Todays quiz: Which GOP presidential candidate said he following? “Discrimination is still a reality, even when it takes different forms. Instead of Jim Crow, there’s racial redlining and profiling. Instead of separate but equal, there is separate and forgotten. Strong civil rights enforcement will be a cornerstone of my administration. And I will confront another form of bias: the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
The answer – George W. Bush, in 2000. Yes, THAT George Bush, sometimes knows as ‘W.’
‘W’, especially compared to his father George H. W. Bush, is not considered among the deepest-thinking presidents. George the younger is perceived as well short of a Rhodes Scholar. Even so, HE was able to articulate something that none of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates, and most conservatives, seem to comprehend.
There are national stories, almost daily, of discrimination, profiling and abuse. The conservative mantra is “these are all isolated incidents.” They never see any discrimination and, besides, that black guy who was shot in the back and the black girl dragged by her hair were probably doing something wrong.
Furthermore, (drum roll please), we have a black president. What more evidence do you need that racism in America is ancient history!!
Never mind that the conserv-o-sphere went bat-s**t crazy when Obama was elected.
He can’t be an American! He must have been born in (what is the blackest place we can imagine?) – Kenya!
Blacks, even conservative blacks, will tell you the stories you hear of discrimination are NOT the exception, if you bother to ask.
In reaction to the constant flow of horrific racial events, someone created the concept of “black lives matter.” Conservatives cannot even put those three words together, and countered with “All lives matter.”
“All lives matter” is an unbelievably tone-deaf response to America’s real race problems. It is worse than a cop-out, it is straight up racist.
To assist the “All lives matter” morons, maybe they would understand the slogan “black lives matter too.” But I doubt it.
Yes, race is an issue, a problem, a big problem. Why is it that non-scholar ‘W’ can grasp this, but American conservatives cannot?
Discrimination is a reality. Ask ‘W’.