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Marip Piperni And The GOP End To Racism!

In Mario Piperni, racism, RNC, Rosa Parks, Trayvon Martin on December 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com.

Rosa Parks, Racism and The Modern GOP

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Glad to see the RNC being called out on their idiotic Rosa Parks tweet for their suggestion that racism has ended.

03-12-2013 3-54-33 PM

Oh, okay.

Nothing to be shocked or surprised at here. It’s business as usual for a political party whose very existence is based on being able to attract America’s entire lot of racists and bigots. As was clear during the Trayvon Martin uproar, the GOP operates on the premise that racism is a thing of the past…or, at the very least, this is what they’d like their mindless sheep to believe is true. If there’s no racism to speak of in America, then every bigoted racist move they pull (e.g. voter ID laws that target black Americans, Confederate flags at Tea Party rallies, birtherism…) can’t be racism, can it now? Pure bullshit, of course, as Ron Rosenbaum explains in a 2012 Slate piece.

I’m not saying all Republicans are racist. I’m saying that as a party, ever since Goldwater and Nixon concocted the benighted, openly racist “Southern Strategy” in the ’60s, the Republican Party has profited from overt and covert racism.
The Southern Strategy was designed to capitalize on Southern white resentment of court-enforced busing to end school desegregation, of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of discrimination in interstate commerce, of enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to prevent historically racist Southern counties and states from discriminating against blacks who sought to exercise their right to vote where once they’d been effectively barred. By playing on these issues, Nixon and other Republicans of this era won many traditionally Democratic votes in the South. Later, GOP opposition to affirmative action, race-based hiring “quotas” and all other methods of compensating for the debilitating legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation fed into what was one of the momentous shifts, a total turnaround in just more than a decade (1970 to 1984) from a solidly Democratic South to a solidly Republican one.
Which is how the RNC tweet like the one above came to be.
The first truth is that this staffer, whoever it was, in all likelihood made this slip for a reason. She or he has been schooled to believe that racism did end, and that all present-day discussion of the problem is just whining from society’s takers. We might call this a central tenet of the right, although the word tenet dignifies it too much. It’s more like a fact-free conviction, held by people who are never capable of imagining walking a hundred yards, let alone a mile, in another person’s shoes.
Whoever this tweeter was, s/he has been hearing the refrain since the day s/he got into the game. Yes, there was racism, and it was wrong. But racism, she’d have been tutored to believe, was a Democratic problem (check that; a Democrat problem, her tutors would undoubtedly have said). She’d have heard all about how it was really Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen who passed the civil-rights bill (which is like saying the Serbs defeated the Nazis—they were on the right side, but they hardly carried the heavy artillery). She’d have been instructed to repeat “Party of Lincoln!” at the necessary intervals, and she’d have been coached in the phony, euphemistic language that Republicans use to acknowledge certain past sins but to press forward, sunnily noting that all of that is “behind us.”
[…] It’s amazing that it’s been six decades since Rosa Parks did what she did, and there hasn’t been one prominent national Republican leader who has said simply: “We were wrong. We, the white people of the South, the evangelicals, George Wallace’s famous beauticians and firemen, the beating heart of today’s GOP—we were wrong.” I’d like to see that tweet come out of the RNC, but I’m not holding my breath.
You want something else not to hold your breath hoping it’ll ever happen?
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan said:
This country is just too fucked up about color. … People at each other’s throats because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back—or any neighborhood back. … It’s a country founded on the backs of slaves. … If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today.
Yes: “A country founded on the backs of slaves.” And a party cravenly unashamed to base its existence on the backs of slaveholder states. Journalists, start telling the truth about the GOP.


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Reince Priebus Thanks Rosa Parks For Ending US Racism!

In Koch, Republicanism, Rosa Parks, The Raw Story on December 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

RNC Chair Reince Priebus thanks Rosa Parks for ending US Racism!
The Chairman of the Republican National Committee continues his relentless campaign of feeding sophisms to people gullible enough to give him a listen.  People who are as far removed from reality as the unimaginable prospect of banning together in a political party that is 92% white. He speaks to people who despite overwhelming evidence of GOP incompetence (Bush Years economic crash), and longstanding economic malfeasance (Ronald Reagan’s Trickle-down economics), continue to vote for a party that is so being used by billionaire plutocrats.

Reince Priebus is the perfect operative to feed the minds and psyches of people who relish in Government shutdowns despite $24 billion scalped from the US Economy.  He feeds false prophecy to millions for votes that prop-up the manifestation of a Koch and Billionaires Donors Club plutocrats who’s self interest far exceeds any semblance of good for America.  

Priebus has over-stepped any semblance of sanity via his latest insanity.  The RNC thanks Rosa Parks for riding the nation of racism (See The Raw Story below).  He feeds GOP and conservative sycophants a copious Thanksgiving serving of Conservatism Circa 2000.   The political minister delivers a sermon right from the scriptures of conservative/GOP regression

While Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone adroitly delineated 

GOP regression, we suggest the GOP and its members have a deep desire for America pre-1950. since we have written much about GOP regression, we will leave now with Reince Priebus’s latest insult to any outside the GOP. His comments should be as insulting to any African-American who claims Republicanism as this.

The Invisible Negro.” Romney’s website has no outreach link for African-Americans. 
Priebus did not address this or this:

Pat Buchanan, renowned GOP racist…..

“I don’t see why everybody’s so upset,” said Buchanan. “All I did was point out that ‘whites still constitute three-fourths of the electorate and nine in 10 Republican votes.’ That’s a fact. And I know that the Founding Fathers would want to make sure that those white male land owners got their way. After all, they were all white male land owners themselves!

And, Priebus has never addressed former Congressman and Tea Party/Libertarian celebrity (and front-man) Ron Paul’s snuggling with White Supremacists groups.

Now we move to The Raw Story’s screed on the inimitable Priebus. The man is the perfect front man for the RNC and pseudo-spokesperson for the Right.   He hands Right win propagandist another approach to mind altering regression for those who listen.

Reince Priebus knows better. He knows US racism is alive and well in the GOP. Is he reaching towards 2014 and 2016 “pulling the wool” while facing the reality of his non-inclusive party?

The Raw Story…

Republican National Committee thanks civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks for ‘ending racism’ (via Raw Story )

The Republican National Committee (RNC) thanked Rosa Parks for “her role in ending racism” in a tweet published early this morning: Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. — RNC (@GOP…

Rosa Parks…History As "We Do Not Know" It And A Happy Birthday

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

The Progressive Influences by policy and practice avoided setting aside publishing about African-Americans and our corner of the universe of US History until (February) as Black History Month. We acknowledge and educate about African-American contributions to US History on a daily basis via pages on the site that are less viewed (e.g., The History Buff). Yet, we take advantage of the proliferation and publication of information that others move to the top of their information base during Black History Month.  The following NPR, New Hour, with Gwen Ifill is one such video accompanied screed. 


Time never slows, time never stops.  

Rosa Parks was a historic activist in the struggle to rid the US South of inhumane and stifling Jim Crow. Since, you know the story, we will post a short extract (and link) about her civil disobedience.  We wish a Happy 100th Birthday, to an activist whom the nation owes so very much. Somehow we feel the spirit of Ms. Parks can hear the birthday wishes and she smiles


Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.[1]

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and the members of the Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) arrested months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws though eventually her cased became bogged down in the state courts. [2]

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

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Gwen Ifill, NPR, has published an ‘outside the box’ screed about MS Parks of old and Ms. Parks of today. The screed describes a legacy with twists and turns to Civil Rights history. Despite public knowledge that Ms. Parks had attended what is commonly referred to as a ‘civil disobedience’ class (training workshop), may have written that her act of historic defiance was an “on the spot, I am tired” protest act.   

GWEN’S TAKE — February 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM EDT

Gwen’s Take: Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa Parks


Jeanne Theoharis, a political science professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, knew there was more to Parks’ story, even though bits and pieces of it have appeared in various history books. She also knew no one had written a scholarly biography of the woman who captured a nation’s imagination. 

That’s in part because many of Mrs. Parks’ papers and belongings remain locked away, the subject of a dispute between the organization she founded and her family. That has made her writings and artifacts — including Smithsonian-worthy items like her eyeglasses and papers — inaccessible to historians, held in storage by an auction house hoping to sell them for many millions of dollars. 

But what Theoharis does reconstruct in her book, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” is illuminating. She was not meek. She was not used. She was as fond of Malcolm X as she was of Martin Luther King Jr.

Parks’s defiant act may not have been the first such act of defiance, it may have been for less spontaneous than history has archived, but it equals the significant efforts of others like Medgar Evers in helping free a people.   It was an act that (whether planned of not planned) moved civil rights activism forward.  

After many years of reports, and thinking Jackie Robinson was the very and only first African-American big league professional baseball player, I was startled to learn differently. 

Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey


In 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in the major leagues, Veeck signed Larry Doby to be the first African-American player in the American League.

Larry Doby

 Rosa Parks is iconic.
 Jackie Robinson is iconic.

Larry Doby and people who refused to sit in the back of the bus do not have iconic places in civil rights and US History.  Their contributions helped to advance the rights African-Americans have today. Yet, Iconic (ism) is critical in social movements as it is critical to changes in mindsets.  

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks…….

Your sacrifice and the sacrifices of others remains with us.
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