When it comes to race baiting, Democrats are the guilty party

September 01, 2004|By GREGORY KANE

MARYLAND Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele are both wrong about the Democratic Party being racist when it comes to blacks, but let's be clear about why.

The Democratic leadership doesn't have the guts to be racist. But it does let selected hatchet men and hit men do its racist dirty work for it. More on that in a bit, but first a recap of the charges Ehrlich and Steele made in an article by Sun reporter David Nitkin yesterday.

"I saw a message coming from the Democratic convention," Ehrlich said in the article. "If you happen to have black skin, you have to believe one way. You have to. Or you are a traitor to your race."

Steele seconded those comments, saying he is asked all the time why he's a Republican, as if black folks can't be anything but Democrats. I saw Steele get a dose of that treatment from Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan shortly after the Ehrlich-Steele ticket was elected in 2002.

It was in a committee room of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Conyers said, repeatedly, that he questioned the mind-set and thinking of black Republicans and conservatives. How, Conyers wondered out loud, did they get that way?

Conyers is one of those hatchet men and hit men the Democrats have used in their race-baiting rampage across America. When the Supreme Court was hearing the affirmative action cases involving the University of Michigan last year, it was Conyers who answered the call of race-hustling Democrats everywhere by calling President Bush's stand against blatant racial quotas in admissions policies a "Plessy v. Ferguson moment."

That was demagogic, untrue and racist. And Conyers is a Democrat, ain't he?

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in its 2004 Bush-bashing fest masquerading as the organization's annual convention, picked up on the theme of the president as a racist. In yet another exquisite display of demagoguery, NAACP board Chairman Julian Bond tried to get some yuks from the delegates by saying he was afraid Bush was going to repeal the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship rights to black Americans in 1868.

Bond -- another Democratic hatchet man -- showed he has clearly been spending too much time on Planet Ignoramus. Presidents don't repeal or pass constitutional amendments. That's the exclusive purview of state legislatures and the Congress. And let's make it clear which party wants to repeal the 14th Amendment, which grants equal protection to all citizens -- not just black ones or ones from "underrepresented minorities."

That would be the Democrats, with their passion for racial preferences in college and university admissions that penalize whites and Asians for the color of their skin. As if this appeal to racism weren't enough, the Democrats then have the chutzpah to call the racial preferences "affirmative action" and imply that anyone who dares question this Orwellian abuse of the English language is a racist.

After Bond got through with his rant to NAACP delegates, it was the Revvum Al Sharpton's turn. Sharpton, Democratic hatchet man No. 3 in this tale, has been called many things, but "Mr. Racial Reconciliation" isn't one of them. There he was at the Democratic convention, again implying that Bush is a racist. Had the president appointed the 1954 Supreme Court, Sharpton said, Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would never have made it into law school.

Those Democrats cheered hysterically when Sharpton said that. But Sharpton knows it isn't true. So did those cheering. So do those Maryland Democrats -- not one of whom condemned the race-hustling bilge spewing forth from the mouths of Conyers, Bond and Sharpton -- who are now deeply wounded and offended by Ehrlich's statements.

Maryland Democratic Party Chairman Isiah Leggett called Ehrlich's statement "race-baiting." Translation: Race-baiting is only to be practiced by Democrats. If Republicans want to engage in it, they have to fill out an official race-baiter application and get it witnessed and notarized by a bona fide Democratic Party apparatchik. A note from their mommies is also required.

Rep. Albert R. Wynn of Prince George's County called Ehrlich's statement a "gross distortion" and said Republicans have been the party that has long opposed affirmative action. Correction: It's the Republicans of 2004 who do support affirmative action, the one called for in President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 Executive Order 11246 that called for federal hiring to be done without regard to race, color, ethnic origin or creed. No Democrat would dare suggest that the brand of "affirmative action" they support meets those criteria.

But if Wynn sincerely believes what Ehrlich said is "race-baiting," then the question remains: When is Wynn going to condemn the far more race-baiting rhetoric of Conyers, Bond and Sharpton?

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