Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog has an excellent post about a "civil rights" rally that was held in Atlanta over the weekend. Harry Belafonte got most of the media's attention, but a number of leading Democrats spoke there also. This is the stuff that few in the media question. Why do elected representatives, who all happen to be Democrats, get away with standing on the same stage from which such hateful racist rhetoric is being spewed? In fact, their own rhetoric echoed many of the points that the worst race-baiters made. First, an excerpt from Ms. Ridenour, stating who sponsored this rally, and which politicians were there:
"The event was sponsored, (Marc Morano of) CNSNews.com reports, by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Participants included the National Urban League, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, and the AFL-CIO.Several Members of Congress shared the podium, including House Democrat leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. John Conyers and Rep, Maxine Waters. Lee, in her speech, called the war in iraq "immoral" and claimed the last two presidential elections were stolen. The quotes of other Members of Congress, as quoted by Morano, were only slightly less inflammatory."
Here are selected quotes from the "celebrities"...
Belafonte: "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. Color does not necessarily denote quality, content or value." "[If] a black is a tyrant, he is first and foremost a tyrant, then he incidentally is black. Bush is a tyrant and if he gathers around him black tyrants, they all have to be treated as they are being treated."
Dick Gregory: "They (black conservatives) have a right to exist, but why would I want to walk around with a swastika on my shirt after the way Hitler done messed it (the swastika symbol) up?" "So why would I want to call myself a conservative after the way them white racists thugs have used that word to hide behind? They call themselves new Republicans." "[the United States is] the most dishonest, ungodly, unspiritual nation that ever existed in the history of the planet. As we talk now, America is 5 percent of the world's population and consumes 96 percent of the world's hard drugs."
Judge Greg Mathis: "They all need to be locked up because they are all criminals and they are all thieves." "They shot and missed when they enslaved, segregated and oppressed our people. They shot and missed when they stole the past two presidential elections. They shot and missed when they denied our right to vote." "[The Bush administration] is the enemy of our (black America's) progress." "The enemy of democracy continues to attack voting rights here, while they try to fight for democracy in Iraq."
...and some of the elected officials' comments:
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California: "Some changes have to be made so we don't have a repeat of 2000 and 2004 where there was intimidation and discrepancies at the polls." "In the state of Ohio, where they had fewer voting booths and long lines in minority neighborhoods and no lines and many voting booths in white neighborhoods, that the balance is not what it should have been."
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.): "The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy and this is what today is all about." "our nation was lied to in order to justify this invasion and occupation."
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA):"We are here to take on President Bush, [Vice President] Dick Cheney. We are here to take on [House Majority Leader] Tom DeLay. We are here to take on the new appointee to the Supreme Court, John Roberts."
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.): "[the president's] record against human rights, civil rights, economic rights, is absolutely terrible."
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.): "said America was being ruled by the 'Bush mentality,' where 'crony capitalism' was supreme," quoting Mr. Marone's story.
NOW, the icing on the hatefest cake:
Jesse Jackson: "the same old enemies of civil rights and voting rights will always keep up their ugly activities." "Race baiters and discriminators may go underground, but they never move out of town."
--WELL SAID, IF YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, REV. JACKSON!
The re-authorization of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 is what this rally was ostensibly for. I wonder why Sen Byrd (D-Va.) wasn't there? He voted against the original bill in '65. Might he, and the Democrats not have gone underground, and now politically enslave minorities more than the Bush administration could ever be accused of? Why are the Dems letting these hucksters represent the 90 percent of Black Americans that vote Democrat? Follow the money. Rainbow/Push is an anointed subsidiary of the Dem party, at least since Jackson's political forays in the '80's. That's when he got his shakedown act into the big leagues, and started getting and giving political contributions. All of the participants in this rally fit that bill (partisan Dems), and the tax-exempt or "non-partisan" organizations (that's all of them) should be kicked back on to the tax rolls for this.I don't want to settle for their actions being ignored by the media, and overlooked by the public anymore. Some harsher sanctions may be warranted, especially for Jackson's Rainbow/Push group.
Luckily, there is opposition in the Black community. Groups like CORE and Project 21, the American Civil Rights Institute are prime examples; they, and Linda Chavez' Center for Equal Opportunity all oppose the type of venomous hate that was spewed in Atlanta. These are organizations focusing on the current problems in minority communities, instead of trying to keep any political group in power. They represent the political future, so get off the plantation, all of you liberal Democrats! You are being duped by the minstrel call of a bunch of phony scam artists, who have you wound around their fingers, while they do nothing that helps the people they claim to represent! This is especially aimed at the rank-and-file Dem voters, who often don't pay enough attention to what's being said in their names.
Also see Star Parker's Town Hall piece about Social Security reform, with my take on it from a previous LEAVWORLD post titled Star Parker: Dems Want "Plantation Society."
UPDATE: Walter E. Williams has an excellent piece on the Atlanta rally at Town Hall. I defer to his greater wisdom.