Desperate GOP Plays a Race Card

They seem to have a complete deck. We have seen these cards over and over again for many decades as the “Southern Strategy” evolved from Nixon through to “Welfare Queens” through to “Willy Horton” and on into Trump’s Birtherism as a core concern of the GOP base. Now we have “Critical Race Theory” as a looming threat to “real Americans” and everything they hold dear.

Naturally, pointing out this obvious racist stratagem will be called divisive and racist by those who are really, really worried that children will learn the complete truth about our country’s history – people like the GOP activists posing as “concerned parents” on Fox News to spread the bile.

The first step in resisting this noxious poison is to see it for what it is – a political Hail Mary pass from an extremist party which – under the leadership of Donald Trump – has left the mainstream of American life.

42 thoughts on “Desperate GOP Plays a Race Card

    1. Why am I not surprised? Oh, I remember why. Hail Pepe!

      If you think Critical Race Theory is something to be rebutted then you have an exaggerated misunderstanding of what it is. The fact that some – or actually many – people of color have had very successful lives and careers does not change the fact that our traditional teaching of American history is incomplete and very selective.

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          1. “And this is an opinion article . . .”

            Laughable. This is NOT an opinion piece. It is the reporting on the FACT that many people presented as “concerned parents” by Fox News are, in fact, “Republican strategists, conservative think-tankers, or right-wing media personalities.” It is a reporting of the FACT that attacking “Critical Race Theory” has become is a prominent GOP political strategy including that of the GOP candidate for Governor of Virginia.

            There is hardly an opinion in the piece save for the platitudes in the last paragraph. In fact, I defy you to cite a single opinion in it that gives you a non-laughable reason to attack George Soros out of the blue.

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          2. “Do you think for yourself?”

            More than you do, very obviously.

            I linked to the article because it gives a complicated question the complex answer it deserves. If you cannot handle that, I am not surprised.

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          3. “So, you can’t tell us what you think CRT is.”

            I already have. Many times. It is the recognition of the fact that our institutions and culture have a built in Eurocentrism that works to the detriment of non-white people. In the context of the schools, which is what these fake “concerned parents” are whining about, it means that our actual history has been white-washed (pun intended) and we ought to better educate our children about the realities of how we got to where we are.

            But, hey, I get it. You “conservatives” are eagerly trying to stir up your base with another round of race-baiting white victimhood. It is vile and pathetic and it is why I used the word “desperate” in my headline.

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      1. To quote you from many other threads, talk about BULLSHIT. How dare reasonable people rebutt racist trash that claims DOJ and LE are inherently racist and that white people just exploit black people for personal enrichment. You are white so that includes you too. So according to CRT, everyone is an evil turd but blacks. And you are trying to give it credibility?Again, BULLSHIT.


        1. Yes, I agree. The way you think of and summarize CRT is indeed BULLSHIT.

          The truth is you are someone who WANTS to be offended and the GOP masterminds who brought you Welfare Queens, Freeloaders and Birtherism are giving you what you want.

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      2. I dont think this guy has ever said hail pe pe. I notice you have no rebuttal to what the man said but then you never do but to throw out some BS abt Trump. CRT is clearly a Marxist approach to blaming one group for the failings of some members of another to foster pro-socialist idealism.


    1. Uh, you are totally missing the point or nice try at changing the subject. I am not going to bite and argue about simple-minded theories about complex economic and social problems.

      Whatever the cause of urban poverty has NOTHING to do with the point being made which is that desperate Republicans are still pushing racial divisiveness as a political strategy in their increasingly uphill battle to retain power.

      George Soros? For someone who frequently gets on his high horse about the ad hominem fallacy you sure seem to fall into it on a regular basis. As you might say, where is the Media Matters article in error?

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        1. Trump commands the GOP, so that certainly impeaches the organization on matters of anything.


          Do you know what Soros believes? Why don’t you like him?

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      1. Lots of places have come on hard times, the coal states and my home of Louisiana, for example. We didn’t respond by abandoning our families and murdering each other.

        Societal collapse in response to setbacks is a consequence of Democratic control.


        1. You are denying the effects of the “Great Migration” on family cohesion. Black breadwinners left cities and states in the South due to unbearable conditions and constant life threatening stress.

          Homes and churches that provided the core of Black life a respite from terror were left for hopefully better and more secure opportunities in the North.

          By the time 1965 came around, much of the damage had been started.

          Not as much fun to understand as paying women to have babies and welfare queens.

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          1. So, the Great Migration, which began during Reconstruction, around 1900, and continued until about 1970, was benign and had no effect on families for its first 65 years, which saw a decline in illegitimacy and poverty for American Blacks, suddenly kicked in and destroyed the Black family in its last 5 years?

            “• In the 1890s, there were four public high schools in Washington D.C.; one black, the M Street School/Dunbar High School, and three white. In 1899, Dunbar averaged higher standardized test scores than students in two of the three white schools. From 1870 to 1955 Dunbar repeatedly equaled or exceeding performance on national standardized tests.

            • As late as 1910 more than two-thirds of the black population of Chicago lived in neighborhoods where most residents were white.

            • In 1950, 72 percent of all black men and 81 percent of black women had been married.

            • Every census from 1890 to 1950 showed that black labor force participation rates were higher than those of whites.

            • Prior to the 1960’s the unemployment rate for black 16 and 17-year olds was under 10 percent.

            • Before 1960, the number of teenage pregnancies had been decreasing; both poverty and dependency were declining, and black income was rising in both absolute and relative terms to white income.

            • In 1965, 76.4 percent of black children were born to married women.”


            And then LBJ came to the rescue

            “• Since the 1960s the black labor force participation rates have been lower than whites and unemployment rates for black 16 and 17 year olds has never dropped below 20 percent.

            • In 1980, 31 percent of all black first-born children were born to teenage mothers.

            • By 1992, 54 percent-of all black children were living only with their mothers.

            • From 1990 to 1994, 77 percent of first births to black women were premarital.

            • In the 1980s and 90s, an absolute majority of those black families with no husband present lived in poverty.

            • By the 2000s, 75% of blacks with a high-school degree or some college were not married.

            • In 2005, Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation’s murders; and 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people.

            • Less than half of black students graduated from high school in 2005.

            • In 2009, 73% of black children were born to unmarried mothers.

            • In 2012, blacks in New York constituted 78% of shooting suspects and 74% of all shooting victims even though they are less than 23% of the city’s population. Young black men in New York are 36 times more likely to be murdered than young white men.

            • Today, black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age combined.

            • In many urban areas, the black illegitimacy rate is well over 80 percent.

            • The national unemployment rate for blacks is over 13%, nearly five points above the average for all Americans. And black teen unemployment is over 40 %.”

            Not in their wildest dreams could the KKK have destroyed the Black Family in a generation like Democrats did.


          2. LOL!

            You are describing the pernicious effects of the Reagan Revolution but are too blind to see what is right in front of you. Try going through what has happened to white families during these same 40 years and it will be just as ugly. What you describe is what happens to ordinary people of all races when the system is rigged against them and for the billionaire class.

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          3. That is how Trump won in 2016. He tapped the resentment, justified in some cases, among working classes. He eked out a narrow win by scapegoating the blame on the least powerful and most different folks. Misdirection and repeated lies do work.

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  1. If GOP think tankers and political activists are gettting airtime on Fox News to denounce Critical Race Theory, more power to them. CRT is evil.


    1. “CRT is evil.”

      You are the perfect Trump Republican.
      Old, white, male and stuffed to the gills with hatred.
      Hail Pepe!

      BTW, as the article pointed out, there is no problem with Fox News spreading whatever opinions they want. The problem lies in disguising who was offering those opinions. That is dishonst and disreputable.

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      1. RE: “The problem lies in disguising who was offering those opinions.”

        Did Fox really do that? The guests’ names were given. That, apparently, is how Media Matters identified them. I see no misrepresentation.


  2. CRT was introduced in academic circles about 50 years ago. Since then, racial friction has shifted a bit, improved in some places and now is a topic akin to what we can do to improve it some more.

    Centuries of slavery followed by a century of apartheid, legal and extra-legal, still has lingering effects. And the truth is that as a nation, we have never reconciled our racial divides. Just a patch here and there, then “move on”.

    (Eerily parallel to the current “let us not discuss or investigate 1/6, and move on…nothing more to see here”.)

    After WW2, a huge boost to the nation’s middle class created a stream of familial wealth development through education, housing, union jobs and capital acquisition. If the people were White.

    2 decades later, finally, laws were changed to at least address the legal apartheid. Cultural still persisted, and continues today.

    CRT is uncomfortable for some and the excuses are simplistic: “I didn’t own slaves, Obama was Black, some of my best friends…”.

    Addressing race through CRT is not easy and for some a painful drill. But “evil”? Hardly. And avoiding discussion, debate or teaching true history, warts and all, won’t make anything go away.

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    1. RE: “But ‘evil’”?”

      Yes. CRT is a willful lie. That’s as good a definition of evil as one can get.


        1. RE: “Why is CRT a willful lie?”

          Putting aside CRT’s origins in flawed Marxian social theory, its basic tenet is that racially disparate or unequal economic conditions prove that racism is systemic in America. This is a lie, however, because it is illogical and unscientific. CRT doesn’t explain anything because it cannot. It is just snake oil and magical thinking.


          1. “Its basic tenet is that racially disparate or unequal economic conditions prove that racism is systemic in America.”

            So, what is the TRUE explanation for racially disparate or unequal economic conditions?

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      1. Better definition of evil: energizing an armed mob to assault Congress, then leaving to watch the “action” on TV while refusing to stop the insurrection attempt despite begging from the Republican Congressional leader.

        Explain that to our progeny while complaining about revisiting our history regarding race.

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        1. You are under the delusion that the excesses of Jan 6 somehow excuse all harm done by Democrat policy in the past and inti the future.

          But a little perspective. Only one person was killed Jan 6, and that was an unarmed protestor.

          The consequences of Democrat policies will take at least 10 lives in major cities tonight and very night until those foolish polices have been ended and their effects diminish over succeeding generations.

          We could have a Jan 6 every day and never match the carnage of Democrat good intentions.

          And refusing to learn from that catastrophic mistake because it contradicts your agenda is truly evil.

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          1. Rockefeller’s War on Drugs might have something to do with tearing apart the Black families and communities. Especially with the well documented heavy biases in policing and sentencing.

            All the dreamland like “qualities” of the black communities before 1965 was based on making sure the Blacks stayed in their own places and knew their boundaries. And yet, that was not good enough as evidenced by many outrages like Greenwood around the country. Successful Blacks are uppity Blacks, don’t you know.

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          2. Teen pregnancy is bound to increase in broken families. There are multiple reasons for dysfunctional families. Migration by fathers and incarceration for decades instead of probation as for White drug offenders.

            Whether the welfare system had an effect on top of red lining, segregation, under funded schools, job discrimination is debatable, but certainly popular among conservatives.

            What projecting? Did the South not have its “Sunset Laws”. Keeping Blacks in their ghettoes with little access to other housing, separate schools, restaurants, hotels, laundries, every accommodation for that matter, is certainly constraining.

            When I first came here in th 70’s I lived in Suffolk. We rented, then built. We rented an entire 2nd floor, including heat and water, fort $150/month. Across the RR tracks, I could see small shacks, tarpaper visible, in rows. Those folks were paying about $30-35/week including no utilities. I asked the silly question as to why those folks didn’t just rent on our street. The were paying more for a lot less.

            Kind of like being sent to bat with two outs, bottom of the ninth, and handed a broomstick instead of a Louisville Slugger.

            Of course that was overt racism. About a decade after Civil Rights legislation. And it helped keep people poor and compliant. No effect on families?

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          3. All those things were true prior to 1965.

            Teen pregnancy and illegitimacy did not explode until the government offered teenage girls a breadwinner other than a husband.


          4. Cause and effect? So how long should we have ignored the Black communities so they just stayed in their place?

            There was a general War on Poverty from the administration. (It did reduce child poverty BTW.) The poorest were in the Black communities.

            Fact is, if you are treated like crap for centuries, then get a legal break from Civil Rights and welfare legislation, things might not go perfectly.

            Much blood was shed before the first checks went out. No effect from that either?

            If you were beaten up daily in school for years and years, then suddenly everyone wants to make nice so long as you stay compliant. Not a great metaphor, but you get the picture.

            Bottom line is that the halcyon days of pre-1965 were never that. Blacks stayed in their communities, Whites in theirs. Only one of them thrived and built wealth and could live and work anywhere doing anything.

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