You’ve probably heard about the racial slur uttered by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), where he tastelessly referred to Hispanics as “wet backs”. He has been denounced by the GOP, ridiculed in the media, and more. He has apologized, but no one seems to be listening to that. Whether an overtly racial term is used, as in the case of Representative Young, or a comment can be construed as racist as in the case of Trent Lott, or blatant fabrications of racism and false accusations repeated often enough that people think they must be true, as in the case with the Tea Party, the battle against racism is supposed to be serious, isn’t it?
But other cases of what would undoubtedly be called racism are dismissed without a second thought by the very same defenders of civil rights.
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) made a “negro” statement in 2008. After some controversy was stirred, Sen. Reid apologized and that was the end of it. Even the NAACP forgave him. Sen. Reid made some other comments, which were quite unkind, about a black elected official. But, apparently, none of that qualifies as racism if you’re a Democrat.
Years before these Sen. Reid comments, in 2001, another prominent Democrat Senator uttered words even more egregious. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) actually used the words “white nigger” on television. You probably remember him being denounced by the Democrat Party and later turned out of office. Oh, wait, no you don’t. Because that never happened. Sen. Byrd apologized for his comments and former Democrat president Bill Clinton publicly defended him. Never mind that Sen. Byrd was formerly a member of the KKK, he was just trying to get re-elected. No biggie, it’s okay. And we haven’t heard anything about it in the main stream media since.
Oh, but those examples are so old, some say. What relevance could they possibly have today? For now let’s just ignore the laughable hypocrisy in ignoring these incidents of racism. Assuming slavery, though illegal for over a century now, and the Jim Crow era are still relevant today, I humbly suggest past instances of racism barely a decade old should be relevant as well. But let’s try another, more recent, incident anyway.
Just in the past 7 days, a former South Carolina official had harsh words for the sitting Governor who happens to be the daughter of Indian immigrants, stating she should “go back to where ever the hell she came from.” And the man who said this? Former Chairman Dick Harpootlian (D-S.C.). The target of this obviously racist slur? Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican. Harpootlian has apologized for his racist comment, and that’s supposed to be the end of it. While covering the story, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, using a very common journalistic technique, brought up another recent incident uttered by the same Harpootlian in 2012. But his co-host would have nothing to do with it and childishly tried to silence him on the air.
One might ask why is a simple apology enough for Democrats, but not for Republicans? Why aren’t past instances of this type of behavior from the same person a relevant indication of his thinking? Are we to excuse or dismiss racism when committed by Democrats, but berate the entire Republican Party over the occasional indelicate comment, even where race has nothing to do with it? How does that help us rid the world of racism when it is excused (or even defended) in a major political party?
In Michigan, within the last month, a white Democrat Clerk, Gloria Platko, has called a black man “nigger”. A brouhaha is stirring in the town of Buena Vista over this, and rightly so. Platko’s resignation has been requested by the Michigan Democrat Party. The local NAACP branch, of Saginaw, is also calling for Platko’s resignation, though the national NAACP website doesn’t mention the issue at all at this time. News One, an online publication “for Black America” has also addressed the issue head on. But there’s not much else in the news about it. Do you find it surprising to find so little mention of this story on the national scene? It’s been about two weeks since it happened. Shouldn’t this story be all over CNN and network TV news, if not a major newspaper?
While local news outlets are dealing with this blatant example of racism, one may wonder what is taking the national news so long? There is no reason to doubt it would already have been national news for a week if such a thing had been said by a Republican elected official. So what’s the hold up with the national press, or have I already answered my own question?
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