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I must have missed something.

I thought I had a pretty good understanding of civil rights, through reading, interviews, visiting civil rights museums, etc.

For a white guy who did not live through the civil rights march I thought I had a pretty good handle on what the civil rights struggles were all about. I follow in the footsteps of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. as a pacifist who speaks out against intolerance. This does not always make me popular, but so what?

But I must have missed the part of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech where he carved out an exception for Republicans, as in “My dream does not include black Republicans.”

I must have missed the part where he said it’s ok to throw Oreo cookies – black on the outside, white on the inside – at a black politician because of his political beliefs.

And while I read and wrote about Rosa Parks’ death recently I don’t recall her saying that she was standing up, or in her case sitting down, for blacks…so long as they are Democrats.

Or maybe I am not the one who missed something. Maybe it’s some of the black Maryland Democrats who are forgetting something.

Normally I would find it very inappropriate for a white man to tell a black man what he should and should not do. But in this case I feel I need to say something.

You see, I thought that the Democratic party was the party of tolerance, of fighting discrimination, of having an open mind.

But it’s hard to square that with how Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele has been treated in recent months. I should note that I’ve met Steele. I accompanied him on a tour of a local school and interviewed him and he seemed a nice enough guy.

I would be hard pressed to understand why it’s acceptable for a blogger, even if he is a black blogger, to photoshop an image of Steele (since removed) so that he looks like he’s in a minstrel show. I have a hard time understanding why it’s ok for said blogger to call Steele “sambo.”

If the same term or photo was assigned to a black Democrat, many would decry the act as racism and they would be right.

So why is it acceptable if the person is Republican?

Interviewed by the Associated Press and the Washington Times that blogger and other black Democrats defended their actions, saying it’s acceptable because Steele is a traitor to his race.

So now we have Republicans – not just in Maryland but across the nation – asking what I consider a valid question: Why is racism acceptable if the victim is a black Republican?

Contrary to what is being written by Michelle Malkin and other conservative bloggers, these attacks do not mean all Democrats endorse racism.

I started to write a rant the other day about how bloggers like Malkin love to make racism an issue only when it suits their cause. I don’t hear them decrying racial profiling of blacks or stereotyping of Muslims.

But I stopped because while my point is valid, all they have to do is point out the fact that some black Democrats are saying these attacks against Steele are acceptable to make my argument a bit more sticky.

Intolerance is intolerance regardless of a person’s political affiliation. Carving out exceptions to that is a slippery slope that does not lead anywhere good.

Ed: RJ

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Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.
  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Fine post. I agree that the racial attacks against Mr. Steele by some Democrats are disgusting. And I am frustrated by the fact that this hasn’t gotten more coverage in the MSM…

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>You see, I thought that the Democratic party was the party of tolerance, of fighting discrimination, of having an open mind.<<

    (falls on floor, laughing uncontrollably and desperately waving an arm for the self-defibrilator unit.)

    dave

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    On a more serious note, this is a somewhat more extreme example of the much more frequent use of terms like ‘uncle tom’ and ‘house nigger’ to refer to people like Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice. It’s completely unacceptable and enormously racist.

    Dave

  • http://aqualung@bresnan.net MCH

    Re comment #1 by Bobby (RJ) Elliott;

    Please spare the pretense of non-discrimination, Bobby, since you’re on record right here on BC as agreeing with Rush Limbaugh that Donovan McNabb was overrated because he’s black; as well as making a big deal of the black quarterbacks going against each other in the playoffs last year….

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Nice job with this, Scott. Valid points, well presented.

    Thanks!

  • Bennett

    Dave – re: #2

    I saw an ad for those things the other day… Very effective video of an ambulance in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

    “You have five minutes… The ambulence will be there in seven.”

    Gotta get me one a them!

    Carry on.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Good on you for this Scott. But also consider some things perhaps slightly less obvious than this in the range of racial demagoguery coming from supposed black leadership. Particularly, consider the ads the NAACP was running against Bush on black radio in 2000 with James Byrd’s daughter making like Bush was re-lynching her father. That’s ugly.

    Also, Maryland Democrats and Kweisi Mfume in particular have an ongoing story with this nonsense. You should have seen the gubernatorial debate the NAACP sponsored.

  • steve

    The Naacp = full of bigots…they are full of nonsense Al! I agree!

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Thanks, folks. Dave, dare I ask why this was so funny?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Because the statement I quoted was so patently ridiculous, Scott. I realize you were putting it in question, but that displays a laughable naivete – I was laughing at the fact that you had just come to this realization which has been so obvious to most of us for a long time.

    The democratic party’s policies are absolutely built on racism and classism. Their power base is controlled by keeping the poor and minorities oppressed and marginalized so that they will think of themselves as dependent on the party if they want to advance. It’s a horrible, cynical truth about the democrats.

    Dave

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Compared to the Republicans, the Democrats do much more against discrimination and bigotry.

    I disagree with your assessment of the situation.

  • http://www.nrlc.org/ Anthony Grande

    “The Democrats do much more against discrimination and bigotry”

    Replace “do” with “say”.

  • Luke

    the Republican party is less racist by doing nothing at all, people are responsible for their own racism, the liberals act like it’s the governments job to apologize for anything bad that a white person has done, and to put systems in place to try and counter-act white peoples tendency to be racist, which is their natural inclination, nope, that’s not racist at all, in fact, that’s a noble effort in the battle against racism.

  • Luke

    They should call that good racism versus bad racism, you can only fight racism with racism it seems.

  • Dave Nalle

    >>Compared to the Republicans, the Democrats do much more against discrimination and bigotry.<<

    Sort of true, though I’d probably agree with Anthony that they say a lot more than they actually do. But at the same time they have no problem at all with institutionalized exploitation, especially when they are at the receiving end of the benefits. And not just exploitation by race and class, but also the exploitation you see in unions which charge their members dues and then use the money for political causes their members don’t support or even actively oppose.

    Dave

  • RogerMDillon

    While the racist attacks show that his opposition has no arguement against his policies and positions, it’s easy to understand why other blacks call Steele an Uncle Tom or a sellout when he didn’t immediately speak out against fundraisers held at an all-white country club.

  • Dave Nalle

    I imagine Steele was just happy the white folks were giving him a bunch of dough.

    Dave

  • RogerMDillon

    The same white folks that think he’s not good enough to join their club because of the color of his skin. Hmmm…can’t see why anyone would consider Steele a sellout with that rationale.

    It is better to have people think you are a fool, than to type a comment and remove all doubt, Dave.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “The same white folks that think he’s not good enough to join their club because of the color of his skin. Hmmm…can’t see why anyone would consider Steele a sellout with that rationale.”

    The club has no black members, true. But I read that they are actively seeking minority members. It’s just that none have joined yet.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Roger, what about my comment was foolish or innacurate? Perhaps you should heed your own advice.

    There’s no evidence they don’t think Steele is good enough to join their club. Perhaps he’ll be the first black member. You have no idea, just a bunch of bigoted assumptions.

    Dave

  • tommyd

    The blogger could’ve saved alot of words by just saying “racism is never ok (for white people) but if you’re a person of color, hating whitey is ok”

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Tommy: Which blogger do you mean? Me? Or the one who put Steele in minstrel show makeup?

  • RogerMDillon

    “But I read that they are actively seeking minority members.”

    Yes, after being exposed as a whites-only club, they are now seeking minoriities. And it only took them 127 years.

    “There’s no evidence they don’t think Steele is good enough to join their club.”

    Why that’s foolish right there. Have they offered him a membership, Dave? Of course, the fact that they haven’t found any black men good enough in their 127-year history speaks to their bigotry. Do you think he’s the only black man in Baltimore that has been eligible in all that time?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    The kind of passive tradition of exclusion we’re talking about here isn’t exactly racism in the traditional sense, Roger. They probably don’t let anyone in who’s not part of a certain very small segment of society and it’s defined more by income and where they live and the kind of jobs they have than by race. Until relatively recently it probably never occured to them to go out looking for diversity, and it’s pretty unlikely that any minorities even thought of applying. The fact that this is changing is a good thing. I remember when this issue came up at a very old, very exclusive club my parents belong to, and there wasn’t much real objection to minorities, but they weren’t getting any minority applications and had never considered that there might be a reason to go looking for minority members.

    Dave

  • Luke

    RogerMDillion is a [deleted in line with BC Comments policy against personal attacks] –in case they censor this [skcatta lanosrep tsniaga ycilop stnemmoC CB htiw enil ni deteled] – read backwards

  • mina123

    i have been trying to encourage people to donate for the pakistani earthquake relief and i keep being told that america doesnt need to help “those people” over there.

    the UN calls the pakistan earthquake a worse disaster than the tsunami. 80,000 people are dead and the UN expects the number to double because of lack of aid and a killer winter approaching with victims still without shelter.

    we’re all spent from the hurricane season and all the giving but lets show them we’re not a nation that is insensitive to human misery regardless of race.

    UNICEF says that 5 dollars is enough for it to buy 30 blankets, 10 dollars is enough to feed a family for a week, 100 dollars is enough to provide shelter.

    nothing you donate is too small. you can save innocent lives. 30,000 children have been orphaned. they need your help.

  • http://scoopstories.typepad.com/scoopstories/2005/10/happy_bday_to_m.html Scott Butki

    Um, thanks for the spam?

  • http://www.clearblogs.com/danneburleysradioclub DAnne Burley

    Racism is still here but Don Imus is not the issue the most important one is below and I am black and can get no policing agent to investigate corruption and or criminal acts. I am also seeking letters for others who are black who have had racist issue in the times in order to show patterns on this issue.

    I am a former Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, I know much about law enforce and clout, and before that I worked over 35 yrs within Corporate America as an Accountant, Computer Programmer/Analysis, did some actuary work relating to removing employees who got close to retirement age, Developed Businesses, I worked as a para legal from Friedman and Koven which was the second in it’s day Law Firm in the World within Conflict of Interest international, also for United States Gypsum, Navistar, FMC Corp, Harris Bank, First National Bank, Argonne National Lab’s as Assistant Editor in the Bio lab, and many other larger than live Corporations within their Controllers Dept and World Headquarters, and in the Mortgage Industry of over 8 years seeing already formed terrorist cell operating from withn the Suburb of Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Broadview, Chicago and other neighoring communities. The scandal involved the use of International Drivers Licenses to falsify Identity and create other false ID’s such as Drivers License, Corporations, Bank Accounts in order to move and laundery money into Jihad and Al-Qauda cells all over the globe.

    Drug Trafficking occured over Operation Mountain Express, which had netted over 52 mega tons of drugs, and drug making material to use to place on the streets and in the hands of mintories, our youth date rape drugs and other nightmare subtances to fund Terror across the world. In Illinois the Illinois trucking scandal was involved because the truck were involved within a operation to move the drugs, laundered money and also guns in and out of the hands of criminal within the KKK and aryan nation and other hate groups. All who were being used as part of the funded Bin Laden Operation, and that was really the involved of Bin Laden. Sept 11, 2001 was a part of a mock terrorist drill which was designed to cover-up the fact that the WTC had design defects that were brought to the port of Authority when it was being built but NYC had no rights to the business plans and could do nothing in the courts because it was alleged that the Port was not governed by the City and or State Regulations and laws because it fell under Marine laws only. In addition because of the first failed attempted to bomb the buildings in 1993 by so-called Islamic Extremist and due to the injuries, death, and claims filed against Lloyds of London in England, Lloyds was on the brick of Bankruptcy and was the Port of Authority, which also would have effected NYC itself in paying off huge amounts of money which would had totally bankrupt the city and the state.

    As within the plot of the Savings and Loan Scandal years before as the failed savings institutes had not enough money to pay back the people who had accounts within within the federal Reserve, in both cases I alleged that conspirators from within and outside the government conspired to commit fraud by turning these events into cases for insurance.

    In the savings and loan scandal during that time there were mounting numbers of “Banl Robberies in the Midwest and across the US.

    The robberies I saw began in the late 80’s but expanded into 1990 whereby while I worked within the Courts there was the alleged ex-police officer out of Hoffman Estate called the Bearded Bandit, who with his wife alleged robbed banks all over the suburban area of Chicago Illinois. There were some elements of this case which were not true in fact and covered up for one the wife never shot herself in the front of a home in Streamwood she was shot by special unit op’s from what division I am not sure. Then her husband who was capture was killed in a shoot out but what I alleged was that he was gunned down so that he would not share information of the insurance scam. The same issue was happened in areas around Ok City and that could be the reason why Jesse Tredue’s brother was allegedly murdered within his prison cell the cover-up the real reason behind the bank robberies.

    John Gary Peeler a former CIA/BATF/FBI agent was undercover within the KKK he has been on my program and his son John Christropher Peeler is being held in a Ark prison without parole for a crime of murder where there is no body, no crime scene and no evidence nothing to shutup Peeler. Peeler Sr. worked with Timothy McVeigh while undercover within the KKK working on bombing the Ok City Building, he knew about the bank robberies, the plot to take down the building and was able to stop one, but could do nothing about the WTC because no one would listen to him, his story as those of Eric Shine Merchant Marine Presidential Appointed by George Bush Sr., Mary Schneider who worked 30 yrs within the INS and saw the florida connection of agents allowing Middle Easterns to gain entrance into the US that area of Fla was where the flight school was involved with the alleged training of terrorist cells at the same time I saw within my then office which was a place I was bought to to setup a new business to do Islamic Interest Loans for homes (Noriba) on the wall a huge picture of a boeing 747 class plane which I was told that being use as a picture to explan how to flight within a flight school which operated out of the Palos Hills area with ties into FL prior to 9/11/01.

    The story was my nightmare, the government via clouted government officials and those who I had alleged were involved in a major sleeper cell used terrorism against me and my children. By sending in spooks, attempting to setup my bank account with counterfeit money orders, blackball me so I can not work and so that my children can not, criminalized by young son, use traffick tickets and others working within the policing agencies to cover-up and not investigation major corruption and criminals acts within DuPage County in order to shut be up and down and make me homeless. This is the same pattern that had been used on all whistleblowers and then causing them not to have equal rigthts under the amendments of the constitutional.

    I am 55 yrs old and I have seen every level of corruption over a spam of 45 years including how entertainers and others were taken out in the same fashion in the 1940’s-62 while my father was involvcd as a publisher and reporter.Within his archieve were letters of this and then I was told by other creatible sources over the years of how they watched Mohammad X, who was a friend of my fathers, Joe Louis for saying good things about Jimmy Hoffa, and my father knew Jack Ruby prior to my father’s death. My father’s name was within the Warren Commission Report of the Death of JFK and my father help Kennedy to get elected within the chains of press he was involved in within the Black Community.

    Because of all this I had been watched, and as they attempted to do with Mohammad X’s daughter they attempted to set me up over the years. But you see I saw things when I was very young and knew how they operated. Please read on thanks

    D’Anne Burley

    I need your help and support, with a attorney, money and anything else because the attack at hand is a nightmare. Within hospital settings I was given the wrong meds I feel with intent. I attempted to sue many times but attorneys turned down anything I bought to them as it is within the pattern of all whistleblowers. And if the case goes into the courts they Gag them to stop all further action. My journal exposes this with the top professionals in the World, scientist, journalist, Government Agents, Business Owners and all having information but can do nothing with it because of the corruption from within the policing forces who are allegedly being told not to do there job and or by racial bias which maybe true in my case.

    D’Anne Burley
    [Personal contact info deleted]

    My father was Dan Burley who was a Managing Editor for many publications, he was a journalist and friends to three Presidents going back to the Roosevelt’s, and the King of Ethophian, plus a well known Musician. Dan took the very first Black USO Troop overseas to Burma during WWII under Bob Hope and was a good friend of Walter Winchell and others. When I was born my birth appeared in Walter Winchell’s Column, At the age of 10 I had a column called “Thats a Fact” which appeared in two newspapers.

    We are indeed in a nightmare and unless the people watch and understand and recover this government from thieves, murders and conspirators we will see something worse than Hitlers Germany in maybe less than one year.

    My nightmare is told within the link and I am adding more as I go because if you read this and really understand this government as developing this platform for years and decades. The goal was to remove the constitution replace the people with foreigners who are less expensive for business spending, dumb down the nation and worse. My programs are all involved with showing the ties together. I am one of many whistleblowers who all link into one another many had been within former government agencies, or private businesses

    Those within the mainstream press get fired if they go against their owners look at Don Imus he was getting ready to talk about WTC and had covered Ok City. Now its Rosie O’Donnell whose next.

    You can call me at any time as well and if you know of any stories needed to be shared please sent it to me because I cover all that no one else will touch – Peace !

    Sincerely yours D’Anne Burley Forensic Journalist Talk Show Host featured on truthradio.com rbnlive.com, in your face radio out of South America, Blogtalkradio, and others. Peace!

    [Personal contact info deleted] link

  • http://www.9-11themotherofallblackoperations.blogspot.com/ James F. Marino

    Racism should never be tolerated by any race of people. We have grown accustomed to hearing this in regard to the deplorable ways in which African Americans have been treated, however it applies to all races. In the early part of the 20th Century many ethniticies were looked down on. I remember seeing a photograph of a diner with a sign out front said “will not hire Irish.”

    And their are myriad instances where virtually all races have been descriminated against is such ways at one time or another.

    However the African Americans have in my opinion had it the toughest of all, with the Elite in the United States deliberately setting them up to fail. Why do you think it is that within the inner city you have a gun and liquor shop on practically every corner? And that the illegal drug trade is allowed to prevail as our gangs?

    Because these Elitests want the African Americans to kill themselves off. They also want to destroy their nuclear family. An example of this is the welfare that some African American families receive. Decades ago they could do so without having the man of the house forced to be absent.

    However for the past twenty years if an African American woman is to receive welfare her husband (or boyfriend) cannot live in her home with her. This is done deliberately to remove the male influence from the home and to break up the family. The Rockefeller Foundation is covertly responsible for this.

    Most people who know that the Rockfeller Foundation was behind the so called emancipation of women within the United States do not know why this was really done.

    It was done for two reasons:

    The first was to put women to work so that they could be taxed — prior to this the Federal Reserve was only able to tax men of working age.
    With the women working they effectively doubled the amount of income tax that the Federal Reserve Bank collected.

    The second was to get the children into the school system so that they could be moulded in the ways in which the Rockefellers wanted them to evolve. The Rockefellers largely control what goes on within the American educuational system.

    And most people don’t even realize that the Federal Reserve Bank and its IRS appendage are not even owned by the US Federal Government, but instead privately held corporations which have been operating illegally since 1913.

    See Aaron Russo’s excellent documentary America From Freedom To Fascism to learn more. You can see it for free by going to Google and clicking on the video link at the top of the page and typing in America From Freedom To Fascism.

    It is the most shocking video that you will ever see, in that you will learn that trillions of dollars have been stolen from the American people by the Federal Reserve Bank and the IRS through an illegal graduated income tax system that is typical of Communist Manifesto. The Federal Reserve Bank was never properly ratified and it is illegal to tax the wages of the American worker.

    Jim Marino
    NSA Satellite Prisoner, US Government mind control target

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    Can any of you BC politicos confirm that the Federal Reserve and the IRS are illegal privately owned companies? That would be pretty serious stuff…

  • Clavos

    Chris,

    You’re kidding, right?

    You don’t actually believe anything in that paranoid rant, do you?

    The business about the illegality of the IRS and income tax is an urban myth of some many decades standing.

    The rest (about women working, kids in schools, the Rockefeller Foundation, etc.) is just pure, unadulterated paranoid fantasy.

    Where’s the real Christopher Rose, and what have you done with him?

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    Clavos, I neither believed it nor disbelieved it; that’s why I asked the question!

    You seem to be very combative recently old sport; been taking psycho-vi-agra have we? ;-)

  • Clavos

    Sorry, Chris, didn’t mean to sound combative. I was just surprised that something that even sounds far-fetched would elicit a serious question from you, especially.

  • http://www.9-11themotherofallblackoperations.blogspot.com/ Jim

    The Federal Reserve Bank was created as a result of the US Federal Reserve Act of 1913, in which a few Senators were bribed to illegally pass the act into law. However it was never properly ratified by all of the States. This also led the way for the creation of the Internal Revenue Service and the 16th Amendment. In 1897 the Supreme Court ruled the wages of the American worker were to be considered personal property and non taxable. In 1913 the Supreme Court ruled that the 16th Amendment conferred no new powers of taxation on the US Congress.

    Yet Congress went ahead and created the IRS to tax the wages of the American worker; monies which were then paid directly to the privately held Federal Reserve Bank to pay interest on the money that it lent the US Treasury to operate the Federal Government.

    However, the US Treasury could have been printed US Treasury notes tax free. They would have also been based on the gold bullion in the US Treasury which had inherent value, unlike the Federal Reserve Notes which are based on thin air.

    The Federal Reserve is responsible for the devaluation in the dollar because it prints money that is based on nothing. Moreover, 100% of the Federal Income Tax collected by the IRS goes directly to the privately held Federal Reserve Bank — not one cent goes towards any service of the American people.

    The Federal Reserve has used the IRS (also a privately held company that is not part of the US Government) to steal trillions of dollars from the American people since 1913.

    The person who posted that this is an urban myth is wrong. It is a fact. You can learn more about this by seeing the late Aaron Russo’s American From Freedom To Fascism documentary, a superb expose on the Federal Reserve and IRS frauds. Aaron, who died recently from cancer was best known as a Hollywood producer who created the movies Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and The Rose with Bette Midler.

    American From Freedom To Fascism should be seen by every adult on this planet so that they can learn of the outrageous crimes that the US Congress, and privately held Federal Reserve Bank (and its IRS appendage) have perpetrated against them.