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Open racism in Memphis
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Thursday, September 06, 2007

Via Jay Nordlinger, I saw this article on the troubles of Congressman Steve Cohen in Memphis. Cohen won the race to succeed Harold Ford, Jr. when Ford ran for the Senate last year.

That district is rather heavily black, and some think Cohen isn't fit to represent it:
"He's not black, and he can't represent me. That's the bottom line," the Rev. Robert Poindexter told a local newspaper after a meeting last week of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association at which Cohen was jeered and booed.

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"I don't care how people dress it up," Poindexter told The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. "It always comes down to race, and he can't know what it's like to be black."
If a prominent white person said "he's not white, so he can't represent me - it always comes down to race", that person would be exorciated by the media as a racist bigot. And for good reason. But I'm not holding my breath waiting for the Memphis Commercial Appeal or the Nashville Tennessean to call Rev. Poindexter a racist bigot, however much he deserves it. Perhaps they will surprise me.

Considering the reverse case also leads to an interesting point:
The Rev. O.C. Collins Jr. apologized for the way the group treated Cohen, and disputed the notion that the district must be represented by a black person.

"If we're saying that, then what we're saying is that Barack Obama's candidacy is illegitimate," Collins said.

Collins invited Cohen to speak last week at his church, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, where the congressman received a standing ovation.

{emphasis mine}
Nicely done, Rev. Collins!

Steve Cohen is pretty liberal, and thus not my cup of tea as a politician. But by all accounts I've heard of him over the years, he's a good guy and and a sober, capable politician who tries hard to look after his constituents. He deserves better than to be accused, tried, and convicted of failure as a representative simply because of his race.
 
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You forget something though: blacks, by definition (according to Sharpton and Jackson) cannot be racist.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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The thing is, most blacks (oooh, not gonna be PC!) seem to prefer it the "Rev" Poindexters way.

Which is ironic, because most white racists also prefer it that way. There is absolutely nothing that any other race or outside force can do to blacks in this country that is nearly as hurtful and hobbling as what they do to themselves.

Black America’s problem stopped being the white man long ago
 
Written By: shark
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Is Cohen Jewish?

Something slowly rising in my awareness in the past several years now has been an astounding strain of anti-Semitism in many black people. Completely ignorant of the particulars of this case, I’d still go about 3-to-1 that there is a heaping spoonful of that at the bottom of it.

This is appalling.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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The same thing happened in Brooklyn when a Jewish guy ran in a historically
black district. Sharpton had a coniption calling him, I am not making this up, a
colonizer, he eventually lost in a four way race to a black candidate.
 
Written By: McLovin
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Billy I think it’s kind of endemic to Progressives, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Much of Critical Theory, that revolves around race, really is conspiratorial and Jews, for some insrutable reason really are the butt of so many conspiracies....
 
Written By: Joe
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Is Cohen Jewish?
Yes, that was mentioned in the article. I hadn’t really thought of it as one of the contributing factors, but that’s certainly a possibility.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Nobody half-awake could have missed Jesse Jackson’s "Hymietown" crack all those years ago, and I’m aware of this whole angle on the left, generally. However, a great deal of my work takes place around black folx — I am always in a very distinct racial minority out there — and while the people who I actually run with are actually superbly rational and squared-away on such matters, it has been revelatory to observe very common anti-Semitism among black people at the everyday street level, for some time now. It’s a real worry.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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I think it comes with the territory of being Jewish...I can find Baptists, Methodists, Blacks, Whites that are suspicious of the Jews. For the life of me I can’t figure out why, EXCEPT there have always been conspiracies about the Jews and so it’s easier to distrust them than some other group. I mean why hate Ethiopians when you have the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? With the Protocols you have your reason right there, you don’t have to manufacture something like you would with the Ethiopians.
 
Written By: Joe
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"I think it comes with the territory of being Jewish..."
Everything I’ve seen in the past fifteen years or so tells me that this particular black/Jewish dynamic is fairly recent in American history. Don’t misunderstand: I’m aware of things like the Nation of Islam before Farrakhan, cross-currents between the Panthers and the Left, and all kinds of stuff like that. But there is a pulse out there in the ’hoods now that I never saw even back in ’88 when I was on the road with 2 Live Crew.

This pace is picking up.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
But there is a pulse out there in the ’hoods now that I never saw even back in ’88 when I was on the road with 2 Live Crew.

This pace is picking up.
I was just making the point that there is a constant Base State level of anti-Semitism, which is greater that the Base State of Anti-Catholicism. But it does seem to be growing and that is scary.
 
Written By: Joe
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"I was just making the point that there is a constant Base State level of anti-Semitism,..."
Is that supposed to be news? For Christ’s sake, man, it’s been like that since before black people and Jews set foot on the same continent with each other.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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on the troubles of Congressman Steve Cohen in Memphis. Cohen won the race to succeed Harold Ford, Jr. when Ford ran for the Senate last year.
So Cohen was elected in a heavily black district. Sounds like Rev. Collin’s may have some supporters.
I’ve had difficulty understanding the animus that many blacks have for the Jews. The Jews were one of the strongest supporters of civil rights in the 60"s. Their principled stand on affirmative may have cost them some support.
 
Written By: tom scott
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So Cohen was elected in a heavily black district.
He won the Democratic primary with only a plurality, because there were three other candidates, all black. Winning the primary basically meant winning the election. I don’t think a resurrected Abraham Lincoln could win a Congressional race as a Republican in Memphis.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I mean why hate Ethiopians when you have the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?
Ironically it is quite possible to do both.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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