Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Racists And Bigots
(Updated with additions - 5/11/2014)
Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling has received a well deserved lifetime ban from the NBA along with a $2.5 million fine for racist comments (excerpted below) he made to his girlfriend. It should be noted that Sterling is a long time contributor to Democrats and Democratic Party causes. One reason for this (as detailed in an article by Reihan Salam in the May 19 issue of National Review) is that as a slumlord, Sterling has greatly benefitted by the housing development restrictions put in place by Democrats in leftist redoubts like Los Angeles. Helping Democrats get elected has helped make Sterling a billionaire while creating a prohibitively expensive housing market for low income minorities. A nice twofer for the racist.
A fellow affiliate and sponsor of the Democratic Party, the NAACP, was planning to present Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement Award before he was tricked into revealing sentiments that anyone not on the receiving end of his subsidies should have recognized was a fundamental part of his character. Oops.
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?"
"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games."
"I’m just saying, in your lousy f**king Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people."
"...Don't put him (Magic Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
Listed below are equally bad (or worse) examples of racist commentary, none of which earned its authors, even remotely, the degree of opprobrium and punishment that has been administered to Sterling.
"If it takes lynching to protect women's dearest possession from drunken, ravening beasts, then I say lynch a thousand a week." - Suffragist Progressive and First Female U.S. Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton
"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities." -- Former Klansman and former US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who was referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate"
"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds." -- Byrd
"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference."-- Lyndon Johnson
"I'll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years." -- Johnson following passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
"White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." -- MSNBC host Al Sharpton
"I want to go up to the closest white person and say: 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing' and then slap him, just for my mental health." -- Charles Barron, a New York city councilman at a reparations rally, 2002
"Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them." -- Mary Frances Berry, Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights
(I) "will not let the white boys win in this election." -- Donna Brazile, Al Gore's Campaign Manager on the 2000 election
"The old white boys got taken fair and square." -- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown after winning an election
"There's no great, white bigot; there's just about 200 million little white bigots out there." -- Respected "progressive" USA Today columnist, frequent TV commentator, Julienne Malveaux
That 200 million number probably comes from Malveaux rounding down the total number of whites in the U.S. (~220 million). Basically she's saying that all American whites, including children of all ages, are bigoted.
"...there is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." -- Jesse Jackson
"The white race is the cancer of human history." -- Susan Sontag
(On Clarence Thomas) "A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom." -- Spike Lee
Blacks and Hispanics are "probably too busy eating watermelons and tacos to learn how to read and write." -- Mike Wallace, CBS News.
"Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey's cars?" -- Left-wing radio host Neil Rogers (Rogers wasn't fired or even disciplined for his comments and continued to broadcast his popular radio show until his retirement in June, 2009).
"Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” -- Margaret Sanger
"(the poor and immigrants are) '…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” -- Sanger
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…” -- Sanger
"I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision." -- Hillary Clinton
"You f--king Jew bastard." -- Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray. (Fray is one-eighth Jewish).
Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis." -- Hillary Clinton
'Hymietown.' -- Jesse Jackson's description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." -- Joe Biden on Barack Obama
"You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent." -- Biden
(Barack Obama is) "a light-skinned African-American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." -- Harry Reid
“A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” -- Bill Clinton speaking to Ted Kennedy about Barack Obama
“The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know (pause) there’s a reaction in her that doesn’t go away and it comes out in the wrong way.” -- Barack Obama
"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites." -- Obama
"It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned: (White) People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved -- such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn't seem angry all the time." -- Obama
"That's just how white folks will do you. It wasn't merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn't know that they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn." -- Obama
Finally, this from Bill Maher, (to his credit) --
"Here's something else Paul Ryan said. He said, when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young (black) people just can't be bothered. They're sitting on couches for hours, playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they're fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper. ... Oh wait, that wasn't him, that was Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama said that."
Then Maher turned to his dumbstruck audience and said, "Hushed silence."