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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Racist in the White House?

Talk2Action contributor Max Blumenthal has an EXPLOSIVE online article at The Nation entitled "Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen."

A picture speaks a thousand words - so listen to the picture speak!

Blumenthal's article is a must-read....here is a snippet to quench your thirst....

Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.

...After speaking with CCC founder and former White Citizens Council organizer Gordon Lee Baum and two of his cohorts, Allen suggested that they pose for a photograph with then-National Rifle Association spokesman and actor Charlton Heston. The photo appeared in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.

According to Baum, Allen had not naively stumbled into a chance meeting with unfamiliar people. He knew exactly who and what the CCC was about and, from Baum's point of view, was engaged in a straightforward political transaction. "It helped us as much as it helped him," Baum told me. "We got our bona fides." And so did Allen.

Descended from the White Citizens' Councils...the CCC is designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its "Statement of Principles," the CCC declares, "We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."

Now, I love Virginia (after all VA is for Lovers). I've spent many "vacations" in Richmond. I also have a special place in my Dirty-Bird heart for Joe Gibb's Redskins.

But damnit, I hate racists. I grew up with quite a few racists in South Georgia. As a 5th grader, my pops and I watched with shock as the local high school (Montgomery County) crowned a White Homecoming Queen and a Black Princess during a halftime ceremony. In Junior High, my English teacher dropped the N-word. My Junior Class sponsored two proms - a school-sponsored prom and a private prom for whites only. Meanwhile, our rival school held three separate proms - one for the white kids, one for the black kids, and one for the hispanic kids. I could go on and on - but I'll stop...

Plain and simple, George Allen disgusts me...

We've known that George Allen has had a "race problem" for quite some time. As the Governor of Virginia, Allen opposed a state holiday honoring Martin Luther King. In the late 90's, Allen issued a Confederate History Month proclamation calling the Civil War "a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights." Apparently, he forgot about slavery.

Lest we forget that Confederate flag and noose that Mr. Allen kept in his office until recently.

And just last week Allen made his now infamous Macaca slur. In case you missed this story, Senator Allen was caught on camera mocking S.R. Sidarth, a 20-year old Virginian native of Indian descent who had been following him on the campaign trail. Allen referred to Sidarth as a "macaca" which is a term for monkeys that is used as an ethnic slur in certain parts of the world.

I've given George Allen the benefit of the doubt one time too many.

George Allen WILL NOT get another free pass....

Like I've posted before, Republicans (and their essential corollary - Southern Baptists) will have some tough decisions to make in 2008.

Will they vote for one of three Adulterers (Guliani, Gingrich, McCain) or a Racist (George Allen).

Perhaps SBCers will support Massachusetts Governor Mit Romney - a Mormon?

Or maybe, just maybe, SBCers will Divorce the GOP and support a Democrat?


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4:39 AM

Blogger Nathan said...

He's up for re-election in the Senate this fall, and actually stands a chance of losing.... When I get some time (and a little closer to the election), I'm definitely referencing this post, as my blog is aggregated along with all other VA political blogs. He needs to be stopped before he can think about 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

4:58 AM

Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Of course, the current occupant of the White House once lived in one of those communities with "covenant agreements" to only sell to white folk when you leave. That came out in the 2000 election (before the Supreme Court selection), but got very little air time.
Former Atty. Gen. Ashcroft had ties to racist groups, too, including writing articles for their magazines.
This kind of thing has been common since 1965 when the Democratic Party essentially purged its Dixiecrat contingent, and especially since Nixon's 1968 "southern strategy" for the GOP to court the white racists who were fleeing the Democratic Party.

This isn't new. It just gets passed over too easily in the mainstream media.

6:58 AM


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