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To hear conservatives talk about racism, it is as though America has moved away from racism and it is only because liberals, or in other words Democrats, are the ones who keep bringing up the racism card. However, if racism is over with in this great country of ours, why does it keep popping up its ugly head? Liberals will be glad to stop talking about racism when no longer does racism affect minorities' lives, when it comes to employment, housing and education. Racism is the blame for poverty for so many and will continue to be so as long as there are those in positions of power who allow it to dictate their actions.

Of course, there will always be people like Cliven Bundy, the rancher who suggested that black people would be happier if they were still slaves, and Donald Sterling, the L.A. Clippers owner whose taped conversation with his girlfriend, shows his anger over her being photographed with a black person, who happened to be Magic Johnson. It is when these kinds of people are either lifted up or else allowed to affect other people's lives because of their racism, that racism makes a difference. Racism will always exist in those of narrow minds, but those with narrow minds should not be in positions of power.

Perhaps the biggest problem with racism is not the instances where it is revealed but where it is hidden and consistently reaching out to cause harm. Every day in America, someone is turned away from a job because of his or her skin color. Every day many African American kids and Hispanic kids go to schools that are underfunded thanks to the neighborhoods they live in. Every day, black men are more likely to be arrested because of racial profiling and every day, suffering continues for those who happen to be born black, with little means to escape the poverty they have always known.

However, those on the right would have us all believe that racism is no longer a problem. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity, and that growing up in neighborhoods with schools that are overcrowded and dilapidated and with gangs running the streets, has nothing to do with what a person does with their lives. Certainly, there are always exceptions. There will always be those who can rise above their circumstances and find a way out of the slums and into the middle-class or even into the upper crust. Still, average kids, no matter what race, cannot be expected to excel without a decent chance to do so.

Our U.S. Supreme Court, which unfortunately leans too far to the right, also turns a blind eye to the racism that still exists. The conservative majority's ruling when it comes to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action proves that blindness. We can only hope that one or even two of the more conservative justices will retire before yet another Republican president manages to snag the White House.

The Republican Party needs to dig out a new pathway toward ending its tolerance toward racism in its own ranks. Unquestionably, many of the GOP's members have long ago moved onto higher ground and firmly stand against bigotry. Still, because its membership base most likely would dwindle without the support of Tea Party types, bigotry still dominates much of its agenda. As always, to hear Tea Party members tell it, their ranks are not filled with racist but actions always speak louder than words and the consistent racially tinged attacks on our president indicates otherwise.

The GOP would be wise to draw a clear line between what the party represents and what the Tea Party represents. As long as the Tea Party element in the Republican Party controls its base, bigotry and extremism will rule and will control where the party is headed, which at this moment in history, points away from where a more enlightened nation has already set its compass.

Gay rights, Immigration reform and equality for all is where a majority of Americans stand, yet Republican legislators on both state and federal levels buck the trend at their own fate. If those conservative members believe that somehow, America will turn back to its former ignorance and the Tea Party mantra will eventually rule over the hearts of the majority of Americans, then they will continue to lose, as even their gerrymandering in states will give over to demographic changes to every state in the union. Even average Republican voters are beginning to become more liberal in their views as yet many Tea Party members refuse to open their eyes wide enough to see that their hate leads only to disillusion and an continued downward spiral as the Average American no longer marches to the beat of their misinformed drums.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:33:53 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the analysis. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder, though, about this claim

    The GOP would be wise to draw a clear line between what the party represents and what the Tea Party represents.
    I mean, the GOP's Southern Strategy has been in place since the 1960s, 4 decades before the Tea Party appeared.

    So I don't see the basis for saying that the Tea Party is the stronghold of GOP racism.  It seems to me that support of a racist system is at the core much more of the Repbulican Party than just the Tea party.  

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:50:08 AM PDT

    •  The Tea Party Calvino... (1+ / 0-)
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      Is obviously the racist element of the GOP that has always been there but after the election of Obama and the passing of the Affordable Care Act, became a organized group with a name to it.

      This does not mean that the Republican Party cannot separate itself from that element within its ranks. It can find a way to redefine itself and what it represents, which it should be what the Tea Party is not.

      Either the GOP redefines itself and stands up against the bigotry within the party, or else it becomes no longer a viable political party and a new party steps in to take its place that will not tolerate that racist element that has been so prevalent within the GOP over the last 50 years.

      There has been other political parties in America before the Republican Party and they have all fallen. Perhaps the Republican Party will fall too if it's not willing to change.

      Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

      by fidlerten on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:59:25 AM PDT

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  •  Why? Until they lose elections because of their (3+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, StillAmused, Paragryne

    bigotry, it will continue.

    They are the party of white supremacy which enables the evil greedy rotten rich takeover of us. This country was founded for racism includes ~ 350 year tradition of slavery & it's associated evils.

    They're evil & they need tools to carry out their evil & the stupid evil TBAGS are one of their tools.

    The Rs are tools of evil rich people & the circle is complete.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:57:26 AM PDT

  •  GOP needs self examination over entire IDEOLOGY! (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, Paragryne

    I understand that corporations and wealth people are important, but not to the point where their EVERY wish, belief, thought and ambition become LAW over the rest of the population, the GOP goes completely off rail from their duty!

  •  OK, but you assume the GOP actually cares (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, fidlerten

    about ethics, fairness, morality or our country. They do not.

    The GOP now - and they are NOT "conservatives" - have no interest in anything but gaining more wealth and political power for their very rich fascist owners. The GOP is anti American and in fact is our country's worst enemy.

    Les Paul, NOT Rand Paul!

    by old mark on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20:05 AM PDT

    •  I think that opinion... (0+ / 0-)

      is just a bit cynical old mark. Certainly, there are many Republicans who are like you said, who "have no interest in anything but gaining more wealth and political power for their very rich fascist owners," but there are still many rank and file Republicans who are decent people, even if their thinking is wrongheaded.

      Perhaps it is because I live in a conservative state - Oklahoma - and though I have a great deal of disagreements with many of the people I come in contact here, I still know many Republicans who would give you the shirt off of their backs if you needed it.

      Being Republican or Democrat does not say entirely who you are as a person. Politicians seem to be the ones who set the example but ordinary people are still ordinary people who are not like those politicians who have ulterior motives . There are good people who are misinformed over their ideas but they're still good people.  

      Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

      by fidlerten on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:07:21 AM PDT

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      •  Not cynical at all. The GOP is anti American trash (0+ / 0-)

        They are NOT "good people who are misinformed" they are fucking scum, and the enemies of OUR country. Maybe you should read more.

        Les Paul, NOT Rand Paul!

        by old mark on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:40:27 PM PDT

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        •  old mark, (0+ / 0-)

          Being a blogger, I read plenty and I watch MSNBC all night long, 5 days a week at work, since I am a night auditor. I also read USA Today, everyone of those days. Along with that, I have email subscriptions to Huffington Post and Washington Post. So I read plenty. I know what's going on all the time, and from reliable news sources.  

          Still, I disagree with you. I am sorry you have such a negative opinion of half the people in this country. Being also a gay man, I don't like it when people say that all gay people are perverts and child molesters, just because someone gay did something perverted or molested a child. And I'm sure that African Americans don't like it when someone says all black men are rapist because one black man rapes a woman.

          To say that all Republicans are anti-American and scum is to stereotype them all into that category and I don't think that's fair. Maybe it's because you haven't known a great deal of Republicans as I have, growing up in a conservative state, but I can tell you that you are entirely wrong in your assumptions. Still, everyone is welcome to their opinions.

          Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

          by fidlerten on Thu May 01, 2014 at 06:36:54 AM PDT

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  •  "Needs self-examination" (2+ / 0-)
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    suggests that they don't already know perfectly well what their deal is.

  •  Self-examination demands insight. (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, sajiocity

    Republicans don't do insight.

    Just slogans.

    ... and obstruction.

  •  All the GOP will ever see (2+ / 0-)
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    sajiocity, fidlerten

    looking into a mirror is an impossibly handsome white patriot.

    Religion is like a blind man, in a pitch black room, searching for a black cat that isn't there.....and finding it.

    by fauxrs on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 01:00:53 PM PDT

  •  Some observations regarding American racism (1+ / 0-)
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    Racism is the cornerstone of American culture going back to the days that the first Englishman stepped onto these shores.  The early colonists exhibited open blatant racism against the American Indian, which only abated in its intensity when the Indian was effectively removed from participation in the expanding colonial society. However, the African slave being a major component of the wealth generating facilities of colonial society then exclusively received the brunt of white racism throughout the colonies. The obsession with providing benefits purely on the basis of race inspired the colonial governments to start writing "Negro Control" laws into the legal framework of their respective colonial governments. This practice of enshrining societal behavior for the Negro slave into governmental law continued unabated for centuries after the colonies became states in the collective body of United States.

    There you have a brief summary of American racism, so why are folks so outraged when a few more ignorant white men shame the rest of the white population by publicly announcing their  resolute belief in the propriety of assignment of benefits based exclusively upon White Privilege in traditional American culture.  


  •  Republicans have corrupted themselves (1+ / 0-)
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    so completely that no decency remains. They have decided that the best treatment Americans deserve is punishment. They are incapable of taking responsibility for their behavior and struggle to come to grips with that what they are doing is even wrong. They have created for themselves a world where no morals exist and don't even recognize truth. They agonize over having to apologize or acknowledge wrongdoing. No Republican, whether in leadership or otherwise has the courage or character to stand up and declare that this ugliness must stop.  They are beneath and beyond redemption.

    The Republican Party will forever be looking to find the high ground in an ocean of sewage.

    Taking the road less traveled since 1967 .

    by Paragryne on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 02:27:58 PM PDT

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