Rev. Jesse Jackson recently made Politico with comments about the South, but the reverend, like so many of his “progressive” fellows, appears to be caught in a time warp.
Jackson told Politico that Republicans in Congress “are motivated by race in opposing the president’s policies.” Then what he said just made an already false statement even more troubling.
“The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” said Jackson, presumably with a straight face.
Hard for a rational mind to take that sort of statement seriously. That is just how bizarre it is. The tea party movement, as I have discovered, is largely about money and largely about people who don’t want to pay taxes and who don’t want to be forced to buy a product just because the federal government forces them to at the point of a figurative gun.
The theme of anti-Southernism is at the heart of Jackson’s statement despite the blight that is Chicago or Los Angeles or New York. Or, for that matter, Washington, D.C. where there's a vast collection of wealth among the nation's largest food stamp population.
Let me admit there are significant differences in culture between North and South to this day. They have nothing to do with racism and everything to do with music, food, faith, literature and anything else that constitutes culture.
In October after ABC had some pundits flapping their jaws, as we say in the South, once again bringing up the long dead Confederacy, I did a column about the most segregated cities in the U.S.
I referenced a study done by the Manhattan Institute. If you called the Institute by a political label, the right one would probably be libertarian. It’s certainly not a fountain of “rightwingism”.
The study found the least segregated cities are actually in the South. President Barack Obama’s home city of Chicago didn’t fare so well:
This study also noted the nation’s most segregated cities. Top among them: Chicago, Obama’s most recent home city. Close behind: Cleveland. Others on the list include Detroit, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. Most are Democrat strongholds. None are in the Old Confederacy.
Not a single ‘most segregated city’ was located in the South.
More information arrived in my newspaper on Sunday. The Florida Times-Union carried articles about the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic speech. The paper noted “reverse migration to the South.” Citing Gavin Wright’s new book Sharing the Prize, the T-U said, “More than 1.5 million blacks moved South from other parts of the country between 1985 and 2010.”
What brought them here? Good jobs.
And here’s the kicker:
“In a list of the top 10 cities for African-American families, all 10 were in the South. Jacksonville was No. 6.”
Source for that statistic? Black Enterprise, a magazine that also found the top eight best cities in the U.S. for blacks are in the South.
Jackson, like so many of his fellow ideologues, is stuck in the pre-civil rights era. And he’s stuck there for more reasons than philosophy—the race industry is very profitable.
The race card is also extremely useful in politics. It can be deployed to shield a candidate or official from criticism over failure of policy and governance.
Dems knew that when they propelled a junior senator with absolutely no experience managing anything towards the presidency in 2008.
Criticism of Obama has nothing to do with race for most Americans, and it has everything to do with Democrats’ policies. Dems seem content for the president to take most of the heat although other party members should man up and share the blame. Obama didn’t create the mess the Democrats’ party has become—look to the ageing statists Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi for more on that.
Are some people prejudiced?
Absolutely, and they come in all colors.
Isn’t it amazing that Jackson is bashing the tea party movement while media ignores the fact we have a race-baiting, anti-white man working for the Dept. of Homeland Security, a man who called for the murder of white people?
The majority of Americans of all colors are too busy trying to survive to engage in sophistic conversations about a war fought a century and a half ago. Democrats continue to hold onto the race card because it’s just about all they have left amid multiple failures in domestic and foreign policy. Dems tanked housing and energy, two key linchpins in our lethargic economy, and if they have their way, they’ll tank healthcare as well.
The real divide in the U.S. is between the political class and the rest of us, and it has nothing to do with skin color, faith or gender. I’m still waiting on a leader smart enough and honest enough to admit that.
If you round off the number, excluding the military, just under one percent of our nation works for the federal government. I think rounding it is fine because that allows for all the lobbyists, strategists, and others who rely on that government employee base to earn a livelihood.
That’s the one percent we should concern ourselves with, those of us who comprise the 99 percent and don’t have a permanent get-out-of-jail-free card or a shield from laws designed to take more of your wealth.
We are the 99 percent—those of us outside the political class. That is a topic we should be discussing.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 27, 2013)
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