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Racists still have power in the South July 15, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

In watvhing to Sotomayor confirmation hearings, I saw way too many recognizable people dressed in suits and playing serious politician. Several of these GOP senators, Jeff Sessions in particular, are the white good ol’ boys I grew up around. The only blacks they allowed were those star atheletes on theirhigh-school football and basketball teams. I’d say teammates if I wanted to leave an ugly, bitter taste in my mouth. The team end on the field or floor and did not even extend one inch anywhere else, even in the lockerrooms.=

Sessions is a hard-core old-style Southerner who could make jokes about the KKK, denigrate civil rights, and a host of other signs that he still fights the Civil War, only as a guerilla fighter undercover. To hear such people sanctimoniously berate anyone about race is sickening. These Southern white men never ever felt one sting, even minor, of discrimination or prejudice against them. They and their kin still hold the power in states like South Carolina and Alabama. Hearing another cloistered Southern white man, Lindsay Graham, mouthing the tired refrain that a white man like himself could never get away with any statement about thinking as a white man is ludicrous. You guys never need to! You hold all of the reins anyway.

I used to think of Southern politicians like J. William Fulbright and think that times had changed. But sadly, the South has regressed in the past twenty-five years and is more like Strom Thurmond’s Dixicrat-era than ever since World War II.



1. Ψ*Ψ - July 15, 2009

I was listening to those this morning on NPR…the level of douchiness among some of the senators was unparalleled. Shocking (well, not really) and awful 😦

2. fetzthechemist - July 15, 2009

The Southern version of social conservatism has a submerged, hidden thread of racism. The view on welfare and foodstamps, as an example, ignore that many poor white rely on those. Illiteracy programs in the rural South help more white kids than black or Hispanic in your and my home states, along others.

I do think there is a good chance that Hispanics in key states like Florida and Texas, who are conservative, might be offended and rethink their allegiances.

3. The Chemist - July 15, 2009

Judging from Pat Buchanan’s little rant, the Republicans seem destined to become a regional party. It’s going to suck hard for them since the genuinely unabashed racists are dying out. Hopefully they stay out of Atlanta, and ideally that would include the government buildings, but that’s too much to hope for. Without the racists the South isn’t too bad, I like the weather, the hospitality, and the cuisine.

4. fetzthechemist - July 16, 2009

Yeah, the South has a lot of good people, places, and other things. Racists, per se, are dying out, but the cryptoracists, like Jeff Sessions, are now masking their views in arguments against reverse-discrimination, efficiency in government (meaning no social engineering programs), local control for schools and maybe church-run schools have the same status and funding alternatives to mimic public schools (like vouchers). The result is trying to throw the mechanisms of government back to the 1960s, just calling it different names.

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