12.22.2013

Selective Amnesia: Southern Strategy

So I recently wrote a post about whites using welfare to deny racism. Afterwards, Ankh wrote a comment with a quotation from Reagan's "welfare queen" stories. The following thoughts were triggered.

The Southern Strategy was something I learned about first from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and then from my politics class at San Jose State University. Basically, Republicans kept portraying black people as evil to stir up conservative whites, which triggered a "realignment" that led to our current political landscape. In addition, it's the reason why there are a lot of black Democrats but not a lot of black Republicans.

You'd think such a significant development would be well remembered, especially by Republicans given the recent voting results (looks like the white vote just isn't going to cut it anymore). Apparently, elephants do forget because, according to Republicans, black people used to be Republican....and that's it. Nothing else happened in between then and today. No Cadillac-driving welfare queen stories or Willie Horton black rapist ads ever existed. No rejection of the Civil Rights Movement by Republicans ever happened. Black people just went crazy and became Democrats.

Jon Stewart sums it up nicely with a look at Rand Paul's condescending speech to a historically black university. Paul's attempt to "educate the confused black masses" would be insulting if I actually took that douchebag seriously.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-11-2013/guess-who-s-coming-to-howard

And while we're talking about black votes. I'm getting sick and tired of whites claiming black people are racist because they voted for Obama. I even had one professor make the claim that blacks were voting based on race. First of all, maybe black people voted for Obama not because he was black, but because he was a Democrat, which most black people are. Is it so crazy to believe black people were voting along party lines and not racial lines? How about taking a look at voting for past presidential elections? For the 2004 election, 88% of black voters went with John Kerry (http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_04.html). For 2000, 90% went with Al Gore (http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_00.html). I guess that means Kerry and Gore are black now, right?

One last thing, when they claim black people voted for Obama just because he was black, what are they really trying to say with their little coded language? It sounds like they're saying that black people are too stupid to vote correctly, in contrast to the prophetic voting of whites.

13 comments:

  1. When the Blacks voting for Obama comes up I like to ask what was the race of the previous presidential candidates they voted for......hmmm....seems the pot calling the kettle black.....

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  2. These are idiots who never want to claim responsibility for anything.

    OK,if Black people voted for Obama because of his race, then,how about all of those years that White folks voted for White presidents Democratic or Republican and when people like Obama.. or even Jewish guys like Joe Lieberman wanted to run for president, they nearly had a heart attack about it.

    Yes,there are some of us that did vote for Obama because of his race, but I also voted for him after Hilary. Initially, some Black people went with Hillary, like I did because of her her husband and her experience but she since she didn't win ,I went with Obama because like you said,he's Democratic. There was no way would I put the GOP in office... not ever! Libertarian, Green Party maybe, but never will I put a GOP as president and after, all of the smear racist tactic they use against Obama and other minorities no way!

    So the Republican party helped the slaves out (as they like to boast about) eh?, maybe but it sure wasn't because out of love for them. Abraham Lincoln let them out because of the Union. By his own admission, he said that if he had a choice, they (the slaves) would be bondage. How about Dr.King.?Yes, he was a Republican during the day, but he probably wouldn't be one if he knew the crap he GOP are did and continues to do.(His niece Alveda King is one and most of the Black people I know think she's a disgrace to her uncles legacy) .Before Coretta Scott King died, she supported Democrats as well as her kids.They also neglect to tell people that some of those same Black people switched from being GOP.. like my grandparents..to Democrat because of the civil rights bill that Lyndon B.Johnson passed (nd he too was racist) and because so many of those same White Demos went to Republican party just to keep from supporting it. Take a look at them today, aren't they pretty much like that today? Do those losers really believe that a logical thinking Black person would want to give up their right to vote to put them in office? They are seriously delusional.

    The problem with White society is that they can't control Black people.Oh,they try but they can't.They use politics, race,looks, education..anything they can get they will try use against us..and fail over and over again. Anytime you speak the truth about racial injustices you're a racist, but as long as you remain silent about you're not. Notice how so many of those same people want Philbasck on Duck Dynasty, yet you don't hear about them speaking out against what he said about Blacks and gays and he don't seem to want to disassociate with his right wing friends.

    They're talking abut him(Phil) having his so called 1st right amendments violated..oh god please! In that case every minority rights including our president is violated on an everyday basis. Let's be honest here, this isn't about their rights being violated, this about them panicking fearing that they will lose their right not to slander us.

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  3. Typo -tried to say "to get Phil back"in paragraph 4

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  4. Ballisto, you on fire! Always love to have you back in the saddle.

    Apparently, elephants do forget because, according to Republicans, black people used to be Republican....and that's it. Nothing else happened in between then and today. No Cadillac-driving welfare queen stories or Willie Horton black rapist ads ever existed. No rejection of the Civil Rights Movement by Republicans ever happened. Black people just went crazy and became Democrats.

    This right here.

    For the 2004 election, 88% of black voters went with John Kerry. For 2000, 90% went with Al Gore. I guess that means Kerry and Gore are black now, right?

    Like you said: elephants forget. Or rather, they forget selectively.

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  5. Learning all of that **political history^^ caused me to join the International Socialist Organization (ISO).

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  6. All that talk of voting for President Barack is deflection for the way they ran in droves to vote for MiTt Romney because he was wait for it..... white. So in conclusion those rewriting history idiots can suck a fungus filled toenail. People can vote how they want. Heck throw a Hispanic in the race and where do you think majority of the Latino vote would go to? Whites created this vote based on race game and it never bothers them until they lose at it.

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    1. "Whites created this vote based on race game and it never bothers them until they lose at it."

      Excellent point.

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  7. All that talk of voting for President Barack is deflection for the way they ran in droves to vote for MiTt Romney because he was wait for it..... white.

    Yeah...how come none of them ever mention that? Oh, right...selective amnesia.

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  8. Very very good point. I wish people would open their minds a little and not be so quick to label others for things they do themselves.

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  9. Lord, this post is full of so much life...

    I flatlined at "Apparently, elephants do forget..."

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  10. I know people who weren't allowed to vote (due to religion) who did get out and vote and some of them Did do it because he was black. Last year was my first year voting and it wasn't because of his skin color; it was because I saw the way the Republican party was headed and I figured if I didn't get out there one of those idiots could get in office and drag women back to the 1940s where we don't have any rights outside of what they permit us to have. So my voting for Obama was because I saw him as the lesser of two evils. My voting entirely was because of the Republicans and the crazy they unleashed. So if they didn't want Obama in office again perhaps they should look at what they did to cause him to get there once again. A lot of people got out and voted when they hadn't voted before simply because they saw an impending downward spiral if a Republican were to take the White House and they wanted to be a part of the reason that downward spiral didn't happen.

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