Race Issue in Presidential Elections
by Lewis Loflin
Presenting minorities as victims is s big issue in liberal politics. As victims they are responsible for nothing and in dire need of help and guidance from liberals who alone can bring them "collective" salvation to quote President Obama.
Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald dismissed claims the Christian-Newsom killings in Knoxville were under reported, citing a 2001 report that found "Blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in news media as victims of crime and significantly overrepresented as perpetrators." Pitts is in fact correct, but it's not white racism as he hopes to convey believing blacks-Latinos are responsible for nothing and are always victims.
They must maintain the paradigm of the black victim while hinting at the white perpetrator be it real or through the mystery of cultural racism, secret racism, even magical racism.
Violent crime is an overwhelmingly minority in particular black problem in both victims and perpetrators. The press is constantly attacked on the one end for reporting so many blacks/Latinos as criminals when in fact it's grossly under reported if we go by shear numbers. If they don't report minorities who in fact commit most of the violent crime there would be no crime reporting in our third-world inner cities. Then how would they report victimization of those very same minorities?
The press often has a policy as stated by the Chicago Tribune of not reporting race of anyone. We only find out the race of the perpetrator when their pictures in mainly murder cases are published.
But let's take one example and Google "12 year old shot." What did I get? Scores of pictures of little black children being shot, which I'm sure are only a fraction of the victims. But the race of the shooter was hidden in most cases and after extensive research I found all I could identify as also being black. Does Mr. Pitts want those facts out there? Just how many grieving black parents do I have to watch while they suppress descriptions of perpetrator?
But if the press started the widespread reporting of black victims, then they will be forced to report the race in nearly every case a black perpetrator. That is a political correctness no-no. In fact they have gone to extremes to hide the perpetrator's race when it's black on white attacks using terms such as "flash mob" or "gangs" or "youths." This is exactly what happened in Chicago when young blacks targeted white victims on local busses or a singled out whites by "flash mobs."
The leftwing press wants minorities depicted as "victims" with white racism as directly or indirectly the cause. To do otherwise "blames the victims" and a loyal voter block. The "race card" has simply replaced what was once class warfare, which mostly doesn't sell for Progressive causes. The minority victim paradigm is exploited by the political left to expand their political power, inciting what amounts to anti-white racism and racial violence against innocent whites.
In one case we have Crystal Booker of Chicago. This beautiful black child was shot sitting in her family's living room. Thankfully she recovered and they ran later stories on this latest black victim, but in none of the stories did we get a description of shooter. They did note gun violence and,
Chicago's murder rate is also currently quadruple that of New York and double Los Angeles'. Since 2001, more than twice as many Chicagoans have been killed by gunfire than the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan during that same period...
A related story was about two other minority girls shot in a house full of kids. We had a long story on one of the girls recovery and the report went on about the huge upswing in gun violence against children. Nowhere was any description in either story of the shooter(s), but a constant drum beat about "gun" violence as if the gun jumped up by itself and shot the children.
Now we have a white liberal academic from Georgetown claiming gun rights are white racism! See Liberal Academic Equates Gun Rights with Racism
The shooters were certainly black or Hispanic because if they were the vaunted white racist they search for under every rock that would be brought up in the headlines.
Now in the 2012 elections liberals are accusing Republicans of racism because welfre use and crime has become synonymous with minorities. The Washington Post on 8-29-2012 brought this up with Mitt Romney and the RNC: Stoking the racial politics of yesteryear? and are joined in similar accusations at CNN and the Huffington Post.
All the sudden opposing welfare, which is in fact far too utilized by blacks-Hispanics, has become racism with the press. Blacks at 13 percent of the population account for 40 percent of the welfare costs according to AFDC. This makes sense when over 70 percent of black families are in single parent homes.
The most remote suggestion of these facts by conservatives is decried as racism, while race baiting on the left is ignored. But race is an issue on the Left. Nowhere is this more evident than the New York Times article Making the Election About Race on August 27, 2012:
The Republican ticket is flooding the airwaves with commercials that develop two themes designed to turn the presidential contest into a racially freighted resource competition pitting middle class white voters against the minority poor.
Ads that accuse President Obama of gutting the work requirements enacted in the 1996 welfare reform legislation present the first theme. Ads alleging that Obama has taken $716 billion from Medicare - a program serving an overwhelmingly white constituency - in order to provide health coverage to the heavily black and Hispanic poor deliver the second. The ads are meant to work together, to mutually reinforce each other's claims.
Racist or not both are facts. Obomacare does strip funds from Medicare moving them to Medicaid to benefit minorities and along with welfare is far overused by minorities because they are in fact poor. Leftists censor why they are poor. (Single motherhood, dropping out of school, crime, drug use, etc.) Because people object to or state these facts isn't racism, but yelling racism shuts down the debate.
If we want to look at all government handouts in total as welfare, then whites by far are the big welfare class including those very white liberals. Let's add in subsidized student loans, Medicare/Medicaid, home mortgage tax deductions, a myriad of corporate welfare through the tax codes, etc. So why doesn't the leftist media bring this up? Why attack themselves?
Another factor liberal race baiters won't discuss is mass immigration has knocked the bottom out of the very labor market minorities depend on and displaces blacks right out of the labor force. Bring up immigration, one is classified as a "hater" by the leftist' Southern Poverty Law Center.
Whites are assumed racist by the mere fact of differing outcomes, while liberals refuse to address the very real self-inflicted problems of family breakdown and dysfunctional black/minority culture. Liberals have a vested interest in maintaining the broken system and ratcheting up racial tensions (and class tension where they can) to expand their political base.
Adding a racial spin to problems that have no relation to racism is simply a ploy to gain votes and build selected voting blocks. In 2012 that is the plan according to the New York Times itself always ready to scream "racism" at conservatives.
Why do they do this? To create a political coalition of mainly affluent and educated white liberals with poor blacks and Latinos whose cultures and economic priorities are near polar opposites with theirs. Political correctness aside, they play the race card for political gain.
Since Reagan the blue-collar white working class has abandoned the Democratic Party over mainly social issues. Many being far more self-reliant aren't that attracted to welfare culture either. As Thomas B. Edsall writes in The Future of the Obama Coalition New York Times (11/27/2011):
For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment - professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists - and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic...The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort.
Poor blacks and Hispanics are simply useful idiots being used for the political gain of rich white liberals. At the same time the Republicans by silencing working class concerns over destructive illegal immigration also plays the race card to woo Hispanic voters they will get few votes from anyway, while mainly protecting business interests exploiting cheap, illegal labor.
Democrats are also silent on that issue of abusing illegal aliens. The Democrats support the Republicans on this issue because that grows their minority "useful idiot" class even if millions of blacks are driven out of the labor force in the process. Blacks after all are already captive "useful idiots" on the welfare plantation.
The working class in general is a big problem for the Republican Party in that they are at odds with their Wall Street agenda. Many whites with advanced college degrees are hostile culturally to the white working class. White Leftism is a product of college indoctrination that's solidly far left on most issues. This indoctrination and all of it's racial undertones puts them at total odds with blue-collar whites.
Working class whites serve in the military in large numbers, college graduates are often hostile to the military. Working class whites identify as Americans, leftists-progressive-liberals identify as various labels and have a more "we're all one world" mindset. In trying to engineer an egalitarian utopia, the leftist becomes obsessed with race issues as a central focus. To further quote the article on the Obama racial coalition:
A top priority of the less affluent wing of today's left alliance is the strengthening of the safety net, including health care, food stamps, infant nutrition and unemployment compensation. These voters generally take the brunt of recessions and are most in need of government assistance to survive...
But Liberals often join forces with Wall Street Republicans on issues detrimental to the welfare of poor people of color. See the following:
By convincing this block of mainly minority voters they need perpetual government intervention to survive, they face the problem of explaining why nothing ever gets better. They convince these "useful idiots" they are helpless to change their situation and with the guidance and oversight of big government programs. They blame it on racism to deflect from the real problems they never address. To further quote,
The better-off wing, in contrast, puts at the top of its political agenda a cluster of rights related to self-expression, the environment, demilitarization, and, importantly, freedom from repressive norms - governing both sexual behavior and women's role in society - that are promoted by the conservative movement.
Yet none of those issues they are so passionate about does anything to help the useful minority idiots who vote for them. In other words they want all facets of traditional American society ended and replaced. They ignore the often conservative social values of many blacks and Hispanics which they do nothing to help in any real sense other than trap them on welfare. To them only a racist would want to stop the massive welfare state non-whites are disproportionately forced to rely on.
Ask Hillary Clinton for example how she identifies herself, she will tell you a Progressive. Progressivism as Democratic Totalitarianism.
So race baiting sells for the liberal press as long as minorities are always victims and never held accountable for anything. To report the real proportions of cross-racial and intra-racial violence would indeed make blacks/others look bad and force them to confront the real problems. The very economic issues that so hurt all poor people benefit the liberals who will change nothing. If they did, there goes their captive voter block and bank accounts.
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