The healing, part 2
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
August 14, 2013 08:46 AM | 1288 views | 27 27 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Some conservatives think race relations are just fine. They believe civil rights leaders who speak out on racial injustice are, to use a popular phrase from the days of segregation, "outside agitators." They feel taking a stand on issues like the Trayvon Martin travesty is promoting racial divisiveness.

I have news for these conservatives. America is a long way from racial harmony and black civil rights leaders know it even if some Pollyannas want to stick their heads in the sand or blather on about how we don't have "colored" drinking fountains in the South anymore.

I recently offered here some pungent examples of the nasty race baiting that has polluted the nation's airwaves since the Martin verdict. Many black Americans were stunned that George Zimmerman could stalk and gun down an unarmed black teenager and walk away from his crime, rightly believing that if it had been the other way around, Trayvon would already be on death row in Florida.

Rush Limbaugh, who (shamefully) speaks for today's conservative movement, chortled on about he could now say "nigga" with an "a" because that's not racist.

I take issue with the comments of another MDJ columnist who recently wrote, "We know we have worked hard to improve race relations, only to have the nation’s first black President join (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) and become a divider."

No, President Obama spoke out, quite eloquently, on the shooting of Trayvon and how many African-Americans feel justice was not served in his case and that, as Americans, we can do better. His remarks were even applauded by his 2008 nemesis, Sen. John McCain. The president has also addressed, repeatedly, black-on-black violence while noting that the lack of economic opportunity for young black men leads to a disproportionate number of them committing crimes.

Perhaps the writer didn't listen to the president's speech. If he had, he would have heard this:

"I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean that we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues.

"(W) e should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did, and that along this long, difficult journey, you know, we’re becoming a more perfect union -- not a perfect union, but a more perfect union."

"My sense of betrayal and frustration lies in the total failure of our first black president to be the reconciler he could have been," writes the MDJ columnist.

Reconciliation is it?

Perhaps he didn't hear Fox New's Geraldo Rivera say this: The George Zimmerman jurors "would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did…You dress like a thug, people are going to treat you like a thug."

Is that how we whites of good will help sooth the raw emotions most all of our black friends and neighbors feel as they watched Zimmerman go scot free especially after one of his six jurors now says he "got away with murder."

The reason Rivera, Limbaugh and dozens of other far right media types can get away with this is because they know too many of their white, aging, male, conservative audiences agree with them. But if Al Sharpton, an MSNBC host who drew national attention to the Martin case, expresses outrage over the verdict, he's hurting race relations.

"My purpose is to emphasize how they and President Obama are making things worse instead of better, and how they are saying 'No thanks!' to citizens, including white conservatives, who have worked diligently to promote racial harmony," the writer continues.

Diligently is it?

Somebody who calls himself "Cobb Co Guy" noted on my blog: "Novelist Stephen Hunter put it best: '[The] presumption is that the African-American community is immature, impulsive, prone to violence and incapable of understanding the nuances of the case.'"

That kind of harmony? Or this kind, from National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent: African-Americans can solve “the black problem” if they put their “heart and soul into being law-abiding...”

Reconciliation comes when you have mutual understanding and a productive dialog, acknowledging and accepting each sides' grievances, and working together toward resolution, which is exactly what President Obama is calling for.

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Lib in Cobb
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August 27, 2013
@Guido: I have read Devlin's letter to the editor, he has not made any new points, that have not been discussed ad nauseum I will now ask you to answer this. No where in that letter does Adams refer to himself as black. You say we have missed that point. Where in the letter does he refer to his race? Was it written in secret code? If I am incorrect, I apologize in advance.
Lib in Cobb
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August 27, 2013
@Guido: Again you dodge the question. This is not about Adams. This is about you calling people a "race baiter". Your answering the question is very germane to the topic at hand. You don't want to publish your core beliefs about Dr. King.
Guido Sarducci
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August 26, 2013
Lib, I don't think that you will find anywhere that I have referred to Dr. King as being a race baiter.

You question is, therefore, not only asinine, but uncalled for and irrelevant.

I suggest you and Foley both read Devlin Adams' column in yesterday's paper.

Until you do and respond to the points he made and has been making all along, I have nothing further to say to you or to your hero idiot, Foley.
Lib in Cobb
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August 24, 2013
@Guido: You have not answered my question. You have called Kevin and me race baiters. I ask again. Was Dr. King a race baiter?
Guido Sarducci
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August 22, 2013
@Lib. Lib I did not say that being white excluded one from seeing the struggles of black people. What I did say, and still say, is that the reflections of a black man who has survived and succeeded for over 70 years carries a lot more credibility than that of a white man. I am not blind to the fact, and I do not think Adams is blind to the fact, that it is because of white men like Kennedy, Eisenhower and Johnson that there has been so much progress made for the black race in this country.

Kevin, I suspect, did not read Adams' LTE on the subject, and because it might disagree with his view, chose to make light of Adams and his thoughts. I would ask, "Did you read it?"

I simply tried to remind him that Adams was a much better source for the subject of racial prejudice than he is, since I doubt that Foley has ever experienced racial prejudice.
Lib in Cobb
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August 22, 2013
@Guido: Your ignorance is visible because you continue to compare the murder of a 13 month child to the murder of Travon Martin. No one is "rooting" for the accused. You are using the death of a child in an attempt to make a point. If you have a family, I do feel badly for them.
Lib in Cobb
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August 22, 2013
Guido: You're a repub, you live in GA it's safe to believe you are a thumper. You have criticized our president for NOT being christian, again making it obvious you are part of the club.

It should not matter what religion our president may be. He was fairly elected TWICE and it's easy for you to hate him because he is a liberal, black man with a Muslim name, who dared to become and REMAIN president. Now it has become clear that you hate him because as you have stated, he is Muslim. Well, so what if he is. GB called himself a christian and he caused the death of thousands, based on lies and you supported him.

Mr. Adams needs a better mouth piece.
Guido Sarducci
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August 22, 2013
@anonymous. I write for Adams because he has said a great deal on this subject already in a recent LTE in this paper.

Until Foley reads what he wrote and responds to it, in a civilized manner, it is my guess that Adams will take the high road and ignore the blather pouring out of Foley.

You probably should read Adams letter too.
GuidoSarducci
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August 22, 2013
@anonymous. I do not remember asking you to debate me. As to using one's name, why single me out when you are doing the same things as are the other responders to Foley's blather? Why not call out Lib in Cobb? Is it because you already know that name is synonymous with Foley?

@Lib-I only use the term to describe race baiters. Unlike you and Foley, I do not call people names for simply disagreeing with me. You two, on the other hand, make a habit of it.

As to your other asinine comment, why mention Christianity? I never said I was one.

Love it when you make an utter fool of yourself. You do it so well and so often.

BTW, who do you plan to root for in the trial? The accused, because he is black, or the victim because he deserves it? I am betting it will be the former.
Lib in Cobb
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August 22, 2013
@Guido: Because someone is white does not automatically exclude that person from recognizing "the struggle" of others as being an injustice. Many of the freedom riders were white, were they blind to the injustice? Was President Kennedy and President Johnson unable to see the injustice because they were white? Were the white Supreme Court Justices who voted to end segregation blind to the injustice? We, as white men and women have not had the same personal experiences as Mr. Adams, but we recognize injustice when we see it.

anonymous
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August 21, 2013
@ Sarducci - At least Adams has the guts to identify himself, which is more than can be said for you. I have no clue why you are writing for Adams. If he's got something to say, let him say it.

When you're ready to man up and take responsibility for what you say here, I'll be happy to debate you.

CobbCoGuy
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August 21, 2013
Context, KF. Context, please.

Friends, go to KF's original "Healing" blog, read my comment, then compare to the excerpt cited above.

Hunter's comment was in response to Obama calling for "calm." Right, KF?

For the low info readers lost in the nuance, allow me. Hunter is saying that when Obama calls for "calm" he is implying that African-Americans are immature, impulsive, etc.

Be honest and straightforward with your fans, KF. They'll love ya for it.
CobbCoGuy
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August 21, 2013
Why was Zimmerman described as a white.................hispanic?

How many colors do hispanics come in?

Are there other ethnic groups that come in different colors?
CobbCoGuy
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August 21, 2013
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Jesse Jackson called for "justice" in the case of the Australian student who was gunned down by three punks in OK who were "bored."

Think Mr. Jackson is sincere or did he cave?

Mr. Obama? Mr. Sharpton? Mr. Holder? Anything to add? Anything at all?
Lib in Cobb
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August 21, 2013
A@Guido: Was Dr. Martin Luther King a race baiter? You seem to like that term and you apply it to those who disagree with you.
Lib in Cobb
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August 21, 2013
Guido: Your comment about trial of the SOB who shot the toddler is not only stupid but just plain ignorant. You should never refer to yourself as a Christian.
Lib in Cobb
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August 21, 2013
Yesterday, I saw "Lee Daniels', The Butler", every high school student, every man and every woman in the US should see this movie.
Guido Sarducci
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August 19, 2013
Kevin, under an name you are stil a race baiter, in spite of the name calling by your ignorant liberal alter-ego.

As to Adams, he is a 70 plus year old black gentleman, who grew up on a share cropper farm in South Georgia when racial hatred was in its heyday. He lived through the struggles of his people and he wrote that great progress has been made. Further he is optimistic abotut the future, if Sharpton, Jackson, Obama and the rest of the race baiters stay out it.

Now, given a choice between the views of such a man,on race relations, and those of a privileged white liberal, to whom the word "struggle" is virtually uknown, guess which one has the credibility. (Hint. It ain't the white boy.)

Go stand in the corner with Sharpton, Jacksona and the Muslim President.

BTW, I guess you will be rooting for acquital of the 17 year old black street hoodlum, now on trial, in Cobb County, for shooting and killing a baby to punish the mother for not having any money he could steal from her.
Lib in Cobb
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August 18, 2013
@Kevin: Guido's response to you is another example of the "wingers" claiming that the libs are the racists. Yup! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Guido Sarducci
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August 16, 2013
Foley, you have just proven yourself to be a race baiter. Glad you cam out of the closet.
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