October 11, 2012

Biden "will surely take it to Ryan on... his statement yesterday that inner-city kids need to be taught 'good discipline' and 'character.'"

Writes John Cassidy, in The New Yorker, observing that tonight's VP debate is high stakes.

Cassidy doesn't link to the Ryan statement, which — I found on my own — is part of the video that made the rounds the other day, the one that supposedly showed Ryan being "testy." (We talked about it here.) Anyway, let me put the "good discipline" and "character" remark in context. Ryan was asked the question "Does the country have a gun problem?" Ryan took the position that the problem is crime, not guns, and that we already have enough "good, strong gun laws," which we ought to enforce better.
But the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity to the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character. That is civil society, that's what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another, make sure they realize the value in one another.
Let's try to understand why people like Cassidy think that's outrageous (as opposed to platitudinous).  Here's Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

What you don’t often hear spoken (out loud, anyway) is that the real problem with gun violence in America is the “character” and “discipline” of people in the “inner cities,” a very specific delineation from other city folk...

Apparently, crime in our cities has nothing to do with poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism, but with the character of those people. So says Paul Ryan, and so says Mitt Romney. If you’re poor, it’s because your culture is inferior.

Ryan’s assessment of “inner city” people is of a piece with the not-at-all subtle (and even out-and-proud overt) attitudes of the leading lights in the Republican Party, best exemplified by racism decoder-ring Newt Gingrich, who helpfully singled out black people as the Food Stamp-satisfied people we already knew they were talking about, and who echoed Ryan’s chatter about the low character of the inner city denizens who “have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.”

We already knew who the “those people” Romney and Ryan were talking about were, but thanks for the hint, all the same.
In this frame of mind, Ryan was talking down to black people — to use a phrase once aimed at Barack Obama himself. And let's take another look at Obama's 2007 speech to a predominately black audience:
We can’t expect them to have all the skills they need to work. They may need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office. We have to help them get there.
Unlike Ryan, who looked to "civil society... what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another," Obama thought there should be federal government programs to teach poor (black?) people to "act appropriately." The difference between conservatives and liberals is about how to solve what they are perceiving as a problem. Pointing out that there's a problem is a sensitive matter, so sensitive it might be better not to point it out at all, as Jesse Jackson's famous open-mike pushback showed.

Will Biden "surely take it to Ryan" on this issue? He might, but it's treacherous. Ryan should be prepared with something elegant to say, but I predict it won't come up because Biden's the one who's gaffe prone, and you don't want to make a gaffe about race.

148 comments:

Shouting Thomas said...

A "gaffe" about race translates into inadvertently telling the truth.

The 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is all you need to know.

Fatherlessness, created and encourage by government policy, is the cause of inner-city violence and lack of discipline in inner-city schools.

Parental involvement is the baseline predictor of success in school. Black kids, for the most part, don't have it.

tim maguire said...

"Apparently, crime in our cities has nothing to do with poverty"

A controversial conclusion that is common knowledge among people who care about things like evidence.

Tim said...

The Left will almost always blame crime on economic poverty (except for the large, financial crimes - then it is capitalism's ethic of greed's fault) rather than poverty of character.

This, despite the fact we, and the "poor," are significantly better off materially than poorer nations with lower rates of crime (both property and physical).

For them, "crime" is just another lever to redistribute wealth.

Sorun said...

Do independents and moderates think there's a discipline/character problem generally with inner-city youth? They probably do, so I don't see what the danger is for Ryan.

Calypso Facto said...

"it’s because your culture is inferior"

Isn't the inferior nature of inner city culture self-evident? Is that even a debatable topic?

The drug and violence culture of inner cities has been lamented by politicians and even community organizers of every stripe for decades.

Tim said...

Poverty does not cause crime; crime clearly causes (or, more specifically, contributes to) poverty.

Capital does not invest where it is at risk of theft, or its owner/manager at risk of assault or worse.

Want jobs in the "inner city?"

Solving the crime problem would help.

Shouting Thomas said...

Since the Democratic Party is committed to the idea that fathers are of little important, i.e. their obsessive support of abortion and feminism, they must turn a blind eye to the repercussions of fatherlessness.

The Democratic Party has succeeded in enslaving blacks to the addictions of welfare and quotas. Blacks vote as a block for ever increasing levels of welfare and quotas.

The Democratic Party is committed to subsidizing a lack of discipline and poor character.

TosaGuy said...

I didn't know that putting employment opportunties in the inner city was racist.

I would like to thank the left for setting me straight on that.

Sorun said...

Also, any opening to the subject of gun control is a winner for Republicans.

Renee said...

Parenting More Important Than Schools to Academic Achievement, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121010112540.htm


"Specifically, the researchers looked at how "family social capital" and "school social capital" pertained to academic achievement. Family social capital can essentially be described as the bonds between parents and children, such as trust, open lines of communication and active engagement in a child's academic life. School social capital captures a school's ability to serve as a positive environment for learning, including measures such as student involvement in extracurricular activities, teacher morale and the ability of teachers to address the needs of individual students.
The researchers found that students with high levels of family social capital and low levels of school social capital performed better academically than students with high levels of school social capital but low family social capital. "In other words, while both school and family involvement are important, the role of family involvement is stronger when it comes to academic success," Parcel says."


Not everything can be solved with a government program.


Family values matter to children, even if we are repelled at the idea. Poverty is caused by a factor of economic instability, economic instability stems from social instability of one parent not in the child's life. Even if both parents are involved, if each parent has their 'own household' more time and resources are devoted to each home and not the child.

I hate to sound preachy, but even if we came from a divorce family or parents that were never married or in a situation as a parent that we are no co-residing with the other parent we know it affects a child.

It isn't about shame, but recognition. Not every couple should stay together, but we can't survive at these rates either as a society.

Jay said...

Good discipline & character = "Putting y'all back in chains" don't you see?!!!

TWM said...

Liberals don't want the inner-city culture to improve. They like it just the way it is - dependent on them.

Matthew Sablan said...

"Apparently, crime in our cities has nothing to do with poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism, but with the character of those people."

-- I know black people who grew up poor and suffered racial discrimination who are not criminals. So, uh, yeah. Character matters more than outside pressures. Truly good people won't murder you, no matter how much of a dick you are, while truly nasty people don't require much of a reason to be mean.

Remember when we were supposed to judge people "BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER" not by the "COLOR OF THEIR SKIN?"

n.n said...

Christopher is wrong about attributing crime to "poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism". That is a symptom which intersects partially with another symptom, crime. The problem is sabotaged character development that follows directly from the welfare system in this country, as well as a civil rights movement which denies individual dignity and responsibility. It is caused by involuntary exploitation to promote individual welfare, which is the source for progressive corruption of both the intended beneficiaries as well as the provider. It is caused by the marginalization and breakdown of the first level of social organization, the family. It is caused by the devaluation of human life through the normalization of involuntary exploitation, denigration of individual dignity, and dysfunctional behaviors.

Ryan is right and Christopher is wrong. Ryan suggests that rehabilitation and charity is the solution, while Christopher suggests that dependence and welfare (i.e. involuntary exploitation) is the solution. Ryan's solution promotes character development, while Christopher's solution addresses symptoms in perpetuity. In fact, that is where the so-called civil and human rights campaigns often fail. The address symptoms rather than causes. The denigrate individual dignity to enforce compliance. They are a principal cause of corruption and perpetuation of prejudice in our world.

AprilApple said...

"CUT! WE didn't get the gaffe we were looking for, so, CUT THE TAPE!"

--Pro-democrat hack media mining for Paul Ryan gaffe.


That was weird.

You know who lies? The left. You know who takes things out of context? The left.

TWM said...

"Also, any opening to the subject of gun control is a winner for Republicans."

Agreed. Gun sales are through the roof and those buyers vote every time.

MayBee said...

What's horrible is to imagine everyone who is poor is teetering on the edge of becoming a criminal. That's what Christopher and this other author are doing. How demeaning to poor people!

The truth is, the inner city poor too often have to live among those who do not have character, have not been taught character. It is the inner city poor who are the victims of these people.
Why would the good people of the inner city, whose lives are made much harder by criminals, be offended that Paul Ryan wants groups to intervene in lives before these people become criminals?

Isn't that what groups like Big Brother/Big Sister are all about?

Shouting Thomas said...

You aren't preachy, Renee.

This is where liberalism fails. Liberals want to justify their approach to human problems solely with what they think is "intellectually justifiable."

Humans are not intellectual machines. Tradition matters. Religion may not make a lot of sense to some people, but it works when it comes to raising children.

And, that cannot be explained in intellectual terms.

Sorun said...

Jesse Jackson has done this talking down himself. I saw him on Nightline (1990s) where he flatly said that black kids are slow learners. He was after more money for inner-city schools.

Jay said...

So these leftists get the vapors at the mention of "character" yet go hysterical over the proposed government cuts to Big Bird.

Pray tell leftists, what is the purpose of Big Bird?

AprilApple said...

Once again, the collective left see racism behind every corner. Yet the left, and their community organizer president, have done NOTHING to help inner city kids.
NOTHING.

MayBee said...
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Shouting Thomas said...

Single motherhood is a pretty good predictor of poverty.

Imagine that!

edutcher said...

Bill Cosby's been talking to black people about the same thing for years.

Of course, the Lefties have denounced him, too.

PS One of the black nurses with whom The Blonde worked said she refused to live in a black neighborhood because she didn't want to raise her kids in the middle of the "don't drop a dime on a brother" culture.

hawkeyedjb said...

So: it was Tommy Christopher who came up with the Obama administration's governing mantra: "IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S FAULT!"

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

A "gaffe" about race translates into inadvertently telling the truth.

God, this election has turned you into an idiot. This was a "gaffe about race" because nobody asked Ryan about it.

The answer to "Does the country have a gun problem?" is to say "the problem is crime, not guns, and that we already have enough 'good, strong gun laws,' which we ought to enforce better. But the best thing to help prevent violent crime is to bring opportunity to the cities, is to help people get out of poverty, is to help teach people. That is civil society, that's what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another, make sure they realize the value in one another."

Why he drifted into talking about "inner city" anything is anybody's guess, and could be considered legitimately suspicious,...

Shouting Thomas said...

Why he drifted into talking about "inner city" anything is anybody's guess, and could be considered legitimately suspicious,...

Because that's where the vast majority of gun violence occurs. See the current state of affairs in South Chicago.

AprilApple said...

What did Martin Luther King Jr. Say about "Judging people by the content of their character?"

The left hate that MLK Jr. said it. How inconvenient. It goes against everything the left stand for: Grievance.

Shouting Thomas said...

The difference between you and me, Crack, is that I had a dedicated, competent father.

No offense intended. Think about it.

You keep insisting that I look at the world through your eyes. I can't and I don't want to.

Richard Dolan said...

"He might, but it's treacherous."

OK. So think about the electoral implications of doing so -- who would this line of attack against Romney-Ryan appeal to and what does it imply about how you see the election? Ryan (like the 2007 Obama) was starting from a perspective that takes as a given middle-class values of thrift, industriousness and personal responsibility. Cassidy and his side suggest that the better starting point is to emphasize "poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism." I think the Cassidy way of framing the discussion is typical lefty stuff, and will only resonate with those who subscribe to that view already. Ryan's way of framing the discussion appeals (IMO) to classic middle-of-the-roaders, because they put a high value on thrift, work and responsibility, and believe that the rewards of life will flow to those who live by those values.

Cassdiy's frame makes sense if you think of the election as a 'base against base' event, where the objective is to motivate your own team to turn out rather than to convert the small group of middle/moderates. The Ryan approach embodies the opposite electoral logic.

I think Biden will try to use a race-based line of attack against Ryan tonight, but I think it will more likely be framed around the '47%' comment rather than any discussion about "poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism."

MayBee said...

One of the elementary schools my kids went to had very little racial diversity, but lots of socioeconomic diversity. There was one group of kids who lived in a pocket of the town with much lower income and much higher crime. They were all white, some people might say a pocket of hillbillies the school district had grown around.

We had a mentoring program at the school to help all of the kids, but really to target the kids who had difficult family situations and were more prone to falling into crime and away from education.
It had nothing to do with race, but was very much geared toward encouraging kids to give themselves all the opportunity they good by making strong and difficult choices.

It was amazing, really, to see how third graders respond to an adult who simply displays some positive interest in them.

n.n said...

The Left in America is just as corrupt as the Left in the Soviet Union.

No. That's not quite true. The Left in America is more degenerate. Not only do they normalize involuntary exploitation and deny individual dignity, but they are also willing to normalize behaviors which constitute evolutionary dysfunction.

The Left preys on Americans through the exploitation of a selective history, science, and reality. They advance their political, economic, and social standing through appeals to opportunists, exploitation of the vulnerable, and emotional extortion of individuals with goodwill.

The American Left is arguably worse than the communists in the "Evil Empire." At least the communists did not maintain a pretense to obfuscate their personal ambitions.

Renee said...

I live in the city, people constantly ask if I'm scared.



Only at night.

John Rhoades said...

"The difference between conservatives and liberals is about how to solve what they are perceiving as a problem. Pointing out that there's a problem is a sensitive matter, so sensitive it might be better not to point it out at all..."

Wait, what...?

Maybe I misunderstand your point. Are you saying there are matters so sensitive in a free society that they cannot be discussed?

The plight of the inner city poor, whatever their color, is something worth discussing I should think and those addressing it should be prepared to refute the lazy and disingenuous attempts to shut down that discussion with accusations of racism or insensitivity.

Two thoughts:

1) Don't ever have children if you think there are subjects "too sensitive" to discuss. Life is hard...and there are lots of things that are hard to talk about but must be talked about nonetheless;
2) I think the topic raises a point about where progressives and conservatives are coming from: the former from a sense of sympathy, the latter from a sense of compassion. The first is based on power--Progressives know what's best for you and are happy to impose it, the other on charity--Conservatives (at least the ones I know) realize their responsibility to help those who need it, but won't ignore the need for personal responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with climbing life's ladder.

AJ Lynch said...

Jeez I was just talking about dopes and you post about Slow Joe Biden.

Shouting Thomas said...

The Left in America is more degenerate. Not only do they normalize involuntary exploitation and deny individual dignity, but they are also willing to normalize behaviors which constitute evolutionary dysfunction.

I like Steve Sailer's argument better.

Issues like abortion, drugs, gay marriage and feminism have far different meanings for the white upper class than they do for lower class whites and blacks.

As has been reported frequently, marriage and stable families still prevail for educated upper and upper-middle class whites. They talk the liberal BS and ignore it in their daily lives.

The unintended consequence of the destruction of tradition has been the devastating impact that liberal ideology has had on the lower class. They actually take the Oprah bullshit seriously.

The poor and ignorant need tradition, family and religion in order to ascend to the middle class.

Jay said...

Why he drifted into talking about "inner city" anything is anybody's guess, and could be considered legitimately suspicious,...

You ought to bother educating yourself on homicide #'s in the inner cities vs. the suburbs.

That would be a good start.

DADvocate said...

good discipline, good character

Incredibly important qualities for success. I'd put them in that order.

Walk thru a neighborhood like Ovr the Rhine in Cincinnati, if you date, and you'll have no trouble predicting the future job prospects for many of the people you see. Likewise, site outside of a convenient store in many rural areas and small towns and you can make the same predictions.

Liberal scream to drown out the truth. Their ideas, their programs, their vision of the world are massive failures. No surprise here, either, as they ignore human nature and basic psychology.

Only a liberal could complain there is something wrong with wanting people to develop good discipline and good character.

Rusty said...

AprilApple said...
Once again, the collective left see racism behind every corner. Yet the left, and their community organizer president, have done NOTHING to help inner city kids.
NOTHING.


And that alone is the most tragically racist thing of all. Because in their hearts, liberals believe that black people are incapable of improving themselves by themselves. African Americans will always be the property of the left.

Shanna said...

If you’re poor, it’s because your culture is inferior.

No, if you are a criminal it's because your culture is inferior. There are plenty of hardworking, honest poor people.

(On a somewhat related note, I was watching bits and pieces of the X Factor last night, and this one girl really got to me. She said she was from Flint, MI and that people there have no hope. They get out only through jail or death. Just dreadfully sad.)

James Pawlak said...

Put it to the test: Ride the city buses just before and after school hours. You will see "inferior" culture and bad manners in person. You will, by looking out the windows, see many Black youths just hanging around. If you do the same in the Barrio, it will be very different.

Carnifex said...

I myself have a different question...why should I go to the trouble and work to understand someone who will twist words and edit tape to promote their agenda over mine?

What do I benefit from it? Why should I not dismiss those who twist words as untrustworthy and beneath my real involvement? For no matter what I say, they will misconstrue, edit, twist, and out right lie about what is going on.

This is what makes me most mad about DC, which seems populated by these very people, on both sides of the aisle. The only reason, and this is a fact, the only reason I vote Republican is that they have 1 or 2 guys that actually are trying to solve the problems of the country. I see no one on the Democratic side beyond trying to keep power for democrats. I know there have to be some somewhere...maybe Heath Shuler, a few of the bluedogs, but they are being thrown out of power by the constituent that is even more conservative than they.

Regardless, with the democrats going ful retard communist, it will be another decade before they win a majority again. They'll have to train up another generation of idiots in the public schools. The last group they had has actually been out in the real world for a few years and seen how it really works.

I look at people like Garage. He can't be happy with Zero, but feels compelled to defend hin at all cost because Zero is "their guy". But I know Garage has to be somewhat reasonable, he hold a job. He owns a dog...that right there is enough of an endorsement. If it were just GM, and say CHIP S, or one of the smarter conservatives on here(I omit myself for good reason), they could work out compromises on just about everything.

But alas, that will not be the case as long as the moonbats of the left fly free around the belfry of the democratic party.

traditionalguy said...

This is a plea to the white independents to double down on their racial atonement vote from 2008.

That it is true is not the point. Ryan still needs to show empathy towards the black poor. He can fake it till he makes it.

Hunting humans who can hunt you back is a game Ryan has to learn.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

Because that's where the vast majority of gun violence occurs. See the current state of affairs in South Chicago.

The difference between you and me, Crack, is that I had a dedicated, competent father.


Yeah, a dedicated, competent father who just started talking about black people - out of the blue - when asked about guns and nothing more. A dedicated, competent father who could've talked about the joys of collecting, hunting, sport shooting - anything - but is stuck on those with darker skin. A dedicated, competent father who teaches his kids to pull any answer out of their ass to rationalize this fantasy flight into darkness ("Because that's where the vast majority of gun violence occurs") when there was no good reason for it ever happening

You must think I'm as big a fool as you've become, even with a dedicated, competent father.

Somehow, I don't think it's made as big a difference as you think,...

Renee said...

"No, if you are a criminal it's because your culture is inferior. There are plenty of hardworking, honest poor people."


The issue becomes social stability, not just economic.

edutcher said...

Carnifex said...

I myself have a different question...why should I go to the trouble and work to understand someone who will twist words and edit tape to promote their agenda over mine?

So you can rebut him all the more easily?

Shouting Thomas said...

He didn't talk about inner-city culture "out of the blue."

As I said, the vast majority of gun violence takes place in the inner-city.

Which explains why over half the inmates in prison are black males.

Shouting Thomas said...

You must think I'm as big a fool as you've become, even with a dedicated, competent father.

What my father gave me, Crack, is not the assurance that I have the correct political ideas. That amounts to bullshit. Your obsessive belief that this is the correct area to focus your energies is mistaken.

My father gave me the tools to succeed in the educational system and to advance in jobs.

rhhardin said...

I picked up good discipline and character in the gutter with the rest of the kids.

Shouting Thomas said...

You misunderstood entirely my statement, Crack, when I said that I'm a whore.

That means that I accept the fact that I have to get my hands dirty to make a living and get along in this world.

I can bitch and moan and stamp my feet all I want, and the world is not going to change to accommodate me.

My father taught me that. God bless him.

DADvocate said...

I just want to announce I won't be voting for Romney in November.

I voted for him yesterday.

Shouting Thomas said...

I picked up good discipline and character in the gutter with the rest of the kids.

Well, I got that, too.

How can you help but get that education?

Sorun said...

I'd like to hear Biden explain the cultural differences between Northwest DC and Northeast DC. He's spent enough time in DC to have an informed opinion.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

He didn't talk about inner-city culture "out of the blue."

You numbnuts, quit trying to play me:

The correct answer to the question "Does the country have a gun problem?" is "no". If you want to read the question further, it could be rephrased as "Are we too in love with guns?"

Black people should never have come into it.

Which explains why over half the inmates in prison are black males.

No, you incompetent mess of a man, GETTING CAUGHT explains why over half the inmates in prison are black males. I live out here with the rest of you, remember? White people commit waaay more crime, it's just done differently - in homes, etc. - which makes sense considering they're the majority population.

Your dedicated, competent father sure didn't seem to do you any favors in The Thinking Dept., compared to the incompetent whose blood I carry.

That's for sure,...

elkh1 said...

Even if that was all Ryan said, what is the downside for Ryan?

Obama has 91% of the black votes. Everyone else on the planet would agree that the kids need disciplines.

Shouting Thomas said...

No, Crack, half the populace of prisons consists of black men because they're doing the crime.

MayBee said...

Black people should never have come into it.

They didn't.

Do we have a crime problem? We certainly have more crime in parts of US cities than in other world cities in which I've lived.
What's happening in Chicago is a travesty.

cubanbob said...

Kick 80% of the adults on welfare off the welfare rolls and the problems will solve themselves quickly. When push comes to shove, those kicked off the welfare rolls won't starve, they will find the way to survive and that includes instantly acquiring a work ethic. As for single mothers, cut them off after the first kid and watch them become far more selective with whom they have their next kid with.

Shouting Thomas said...

To repeat, Crack...

Listen carefully.

I know that my political opinions don't mean shit. I know how to succeed in the educational system and how to succeed at a job.

I just do politics for entertainment.

You think that your political opinions are of incredible significance.

What is that getting you?

cubanbob said...

As for Biden, please.... what is that fool gonna say? You tax payers need to work and pay taxes to take care of my constituents?

Patrick said...

To the Left, everything Romney and Ryan says is racist, including "and" and "the."

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

No, Crack, half the populace of prisons consists of black men because they're doing the crime.

Dude, I write about people doing crime all the time - people who don't go to jail, prison, or face so much as censure.

You're full of shit.

bagoh20 said...

I would have to say that although I had great, hardworking, upstanding parents, I got much of my moral character from movies, TV, and later talk radio. I think most people do get theirs from movies, TV and books. Basically stories, real or fictional. You rarely see your parents in challenging moral dilemmas that they successfully resolve. Movies, and TV are mostly about that, or at least were. Many hours were spent watching dramas that show how the courageous, the honest, the righteous prevail.

I think this is where we learn it. I learned the value of hard work and having fun from my parents, but they just never had much opportunity to demonstrate overcoming really challenging situations. They just lived life with normal challenges, of money, love and relationships which they did provide good examples on how to handle.

I see a problem here with stories today often championing bad behavior, or at least making it look real attractive.

elkh1 said...

Crack: "White people commit waaay more crime, it's just done differently..."

White people such as Soros and Kaiser made the black president give them taxpayers' money which could be used to help inner cities kids and other poor folks to a better life.

Yet, you support the president because he is black.

Soros' Petrobra got $2 billion of your money to drill oil off the coast of Brazil, Kaiser got $535 million of your money to close down Solyndra sending its workers to the unemployment line and millions of bonuses to its management...

Yet, you support the president because he's black.

Shouting Thomas said...

What does this endless obsession of yours about demanding that other people embrace your politics do for you, Crack?

I suspect that it's a total negative.

And, I don't think you're capable of grasping that.

Saint Croix said...

It's idiotic to ask Ryan about crime in the inner city, and he says we need to teach "good character" and "discipline" and liberals say "racist."

A "gaffe" about race translates into inadvertently telling the truth.

What gaffe about race? S.T. hears a dog whistle.

The Crack Emcee said...

MayBee,

Black people should never have come into it.

They didn't.

Sure they did. I don't play the "code word" game, but nobody's fooled by the phrase "inner cities."

Do we have a crime problem? We certainly have more crime in parts of US cities than in other world cities in which I've lived.
What's happening in Chicago is a travesty.


No doubt, but when asked about "the country," I don't naturally start specifically separating out anybody to talk about anybody. When I'm asked about "a gun problem" I don't focus on crime, but the topic asked - guns - which is an issue unto itself. I've told you guys, many times, you've got a problem:

You're obsessed with race,...

Saint Croix said...

Liberal blows the whistle and S.T. goes and fetches it. Awesome. Stop "helping"!

Shouting Thomas said...

What gaffe about race? S.T. hears a dog whistle.

The predictable tactic.

Ann Coulter's new book about liberal race demagoguery should be required reading.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

You think that your political opinions are of incredible significance.

What is that getting you?


It got me $3,000 two days ago - and there was a specific mention of disgust attached to it, about the bullshit I put up with here, by people like you.

Wanna try again?

Shouting Thomas said...

OK, so $3000 will pay your bills for one month.

What will you do after that?

The Crack Emcee said...

elkh1,

You support the president because he is black.

Whew! You must be new around here,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

OK, so $3000 will pay your bills for one month.

What will you do after that?


So now you know my bills? How much is my rent, ST? What do I do for a living?

You're just digging deeper, you moron,...

Ignorance is Bliss said...

elkh1 said...

Crack...

...Yet, you support the president because he's black.


I disagree with Crack on many things, but he has been clear and consistent in his non-support of the president.

The Crack Emcee said...

Saint Croix,

Liberal blows the whistle and S.T. goes and fetches it. Awesome. Stop "helping"!

He's a self-proclaimed "whore" - getting pimped is what they do,...

Shouting Thomas said...

Crack, you really seem to think that I'm afraid of your fulminating, explosive temper.

I've dealt with it before.

Doesn't impress me.

Have at it. I'm sure you will.

Matthew Sablan said...

I wonder if Ryan will ask which large state wasn't included in the jobless claims report, which might explain the wonky numbers.

Shouting Thomas said...

Now, comes the explosive, furious, Godlike tantrum.

The telltale sign of a fatherless child.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

Crack, you really seem to think that I'm afraid of your fulminating, explosive temper.

So now I'm showing you my temper?

You're determined to paint yourself as a crazy white person this morning, aren't you?

Shouting Thomas said...

I'm just having fun with you, Crack.

You're a nut. You've decided that everybody has the same problem in life that you had.

Everybody's a New Age basket case.

No, Crack. You are a New Age basket case. That's your Tar Baby.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

Sure they did. I don't play the "code word" game, but nobody's fooled by the phrase "inner cities."

...When I'm asked about "a gun problem" I don't focus on crime, but the topic asked - guns - which is an issue unto itself. I've told you guys, many times, you've got a problem:

You're obsessed with race,...


"a gun problem" is a more direct reference to "violent crimes" than "inner cities" is to "blacks". If you see the second, and ignore the first, then yes, you are playing the "code word" game.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

Now, comes the explosive, furious, Godlike tantrum.

The telltale sign of a fatherless child.


Um, ST, I have a father. Knew him well, from the age of 13, and, before that, he sat in the car down the block from my foster home and watched me play with my friends, not interfering, out of concern for disrupting my life as he'd set it up, doing the best he could in post-WWII America. I loved him dearly, and know he did the best he could under what can only be called "trying circumstances."

You - and, I'm pretty sure, your dedicated, competent father - aren't shit compared to that man.

Shouting Thomas said...

I wasn't deriding your father, Crack, only pointing out the effects of not having him there.

Getting into an argument about the relative merits is pretty pointless.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

I'm just having fun with you, Crack.

Well I'm not having "fun" with you - you've changed, always harping on race and saying crazy shit.

Check yourself.

You've decided that everybody has the same problem in life that you had.

Yeah, which is why I wrote yesterday that I'm the only black conservative atheist musician with a cult fetish on this blog - because I see us as all the same.

Quit digging, dude.

Everybody's a New Age basket case.

You called me, remember? Calling me "brother" and admitting you're "spiritual"?

Give me a break.

That's your Tar Baby.

I give up,...

Bryan C said...

Sure they did. I don't play the "code word" game, but nobody's fooled by the phrase "inner cities."

I was unaware that no white people or hispanic people or asian people live in the inner cities. Any of them.

But you insist that it's impossible to speak of these people without actually meaning "black people", so clearly they don't exist.

I would've thought that you, of all people, Crack, would know to avoid Newspeak.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ignorance is Bliss,

"a gun problem" is a more direct reference to "violent crimes" than "inner cities" is to "blacks". If you see the second, and ignore the first, then yes, you are playing the "code word" game.

What is with you guys and these rationalizations? Oh yeah - you need to do this in order to justify your support for Romney/Ryan - I forgot.

I'll say it again:

When someone asks about "the country," I answer about "the country." When someone asks about "guns," I answer about "guns."

I'm just crazy that way,...

Shouting Thomas said...

Crack, I'm a hard core practicing Roman Catholic, and always have been.

I'm a church organist at a local Catholic Church.

You're suffering from extreme myopia.

Basically, you accuse every person who displeases or disagrees with you of being New Age. That's your theory that explains all human existence.

Yes, Crack, it's your Tar Baby. Now, I'm going for a bicycle ride, probably another New Age form of idolatry.

You are a Crackpot. The New Age obsession is yours, and evidently you've got good reason to own it.

Saint Croix said...

The predictable tactic.

Ryan says nothing about race and you inject it into the campaign? I know it's hard to think while wearing a pointy hat, but try.

Liberals inject race into the campaign in order to portrary Republicans as racist. They do this all the time.

Taking Ryan's utterly innocent comment as proof that the right is racist is Liberalism 101.

Your stupid comments imply

1) liberals are right
2) Ryan is racist
3) racism is right

That's your Tar Baby.

C-4 has more class than you.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

I wasn't deriding your father, Crack, only pointing out the effects of not having him there.

Getting into an argument about the relative merits is pretty pointless.


Everything you say, these days, seems to be pretty pointless,...

Shouting Thomas said...

I already disposed of you Saint Croix.

You're the usual liberal race hustler.

What's different from this and the other seven billion to the Xth degree claims of racism.

The standard bullshit.

You're just the usual idiot.

furious_a said...

It's not institutional racism, it's institutional neglect.

Dempocrats take the Black vote for granted, Republicans figure they're never going to win it.

The Crack Emcee said...

Bryan C,

I was unaware that no white people or hispanic people or asian people live in the inner cities. Any of them.

But you insist that it's impossible to speak of these people without actually meaning "black people", so clearly they don't exist.

I would've thought that you, of all people, Crack, would know to avoid Newspeak.


Where did I "insist that it's impossible to speak of these people without actually meaning 'black people'"? Are you going to tell me that 30 years of political convention has been wiped away, merely because it's Paul Ryan speaking?

And, while you say I'm totally off-base, look at the very first comment on this thread - by ST, of course:

The 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is all you need to know.

But I'm the one imagining things and have a problem?

You guys are so far off the deep end, you might as well jump,...

Jeff said...

Crack is right on this. When asked about guns, you respond about guns. If the questioner wants to imply that guns equal crime, make him or her actually say so. You shouldn't buy into the unstated premise that guns rather than crime are the problem.

Shouting Thomas said...

The 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is all you need to know.

An absolutely correct statement.

Yes, Crack, you've got a problem. And, yes, you're imagining things.

You do that a lot. You're New Age obsession is something that you imagine transfixes and hurts other people.

It's your obsession. You are the one who's wallowing in the New Age obsession.

None are so blind as those that cannot see.

You are the New Age loony, Crack. You are projecting. Completely. So much so, that you are completely and utterly unable to see anything else in the world.

It's fascinating to watch. I sometimes wish I could shake you and rid you of it. But, the more it's pointed out to you, the more fiercely you cling to it.

MayBee said...

The correct answer to the question "Does the country have a gun problem?" is "no". If you want to read the question further, it could be rephrased as "Are we too in love with guns?"

That's your interpretation, but I disagree.
The reporter was talking about gun violence or gun crimes. He wouldn't be asking if we all had 20 guns that stayed in our homes or on the shooting range.

I'm suspecting this reporter wouldn't have stopped asking questions with a "no" response, and Ryan would have been subjected to criticism that he doesn't care that people are getting killed.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

You're suffering from extreme myopia.

Basically, you accuse every person who displeases or disagrees with you of being New Age. That's your theory that explains all human existence.


Let's see, the comedian Kat Williams displeases me - ever heard me call him NewAge? Robert Stacey McCain has recently displeased me - ever heard me call him NewAge? Michelle Malkin displeases me - ever heard me call her NewAge? Chris Christie is definitely rubbing me the wrong way these days - ever heard me call him NewAge?

Who's myopic again?

Yes, Crack, it's your Tar Baby. Now, I'm going for a bicycle ride, probably another New Age form of idolatry.

Yeah - go get some air - you need it.

You are a Crackpot. The New Age obsession is yours, and evidently you've got good reason to own it.

It's better than having race-on-the-brain,...

Saint Croix said...

What's different from this and the other seven billion to the Xth degree claims of racism.

You actually are a racist. You're not some moby pretending to be a racist. You're race-baiting Crack, making an obscene tar baby reference, saying unbelievably vile things. Why? To help Romney?

I'm a hard core practicing Roman Catholic, and always have been.

Great, now you're embarrassing Christianity, too. Awesome.

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

The 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is all you need to know.

An absolutely correct statement.

That has no place in this conversation, any more than Ryan's.

I'm starting to feel sorry for you,...

Shouting Thomas said...

Crack, I'm gonna go for a bike ride now.

Waste of time.

Just a footnote: When I called you, I didn't call to express absolute fealty to your imperial megalomanic. That's how you've taken it, clearly. You were mistaken.

I called solely to express concern for you.

ricpic said...

How will Biden use Ryan's statement against Ryan. Will he flatout call Ryan a racist? The only way that would work is if Ryan goes all timid and pleads "No no no, I'm not a racist and here's why." But it's highly unlikely that Ryan will go that wimpout route. And if he doesn't, if he rather throws Biden's accusation back in Biden's face and talks about the bigotry of low expectations...well then, Biden's "that's racisss" ploy could backfire on him, bigtime.

The Crack Emcee said...

MayBee,

That's your interpretation, but I disagree.
The reporter was talking about gun violence or gun crimes.


Bullshit - what is there about "Does the country have a gun problem?" says gun violence or gun crimes?

Guns are an issue unto themselves - should they be allowed in homes with children? How many can/should someone be allowed to own?

You are the one interpreting and rationalizing - I'm staying on-point.

Whether it's Paul Ryan, Shouting Thomas, or those of you who decided to get into this stupid discourse on economic poverty or whatever, the issue was always the topic of the question asked:

Guns,...

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

When someone asks about "the country," I answer about "the country." When someone asks about "guns," I answer about "guns."

And when someone mentions "inner cities", you play the code word game.

Shouting Thomas said...

It's up to me to decide how I want to speak in this conversation, Crack.

You're entitled to your opinion, but if you think you're going to bully me into not expressing me...

Well, you can go fuck yourself.

You're constant crack brained obsession with New Age doesn't belong in just about every instance that you bring it up. I don't comment on it, because what would be the point?

You're going to keep prattling on about that shit, no matter what I say.

The Crack Emcee said...

Saint Croix,

You actually are a racist. You're not some moby pretending to be a racist. You're race-baiting Crack, making an obscene tar baby reference, saying unbelievably vile things. Why? To help Romney?

This was the same "ugly" phenomena Ann was talking about the other day:

The crazies come out and, in their desire to "help," turn what I would call an already-bad situation into something disastrous.

I'm learning to hate elections,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

I called solely to express concern for you.

And to let me know about your "spirituality" - thanks.

As you can tell, I did make a note of it,...

MayBee said...

You are the one interpreting and rationalizing - I'm staying on-point.

No, you are just interpreting differently.

Anyway, this thread is ugly and I'm out.

Shouting Thomas said...

See you later, Crack.

To repeat, I didn't call you to kiss your ass and pledge permanent obedience to your egomania.

You've got a bad case.

The New Age insanity is your cross to bear, Crack. I don't think I've ever seen anybody so terribly afflicted.

You keep imagining that it's somebody else.

Beautiful day in Woodstock.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ignorance is Bliss,

And when someone mentions "inner cities", you play the code word game.

I'm going to let your handle speak for itself,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

You're constant crack brained obsession with New Age doesn't belong in just about every instance that you bring it up. I don't comment on it, because what would be the point?

Funny, but you're the only one who's brought it up on this thread - though you claim it's my obsession. Why didn't I mention it here, ST, if it's "in just about every instance that you bring it up"?

You've really lost it, man,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Shouting Thomas,

Beautiful day in Woodstock.

Hippie fucking loser.

EMD said...

I disagree that there is no institutional racism it his country.

It's an institution of the government.

Nathan Alexander said...

Cassidy (deliberately?) conflates character-as-developed (Ryan's concept) with intrinsic character.

It's dishonest and evil to do that.

Ryan points out the behavior of the individuals in question demonstrates a lack of character and discipline. Cassidy turns that into a criticism of inherent characteristics.

Liberals believe in all sorts of intrinsic, inherent, genetic attributes. It is a tenet of grievance/identity politics. Which is why they are racists, and why eugenics has always been so attractive to the left, and why they think you need govt coercion to get anything done.

It's wrong, and within the bounds of outright evil.

sleepless nights said...

I figured it was a lie from the beginning in the name of national security - or to downplay the success of the attacks to take away any victory in the media in the same way the terrorists would insist Osama bin Laden is still alive - that kind of thing.

Stupid,yes, but so is the entire situation.



Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

...what is there about "Does the country have a gun problem?" says gun violence or gun crimes?

And yet in your first comment of the thread, you said...

The answer to "Does the country have a gun problem?" is to say "the problem is crime, not guns...

You're making a fool out of yourself, Crack. I know that pointing it out won't change it, but I figured it should be pointed out, just for the sake of truth.

EMD said...

Ryan was asked a question about "a gun problem" which is another way of asking about gun control in relation to violent crime. Where does the majority of gun-related violence happen?

The Crack Emcee said...

Ignorance is Bliss,

You're making a fool out of yourself, Crack. I know that pointing it out won't change it, but I figured it should be pointed out, just for the sake of truth.

I repeat:

I'm going to let your name stand on it's own,...

Scott M said...

Bill Cosby, who grew up an inner-city kid, agrees with Paul Ryan.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

When someone asks about "the country," I answer about "the country."

And yet, in your first comment of the thread, you said...

But the best thing to help prevent violent crime is to bring opportunity to the cities...

Again, just thought it should be pointed out.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I admit to being ignorant about many things, that is part of why I choose that name.

But do you honestly believe that Ryan would not be getting the exact same criticism from most of the same people if he had said "cities" instead of "inner cities"?

The Crack Emcee said...

EMD,

Ryan was asked a question about "a gun problem" which is another way of asking about gun control in relation to violent crime. Where does the majority of gun-related violence happen?

Now you've taken the leap of logic as well:

It's one thing to say a question about "a gun problem" is another way of asking about gun control, I'll buy that, but to then continue with "in relation to violent crime" is mere conjecture - it could've been someone concerned about hunting, militia culture, the gun fetish films of John Woo.

Face it:

Paul Ryan fucked up - not badly in my estimation - and especially not as badly as those choosing to defend him.

The Right is desperate, just as the Left is, and both sides need to get a grip,...

Michael said...

St Croix. Joel Chandler Harris was a racist?

gmama3 said...

I'm not sure black = inner cities.

Perhaps Ryan really cares about the kids and families who are harmed by gun violence in the inner city. We can pretend all day that "gun violence" is a suburban problem, but it isn't.

Inner cities are a mess with little economic opportunity, and the constant threat your child could be shot on his way to school. It isn't right to let kids grow up like that, but Obama seems to think doubling down on the "same failed policies" will help, to the extent that he gives a crap.

People in inner cities won't be helped until liberals stop stopping any honest conversation with cries of RACIST!

EMD said...

"could've been someone concerned about hunting, militia culture, the gun fetish films of John Woo"

Seriously?

Baron Zemo said...

The Crack Emcee never fails to entertain.

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!!!!

The Crack Emcee said...

EMD,

"could've been someone concerned about hunting, militia culture, the gun fetish films of John Woo"

Seriously?

Yes, seriously:

I could easily see myself talking about self-defense under the topic - instead of crime - and making the case it's not a "problem."

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

It's one thing to say a question about "a gun problem" is another way of asking about gun control, I'll buy that, but to then continue with "in relation to violent crime" is mere conjecture...

It just happens to be the exact same conjecture you made in your first comment of the thread.

But when Paul Ryan understands the question the exact same way that everyone else ( including you ) understands the question, then he fucked up.

But of course, it is everyone else, and not you, that is desperate, and needs to get a grip.

The Crack Emcee said...

O.K., I'm done with this, so here's my final comment:

It was absolutely a racial misstep for Paul Ryan to start talking about inner city crime when he - a well-known hunter - was asked if this country has "a gun problem."

There was simply no good reason to go there,...

Baron Zemo said...

The Crack Emcee is proof positive that it is just as dangerous for a black to have a computer as having a gun.

He can bore you to death....one comment at a time.

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!!!!!

Paul Zrimsek said...

Biden doesn't care what their character is like so long as they're articulate and clean.

Baron Zemo said...

Seriously son!

Think about tap dancing.

Ever since Gregory Hines croaked there has been a big opening for someone who can shuck and jive the way you do bro!

Blessings.

bagoh20 said...

The term "Tar Baby" has no relation to race, and it's use as representing a self-imposed intractable problem has roots going way back including in Africa. All around the world the idea is understood this way. Thomas's use of it was spot on. If we can't use the same language with people of all races, then we are not equal.

The idea of it being a racial slur is recent and born of ignorance and desperation. Yes, that is ugly.

And the universe will be destroyed by black holes.

Sigivald said...

Apparently, crime in our cities has nothing to do with poverty, and systemic failures, fueled by generations of institutionalized racism, but with the character of those people. So says Paul Ryan, and so says Mitt Romney. If you’re poor, it’s because your culture is inferior.

Paging Bill Cosby.

(Also, that explanation there ["it's racism and unspecified 'systemic failures'"] doesn't explain why there are poor, urban white people. Or a black middle class population.

Interestingly, "a failed culture" (even if that culture was formed to some extent by historical racism ... as well as the effects of well-intended but foolish Progressive policy) does explain both sets of stuck-in-poverty people, black and white.

And it also explains why black immigrants do so much better, even when they move to the same inner cities. And why Hispanics don't seem to be quite in the same "trap".

I prefer the hypothesis that has better explanatory power, for obvious Scientific reasons.

That is also isn't just "racism!" as an explanation is gravy.)

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The Crack Emcee said...

It was absolutely a racial misstep for Paul Ryan to start talking about inner city crime when he - a well-known hunter - was asked if this country has "a gun problem."

There is a chance it was a political misstep that could cost some votes, but I doubt it.

There was simply no good reason to go there,...

Unless, of course, Paul Ryan is a serious person, who believes that serious issues deserve serious discussions, rather than attempts at evasion to avoid political risk.

Now, that may well be giving Ryan more credit than he deserved. But clearly a good reason to go there does exist.

Mary Beth said...

In the "Back to School" episode of "This American Life", Paul Tough talked about education and the importance of "non-cognitive" skills, qualities like tenacity, resilience, and impulse control.

It sounds like the same thing Ryan was talking about with "good discipline and character".

Texan99 said...

'For them, "crime" is just another lever to redistribute wealth.'

Indeed, if you're in the business of redistributing wealth, your action isn't even a crime. It's undocumented social justice.

n.n said...

Sigivald:

Exactly. We cannot attribute momentary or permanent failure to an individual's incidental features and environment alone. We cannot address integration when our policies engender the manufacture and preservation of prejudice. We cannot address causes as long as treating symptoms is perpetually profitable to advance the political, economic, and social standing of individuals and cooperatives.

We need to replace welfare policies with rehabilitation policies, which would ideally be managed locally and funded through voluntary (i.e. charitable) exploitation. We need to control the progress of corruption in our communities and nation. We need to expose politicians and others who promise instant gratification which are impossible to fulfill without also sponsoring corruption.

We cannot afford a "Tutsi slaughter Hutu slaughter Tutsi" cycle of redistributive and retributive change. We also cannot afford lesser forms of corruption which are progressive and terminal.

schmidt said...

Ryan's preachiness undermined a decent message about the value of charities and civic groups because he pandered for a conservative audience far from the inner cities, and added nothing but stereotypes and fear to the campaign.

Spare us your inner city condescension.

traditionalguy said...

What Crack said.

gerry said...

Spare us your inner city condescension.

After almost forty years of Great Society failures, the destruction of the Black family as the chief fruit of progressive philosophy, keep your self-righteous progressive hatreds to yourself.

Alex said...

Great, there is no way to spin this as NOT racist. Sorry Ryan, you just blew it.

deepelemblues said...

Look at the little Emcee go! First there's the racism of assuming that "inner city" means "black." Did the little Emcee forget that the inner cities have been going Latino demographically for the last 30 years?

The little Emcee's mind just immediately jumps to a conclusion - based on the color of his little Emcee skin!

And then there's his great dad that sat down the street - I'm being serious folks - and watched him play, and wasn't in his life other than that until the little Emcee was 13, because he was such a great father! He had plans, you know, and he was undoubtedly ten times a better father and man than yours, because the little Emcee doesn't like you. His dad taught him to say stupid shit in an attempt to insult people. Undoubtedly his paps saw the little Emcee's massive inferiority complex and taught him to compensate by being a jester wherever he went, to give people better than him amusement by yelling at them and boasting about himself.

The little Emcee's father was truly a great man, and produced such a great clown for us.

damikesc said...

Spare us your inner city condescension.

Chicago is one of the most lethal places to be on Earth.

It, apparently, is racist to notice that.

There was simply no good reason to go there,...

...except thate even hardcore gun control advocates claim to support it for hunting.

The "gun" issue never has much to do with hunting.

To ignore the context is silly.

The Crack Emcee said...

bagoh20,

The term "Tar Baby" has no relation to race, and it's use as representing a self-imposed intractable problem has roots going way back including in Africa. All around the world the idea is understood this way. Thomas's use of it was spot on. If we can't use the same language with people of all races, then we are not equal.

I agree - you know that - except the problem here is Shouting Thomas himself. He's lately taken this nasty turn into racial demagoguery - fixated on black people - which I've called him on a few times, partially because it's wrong and partially because it's him. At this point, I don't doubt for a second that his use of "Tar Baby" wasn't innocent, as it's become par for the course.

Paul Ryan was just being stupid to turn the conversation in the direction he did - it was a gaffe, no biggie, learn to answer the question asked.

But Shouting Thomas?

That guy's losing it,...

Methadras said...

Shouting Thomas said...

The 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is all you need to know.


Even more reason for the leftards to scream racist, even though they are the ones that created the problem to begin with.

DCS said...

The elephant in the room. The reason 40+ years of educational interventions like Head Start have failed,the reason the minority illegitimacy rate is so high, the reason popular music in minority groups chooses a form of dress found among criminals (sagging pants) and objectifies women in pornographic doggerel poetry (rap). Yes, it's cultural all right, in spite of well scrubbed white liberals protestations.

Cedarford said...

AprilApple said...
What did Martin Luther King Jr. Say about "Judging people by the content of their character?"

The left hate that MLK Jr. said it. How inconvenient. It goes against everything the left stand for: Grievance.

--------------------
No, the Left and black racists LOVE that conservatives have agreed to elevate Saint Martin, to a place as the greatest American Ever, perhaps 2nd only in Goodness to Jesus Christ - based on one line that whites see completely differently than the blacks and white class warriors do.

That gives them a chance to explain content of character realy means that blacks were stronger than their white oppressors because they had more character and soul - even as the color of their skin made the white devils who had the guns oppress and persecute them.


And weeks and weeks of indoctrination of kids in the Greatest American also gives them a chance to promote Kings socialist ideas like wealth redistribution, Kings's anti military pacifism. King's demand for racial quotas.
And instruct blacks in racial resentment - if they have equal content of character then what explains different outcomes in society but WHITE PRIVILEGE ???

Grandma Bee said...


"Issues like abortion, drugs, gay marriage and feminism have far different meanings for the white upper class than they do for lower class whites and blacks."

Middle class progressive: high school diploma and college degree, home or condo ownership; if any kids, parental age at birth around 35; adequate to substantial income. Too enclosed in their bubble to make the connection between fecklessness and poverty; call sexual license "freedom".

Underclass (we have black, white, and Hispanic underclass in my neighborhood): no high school diploma, first baby at 16, kids by 3 or 4 dads. Dads don't know what a job is; women juggling jobs and trying to raise kids at the same time.

This is the result of what progressives call "freedom".

I've been a community volunteer for 30 years, helping kids deal with the misery of a dad who never shows up at all, or shows up plastered; whose mom's present boyfriend is in jail for dealing. Progressives, I am one of many wading into the hell your policies have caused, trying to clean up your mess. The least you could do is quit pouring gasoline onto the fire.

Saint Croix said...

Joel Chandler Harris was a racist?

I couldn't say. I don't think his Uncle Remus stories are racist. They were rather sweet. But I was a kid and I was innocent of that stuff.

If Chandler was race-baiting somebody and then makes a "tar baby" remark, would I say something? Yes I would.

I get annoyed at "race." The whole concept is idiotic, unscientific, and reactionary. None of the assholes who talk about it can answer simple questions like, "how many races are there?" or "what are the races?" The whole construct falls apart the moment you attack it.

I just have no patience with somebody who uses statistics like a hammer on innocent people. It's idiotic and stupid.