Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Progressive Precedent of Racism

Some have deliberately forgotten that two impeccably 'Progressive' Presidents were blatant, vicious, racists.

One could make the case that CRA64 was necessary to break a longstanding government policy of encouraging even requiring racial discrimination. It wasn’t just state governments, either. The federal government, starting with President Woodrow Wilson, segregated government offices and stopped accepting blacks into the Navy except in menial roles. In the 1930s and into the 1940s, the Federal Housing Authority, [under FDR!] which subsidized the growth of suburban housing, strongly encouraged developers to add racially restrictive covenants to deeds keeping some neighborhoods all-white by law.

That Progressive-racist mind was also on display with Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and was also present in other forms on Bascom Hill in Madison.

Esenberg's take on the matter is sufficient for me; Paul's remarks opened cans which should have remained closed. (More here on the 'progressives', too.)

OTOH, "sound-bite journalism" is malpractice.

1 comment:

neomom said...

Rand Paul had a couple of very big "wake up" whacks across the head this week.

a) We live in the real world

b) Rachel Maddow was not trying to engage you in a theoretical, professorial discussion. She is not your friend and she "gotcha'd" you.

c) It doesn't matter if you are right - sometimes you need to know when to shut the hell up, because the media is not going to give you a pass like they did Obama.