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Uninformed, ignorant and living 30 years in the past

That’s about the nicest thing I can say about Courtland Milloy’s screed in the Washington Post. Entitled "Tolerance of white militias exemplifies the racial double standard", Milloy tries his best – which is none to impressive – to whip up a little racial hatred and divisiveness.

His two tools to lend credibility to his poorly constructed argument are the Southern Poverty Law Center, which sees a right wing conspiracy and racial hatred behind every corner, and a special Chris Matthews did – Chris Matthews – on Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia.

Matthews special was entitled "The rise of the new right", but there’s nothing especially new about the SMVM. It has been around since at least 2002 and their website openly announces ("On line since 02/02/02").

Apparently the SMVM also saw some potential problems in perhaps, oh I don’t know, 9/11?  And it existed through most of the Bush presidency which, one would guess, would mean race has nothing to do with their existence or they’re wildly colorblind and just didn’t know that George Bush was a cracker.

Milloy claims:

Maybe Obama is just being savvy by not coming down hard on the militia. As Potok said, "There’s a huge amount of anger, and what we are really lacking at this moment is a kind of spark." In an apparent attempt to defuse the tension, Obama does such things as supporting a U.S. Supreme Court decision crippling D.C.’s gun control law and then signs a bill that allows visitors to national parks to carry guns.

Potok, of course, is with the SPLC and while he certainly is correct in pointing out there is a “huge amount of anger”, the implication that it is racially based and found solely on the right is simply unsupportable.  MIlloy is also obviously one of those who believes that only government should have guns.

And speaking of double standards, Milloy somehow forgot to mention the Obama DoJ’s decision not to prosecute a well-known black militia, the New Black Panthers, for obvious (it’s on film) voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the last presidential election.

He finishes with this:

Still, gun advocates keep him in their sights. They show up outside presidential town hall meetings brandishing firearms. When a young black man, identified only as Chris, showed up at one such event with a rifle strapped to his back, white protesters cited him as proof that race had nothing to do with their contempt for Obama.

But they missed the point.

Had the black rifleman showed for, say, Ronald Reagan’s "states’ rights" speech in Philadelphia, Miss., back in 1980, they might still be dredging the Pearl River for his remains.

Really?  From Philadelphia, MS to Philadelphia, PA – we’ve come a long way haven’t we Mr. Milloy.  If this is the best you can muster to keep the fires of racial hatred stoked, it’s going to be a long, cold winter for you, isn’t it?

~McQ

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23 Responses to Uninformed, ignorant and living 30 years in the past

  • Interesting, isn’t it, that Milloy sees everything through racial filters?
    Thirty years behind the times, to be sure.  Doesn’t he know that we are in the Age  Of Obama, Post-racial President Deluxe?

  • You need to put the final Milloy quote into the italicized quotation dealie.

  • Always leave enough leash for the dog to hang himself with…

  • Let’s say then-Vice President Cheney found out that a black militia group had ties to a terrorist organization seeking to levy war against the United States. Say hello to Guantanamo.

    The guy is just unhinged.  There’s no other way to put it.  Like a Scott Erp post, it is such a tangled skein that it just needs to be dismissed…trashed…  The guy’s just another WasteOfTime

    • {eyes rolling} You doth protest too much. He is a great source of talking points analysis.

      And I’ve already explained how you dense righties are all code-word racists because you oppose letting all the noble brown people from Mexico come and live here if they feel like it. A student in Austria said so, and it’s a matter of historical fact that Austrians have special understanding of racial issues. It was a huge topic of research and conversation there in the 1940s.

      • {eyes rolling} You doth protest too much. He is a great source of talking points analysis.

        Heh.  Well done, Ott.

  • Had the black rifleman showed for, say, Ronald Reagan’s “states’ rights” speech in Philadelphia, Miss., back in 1980, they might still be dredging the Pearl River for his remains.

    Are you kidding?  Reagan probably would have asked if he could take the weapon to a range and fire off a couple of rounds…

  • I just throw this sort of thing into my huge mental evidence file labeled: “Why I think that liberals are morons”.

    Obama does such things as supporting a U.S. Supreme Court decision crippling D.C.’s gun control law…

    OMG.  You mean to say that (gasp!) the president is actually supporting the law of the land?  Like he swore to do when inaugurated?  SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!

    / sarc

    McQ – His two tools to lend credibility to his poorly constructed argument are the Southern Poverty Law Center, which sees a right wing conspiracy and racial hatred behind every corner, and a special Chris Matthews did – Chris Matthews – on Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia.

    This is part of how propaganda works: set up your shills as “experts”, then cite them as unimpeachable sources.

    What an idiot.

  • when speaking of mr. milloy, i believe chris rock said it best all them years ago: “he just IG-nent!” the fact the SPLC and chris matthews agree with him merely makes it official.

  • I’ll give Obama this much– thanks to him, we’ve finally managed to render accusations of racism and nazism worthless through sheer overuse.  It might be decades before anyone cares enough to take either accusation seriously again.

    • TonusI’ll give Obama this much– thanks to him, we’ve finally managed to render accusations of racism and nazism worthless through sheer overuse. 

      Among sensible people, they were worthless years ago.  However, among the (liberal) political, academic, and media classes, such charges are still potent.  I suspect that the are also potent in various minority communities, which is why they are still in such widespread use.

      • Among sensible people, they were worthless years ago.

        Why would they be worthless if they are fitting? Because the overuse had no basis in fact?
        Just remember when proposing Godwin’s Law, just who and what Godwin was about.

  • The Democratic Party, Dividing Americans by class and race for 180 years.

  • I could show you some dividing by race, gender, and class, and diet, that would make your extremities go numb.

    All of it straight from university women’s studies classrooms to your plate.

    But I’m going to spare you.

    • Oh, please don’t spare us, Martin.

      I, as well, could show you some dividing by race, gender, and class, that would make your extremities go numb.  Straight from the christian churches here in SE Texas to your plate, but I’ll think I’ll spare you.
      But I will, if you want.
      That is, of course, if Martin wants to go first.

      • Believable, but then they aren’t really Christian either.

        • Yes.  “Christian.”  An ever evolving term, isnt’ it?

          But what makes McPhillip’s statement any different than Milloy’s?
          Martin, without providing any evidence at all, states that he could show us the same kind of racism, sexism, and class warfare that McQ in the same vein accuses Milloy of stating racism, etc. in militias without any evidence.

          But that doesn’t pose too much of a problem here in the pages of QandO, where accusations of such shortcomings in academia ring true to readers sympathetic to such viewpoints.  Much like accusations of racism among militias ring true among the left spectrum.
          Sure, one could excavate statements from some in the academic world to support such a claim, but so could one excavate racist remarks from various militia or separatist groups.
          But it doesn’t mean anything.

          And it didn’t stop Milloy, and it didn’t stop McPhillips.
          McPhillips is the mirror image of people like Erb and others on the Left.

          Cheers.

      • Yeah, not interested.

  • Surely the equivalent of a “young black man” showing up at a young black President’s meeting would be a old white man showing at an old white President’s meeting?

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