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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Racist in Congress

The time has come to write about Cynthia McKinney.

I have been holding off on blogging about her for one reason. I wanted to see just how far she and her allies would go in this fiasco before I said anything about it. Put simply, I wanted to see just how badly she would hang herself. She did not disappoint me.

There are several overriding factors in this woman’s behavior. First and foremost is an unhealthy amount of pride and arrogance. Second is her own apparent racism. Third is the apparent racism of the staffers she chooses to surround herself with.

The proof of pride and arrogance starts with the incident itself. She refused to obey the rules of her own workplace and wear the proper identification. By her own words she expected, nay, demanded that all of the capitol cops who guarded her building recognize her by face. When one cop who did not recognize her by face asked her to stop and show her ID she ignored him. Then, when he did his job and stopped her she turned around and slugged him.

I will elaborate more on this momentarily. Point two is so inextricably linked to point one they must both be addressed at once

Her apparent racism is made obvious in her own comments after the incident. She instinctively brought up charges of racism against a cop who was just doing his job, the job of ensuring that people like her can go to work every day without fear of getting blown up, shot, or stabbed. She utterly ignored the fact that she had violated safety rules that she may well have had a part in making, and that she had no problem with as long they only applied to people other than herself.

Even her so-called apology was empty. She took no responsibility for punching a cop for no good reason. She only stated that she regretted the incident ever happened. Oh, I’m sure she does. It has exposed her as unfit to serve in the Congress. It is unlikely that she will be elected ever again.

Okay, let’s examine this, shall we?

Cynthia McKinney is a product of the civil rights movement, but it seems that she has ignored the good lessons and adopted every possible error one could derive from it. She still believes that white on black racism is rampant throughout America. Not true at all. It is still rampant in some specific communities, usually the occasional small town where the KKK still holds influence, but it is not a national epidemic. Her demand that she be known and admitted to the capitol by face recognition is an obvious indicator of insecurity, ego, and racist fears. It shows that she still believes that white people think all black people look alike, and she desperately wants to be the special one that mean ol’ whitey knows by her looks. Her own racism is apparent in the simple fact that she instinctively brought up racist charges against a cop who was just doing his job. I know I said this once already, but it bears repeating. It bears repeating because Cynthia McKinney is not the only person in the black community to do this.

Let’s examine her allies and staff now shall we? Al Sharpton, one of the biggest racists in America, a man whose words betray a deep hatred for white people immediately jumped on the Cynthia McKinney bandwagon when she leveled charges of racism against this cop. This man is every sensible people don’t want to be. He is a racist demagogue who has made a large fortune by feeding and playing off of the fears of the black community, constantly telling them that whitey is out to get them. He works hard to develop a mindset in black people of being entitled to special pay and privileges from the government for the sins of slavery that over 600,000 Americans died to stop.

Her staff is an interesting crew as well. I listened to a story on national radio about a man who called Cynthia McKinney’s office to try to persuade her to stop misbehaving towards this cop. The woman who answered the phone was quite rude, she kept cutting him off with snide remarks, the most telling of which was the following exchange: Caller – You can’t honestly expect every cop there to recognize every person in Congress by the way they look. Staffer – Oh, so we all look alike, is that it? And then she hung up on him. This arrogant, racist Congresswoman has surrounded herself with equally arrogant, racist toadies who most certainly feed her racism and arrogance. The man who told the story did not have any accent in particular, and he spoke normal English, so there was no way to tell his race over the phone. This staffer just assumed that he must be white and accused him of racism for trying to talk some sense into this whole mess. One is left to assume that if sounded black to this staffer she would not have been so rude, or maybe she would have simply accused him of being an Uncle Tom instead. That’s a common tactic black racists use against other black people who do not agree with them.

If this were an isolated incident it would be more amusing than disturbing. The silly Congresswoman who is entirely too full of herself and has managed to doom her own political prospects. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

I have spoken to several businessmen in several states who have expressed concerns about hiring Black people for the following reason: they are afraid that if a black employee violates company policy/mistreats a customer/is a slacker/etc that they will be unable to fire this person without getting sued and accused of firing the employee for racial rather than performance reasons. Every one f these businessmen has a story to tell about someone they know who had exactly that happen to them, and they talk about how expensive it is to fight such a frivolous lawsuit while the fired employee has a pro-bono civil rights attorney working for him.

Other situations are like the following story about a Colorado school district.

There is a woman working in the district administrative office who is lazy, does her job poorly when she bothers to do it at all, and who intimidates the other employees. By all rights this woman should have been fired long ago, but she has been retained. Why you ask? Whenever a supervisor or manager speaks to her about these problems she immediately accuses them of picking on her because she is black, gets extremely upset, and makes veiled threats about legal action being taken against the school. The end result is that all of the other staffers are working in a hostile environment created by this woman, many of them are afraid to even talk to her, and that other people must do her job for her while she spends her day malingering and drawing a paycheck.

Interestingly enough, it is not white people who are the victims of this attitude, this behavior so much as it is black people who are the victims. This utter lunacy intimidates employers from the outset and is costing black people jobs. This loss of employability caused by this behavior serves to keep the entire black community down.

It didn’t used to be this way. It used to be that Black people were among the most industrious, desirable employees one could hope for. The only thing stopping black people from moving up in the world was racial hatred. Now, thanks to the people like Cynthia McKinney who have a warped sense of entitlement and racial outrage thanks to people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan who are creating a new stereotype of the angry black racist Black employability has dropped somewhat. These people are doing a massive disservice to the vast majority of sane, hard working folks in the black community. Their constant loud outrage, their rhetoric about how black people are being persecuted, their admonitions to sue if they get fired or sometimes just plain not hired are serving to create a national environment of intimidation that does nobody any good.

The good news is the large number of black people who reject this whole situation entirely and are simply living out their everyday lives the way everyone else does. No sense of unearned entitlement. No racial outrage simmering just under the surface at all times. No desire to sue people for their own errors. None of the bad things demonstrated by Cynthia McKinney and her ilk. This is a growing majority, and it will be a great day in America when the Cynthia McKinneys of the world are silenced by a black majority that demands better of its people.

18 Comments:

  • Three questions:

    1. Does "inappropriate touching" sound like sexual-harassment nonsense, or what?

    2. How, exactly, is a Capitol Police cop *supposed* to touch someone?

    3. Being a white guy, can *I* take a poke at a cop and get away with it?

    By Blogger The Libertarian Guy (tm), at 6:46 PM  

  • 1- Possibly, but it most likely is meant as unwelcome physical contact.

    2- well, in the event stopping a gate crasher . . . rather roughly more than likely. FIrmness is required.

    3- Of course not!

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 12:14 AM  

  • She's a disgrace.
    I particularly liked the cries of racism followed by "sincere regret" after noone bought into it.

    By Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy, at 1:43 AM  

  • McKinney just irritates me to no end.
    Her Dad was a Representative - she probably grew up better off than I did! Yet she acts like every single white person is to blame for her misfortunes.

    She punched a Capital police officer because he dared not recognize her. Seems pretty clear-cut to me.

    By Blogger Rebekah, at 7:38 AM  

  • Finished? No, not by a long shot. She's going to be in Congress for a long time. From what I've read her constituency is as hate filled as she is.

    If the House had any decency, it would expel her, not likely to happen however. Even if she's expelled, how long does it last? Until the next house? For life? Forget it. She and the other race haters like the Sinister Ministers would be up in arms and blame all but the evil in themselves.

    Be prepared to put up with her ravings for a good long time.

    By Blogger ScottG, at 9:11 AM  

  • glad you broke your silence.

    By Blogger Nunzia, at 11:31 AM  

  • I will agree with your assessment of Kinney's personality: she is arrogant and her behavior inexcusable. From all accounts, the cop was just doing his job and she's the one out of line. She should resign, in my opinion.

    Beyond that, this may be the most offensive post you've ever written, Daniel.

    Imagine, another white conservative who thinks racism is all better now. You keep up these kinds of posts and you might get a guest spot at RedState or LGF. Go to the south side of Chicago some time and ask the folks living in Humboldt Park if racism is all gone now. Try going to Newark, NJ or Miami, FL and asking some minority folks if they feel that their community is on equal footing with the wealthy suburbs they live near. Or, better yet, try Durham, NC or even New Orleans. Try asking the 12 million or so potential targets of the Sensennbrenner anti-immigration bill if they feel like they're being judged by their character and not their heritage or language. On second thought, don't. The last thing these folks need are another white conservative telling them how great their lives would be if only they'd get a better attitude. They heard enough of that from St. Reagan...

    You'll have to excuse me if I don't find much credibility in a member of the same party as Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and Tom Tancredo, to name a very few of many, claiming that racism is no longer a problem in most of America. Maybe that's true in rural Alaska, but I doubt it. I guess it's just easier to pretend a difficult problem doesn't exist than to confront it head on. It requires some compassion and, more than that, some empathy to understand the cost racism extracts from millions of Americans every day. Of course, that would also mean having compassion and empathy for those who are not just like you; never a conservative strong point.

    By Blogger Samurai Sam, at 10:38 AM  

  • I know nothing about this woman and from what I have read she appears to be rather arrogant but then she is in politics and that is how they tend to act! If she was a man she would be preceived differently but as she's a woman she must be a 'bitch' I guess (not that you described her as such. I am not trying to infer that you did) by commentators as that's sadly the way it usually goes.

    I do take offence with a few lines you wrote though, like Samuari Sam : "She still believes that white on black racism is rampant throughout America. Not true at all. It is still rampant in some specific communities, usually the occasional small town where the KKK still holds influence, but it is not a national epidemic."
    How do YOU as a white dude know this to be true? You wouldn't have a clue! And nor would I as a fellow white bloke. I would imagine racism is less prevalent than it was say 20 years ago but I am well aware that it exists in its more extreme ways and in its almost as bad ways i.e the people who don't even think they are racist but have some scary views and choice of phrases. Don't assume racism is not as widespread as it is just because you don't personally experience it.

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 8:05 AM  

  • DP76,

    "How do YOU as a white dude know this to be true? You wouldn't have a clue!"

    My wife is black. Any more ignorant questions?

    Sam,

    "You'll have to excuse me if I don't find much credibility in a member of the same party as Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and Tom Tancredo, to name a very few"

    And what of the party of AL Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Cynthia Mckinney to name a few? It is my experience that black on white racism is more prevalent than white on black racism simply because liberals are willin gto accept it. Conservatives reject all forms of racism. Of course, liberals also think that isues that have nothing to do with racism like stopping millions of people from breaking the law and sneaking into our country illegally is a racist standpoint. Never mind that the Bill doesn;t apply to Mexicans, but to every illegal immigrant from every country in the world. It just happens that there are fore more Mexicans here illegally than there are every other nationality combined. Get over it man. plenty of white europeans, arabs, asians, afircans, and latin americans would join the mexicans in deportation. These other nationalities make up about 30-40% of the illegal immigrant base. Of course, if you actually cared about the problem and the people you would know this already. You would also know that the opposition from the Democrats on this issue is a complete reversal from their own positions prior to the Bush administration. Thier opposition is nothing more than the Democrats opposing good legisltion just because it was proposed by Republicans. It's silly, immature, and bad for America.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 4:03 PM  

  • OK, I was just asking why you seemed so arrogant about racism being not a big issue these days... I didn't know what colour your wife was as that was not relevant to my opinion on the post. I suppose this makes you more of an expert than me on the matter but your whole perspective on the subject can also be influenced by where you live. If you're all comfortable and suburban in a nice area then I am sure that people are much friendlier and liberal than say some white trash bigots in the south who long for the olden days of pointy white hoods and burning crosses. They would love to make your marriage illegal...

    ... which makes me understand even less about your views on gay marriage...

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 5:35 AM  

  • "If you're all comfortable and suburban in a nice area then I am sure that people are much friendlier and liberal than say some white trash bigots in the south who long for the olden days of pointy white hoods and burning crosses."

    See? It's attitudes and blanket misconceptions lik ethis that keep the spectre of racism alive in America. Yes there are SOME people like this, but there SOME people who are the equivalent to this in every race, and they are not restricted by geography. The good news is that they are the vast Minority. The Bad news is that the only ones who are condemned for it are the white ones, liberals seem to encourage it in minorities. They are sooooo gonna regret doin g that when minorites outnumber whites in the next 10-15 years.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 8:26 AM  

  • Since when did Liberals encourage minorities to be racist? I know that every race is as racist as the next and anyone who thinks only whites can be racist is an idiot, but I don't really think your American Liberals are that dumb as to encourage that kind of thing. But then you have a ludicrous government controlling the media and enough crazy people such as The Concerned Women For America out there making up bullshit on the internet.

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 12:28 PM  

  • DP76,

    "Since when did Liberals encourage minorities to be racist?"

    It has been happening for decades with the racial demagougery of people like Al SHarpton, Louis Farrakhan, and Jesse Jackson, and thier enablers on the liberal front who have ben bowing to them for decades in an effort to gain and keep the minority vote. Cynthia Mckinney is a product of this environment, and her actions speak for themselves.

    True story, in Los Angeles California there was an election for class president at a certain high school. One of the candidates was an Aisan boy. He gave a sppech in fron of the clas, and at the end of it a black student stoof up and said, and I quote "Aint no way I'm voting for some slanty eye!" now, had a white kid said this he would have probably been assaulted for racism. None of the students cared thatthis black kid said it. Fortunately, there was a (white) teacher who told him that racist comments like that were not permitted in that class. Wanna know the jacked up part? The kid was dumbstruck! He had no idea that a comment like that was balatantly racist! He had grown up his whole being taught it was okay for him to think and talk like that, yes, that is according to what he told the teacher. So, why this particular story? LA is possibly the most liberal city in America, and it has a huge population of minorities, and yes, a distressingly (ridiculously) high number of them are exactly like this one kid in their attitudes and behavior. There have been studies (no I don;t have the links) that have demonstrated that racism in America is predominantly minority on any other group, and that white racism has declined to the lowest levels of any ethnic group. This is not surprising when you consider thatConservative demonize all racists, white, black, latino, asian, whatever, while liberals demonize only white racists and enable racists like Al Sharptin, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan to spread their message far and wide. That is why I say liberals encourage racism among minorities.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 8:48 PM  

  • I don't think liberals encourage minorities to be racist at all! Stupid liberals may turn a blind eye to it but that's all. Black people can be as racist as white people, and anyone who is scared of saying that is more stupid than liberal.

    It's the Liberals scapegoat that bugs me. Racists are racists whether they are liberals, black people, asian people or your lot: the Republicans and Christians.

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 11:51 AM  

  • DP76,

    Fair enough. Now tell me, in reality, not just in principle. Does it bother you as much to hear a black call a white man a cracker as it does to hear a white man call a black man a n-----?

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 12:32 AM  

  • I have never heard the phrase 'cracker' used but it would piss me off, sure. I can't think of a racist word for white people actually... but it's all ignorance!

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 9:45 AM  

  • DP76,

    Really? allow me to enlighten with a few racist terms commonly used to describe white people in America: Cracker. Honky. Casper. White Trash.

    Yes, I have heard minorities use these terms with imupnity to describe wjite people, but try being white and using a racist term to describe them. Seriously, try it here. But don;t blame me for the results.

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 2:40 PM  

  • I love 'Casper'as a racist term !

    That made me laugh. How stupid.

    I think we both agree that racism is wrong no matter what colour is doing it so there's no real point to this thread any more.

    By Blogger DanProject76, at 6:26 AM  

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