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White-Grievance Theater

By The Reverend Published: April 15, 2014

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel told CNN's Candy Crowley that "not all" GOP elected officials are "racist"....adding....

"To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

From simply blogging, I know that the one thing most conservatives and Republicans hate about their political opponents is when those opponents accuse them of being racist or racially motivated. That's understandable. No one likes to be told over and over that they are bigots or haters.

Most Republicans, however, do agree with the Chief Justice John Roberts school of racial thought....which asserts that the era of discrimination and racism is over. When the activist Roberts Court tossed out the Voting Rights Act, a law which helped in preventing discrimination against blacks in the voting process, Republicans cheered the decision. Several Republican-led states immediately responded to that ruling by passing new restrictive voter-ID laws proven to suppress minority voting.

The most prominent case of Republican cat-and-mouse racism, however, is in how Republicans and conservatives have responded to our first black president and our first black attorney general. For many on the right, the very existence of these two black men in positions of high office is a daily reminder of demographic projections which point to white Americans losing their majority of the U.S. population in the next 30 years.

Whether that is what Texas GOP Rep Louie Gohmert was thinking about when he taunted AG Eric Holder at a hearing last week is not clear....but conservative media's reaction to Holder's response to Gohmert has been crystal clear. Gohmert got the reaction from Holder he was looking for when he taunted....

Gohmert: ”I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general. But it is important that we have proper oversight…”

Holder: ”You don’t want to go there, buddy. You don’t want to go there.”

The only U.S. Attorney General in American history to ever be held in contempt of Congress is the nation's first black AG, Eric Holder. Last week at the hearing Gohmert tried rubbing a bit of salt into the wound that his fellow House Republicans had inflicted on our nation's first black AG.

Maybe it was the fact that the black Holder called the white Gohmert out for his cocky, yet childish, taunting.....maybe not. But quickly, CNN and Fox celebrities responded to Holder's response to Gohmert by playing the white-grievance race card.

Here's CNN's Candy Crowley....."The first is that, as you may know, Attorney General Holder went off script at an event this week where he said that he believes that the treatment he has received in the House, particularly during a hearing this week, would not have happened if he were not African- American. He believes it's racism.

He believes the opposition to the president has been based on racism."

Eric Holder said nothing even remotely close to what Crowley asserted on her Sunday show. Yesterday, Holder issued a statement correcting this phony assumption.

Fox's Bill O'Reilly took it further though, as did many other reverse-racism conservatives. O'Reilly took issue with what Holder told a gathering of Al Sharpton's Political Action Committee....also last week, but after the Gohmert-Holder dustup. Here are the Holder words that O'Reilly didn't appreciate....

“I’m pleased to note the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” He said before the NAN. “If you don’t believe that, you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee, has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

But unfortunately, like Crowley, O'Reilly....well....just knows that Holder was playing the race-grievance card.

"Mr. Holder heavily implying the House Judiciary Committee is giving him a hard time because of his skin color.

It's another grievance situation now. I'm not going to put words in the Attorney General's mouth that he is saying that it's because is he black. But, certainly where the venue is and he is speaking to primarily African-Americans you could take that inference....

Do you think that the House committee called him in and say let's get the black guy today? Is that what they did? Does anybody believe that? Let's get the black guy today.

So, the heavy evidence is that Eric Holder is using his skin color as a shield to avoid explaining to the American people why he has been so ineffective on a variety of fronts. Or am I wrong?

It's long past time to stop this kind of nonsense...."

This unfunny, cutsey, yet deceptive and misleading routine has been repeated numerous times by conservative, white, media and political celebrities over these last 5 1/2 years. From "food stamp president" to "Fast & Furious".....the white-grievance theater industry, it's members too cowardly to come out and say what's really pissing them off, dance around their biggest fear by playing 'who's the real racist?' word games with our nation's first black AG and first black president. Even if they have to make stuff up.

I agree with Papa Bear is long past time for white-grievance peddlers to stop this nonsense.



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