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McCarthyist race-baiting by the left: Ferreting out Republican racists
By Murray Soupcoff
Trent Lott's ill-advised comments at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday
party, praising Strom's Dixie-loving, civil-rights-loathing 1948 tilt
at the presidential windmills, were not exactly an example of enlightened
civility as far as the unintended targets of Mr. Lott's ill-chosen words
were concerned. Senator Lott's apparent zeal to restore the glorious heritage
of the Confederacy -- likely including separate drinking fountains for
black folks, "colored" washrooms and stress-relieving vigilante lynchings
of uppity "nigrahs" -- couldn't be expected to sit well the intended victims
of this Dixiecrat revival. And in this author's opinion, black Americans
had every right to suspiciously wonder whether they were seeing the real
Trent Lott (if there is one under that silly hairpiece of his) as he (
in his own inimitable words) "winged it" on the occasion of celebrating
Strom Thurmond's hundredth year on this planet.
In the upside-down world of People for the American Way, a vote for a black Supreme Court justice apparently is evidence of racism.
Shades of George Orwell! Defining a confirmation vote in favor of a black jurist of integrity such as Clarence Thomas as a racist act, and as a civil rights problem "far broader and deeper" than the Trent Lott fiasco? Gimme a break!
What have the loopy denizens of the contemporary civil-rights establishment been smoking lately? Their mission -- to eliminate any vestiges of the tolerant, color-blind society that Martin Luther King dreamed of (a dream that ironically is now closer to becoming a reality in spite of the civil-rights establishment) and replace it with an inegalitarian, race-based Orwellian nightmare of government-imposed racial quotas in education, racial gerrymandering at the ballot box, racial favoritism in federal and municipal contracting, and stigmatization any black person who makes it by virtue of his own talent and ambitious energy -- is sheer stupidity and race-baiting demagoguery.
It's a prescription for more racial divisiveness in America, more white resentment, more black economic underachievement and poverty, and even more hopelessness in the deteriorating slums which the contemporary liberators of the black underclass seem determined to condemn them to forever.
The new racial McCarthyism of today's civil rights establishment, and their allies in the media, universities and Democratic Party, is nothing but a cynical attempt to stigmatize anyone who would challenge their cushy sinecures (for example, Jesse Jackson's lucrative race-baiting corporate shakedown schemes), or criticize their self-serving, irrational, America-hating agenda.
Martin Luther King may have had a dream. But given their way, these supposedly enlightened racial demagogues would engulf America in an ever-worsening race-based nightmare.
Murray Soupcoff is the author of 'Canada 1984' and a former radio and television producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also was Executive Editor of We Compute Magazine for many years, and is now the Managing Editor of the popular conservative Web site, Iconoclast.ca
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