are churches on almost every block, sometimes facing each other. I lived in "Bad News" Newport News for a while, and you can barely go 3 blocks without somebody trying to push you down the righteous path.
      The reality of the conditions of the city are, as Coates says, more likely to be due to low employment, loan sharks, and overt stereotyping from the police.

      •  Don't forget that "entry level" = dead end (1+ / 0-)
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        If there's anything that teaches kids that "work, well, don't work" is having parents all over the neighborhood making minimum wage and wearing out every joint from the waist down and never moving up the income ladder.

        Or learning that the only halfway decent jobs are in the government sector and the waiting list is interminable. Or that the military is only good for "Affirmative Action for War Vets" in the case of landing a postal job. And mail carriers wear out everything from the waist down for a decent job.

        That's the lesson I learned about the economy. Home ownership? Retirement? What a sick joke.

    •  everyone is little bit bigotted (2+ / 0-)
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      whl, KeepItRealFolks

      Be it northern folks just saying, if those southerners would just vote right their live would be so much better, or white people thinking that black people cause their own problems by not acting white, everyone has little things that make us not as accepting as we should be.  What makes us a racist is when we deny these things exist.

      What is true, in my experience, is this education thing where urban kids are taught  discipline and character is one of those code words in which what is meant that minority kids are taught to respect the white people and know their place.

      Sure kids much be taught character and discipline, but without a focus on creativity and authentic self esteem all you have taught is how to follow orders, good enough for the military or a minimum wage job, but not much else.

      What makes this worse is that there seems to be some worship of the white Midwestern culture at the mecca of education excellence.  This idea that if we could just teach the urban areas to be like Wisconsin, Iowa or Minnesota, all our problems would be solved. This is why I have seen an inordinate number of Midwestern teachers in urban centers telling the kids how fortunate they are to have a well educated teacher that can tell them how they should be living. Teachers that worked their out of similar circumstances of the students and can model relevant and succesful behavior are all too often seen as inferior.

      •  PR is a racist because he has the power to (1+ / 0-)
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        numble

        Punish us blah people with his budget. He is an agent of evil & is a material  & existential threat.

        We're plenty obedient otherwise our extermination would be out in the open.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:04:15 PM PDT

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  •  Of course he isn't a racist! (24+ / 0-)

    The maid service he uses employs several African- Americans. Plus, he bought quite a few Motown records when he was growing up.

    •  He is a racist (12+ / 0-)

      He blows that dog whistle frequently like other Wisconsin Republicans do.  Additionally, they use words like "Milwaukee" when speaking to the home district folks -  it's code for "Black" along with the word "city" or "urban".  "Welfare" and "Medicaid" are also a code words for "Black".

      They think they're so slick and able to avoid charges of racism when they use code words.  Those words should be denounced as racist every time they're used as code.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:06:19 PM PDT

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      •  Dog whistle terms can work the other way... (1+ / 0-)
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        I work in a black majority workplace ( a post office) while (normally) white. I sometimes use a "dog whistle" term about white people like "republican voters" or "people without color" or the like to coworkers.

        But the GOP uses such terms for political advantage and try to "fly under the radar". Every time one of these fools tries, they need to be called out on it. The GOP has morphed from a "party of Lincoln" into a source of evil comparable to al qaeda terrorists.

        Either way, it adds divisiveness. Divisiveness is like a vicious cycle or PA system feedback. PA system feedback is when you have a microphone and the amplifier gain is cranked up too high. You hear a yiiiIIIIIIING!! until the sound man corrects it. But with the divisiveness, there is no sound man to throttle down. Instead, it's like the amplifier has infinite wattage and something else gives out. What that is, is anyone's guess. It cranked up with Newtie and the Blowhards in Year 1994 and the contract on America. It's been worsening since.

  •  Well...it's hard to talk about (5+ / 0-)

    "the inner city" without using dog whistles and air raid sirens of some sort.

    But at least Jack Kemp managed to do it with concrete proposals that didn't rely on "the culture" in inner cities and these specious claims to moral superiority.

  •  Ryan Has Spent a lot of time in the inner city (3+ / 0-)

    doing photo shoots.

  •  Well, to be fair, to other racists, he must sound (6+ / 0-)

    pretty liberal.

    They Killed Will? Those Bastards!

    by blueoregon on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 10:52:14 AM PDT

  •  If he does not mean to come (0+ / 0-)

    off like that, may I suggest that he is the one being lazy?(And, by the way, that is being extremely charitable.)
    Because I suspect he wouldn't care if it didn't get out so much and make him look like a snotty, pasty, 3rd generation of a super-rich family.

    "People are more than the worst things that they do,"--Chris Hayes

    by chicating on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:02:16 AM PDT

  •  Methinks he doth protest too much. (3+ / 0-)
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    anon004, Matt Z, gottafly

    In fact he does everything too much.  He should just go away.

    " Armageddon could be knocking at my door. But I ain't gonna answer that's for sure." - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall

    by rustypatina on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:02:24 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm (9+ / 0-)
    "I don't have a racist bone in my body,"
    I wonder what is holding him up then.  PVC piping?  Popsicle sticks?
  •  I'm guessing we've all had racist thoughts... (10+ / 0-)

    I'm in a mixed race family.  I'm white and I've tried to educate myself about racist/racial issues.  Sometimes my kids have called me out for being naive.  So I've read widely, etc. to try to learn what I can.  But, yeah, now and then I hear a racist thought within my own head.  Or I hear my racist father state something in my memory bank.  I try really hard to be aware so these thoughts don't come out of my mouth.

    My conclusion is that any white person who says that he/she isn't racist isn't  aware of all the issues that have bathed us in our growing-up-culture.  

    Perhaps people of other races have also been bathed in various thoughts that also follow them their whole lives.

    And Ryan, yes, you grew up in Wisconsin, and you KNOW exactly what you meant by Inner City.  I grew up in Milwaukee and know that it was one of the most segregated cities in America.

    •  Chicago is also badly segregated. (0+ / 0-)

      In fact, a black coworker described where I work (at the northernmost border to a suburb) as like driving (from the south side) to Wisconsin. In a bar I like to go to, it's fairly common to hear white people describing a mission to the South Side as like driving to another world or at least another country. Me, personally, I describe it as like flying a rocket plane to another continent!

      The culture difference is huge. The sad fact is that people self-segregate because of the culture difference.

  •  Last time (6+ / 0-)

    In conservative's eyes, only people of color can be racist.  Calling a white person a racist makes you a racist.

    Telling Bill O'Reilly "I don't have a racist bone in my body"???  He might as well be telling that to David Duke.  

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:31:25 AM PDT

  •  But then... (2+ / 0-)
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    anon004, Calamity Jean

    Mr. Ryan isn't trying to speak to the downtrodden black (or other minority) peoples.  He's speaking to the fears and prejudices of his stodgy (white) voter base.

  •  I had the same response Laura did (3+ / 0-)
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    anon004, Matt Z, FindingMyVoice

    about racism not being in the bones but in the brain.  But maybe we are both missing the point.  Maybe he is trying to admit his brain is made of bone.

  •  First rule of having a nasty social disease, Paul? (2+ / 0-)
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    anon004, Medde

    First, you have to admit that you HAVE it. Only then can you start treatment to cure it.

    I understand, man. I used to be in total denial about my own racism. It wasn't till I stopped reflexively denying that I said or thought racist things ("I can't be a racist! I hate the Klan! I voted for Obama!") that I began to examine what I thought, and what I thought I thought. I began internally medicating myself when I'd think something racist ("Why did you think that just now? Here's Fact 1, Fact 2 and Fact 3 to refute it."). I stopped being "polite" (silent) when fellow whites said racist things in my presence. I read up on the subject. I own up to my own white privilege instead of denying that it even exists; it makes it easier to spot, to think about, and to work for racial justice.

    It's an ongoing thing, a chronic treatment I'll probably have to do my whole life. But with support and understanding, Paul, you too can lick this internal racism thing you keep denying.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:04:35 PM PDT

    •  me too I'm racist...want to highlight this comment (3+ / 0-)
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      poco, SoCalJayhawk, CTMET

      Am even though I always "had  Black friends" etc..so thought I wasn't. Was brainwashed just by growing up white in the US suburbs in the 70s. I work constantly as you do talking back to those parts of me. I have in fact met a few people who grew up similarly who are not racist but most are to varying degrees and don't seem to know.

      I can often spot subconsciously racist people here on DK who are now like as we had been....they don't see it. Takes one to know one. Maybe I should point it out to them more bluntly each time.

    •  Curing racism is not easy. (0+ / 0-)

      What's needed to to make "race" a matter of fashion instead of permanent identity. That is, one season "dark is in" or later "white is in" and have available pills sold over the counter that'll make light skin people dark and dark skin people light. The technology of hair style change is already there. With modest money, you can have your hair in any color and style combination you like. What's needed is to make it easy to make yourself whatever skin color you like. That will end racism.

      If I was half a pair of Koch Brothers, I'd set up a juicy X Prize to develop both pills needed. And hang out with Elon Musk to help make space flight less expensive.

  •  interestingly, from Coates: (2+ / 0-)
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    Chitown Kev, urnumbersix
    We certainly do not find such a period [when black culture was independent of "white supremacy] during the Roosevelt-Truman era, when this country erected a racist social safety, leaving the NAACP to quip that the New Deal was "like a sieve with holes just big enough for the majority of Negroes to fall through."
    bolded and italics are mine, and I've been trying to explain this to progressives ON THIS SITE for years now.  

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:11:39 PM PDT

    •  This is very late and you likely won't see it (3+ / 0-)
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      swampyankee, ramara, bubbanomics

      But, yeah. Good luck with that. Most white liberals think Roosevelt is like the second coming of Jesus. Every time someone at this site says they wish Obama was more like FDR, I just shake my head.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:26:26 PM PDT

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    •  FDR (0+ / 0-)

      had to get a me deal done with 0 republican support so he relied on a democratic caucus heavily tilted towards white racists. That's an explanation not an excuse.

    •  IIRC, what Coates says (1+ / 0-)
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      basket

      is that during all periods in the entirety of Europeans' history on this continent or nearby it, white supremacy dominated Black culture, and that, IMHO, is a statement of fact. I've seen your statements about this time after time, and time after time youget told that you don't know what you're talking about. You, Sis Dee, Sis Shanikka, and others. I wonder why people who claim to be thoroughly disgusted by white supremacy have such a hard time seeing how it underpins so much of contemporary American life and why they cling to it with such desperation?

  •  No Bones... maybe... (0+ / 0-)

    ...But that leaves a lot of water, skin, fat, and guts, eh?

    ÆL

  •  one wonders? (5+ / 0-)

    has he ever been to the hollers in Kentucky and West VA?  Those are white people.  Strange he didn't mention them.

    One of the stated reasons for the Revolution was "taxation without representation." Now we have "legislation without representation" or "representation without legislation."

    by regis on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:50:33 PM PDT

  •  Go tell this to "inner city" people... (0+ / 0-)
  •  David Duke didn't think he was a racist either. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:57:11 PM PDT

  •  His brain on the other hand.... (2+ / 0-)

    ...is WAY racist!

    Feel trickled on yet?

    by War4Sale on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:33:11 PM PDT

  •  Ryan (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe it is not racism, it's place-ism. Ryan reflected on his "rough" childhood and having to work at McDonald's during high school, after his father died. What he forgot to mention was that his family is one of the wealthiest in Wisconsin.
    Kudos to you Mr. Ryan for working in high school for some extra throwaway money, but do not insult our intelligence by crying to poor card. You came from money, your policies and budget reflect your position on keeping money in the hands of those that have it, and everyone else is shit out of lick.  

  •  He stole that line from Reagan. (0+ / 0-)

    Reagan was the first to say "there is not a racist bone in my body." And he too was a brazen racist who lied about it.

  •  He's from Janesville. (0+ / 0-)

    Janesville is probably the most racist city I've ever been to. It's pretty much entirely white and the white people there openly use the n-word all the time. I don't know how many people remember this now, but a few years ago there was a video of Santorum calling Obama a "government ni-". That was taken from a rally in Janesville. I'm sure it was probably very popular with most residents of the city. Santorum's campaign probably planned the whole thing to drum up support from racist whites.

    People from Janesville seem to believe they're superior to people from Beloit, a slightly smaller city about 12 miles south of Janesville, mainly because a lot of black people (for Wisconsin) live in Beloit (not to mention other minorities).

    Basically, if you're from Janesville and you're not Russ Feingold, you're probably a racist douche.

    •  I've been to Janesville (0+ / 0-)

      And Racine. I think it was in Racine where my (Black) girlfriend didn't want to get out of the car and check in with me at the hotel so I went in to do it, put the bags in the room then went outside again to get her.

    •  Sounds like a good place to avoid (0+ / 0-)

      if you have a tan and a perm. That pair of towns sounds like the Benton Harbor/St Joseph pair in Michigan. In this case, the two towns are separated by a river and joined by a bridge. Locals call the bridge "the longest bridge in the world" because the two towns are like night and day different.

  •  There's a racist bone? Where? Is it an added bone (1+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother

    when you hate too much? Explain this to me, Rep. Ryan? Is this bone where you sit down? What? Where?

    He's such a total jerk.

  •  And.....? (0+ / 0-)

    Why the focus on this buffoon? he's simply throwing red meat to his base.

    are there potential Ryan supporters here on dKos?

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 02:54:06 AM PDT

  •  Coates is spot on (2+ / 0-)
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    Chitown Kev, Medde

    The conception that every black person must be "exceptional" and overcome bias and barriers in their lives -- to live the American Dream...

    While simultaneously believing everyone's white "stupid cousin Kevin" (we all know the ones in our own family) will - get a decent job, have housing, be able to raise his children... we may Shake Our  Head at him at the Memorial Day family gathering, but that is what we expect and that is what happens -

    THIS is the very definition of White Supremacy.

    "Average" African-Americans deserve the American Dream as much as "stupid cousin Kevin" in an equitable world.

    We are not there yet.

  •  racist bone (0+ / 0-)

    i could probably find it if i start chewing on him

    "Nothing says 'I'm sorry' like a tuna casserole" ~ Unknown

    by francinefishpaw on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:42:46 AM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan humanitarian (0+ / 0-)

    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. If someone can get the police to do the same for me.

  •  His bones have told me that, indeed, (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion

    they are not racist.  It's just all the other parts.

    "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

    by Publius2008 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:10:36 PM PDT

  •  I heard (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion

    That after the show Paul Ryan went out to dinner with Bill O'Reilly  to a nice little place in Harlem....

  •  Teaching minorities to marry millionaires (3+ / 0-)

    I wonder if Paul Ryan can give us a lecture on how to get ahead in life by marrying a millionaire and living off her investment portfolio for the rest of your life.

    Since he's lecturing us on hard work, after all, I would appreciate this lesson in character and work ethic marrying rich and living off one's spouse as drawn from Paul Ryan's own life.

    •  Or be born to millionaires, or both, ala Romney (1+ / 0-)
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      WinSmith

      Of course, he WAS poor. As his lovely wife Ann told us, they were sometimes so financially challenged when they were in college, they had to sell some of the stock Mitt's daddy gave them. Oh woe.

      In addition, Ryan is a sponger, sponging off the government HIS WHOLE LIFE.

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      by anastasia p on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:40:37 PM PDT

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  •  Yeah...the flesh is racist ..the bones and blood (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, alwaysquestion

    no so much...just in case he needs a transfusion or bone marrow transplant.

    Here is a song for old non racist Ryan.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

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    by Vetwife on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:19:08 PM PDT

  •  Gross anatomy (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion

    It's not your bones we're discussing here, but your tongue.

  •  I now know what Ryan did prior to his current (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion

    gig:

    "Boneless Chicken (voiced by Charlie Adler) — Cow and Chicken's funny uncle. An older chicken who possesses no skeleton, except for having teeth. He always says strange things, but the watcher cannot tell if he is serious or just joking. He only appeared in "Alive!", "The Laughing Puddle", "The Exchange Stüdent", "Dream Date Chicken", "Boneless Kite", and "Cow & Chicken Blues". It is unknown which side of the family he is related to."

  •  he just needs racists to vote for him (3+ / 0-)

    The economic policies he espouses only seem racist because they would hurt millions of darker-skinned people while benefiting and preserving wealth for the white people. But he came to hold those ideas because Ayn Rand is his prophet, not because of any animus towards blacks.

    And while it's true that his speeches contain racist dog whistles, he only says those things because his handlers have assured him that they appeal to the racist base of his party. He's tricking them, see. By telling the racists what they want to hear and reinforcing their racist beliefs, he makes them think he's a racist. And he's totally not!

    (Of course, if any of those racists are listening to this interview, they know he's only saying he's not a racist because the Lamestream Media PC-police are gonna get him if he doesn't say that.)

    •  And he'll KEEP tricking them ... (2+ / 0-)
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      sweatyb, alwaysquestion

      ... by continuing to pursue policies with racist impacts ... without every agreeing with them in his heart of hearts ... BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      You know, if some politicians would cynically pander to me by being effective in pursuing progressive populist policies without ever really believing in them in their heart of hearts ... I would be OK with that.

      So I'm thinking a lot of the racists won't really mind that he's not really one of them, as long as he keeps pandering to them in deed as well as in word.

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      by BruceMcF on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:05:05 PM PDT

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  •  "Inner cities" means "Salt Lake City". (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion

    Maybe Portland, Oregon. The ghettoes of Scranton? Those are my top my guesses.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:41:16 PM PDT

  •  read it twice: this is how they justify themselves (1+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion
    Urging African-Americans to become superhuman is great advice if you are concerned with creating extraordinary individuals. It is terrible advice if you are concerned with creating an equitable society.
    I hear conservatives all the time rant about how liberalism is allegedly "breeding mediocrity" with the pursuit of an equitable society.  They truly do not understand why we need to spend more money on and give more slack to the people who are struggling than the people who are going to make it no matter what.  This is why they think it's so important to let the rich keep their wealth, to let them invest it in their children and their communities rather than someone else's, and to systematically eliminate any legal or moral restrictions on the behavior of the rich.  This is why they complain about special education programs in schools but have no problem with multi-million dollar high school football stadiums: it truly makes more sense to them to invest big money in potential star athletes than to try to raise the physically and mentally disabled up to "normal".

    It's either not just racism, rather a more general elitism ... or it's even more racist than we dare imagine: they believe that black and brown people will always and everywhere be less than white people, so there's simply no reason to invest in them.  At best you spend many times more just to bring them, their kids, and their communities up to the minimum you expect of whites.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:42:40 PM PDT

  •  Hes like a jellyfish or something . (2+ / 0-)
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    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:45:17 PM PDT

  •  Maybe not a racist bone (2+ / 0-)
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    but a racist bonehead, and a bunch of racist muscle, fat, connective tissue, and organs.

  •  Paul Ryan DOESN'T have a racist bone ... (3+ / 0-)

    ... in his body. Since what he is doing is cynically pandering to racists, its all in the brain.

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    by BruceMcF on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:01:40 PM PDT

  •  It is so clear to most everyone except (3+ / 0-)
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    for those on the right.  It's JOBS.  It is a working America.  There is no difference in people in the  inner city, the suburbs, the rural areas; people want to work.

    Boehner where are the jobs you promised the day you were handed the gavel?  The sad truth is the Republicans have had it in their power for the last 5 years.

    President Obama's The American Jobs Act of 2011, was left to expire and never brought to the floor for a vote.  It was introduced again in July of 2013, same thing.

    Our infrastructure is failing us.  If we are such a  "great" nation why is Congress letting 65,000 bridges in need of repair left to further deteriorate.

    There are many thousands of schools that have been in need of repair for decades.  Leaky roofs, faulty air, plumbing that backs up; a real embarrassment to this country.

    There are roads, ports, levees, water reservoirs, water mains, and transporation systems all over this country that is failing us.

    It will cost billions, yes.  But, that is the narrow view, the view on the right is waiting, it's not the right time -- for what?  The money won't just drop into a bucket.

    What will, is Americans working, more of them, which the jobs act will make happen.  More people working means more revenue, more business activity in every phase of our economy from the little shop on the corner to the greater demand for goods and services all over the spectrum.  These are not only construction and laborer jobs.  It will touch engineers, architects, office personnel, logisticians, truckers.....and the list goes on.

    Wake up, Paul.  We need JOBS!

    •  Why the GOP likes rotting infrastructure (0+ / 0-)

      is because they haven't figured out how to outsource those jobs to dime-an-hour China. God forbid if Americans find good jobs instead of minimum wage jobs. The Republicans would rather see bridges collapse because their rich buddies can always drive around in helicopters.

      •  You know, it really is a wonderment (0+ / 0-)

        that these GOPers, who claim to know so much about the economy and business just don't get that a U.S. with a faulty infrastructure just won't be able to keep up in this global economy.

        We need good and fast rail, well-functioning ports, modernized airports, and well-maintained roads to move commerce.  And, above all, we need safe and modern schools and healthy families to keep America in the direction of progress, or.......we will be left behind.

  •  I'm not interested in Paul Ryan's bones (0+ / 0-)

    I have no idea if Paul Ryan has any racist bones or what he thinks in his soul.  I am only interested in what he says and his comments about "inner city" people not having good character is racist.

    In a way it is almost worse if Paul Ryan is not a racist.  Then it would mean that he uses racist language to for political reasons.

  •  Paul Ryan isn't racist, he's "classist" (0+ / 0-)

    As a typical Randian, Ryan's profiling is based on the economic status of those around whom he builds his theories. Their actual race is irrelevant. Rather, it is their numbers, as represented in their economic status on which Ryan bases his conclusions.

    As with other far right theorists, Ryan views the poor as a burden and an impediment which should be gotten rid of as soon as possible. He claims that depriving the poor of necessary social supports will "free" them, and it will. It will free them from the ability to exist on this earth.

  •  Needs to be a compendium of dog whistles and... (0+ / 0-)

    conservative reverse-whinging

    Call it Vicitediuim

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:17:17 PM PDT

  •  Repeat after me, Paul Ryan is a racist assho!e (0+ / 0-)

    Of course he is; he's an rotten elected R.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:21:03 PM PDT

  •  "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls (0+ / 0-)

    is an incredible book.  It is a very personal and deeply descriptive story about the poverty Jeannette Walls experienced growing up in Appalachia.

    Read here about the book:  http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    And here about Appalachia: http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Jeannette is white.  There is a culture in Appalachia and there is poverty in Appalachia.  There is a culture in black urban poverty in our large cities.  And each culture plays out their poverty in some similarity and some differences.

    Ryan seems to want to point to the black urban differences to be the reason for poverty.  Looking past the differences in Appalachian poverty as a reason.

    Ryan's quote from diary:

    ... the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character.
    Hmmm.  So, Ryan, where IS the opportunities you speak of so often?  He needs to be held accountable on this as well as other things he has said.  But this, really, is the heart of the matter.  What opportunities?

    Appahachia needs opportunities as well.  All people of poverty need help getting out.  For most, a job would do the trick.  For the youth, a good education with parents that have jobs would do the trick to start, and then job opportunities and college opportunities later.

    Why doesn't the Main Stream Media ever hold him accountable and ask him repeatedly to put together a plan for opportunities for people in poverty?  This irks me.

    {{Shudder}}....we could have had him as VP with an even bigger asshat in the Oval Office.

    1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

    by alwaysquestion on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 03:41:34 PM PDT

  •  He's telling the truth!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Technically, anyway.  He possesses no "bones" but, like a shark, only "cartilage."

    What a wiener, and yet vicious and dangerous!

  •  Think Malkin will try to have Ryan cancelled too? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Marijuana (0+ / 0-)

    "...... when the rising number of arrests for marijuana are mostly borne by African-Americans".

    Certainly points to inequity in the justice system, and is a sign that we are far from a colorblind society.

    But at an individual level, using marijuana is a choice which little compels one to take.  It is wise to educate people not to use it.

  •  It's all in his brain. (0+ / 0-)

    You are the product of 3.8 billion years of evolutionary success - Act like it.

    by old mark on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:09:28 PM PDT

  •  He's no racist. (1+ / 0-)
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    Not by the current standard of the GOP. Only black people who are claiming that racism still exists can be racist.

    Patriotism is the FIRST refuge of the scoundrel.

    by Tony Seybert on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 04:42:42 PM PDT

    •  snark aside, he's actually not racist by (1+ / 0-)
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      republican standards since he actually was at least open minded enough to have a black girl friend in college. I'm not saying that he isn't racist.. but at least he's open minded. if his fiscal ideas weren't crazy I'd consider him one of the 'good' republicans. Being a 'good' republican is no real accomplishment... but between that and david duke i think i'll take paul ryan.

  •  Technically (1+ / 0-)
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    He is correct. "A" racist bone would mean that there is one racist bone in his body. In his case all of them are racist. ;-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:28:39 PM PDT

  •  Ryan can convince me that he has not a racist bone (0+ / 0-)

    if he can prove to me he is an invertebrate. I shouldn't say that, because if he is an invertebrate, than I have to concede he isn't a racist. Not that I think he is one. I know that many Repubs are low on the evolutionary scale, but I don't think he's that low.

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    by RhodeIslandAspie on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:24:52 PM PDT

  •  So the role of gov't is...to teach character?!? (0+ / 0-)

    Superawesome concept of government reach.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:39:07 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan- the model of discipline and character (0+ / 0-)

    ...in the "DO Nothing" congress.

    they have plenty of time to focus on your behavior , your "lack" of discipline , and your lack of character.

    it;s discipline and character is what their rich donors are looking for.

    Look at the discipline and character as they all visit "the Man" in Las vegas (with that Chinese money) or the Koch brothers.

    CHARACTER !!!

    Keep It Real Folks

  •  It's worse than racism, (0+ / 0-)

    It's white supremacy, which seeks genocide against people of color.

    "Soylent Green is people too, my friend!" Guess Who

    by oldmaestro on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 09:44:37 PM PDT

  •  Racist politicians denying dog whistles (0+ / 0-)

    does not bother me.  That is how they are trained.  To lie, cheat and deny is how they are trained.

    I am concerned the middle and low income will listen and believe the lies the baggers tell.  After all they have Faux News as their news source.

    A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny! Thomas Jefferson

    by wbishop3 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 06:19:53 AM PDT

  •  If he has to deny it... (0+ / 0-)

    Anybody who has to repeatedly deny being a racist has left a trail of racism wherever he or she goes.

  •  Not a racist bone? Of course not... (0+ / 0-)

    ...it's all those racist tendons and ligaments and muscle tissue and nerves and organs...and...and...   Hmmm, can a hair follicle be racist?

    I'm too [insert adjective of choice, e.g., sane] to vote Republican.

    by Linus Too on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 11:13:50 AM PDT

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