Racism, sexism and Jews, oh my ... Posted by: McQ
on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This is one of the most fascinating election seasons I've witnessed in my lifetime. And one of the more interesting elements of it all has been the claims of racism and sexism within the Democratic primaries and among Democrats themselves.
Democrats love to pretend that the only racists or sexists to be found in the world live on the right. If you don't believe me, ask Ed Rendell, governor of PA who claims:
GOV. ED RENDELL: There are some conservative whites here and some here that are not ready for an African-American candidate and I believe looking at my election had Lynn Swann been the identical candidate, charismatic and good looking and white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 I would have won by 17 or so. I think there was that factor there.
So what are those who vote for Obama but not Hillary, Ed - liberals not ready for a woman president? What an ignorant statement. He has nothing but his bigotry to back that up. But it isn't the first or last such statement that will be uttered during the Dem primaries.
Circulated by an African-American minister from Murfreesboro Tenn., which isn't even in Cohen's district, the literature encourages other black leaders in Memphis to "see to it that one and ONLY one black Christian faces this opponent of Christ and Christianity in the 2008 election."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote an editorial questioning why Cohen's opponent, Nikki Tinker, hadn't spoken out against the attack. Apparently Tinker has yet to reply.
"What does Nikki Tinker think about anti-Semitic literature being circulated that might help her unseat 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary next August?" the editorial asked. "The question goes to the character of the woman who wants to represent the 9th District, and 9th District voters deserve an answer. But Tinker declined to return a phone call about the flier."
Shades of Billy and Cynthia McKinney.
And this isn't the first time Cohen, who is obviously Jewish, has come under such attack:
The editorial also noted that last summer Cohen came under attack from black ministers who challenged the congressman's support for federal hate crimes legislation to protect gay rights. The paper wrote that the "real motive" behind the ministers' attacks was revealed later by Rev. Robert Poindexter who, according to the Commercial Appeal, said of Cohen: "He's not black and he can't represent me, that's just the bottom line."
Yes, apparently it is. And it about as racist a statement as anyone can make, isn't it? Not bad for the party of tolerance and inclusion, wouldn't you say?
Like I said, a fascinating election season. Can't wait for the first time the Dems try to unlimber the "racist" cannon during the general election. What a dud that will be.
Until the radical left seriously took up the cause of the Palestinians, the strongest bastion of antiSemitism in this country was the black community. It still may be, even with now that the Left permits itself open displays of antiSemitism.
I’ve lost track of the number of times blacks have launched anti-Semitic remarks or jokes at me, or in my presence—and then, almost every time, become offended when I indicated I was offended. I was supposed to laugh with them, it seems. Usually, this was at work, so the best response I could usually make was to simply walk away from them.
The editorial also noted that last summer Cohen came under attack from black ministers who challenged the congressman’s support for federal hate crimes legislation to protect gay rights.
Some of the attacks have not even had a facade attempting to cloak the racism. I did this post last September, in which a black minister said Cohen couldn’t possible represent the district well, just because he’s not black. The minister was quoted thusly:
"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.
"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."
Rev. George Brooks who distributed the flier (not Rev. Robert Poindexter), fits the profile of a Republican. There’s nothing that identifies Brooks as a Democrat. The target of the flier being a Democrat is incidental. In fact, Brooks matches the profile of black church leaders courted by Karl Rove: anti-gay marriage and fans of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion". Why would anyone assume, given the preponderance of evidence to the contrary, that Rev. Brooks is a Democrat? It just makes you all look ignorant.
Nonsense, Kenneth. That’s the profile of most black church leaders (socially conservative) and the vast majority are Democrats. Why is Brooks, if a Republican, concerned with a Democratic primary in a district other than his own? Why is he supporting, per his flyer, "one BLACK Christian", i.e. Nikki Tinker, to a term in Congress, if he’s a Republican?