Saturday, July 08, 2006

Who is Racist in the Shelby County Democratic Party??

Who is Racist in the Shelby County Democratic Party?

Accusations of racism have been thrown at white Democrats by some black Democrats in the Shelby County Democratic Party. I find this ironic, since white Democrats have no chance of getting elected the overwhelmingly black voting districts, and as one important figure in the Shelby County Democratic Party told me about running in a largely black race, "a white candidate would not be taken seriously."

Many black Democrats are upset at the likely prospect that a WHITE JEW (Sen. Steve Cohen) may win THEIR Congressional House Dist. 9 seat, vacated by THEIR representative Harold Ford Jr., who is now pandering to white conservative rebel-flag waving rednecks across the state to win the Republican Senate seat. (Yes, this is the same BLACK politician who voted for the corporate anti-poor consumer bankruptcy bill and the big Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and all those poor black people's Estate Taxes.. wait, there are NO poor black people to benefit from that estate tax cut is there??)

Black Democrats support a black mayor who panders to WHITE Republicans and businesses.

There is Rep. Henri Brooks who recently told gay lobbyists in Nashville that gays were not a "significant' constituent in her district and that she was elected to represent BLACK CHURCHES. (Her Republican opponent, Novella Smith Arnold, actually took the time to return the Stonewall Democrats questionnaire, which was not even sent to her, and answered all our questions “ASBOLUTELY”! No response yet from Henri Brooks). SO I URGE REAL PROGRESSIVES TO VOTE FOR NOVELLA SMITH ARNOLD for County Commissioner, District 2, Position 2).

Black leaders, including the Tri-State Defender, are attacking Sen. Steve Cohen because he is a WHITE JEW!

Call me a racist is if you want, the problem with the Shelby County Democratic Party is not racist white liberals, it is conservative, fundamentalist, African-Americans who do not share the values of the Democratic Party's platform, which includes equal civil rights for gays and lesbians (including CIVIL UNIONS and the same rights as married couples), women's reproductive rights (yes, that includes the right to abortion). They do not respect the CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED separation of church and state, which means this is NOT a Christian nation, and people have the right to practice their religion NOT impose it on everyone else.

So spare me the "white racist" label please... those who support the Christian Right (both the Black Democrat wing and the White Republican Wing) are the bigots!



Blogger Brassmask said...

I concur 100%.

Saturday, July 08, 2006 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger autoegocrat said...

It is amazing to me how the Christian religion manages to attract so many racists, bigots, and closed-minded people of all varieties without actually reforming them or disabusing them of their tendencies.

We should force all the religio-racists to go to church together. If we form a large enough secular politial bloc, they'll have to start working together simply in order to deal with us.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Desi Franklin said...

As I recall, Jesus had two commandments. That second one says something about loving your neighbor as yourself. Hmmm....

As a Christian, I have been going around telling everyone that I am reciting the St. Francis prayer as much as possible. It's the one that begins, "Lord, make me an instrument of they peace." I think we could all use a little recitation of that right now.

Monday, July 10, 2006 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Desi Franklin said...

Ok, I'm not a great typist.

Here is the entire prayer. Adapt it for your belief system, I think it has something to say to all of us.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred . . . let me sow love
Where there is injury . . . pardon
Where there is doubt . . . faith
Where there is despair . . .hope
Where there is darkness . . . light
Where there is sadness . . .joy
Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled . . .as to console
To be understood . . .as to understand,
To be loved . . . as to love
For it is in giving . . .that we receive,
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned,
It is in dying . . .that we are born to eternal life

Monday, July 10, 2006 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger David Holt said...

Amen, Desi.

Monday, July 10, 2006 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Well, I have no problems with Christians who follow such a Buddhist prayer, but I don't see many of them who do...
Maybe somone can enlighten World Overcomers and Bellevue Baptists

Monday, July 10, 2006 8:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually go by 'YankeeimMemphis' at Dailykos, which is how I got directed here.

Simply put, the religious, black Democratic wing is socially conservative and fiscally liberal. A classic example is Leon Grey (spelling on the last name may be incorrect).

Moreover, black politicians pander to this group for one reason: they vote in an organized fashion (as in what the Preacher told them to).

I will say this about religious blacks in Memphis: they usually DON'T proselytize (thank Jesus!). Many reasons why, but thankfully they don't.
It's a pretty rare black voter who VOTES based upon abortion - in either direction (although there's a BOATLOAD of whites who are single-issue anti-abortion voters).

That said, the one thing that I've learned that as a White Democrat when discussing politics with Black Democrats:

Don't EVER, EVER, EVER say that 'rights' to a particular group (see: gays, women, religious minorities) are part of the 'larger umbrella' of civil rights.

No way. No how. If there was ever 'ownership' of the phrase civil rights, Black Democrats are the ones who claim it. Claim it tenaciously. Any type of suggestion that 'gay rights' are part of civil rights is seen as either veiled racism or a demeaning of the struggles of MLK et al..

Again, for a perfect example, look no farther than Leon Gray.

Bush made inroads into the black vote in '04 because his anti-gay rights 'stance' could be construed by the more militantly religious black voters as both comforting AND upholding the legacy of MLK.

As many a black Preacher would say 'Martin Luther King didn't fight for no gay rights!'.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 10:27:00 PM  

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