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How The Right Talks About Race, Even When They’re Not Talking About Race

Posted by on Nov. 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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In 1982, Republican operative Lee Atwater gave an interview to Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University, in which he explained how the so-called “Southern Strategy” of focusing on race had become much more subtle by the 1980s.

Atwater, who apologized to Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis for the “naked cruelty” of his tactics before his early death in 1991, put it like this:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Some conservatives questioned whether the controversial words credited to Atwater were ever truly spoken by the man who helped George H.W. Bush win the presidency using tactics like the so-called “Willie Horton” ad. After the racially charged 2012 campaign — in which the Romney campaign used racial dogwhistles including insinuating that the president was trying to “take the work out of welfare” — James Carter IV, the son of the former president and the researcher who unearthed the “47 Percent” tape, convinced Lamis’ widow to release the audio above.

Atwater was in his own way echoing what President Lyndon B. Johnson once told his press secretary, Bill Moyers.

”I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” the president said. “If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.”

In this summer of the George Zimmerman trial, Detroit going bankrupt and Republicans demanding huge cuts to food stamps, it’s clear that these old narratives are still embedded in our politics. And in the post-birther era, race is no longer, as Atwater said in 1982, “on the back burner.”

While the right wants to focus on black culture and “black-on-black” crime, they refuse to acknowledge that “white-on-white” crime is statistically nearly as common and happens much more often, as white people, who are the vast majority of the population, commit the vast majority of violent crimes in this country.

Negative aspersions on so-called “food stamps,” like Ronald Reagan’s old “welfare queens,” often carry a racial connotation. But government assistance in this country is actually used by ethnic groups pretty much in proportion to their share of the population:

African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.

White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share.

But these statistics fade into the background as Trayvon Martin instantly becomes a thug when he puts up his hood in the rain.


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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” - LBJ

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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“black-on-black” crime, they refuse to acknowledge that “white-on-white” crime is statistically nearly as common 


I would be intersted in the stats to back up this claim. 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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Quoting -Celestial-:

"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” - LBJ




I hated that stupid right winger LBJ

Wait, he was an off the chart far left tax and spend liberal who is responsible for a huge part of the problems today.

Best post ever - C.

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM


Quoting -Celestial-:

James Carter IV, the son of the former president and the researcher who unearthed the “47 Percent” tape, convinced Lamis’ widow to release the audio above.

Wow, James Carter has one heck of a knack there.   Once might be a fluke.  But twice?  He's cookin' !


Oh, and on the tape?  Ouch, gotta hurt.


JustCJ
by on Nov. 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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bouncinghahaha I love when this happens.

Quoting Billiejeens:

Quoting -Celestial-:

"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” - LBJ




I hated that stupid right winger LBJ

Wait, he was an off the chart far left tax and spend liberal who is responsible for a huge part of the problems today.

Best post ever - C.


Carpy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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LMAO. HUGE left wing fail.

Quoting Billiejeens:

Quoting -Celestial-:

"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” - LBJ






I hated that stupid right winger LBJ



Wait, he was an off the chart far left tax and spend liberal who is responsible for a huge part of the problems today.



Best post ever - C.



DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM


Quoting Billiejeens:

Quoting -Celestial-:

"If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” - LBJ




I hated that stupid right winger LBJ

Wait, he was an off the chart far left tax and spend liberal who is responsible for a huge part of the problems today.

Best post ever - C.

Hmm, didn't he also talk about welfare and started "the war on poverty" too? I remember him saying something about doing something for blacks and having them voting democrat forever, but he used the "N" word.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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Here's the quote.....

So when Eisenhower offered his dedication to civil rights legislation in 1957, LBJ found himself conflicted, caught between his devotion to segregation and his ambition to become president. In the end, he remained loyal to both in that year, outwardly supporting the '57 civil rights bill while colluding with other Democrats like Richard Russell of Georgia in amending the bill "so as to minimize its impact," which ultimately watered it down enough that the bill evaporated in a heated legislative process.

But by the time LBJ had become president, he recognized that efforts to desegregate the South were gaining popularity with unstoppable steam, so he seized the opportunity to outwardly champion civil rights. After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which journalist Ronald Kessler recalls LBJ saying would ensure that "those n****rs voting Democrat for the next 200 years," LBJ continued his courtship of the minority vote by embracing calls for voter's rights legislation.



Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/democrats_and_phantom_voter_discrimination.html#ixzz2lb0WXJg2 
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PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

”I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” the president said. “If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.”

And this is still the crux of the republican party platform.

PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM
Those who side with these policies will forever ignore the ramifications of the policies. Overt vs covert discrimination is the name of the game now. Many of the policies from post WW2 to now have had a major impact on the minority communities in the US. But they go ignored as they always have.
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