Filed under: Economy, Education, History, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Progressivism | Tags: "Racial Justice", How to Play the 'Race Card', Securing the Minority Vote
House Democrats received formal training this last week in how to address the issue of race to defend government programs. Race has long been the number one issue for Democrats. Way back in 1998, the left-leaning New World Foundation commissioned a survey by Zogby International that asked 1,800 rank-and-file members of nine progressive groups what it was that could galvanize them, what a progressive agenda should look like. They wanted to unite progressive groups in a coherent base and win elections. The results of the poll were reported in The Nation magazine.
Respondents ranked Racism as the country’s single most important social problem, followed by poverty, corporate power, jobs/economy, environment, moral decline and education.
The prominence of racism as an issue for Democrats is understandable. They have a long and abysmal record on race to overcome, and they count on government programs for the poor to bind the black and minority vote to the Democrat party. House Democrats fear that the minority vote is slipping away.
Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion told the House Democratic Caucus and staff that “conservative messages are racially ‘coded’ and had images of people of color that we commonly see used” and proposed tactics for countering the Republicans (presumably) racially-coded rhetoric. “Right-wing rhetoric.” according to Wiley’s group website.”has dominated debates of racial justice —undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process” for over 25 years.
As examples of race-coded rhetoric, Wiley reminded the Democrats of Newt Gingrich’s famous comment about President Obama. “Calling a black man ‘the food stamp president” is not a race-neutral statement, even if Newt Gingrich did not intend racism.”
The website of the Center for Social Inclusion includes the following statement:
The right has a strategy to turn us away from racial justice. They claim that racial justice means blinding ourselves to race. They attack programs that right the wrongs of racism or help people of color by calling those very programs racist. Sometimes they pretend that they are not talking about race when they are. Sometimes they use stereotypical images of people of color to suggest that we shouldn’t support policies, implying that “these” people would benefit, without coming out and saying that. The right has been effective in keeping those who want reforms on the defensive, constantly in the position of justifying existing policies rather than advancing new ones that would further our goals. The conservative movement has delayed and rolled back our progress toward a fair and just society under the mantle of a “colorblind” American ideal.
Ms. Wiley and the Center she founded depend on racial justice issues for their livelihood. Preferring government handouts to good jobs, seems an odd definition of “social justice,” but the center’s website also declares their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming that those jobs are only temporary, (some are, but many are permanent) and we don’t need the oil because solar energy and wind energy provide a cleaner future.
The Democrat Party depends on notions of “racial justice” — and accusations of racism will not go away. They make a lot of money on racism, and they will keep it alive. They have a long history to overcome.