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Rick Moran


March 16, 2013 - 5:38 am

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion — even when it is shockingly anachronistic. A breakout session at CPAC yesterday titled “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You’re Not One?” degenerated into a shoutfest as approximately 20 members of a group calling itself the “White Students Union” at Towson State University in Maryland showed up and raised some hackles with their behavior.

The Atlantic’s Elspeth Reeve gives a reasonably balanced account of the session that should make any conservative cringe.

The session was conducted by two African American brothers — K. C. Smith and KCarl Smith — who call themselves “Frederick Douglass Conservatives.”

[T]he discussion began with their argument that the Republican Party can reach out to blacks, women, Latinos, when it starts talking about the constitutional principles Douglass espoused when he campaigned for Abe Lincoln. It was southern Democrats, after all, who fought for slavery and created Jim Crow laws. The first jeers began when a black woman, who would not give her name, said the idea that liberals are the true racists is ridiculous because so many Southern Democrats defected to the Republican Party. But the madness started when Scott Terry, one of the 23 members of the White Students Union at Towson University in Maryland attending CPAC, raised his hand and suggested the GOP might do better as “Booker T. Washington Republicans” — “united like the hand, but separate like the fingers.”

No one raises an eyebrow when Louis Farrakhan and other Black Nationalists say exactly the same thing — separate but equal. But it is entirely appropriate to be outraged that a white person would suggest segregation in this day and age. You don’t need to be a liberal to find that kind of nonsense objectionable, bordering on hate speech.

As is the White Student Union’s take on slavery:

Scott Terry of North Carolina, accompanied by a Confederate-flag-clad attendee, Matthew Heimbach, rose to say he took offense to the event’s take on slavery. (Heimbach founded the White Students Union at Towson University and is described as a “white nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

“It seems to be that you’re reaching out to voters at the expense of young white Southern males,” Terry said, adding he “came to love my people and culture” who were “being systematically disenfranchised.”

Smith responded that Douglass forgave his slavemaster.

“For giving him shelter? And food?” Terry said.

This kind of schtick resonates with some on the right — especially white, working class males who complain about affirmative action and preferential hiring practices. Statistics don’t bear out that argument as white males have a lower unemployment rate than blacks or women.

Terry’s “young, white southern males” being disenfranchised is a myth designed to create resentment. And boy were they resentful at CPAC. When Kim Brown, a radio host and producer with Voice of Russia, a broadcasting service of the Russian government, got up and tried to ask a question, chaos ensued:

Brown, who took offense at the suggestion modern Democrats were descendants of the KKK, tried to ask a question later once things finally calmed down. She was booed and screamed at by audience members.

“Let someone else speak!” one attendee in Revolutionary War garb shouted.

“You’re not welcome!” a white-haired older woman yelled.

Eventually she asked a question. It was about whether Republicans should call out racist ads.

Attendees interviewed by TPM afterwards expressed outrage at the way the event turned out. Not at Terry and Heimbach — they were mad at Brown.

Chad Chapman, 21, one of the few black attendees, said overall he enjoyed the event — except “there were lots of interruptions, mainly because of the woman.”

I asked whether he was concerned about the question from Terry and Heimbach.

“No they were just telling the truth,” he said. You mean you agree blacks are systematically disenfranchising whites, I asked?

“I listen to anybody’s point of view, it doesn’t really matter,” he said.

Sorry, but this kind of tone-deafness on the part of some conservatives — along with the exploitation of scenes like this by Democrats — is why “outreach” to minorities is such a difficult task. Clearly, there were many conservatives present at the session who disapproved of the talk of segregation and Terry’s take on slavery. But it is equally clear that there is a small, but vocal subset on the right who hold obnoxiously outmoded and outdated views on race. I don’t have the ability to peer into their hearts and discern whether or not they are truly racist. But they talk like ignorant racists which is what black Americans hear when they bother to listen to conservatives.

Blacks don’t hear talk of the GOP being the opportunity party, or the party that fights for inner city parents who support the idea of vouchers to send their kids to a school of their choice. They tune out the call to end dependence and substitute dignity and self reliance. Nor do they hear about Republican focus on faith and family as the rock upon which communities survive.

Whose fault is it that blacks and other minorities hear the Scott Terrys and Matthew Heimbachs and not the Smith brothers, or Tim Scott, or Alan West? We can blame the media and blame the Democrats but ultimately, the fault lies with conservatives and the Republican party. You cannot condemn strongly enough the kind of rank bigotry on display at CPAC emanating from the White Student Union and others. While being allowed to spout their segregationist nonsense, they should have immediately been chastised and shamed for their wretched views.

I was glad to see CPAC disallow the John Birch Society from co-sponsoring the event. That is a step in the right direction. But until the rest of us come down swiftly and hard on the bigots and hate speakers in our midst, minorities will have no reason or cause to listen to what we have to say.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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(Heimbach founded the White Students Union at Towson University and is described as a “white nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

When Rick Moran has to resort to articles from TPM, you know he must be desparate for material.

Of course, we all know about the SPLC. It recently put a bunch of Catholic nuns who make recordings of religious song, The Singing Nuns, on its list of "Hate" Groups. Yet, somehow, those compounds of radical Islamists that exist in New York and Mississippi seem to be able to escape the wrath of the SPLC.

And let's paint the collective with a broad brush using the few, right? Nevermind that a recent report on the U.S. DoJ showed that under the guidance of Eric Holder, laws protecting American's voting rights do not apply to white people.

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Perhaps one reason among the myriad for their high unemployment is the intransigence among many young black males to simply, "dress for success." I've witnessed this many times on both ends of the spectrum, whether competing for jobs, or doing the hiring. Showing up at an interview in a Tshirt and tennis shoes and "bustin' a sag" is not endearing to any potential employer, outside the fast-food industry. Anymore, unfortunately, this is problematic throughout our culture, black, white or other, and will likely continue until personal responsibility is, once again, a tenet of polite society. Until then, the precious few jobs still available in this economy will go to those willing to "play the game," regardless of race.
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Points of contention: the difference of unemployment rates does not imply that that there isn’t a negative impact caused by Affirmative Action. Further, given the multitude of other possible causes of unemployment, statistics that look solely at unemployment considered between race or gender is analogous to only looking at the act of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, ignoring the source of the bread, peanut butter, or jelly. On the surface level simplistic concept, but each is the product of hundreds of work hours and complicated machinations. The same is true for the very narrow scope of only comparing differences in unemployment between race or gender.
Affirmative action is not equivalent to equal opportunity. In an effort to assuage guilt for past atrocities, and create a statistic which can be brandished with glee, the government has created the unintended consequence of replacing emotional bias with a persistent government enforced bias. With threats of force, our government has instilled the idea that the work force should be mathematically comparable to the entire population. If the ratios do not coincide, then charges of discrimination are levied. Heavy legal action follows, the mysteriously infinite funds of the government brought to bear against the finite pocket of the accused. Quite aware of the possibility of financial ruin, institutions go out of their way to meet the invisible quotas. When comparing the qualifications of two individuals, the one of lesser merit may win out if they serve to improve the institutions statistical appearance. This decision isn’t made because it will improve the company. If they had chosen the better qualified applicant, they would have been in a stronger economic position. No, this choice was made solely to placate the beast that our government has become.
Through force, government has lowered the bar for acceptance that must be met, not just for those who enjoy a favored minority status, but for everyone. Why strive to be better if less is accepted? Efforts of favoritism serve to discredit the work of everyone. We have arrived at a point where it is considered appropriate to judge people by the color of their skin, or by their gender, before considering their character.
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Which white working class white males? That's an extremely broad stroke you're painting. A fuss is manufactured largely by a mysterious unnamed woman who, according to several attendees, attempted to dominate someone else's event. To react by making projections onto large groups of people ironically fulfills the panel's complaint.

I'd like to see this level of scrutiny and these standards directed at the next NALEO, NAACP, HRC, NOW, AFL-CIO, SEIU, AAUP, or NATION Institute gathering. Listen to what they say about race, heterosexuality, white people, white men, rural folk, pro-lifers, Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, and other assorted small government breeders. And those gawdawful people who dare to oppose affirmative action and support border control, of course.

"Blacks" need special outreach? "Blacks" can't hear voices like Allen West and Thomas Sowell because of some college kids who may or may not have done whatever it is that is being attributed to them? Really?

I still don't understand what this dispute was really about; I never dismiss the possibility of dirty tricks, especially when the SPLC is invoked: talk about a hate group. I've taught and worked with a whole lot of young southern white men and never encountered such a creature as you describe. I don't see this young man's comment about slavery being representative of anything more than a group of one, yet you projected it onto any young white male who resents special privileges and set-asides for women and minorities that do, indeed exist everywhere and with especially daunting consequences for young, economically vulnerable white men.

Please. It demeans to even make such bizarre allegations about the ability of groups of people to choose their own politics. And it is depressing beyond belief to see this sort of group accusation being played out in this magazine.
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