Repost from the old site.
It’s pretty common nowadays to call US Republicans racist. That is often true. After all, the South didn’t turn from Democrat to Republican after the Civil Rights Act was signed for no reason. Nixon’s Southern Strategy was explicitly racist, as were his Wars on Crime and Drugs.
So was Bill Clinton’s ending of “welfare as we know it” (done under extreme Republican pressure), and so is, in my opinion, the entire Republican war on federal government spending. Federal government social spending is so unpopular precisely because it is assumed that White families do not benefit from it and Blacks and Browns do.
To put it explicitly, the federal government taxes “hard-working Whites”, takes their hard-earned money, and gives it to Blacks and Browns who are “lazy, criminal, parasitical, hostile to Whites and a scourge upon our nation”. Or so it is constructed, in my opinion, in minds of tens of millions of White voters.
It is important to note that the rightwing trend for US White voters began in the 1960′s, with the new immigration bill that expanded the ranks of preferred immigrants from White Europeans to include non-Whites the world over (especially Asians and Hispanics). At the same time, the federal government passed many civil rights laws, primarily effecting US Blacks, but to a lesser extent also Hispanics.
Simultaneously, government social spending was dramatically increased with the advent of Medicaid, AFDC, food stamps, general relief, WIC, federal housing and Social Security for the disabled non-elderly. Around the same time, Black riots rocked our land and the US crime rate skyrocketed for largely unknown reasons. The increase in the crime rate was heavily driven by the skyrocketing crime rate of young Black men.
In the 40 years since, Black and Hispanic street gangs have become a blight on our big cities and have become so entrenched as to prove almost ineradicable.
Appallingly, the advanced country of the US was actually exporting vile and wicked street crime gangs to the backward, feudal, fascist nations of Hispanic Central America, notably Honduras, and especially El Salvador. These two nations, especially El Salvador, are now in the midst of a street crime wave that boggles the mind.
Here in the US, we are now in the midst of a wild, rollicking debate about illegal immigrants that pits the outraged average American against distant elites of both the US Democratic and Republican Parties. The Democrats love the illegal alien criminals because to oppose them, in PC lingo, is de facto racism. Also, the Democrats need the Hispanic vote.
The Republicans love illegal alien job thieves because they are a source of hyper-exploitable labor that has devastated the wage structure of many working class occupations in the West, especially California, in the last 15 years.
I bring all this up to point out to you to the salience of race in US politics. Most US Whites won’t admit to being racist, but the fact is that White racism has been the principal factor driving Whites towards conservative politics for 40 years now. Not that we are allowed to talk about it.
Now, there are a lot of conservatives that are not racist. I know this because I know these people. I would like to toss something out to these non-racist Republicans (including Black and Jewish Republicans). What exactly, I want to ask them, do you think about South Africa?
Do you realize that under the Reagan Administration, the US government supported South Africa to the hilt, against the will of virtually the entire international community?
Do you realize that those Republicans who were in the forefront of support for South Africa are still in power in the US Republican Party and include George Bush’s father, Dick Cheney and almost all Republican Congressmen who date back to the 1980′s?
We should allow people and political parties to make mistakes in life and we should accept their apologies.
I want to ask non-racist Republicans if they are aware that the Republican Party has never apologized for supporting South Africa, and that not one Republican politician, including Cheney and Bush Sr., has ever apologized for supporting that nation?
How do you feel about the fact that your political party supported apartheid 100%, has never apologized for it, and never will? Do you realize what apartheid was all about?
Keep in mind that our media gave us only whitewashed version of apartheid. How about, from this excellent comment on Daily Kos, the lowdown on what apartheid was really all about?
It was the white terrorist government of apartheid South Africa that declared Mandela a terrorist. There is no conundrum about Mandela vis-a-vis freedom fighter/terrorist. Repeat – no conundrum, no conundrum. Mandela fought the oppression and exploitation and land expropriation of South Africa’s 87% majority African population.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTIFICATION FOR APARTHEID, NONE, NONE, NONE. South Africa’s whites never bought a drop of land on any fair terms (they stole 99.99% of it), they never provided a sustainable land base for the majority black population.
Apartheid separated men into horrific labor camps in E Goli, Tshwane, E Tekweni, Cape Town and all of South Africa’s cities. Women were not allowed to stay with their husbands. Apartheid encouraged the spread of AIDS in its dying years. It planted false propaganda that AIDS was a western creation to keep Africans from reproducing. They took no action to educate about AIDS.
Apartheid South Africa created a dual economy trapping poor people in horrendous conditions in Bantustans; they built walls around their white homes and kept Africans in “their place”. They stirred up ethnic conflict by dividing Venda from Tshangan from BaPedi, from Zulu from “coloured” from !Xhosa.
There is no way under God that there is any construction of anything Nelson Mandela ever did that was terrorism. Each and every white voter of apartheid South Africa declared war and terror on the African majority EACH AND EVERY TIME they voted for the National Party.
Forced Removals was terrorism. The Bantustans project was terrorism, the labor system was terrorism, funneling weapons to the IFP was terrorism. Mandela was NEVER, NEVER, NEVER a terrorist, He reacted to a terrorist state. And a terrorist state that DICK Cheney supported. This is why I so hate Dick Cheney and am confident that his space in hell is reserved.
Wow, reading what apartheid was really about, an inescapable conclusion becomes clear. I read major US newspapers (Los Angeles Times) read major US newsmagazines (Time and Newsweek) and watched US TV News (CBS, NBC and ABC) during the apartheid tumult of the 1970′s and 1980′s.
Never once was the real story, portrayed above, spelled out for me. Instead, as I recall, the issue was obfuscated with moral relativism to the point where you could not tell the good guys from the bad guys. Barring other theories for now, is there no other conclusion other than that the US media (as described above) is profoundly White Supremacist, or at least was 15-30 years ago?
Anyway, back to my Republican friends. Do you support apartheid? Do you realize that if apartheid existed today, the US Republican Party and almost all Republicans would probably support it, based on past conduct? Does this bother you? If so, why do you vote Republican?