Teachable Moment: @RepBobbyRush, other legislators, wear #Trayvon hoodies

Posted by: ST on March 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

No, this isn’t a nightmare. It’s reality – and it happened this morning (via):

On the floor of the House this morning, Rep. Bobby Rush’s effort to call attention to the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin turned into a contest of wills between the Illinois Democrat and the presiding officer because Rush donned a hoodie while speaking.

It’s against the rules to wear hats in the chamber when the House is in session. But Rush slipped a hood over his head in an symbolic act of solidarity with Martin’s family and supporters, who say the 17-year-old African-American was the victim of racial profiling by a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him on Feb. 26.

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The scene today on the House floor, which you also can see thanks to this clip at C-SPAN.org:

As Rush began to speak to the House, he removed a suit jacket to reveal that underneath he was wearing a hooded jacket.

“Racial profiling has to stop,” he said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” It was then that Rush pulled the hood over his head and Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who was in the presiding chair, tried to stop him.

Bang, bang, bang went the gavel. “The member will suspend!” Harper said several times.

Meanwhile, Rush turned to quotes from the Bible. It teaches us, he said in a rising voice, “to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

“The spirit of the Lord is upon because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news!” Rush continued.

Then, as he said “may God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family,” Harper declared that Rush was no longer recognized and the lawmaker’s microphone went off. Harper then reminded lawmakers of the rule about hats.

He was then escorted off the House floor by a rep. from the Sergeant at Arms office.

Though Rep. Rush is the most prominent elected official to date who has worn a hoodie to “the office” while trying to conduct official business, sadly he’s not the only one.  From WHDH – Boston:

BOSTON (WHDH) — Local lawmakers have joined the calls for justice, wearing hoodies similar to Trayvon Martin’s.

From Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill, lawmakers are showing up to work wearing hoodies to show solidarity with supporters of Trayvon Martin.

The African American teenager was shot to death in Florida last month by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, who claims self defense.

Zimmerman hasn’t been charged with anything by police, touching off a national outcry over racial profiling.

State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield said about a dozen of her colleagues wore hoodies on Wednesday.

“I called for Reps. to join me with a hoodie on, obviously to call for justice for Trayvon and his family, and to bring awareness to racial stereotyping that caused Trayvon to be murdered,” State Rep. Coakley-Rivera said.

And in New York state:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Six New York state senators wore “hoodies” in the staid, 235-year-old Capitol chamber to express their outrage at the deadly shooting of a black youth in Florida that they blame on public attitudes born in New York City.

The Democrats from the city, four of them black and two white, wore their gray and blue suit jackets over their hoodies, remaining in conformance with the Senate rules in the 62-seat chamber. There was no comment from the Republican majority.

“It was born here in New York City and now it has cascaded all the way down to the southern coast of Florida,” said Sen. Eric Adams, a Democrat and former sergeant with the New York City Police Department. “The stop-and-frisk policy gave birth not only to police officers believing that a person of color is automatically a criminal, now it has grown into the civilian patrol units.”

There are photos of the various legislators in their hoodies at all the links listed above.

The most troubling hoodie photo I’ve seen today, however, comes not from state legislatures and the US House but instead what I presume is a school classroom.  It was Tweeted earlier today, and the vague description was “The 2nd graders tribute to #trayvon … Hoodies, Ice tea, skittles.”

2nd graders wear hoodies, hold up Skittles & iced tea in 'celebration' of the life of Trayvon Martin.

I don’t know the name of the school. Frankly, I don’t want to know. My disgust at this happening caught the attention of popular liberal “blogger” tbogg, who responded:

Such New Tone-y goodness …

Anyway, regarding Rep. Rush and the other liberal elected officials/nitwits currently tapdancing on the grave of a dead Florida teenager for shameless political gain, these episodes are what I would call a “teachable moment” for America. Instead of calling for cooler heads to prevail, and demanding/initiating civil but spirited discussion about the REAL crime epidemic in America – black on black violence – some elected officials that may represent you and/or I decided instead to engage in childish grandstanding and stunt playing all under the pretense of doing “the business of the people.” And just think, Rep. Rush, a former Black Panther himself, could have used the opportunity on the floor of the US House to loudly denounce and condemn the actions of the New Black Panthers, who have put a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman’s head.

But no. I almost forgot that candid debates about crime and race in America (including “racial profiling”), where we could work together to find real, lasting solutions that would benefit ALL races, isn’t what this is about, anyway. My bad. 8-|

Update – 8:29 PM: St. Paul council members wear hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin

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  1. myiq2xu says:

    Please don’t call TBogg a liberal. Liberals have principles.

    TBogg is a progressive. He is also a misogynist.

  2. H Hazell says:

    That second grade class might be a tough place to be wearing Dockers and a polo shirt.

  3. SteelyMatt says:

    Heh…that’s funny, myiq2xu. You think liberals aren’t a bunch of money-grubbing whores.

    I know this much, ST…if I never hear or read the word “hoodie” again, it’ll still be too soon.

  4. Mitch says:

    I don’t know if any of you realize the seriousness of this, but this event occurred on the floor of the House of Representatives of the United States of America. This is what our nation has become. A Democratic Representative, elected to represent the people of this nation, behaves like the idiot he was in High School, except this time, he’s on the floor of the House of Representatives of the United States of America, acting like the Idiot he has always been. How do these people get elected in the first place? Dumb question. There is no shortage of Idiots in this country. No shortage of Idiots who run for office and apparently no shortage of people who can’t wait to vote for them. God help us.

  5. Mitch says:

    I fully understand the urge that many minorities in this country feel to participate in our system of government, which is not a Democracy as most people believe, but is in fact, a Republic. I’m not going to mince words here and try to align myself with all the politically correct idiots in the world. I can’t name a more worthless bunch of individuals, than the politically correct idiots we deal with every day.

    Yes, this country is made up of many people, from many different backgrounds and many different countries. Given that History of America, the only race that has not been able to assimilate into the fabric of this great country is Blacks. I refuse to call them African-Americans, because they are not African-Americans. They are Americans, just like you and I. But of all the people who have made it to these sacred shores, they are the only ones who have never found their place here. All the other strange people who came here from strange lands, found a way to make a home here. They assimilated. They found a way to make life work in this new country. In doing so, they enriched American life as we know it. Ever go to New York and visit, “Little Italy?” Yes, it is totally Italian, but at the same time it is totally American.

    I am well aware of the sins upon black people that my relatives of previous generations have visited upon these people. My question is simple. How long do we, as individuals who had nothing to do with it, have to pay for it?

    I am totally sick of this polite game we play with the Black people in this country. They contribute absolutely nothing to this country. Instead, they suck this country dry by their dependency on welfare. They vote Democratic. What a surprise.
    Please email me the first time black people in this country actually contribute something that makes this country better. And don’t tell me Obama was something they gave us that made this country better. I could shoot myself

  6. Michael Teuber says:

    @myiq2xu

    “But don’t forget that stones are all changed now in nine grounds out of ten. You are never sure till you question!”

    Less cryptically, its hard for us poor non-progressives non-reactionaries to keep up with the labels and tags the anti-reason crowd are affecting at the nonce for the purpose of evading identification.

    @SteelyMatt

    Despite the sardonic moniker, myiq2xu has defended those unfairly attacked, like Sarah Palin, when it would have been more convenient and popular not to.

    @ST

    So, basically, if you’re horrified at the political exploitation of small children to foment racial-identity sympathy with, what may have been, a 17 year old petty criminal, killed in the commission of a serious felony, it follows that you identify with the dialectically reified villainous class (Conservative Girl Scouts) that is (polylogistically) responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin (and by extension, all juvenile African-Americans) and therefore presumably hunger for the blood of the very children whose exploitation you object too. By the above logic I am hunting the verbose and the prolix. I had better watch myself.

  7. Drew the Infidel says:

    Everybody “profiles”. When you walk into a room full of people you are automatically judged (“cute sweater”, “too old”, “nice …”). You get the picture.

  8. Doug says:

    “Everybody ‘profiles'”. Uh-huh. But not everybody tracks and shoots down those they “profile” which I think is the actual issue here.

    Also, Mitch, you’re full on racist. Thanks for your sterling contribution to the debate. It will serve as a guidepost for everyone trying to decipher this issue.

  9. Quietwolf says:

    Now if he REALLY wanted it to be to be real he would have done this at night. But then he was worried about walking around in DC, at night without racial profiling there to save his ass from black on black crime. Why is no one going after the New Black Panthers for putting a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman? Last I heard that was illegal. What’s next, more looting? Not that they are “criminals” for doing it, just expressing “justified rage” because they have been downtrodden all these centuries. That was the excuse for the riots in LA where they stole,burned and murdered that truck diver for no reason after Rodney King. Sharpton, Jackson, Rush etc just wait for moments like this for them it’s just become a fund raising event used to line their own pockets and justify their existence as “Community Organizers” and allow them to point to this as their reason for continuing to milk incidents like this rather then solving the real problem.

  10. PE says:

    According to our arsonist media,Bobby Rush and his ilk, there is no such thing as a SOB who is black. Any black person harmed as a result of behaving like a SOB is automatically a victim of white oppression. Even black on black crime is the result of white oppression. I now wonder if it can ever happen that someday, when the media stops behaving like a goose stepping propaganda team, most everyone will believe that a SOB is an SOB regardless of race, color, creed,or whatever.

  11. Zachriel says:

    That was the excuse for the riots in LA where they stole,burned and murdered that truck diver for no reason after Rodney King.

    The Williams brothers were sent to prison for their actions. The reason why the Zimmerman-Martin case has continued to be such a lightning rod is because Zimmerman has not been charged, and the view by many that someone claiming self-defense can avoid any accountability.

    Consider if a black man patrolling the streets had gunned down an unarmed 17-year-old white boy wearing Dockers and a polo shirt.

  12. Stetson Kennedy says:

    I am totally sick of this polite game we play with the Black people in this country. They contribute absolutely nothing to this country. Instead, they suck this country dry by their dependency on welfare. They vote Democratic. What a surprise.

    I guess Mitch is upset with this whole hoodie movement because they clash with his old fashioned white hood.

  13. Carlos says:

    Dockers and a polo shirt usually aren’t considered as part of a gang uniform, Zachriel, which I would have assumed would have been fairly obvious but…

    And I, for one, am so glad all these fine elected representatives of we, the people, are finally taking notice of the really important problems they are charged with solving, instead of wasting time on such trivial and petty things as the debt, joblessness, underemployment, resolving skyrocketing gas prices, and a whole host of other niggling situations our administration is too busy to pay attention to because, doggone it, an election is coming up and we just can’t talk about the last four lousy years now, can we?

  14. Conrad says:

    Yesterday was the first time someone in Congress was seen wearing a hood since Robert Byrd died.

  15. Jim McDonald says:

    Black folks embrace this ‘thug life’ and complain when it produces its intended results. People should know where the stains in their own underwear come from.

  16. Klausewitz says:

    @Mitch, the hardcore racist:

    These are just a TINY sliver of the things BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICANS have given the US, and doesn’t include language, food, music, a good number of the oldest cities in the country, trillions of dollars in wealth that flowed to white people for TWO CENTURIES, etc. But you really, really, really need to get help for your racism and white supremacy. There would BE NO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA without the contribution of Black Americans, including the first person to die on behalf of American Freedom, CRISPUS ATTUCKS!

    Air Conditioning Unit
    Frederick M. Jones
    July 12, 1949

    Almanac
    Benjamin Banneker
    Approx. 1791

    Auto Cut-Off Switch
    Granville T. Woods
    January 1, 1839

    Auto Fishing Device
    G. Cook
    May 30, 1899

    Automatic Gear Shift
    Richard Spikes
    February 28, 1932

    Baby Buggy
    W. H. Richardson
    June 18, 1899

    Bicycle Frame
    L.R. Johnson
    October 10, 1899

    Biscuit Cutter
    A.P. Ashbourne
    November 30, 1875

    Blood Plasma Bag
    Charles Drew
    Approx. 1945

    Cellular Phone
    Henry T. Sampson
    July 6, 1971

    Chamber Commode
    T. Elkins
    January 3, 1897

    Clothes Dryer
    G.T. Sampson
    June 6, 1862

    Curtain Rod
    S.R. Scratton
    November 30, 1889

    Curtain Rod Support
    William S. Grant
    August 4, 1896

    Door Stop
    O. Dorsey
    December 10, 1878

    Dust Pan
    Lawrence P. Ray
    August 3, 1897

    Egg Beater
    Willie Johnson
    February 5, 1884

    Electric Lampbulb
    Lewis Latimer
    March 21, 1882

    Elevator
    Alexander Miles
    October 11, 1867

    Eye Protector
    P. Johnson
    November 2, 1880

    Fire Escape Ladder
    J.W. Winters
    May 7, 1878

    Folding Bed
    L.C. Bailey
    July 18, 1899

    Folding Chair
    Brody & Surgwar
    June 11, 1889

    Fountain Pen
    W.B. Purvis
    January 7, 1890

    Furniture Caster
    O.A. Fisher
    1878

    Gas Mask
    Garrett Morgan
    October 13, 1914

    Golf Tee
    T. Grant (2nd black graduate of Harvard Dental School)
    December 12, 1899

    Guitar
    Robert F. Flemming, Jr.
    March 3, 1886

    Hand Stamp
    Walter B. Purvis
    February 27, 1883

    Horse Shoe
    J. Ricks
    March 30, 1885

    Ice Cream Scooper
    A.L. Cralle
    February 2, 1897

    Improv. Sugar Making
    Norbet Rillieux
    December 10, 1846

    Insect-Destroyer Gun
    A.C. Richard
    February 28, 1899

    Ironing Board
    Sarah Boone
    December 30, 1887

    Key Chain
    F.J. Loudin
    January 9, 1894

    Lawn Mower
    L.A. Burr
    May 19, 1889

    Lemon Squeezer
    J. Thomas White
    December 8, 1893

    Lubricating Cup
    Ellijah McCoy
    November 15, 1895

    Lunch Pail
    James Robinson
    1887

    Mail Box
    Paul L. Downing
    October 27, 1891

    Mop
    Thomas W. Stewart
    June 11, 1893

    Motor
    Federick M. Jones
    June 27, 1939

    Peanut Butter
    George Washington Carver
    1896

    Pencil Sharpener
    J.L. Love
    November 23, 1897

    Record Player Arm
    Joseph Hunger Dickenson
    January 8, 1819

    Refrigerator
    J. Standard
    June 14, 1891

    Rolling Pin
    John W. Reed
    1864

    Shampoo Headrest
    C.O. Bailiff
    October 11, 1898

    Spark Plug
    Edmond Berger
    February 2, 1839

    Modern stove
    T.A. Carrington
    July 25, 1876

    Straightening Comb
    Madam C.J. Walker
    Approx. 1905

    Street Sweeper
    Charles B. Brooks
    March 17, 1890

    Phone Transmitter
    Granville T. Woods
    December 2, 1884

    Thermostat Control
    Frederick M. Jones
    February 23, 1960

    Traffic Light
    Garrett Morgan
    November 20, 1923

    Tricycle
    M.A. Cherry
    May 6, 1886

    Typewriter
    Burridge & Marshman
    April 7, 1885

    And some more specifics

    BLOOD BANK
    The idea of a blood bank was pioneered by Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950). Dr. Drew was an African-American medical doctor and surgeon who started the idea of a blood bank and a system for the long term preservation of blood plasma (he found that plasma kept longer than whole blood). His ideas revolutionized the medical profession and saved many, many lives. Dr. Drew set up and operated the blood plasma bank at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, NY. Drew’s project was the model for the Red Cross’ system of blood banks, of which he became the first director.

    CARVER, GEORGE WASHINGTON
    George Washington Carver (1865?-1943) was an American scientist, educator, humanitarian, and former slave. Carver developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, and soybeans; his discoveries greatly improved the agricultural output and the health of Southern farmers. Before this, the only main crop in the South was cotton. The products that Carver invented included a rubber substitute, adhesives, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments, and many other products.

    CRUM, GEORGE
    The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. French fries were popular at the restaurant and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick. Although Crum made a thinner batch, the customer was still unsatisfied. Crum finally made fries that were too thin to eat with a fork, hoping to annoy the extremely fussy customer. The customer, surprisingly enough, was happy – and potato chips were invented!

    DORTICUS, CLATONIA JOAQUIN
    Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus was an African-American inventor who received many patents. He invented an apparatus for applying dyes to the sides of the soles and heels of shoes (patent # 535,820, March 19, 1895), a machine for embossing (contouring the paper of) photographs (patent # 537,442, April 16, 1895), a device that helped develop photographs (patent # 537,968, April 23, 1895), and a leak stopper for hoses (patent # 629,315, July 18, 1899).

    GAS MASK
    The gas mask was invented by Garrett Morgan, an African-American inventor. Morgan used his gas mask (patent No. 1,090,936, 1914) to rescue miners who were trapped underground in a noxious mine. Soon after, Morgan was asked to produce gas masks for the US Army.

    GOODE, SARAH S.
    Sarah E. Goode was a businesswoman and inventor. Goode invented the folding cabinet bed, a space-saver that folded up against the wall into a cabinet. When folded up, it could be used as a desk, complete with compartments for stationery and writing supplies. Goode owned a furniture store in Chicago, Illinois, and invented the bed for people living in small apartments. Goode’s patent was the first one obtained by an African-American woman inventor (patent #322,177, approved on July 14, 1885).

    LATIMER, LEWIS H.
    Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) was an African-American inventor who was a member of Edison’s research team, which was called “Edison’s Pioneers.” Latimer improved the newly-invented incandescent light bulb by inventing a carbon filament (which he patented in 1881).

    MAILBOX
    The street letter drop mailbox with a hinged door that closed to protect the mail was invented by Philip B. Downing. Downing, an African-American inventor, patented his new device on October 27, 1891 (US Patent # 462,093).

    McCOY, ELIJAH
    Elijah McCoy (1843 or 1844-1929) was a mechanical engineer and inventor. McCoy’s high-quality industrial inventions (especially his steam engine lubricator) were the basis for the expression “the real McCoy,” meaning the real, authentic, or high-quality thing.

    RILLIEUX, NORBERT
    Norbert Rillieux (March 17, 1806-October 8, 1894) was an African-American inventor and engineer who invented a device that revolutionized sugar processing. Rillieux’s multiple effect vacuum sugar evaporator (patented in 1864) made the processing of sugar more efficient, faster, and much safer. The resulting sugar was also superior. His apparatus was eventually adopted by sugar processing plants all around the world.

    TRAFFIC SIGNAL
    Garrett Augustus Morgan (March 4, 1877 – August 27, 1963), was an African-American inventor and businessman. He was the first person to patent a traffic signal. He also developed the gas mask (and many other inventions). Morgan used his gas mask (patent No. 1,090,936, 1914) to rescue miners who were trapped underground in a noxious mine. Soon after, Morgan was asked to produce gas masks for the US Army.
    For more information on Morgan, click here.

  17. Sefton says:

    Well here’s a new twist on things simply because the sales of Skittles is up…

    In a NY Times interview African-American studies Professor, Dr.Weldon McWilliams of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania told the Times that Wrigley (the makers of Skittles) should invest in communities where “murder based on stereotypes is a reoccurring theme.” He also said:

    “If they do not, African-Americans should not be promoting the product.”

    How many more people can we shake down over this?

    Good grief.

  18. Miguel says:

    The reason the Trayvon murder is extraordinary is because the shooter remains free and there was barely any investigation conducted by the police. That is where the anger comes from. All these other comparisons with other hypothetical shootings don’t make sense. If a black guy shot a white guy wearing Dockers and a polo shirt i would hope the police would arrest the shooter and conduct a full investigation..

    Also, Mitch is a straight up racist.

  19. Ken66 says:

    Just because you’re black, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be frisked.

  20. Mitch says:

    You know, I have stated more than once that one of the things I like about Sister Toldja’s site compared to others that I visit is that it it is basically civil. People here may disagree, but they exercise restraint in their comments, in that they don’t attack each other personally. They may attack the ideas that a person holds, but they don’t make it personal to the extent that an argument develops and then all conversation is lost. It only takes one or two members to turn a civil discourse into an argument. It’s easy really. Any one of us can do it. In light of the recent comments made in my direction, it would be easy for me to hoist the flag and do it right now. But that’s not why I am here. I know I make controversial statements at times. Some of you may find them offensive. But they all have an element of truth in them. Whether or not you recognize that truth is really your problem, not mine. I’m here to talk about this ugly thing America has become. You don’t think America has become an ugly thing, you’re living in a dream world. Tell you what. All you people who think the enraged, violent black youth of America is not a threat to you or your family, take this simple test. After dinner this evening, get in your car and drive to the inner city neighborhood in whatever city you live in. Park your car and leave the keys in the ignition. Walk ten blocks away from your car. Stand on a street corner and act like you have nothing else to do. Assuming you are not attacked and robbed or killed on the way back to your car, do you really think your car will still be there where you left it? Give me all your feel good Liberal thoughts on living in America. In the real world, they don’t mean squat. In the real world, you better be packing a gun.

  21. Mitch says:

    Sure, Klausewitz,
    I’m the real hardcore racist and your name is Klausewitz. My forbears kept slaves. Your forbears gassed people and buried them in mass graves. like dogs. And you’re going to lecture me on how to treat black people in this country? Black people in this country have had the same opportunity as everyone else, since the civil rights movement and Dr. King. Yes, it was a long time in coming, but it was made right. Some people took advantage of it. General Colin Powell, Condolezza Rice, Colonel Allen West, to name a few. It might interest you to know that Colonel Allen West was my first pick for President. But I’m a racist. What do I know. Well, I know this. Colonel West loves this country. He loves it more than all the fat, white politicians who are currently running it. The next time you want to call someone a racist, you might want to ask a couple of questions first. Then again, that may not be your style.

  22. Mitch says:

    Klausewitz,

    I am amazed that you spent so much time on trying to make me look like a racist. It is humorous to me on one level, because I have so many friends from many cultures, including those of the black race. The black people I know think Obama is an idiot. They think him and people like him are an impediment to their chance at succeeding in America. And they are right. How could they not be right? His only purpose for being here is to destroy America. But then, my black friends have college degrees. They have a different opinion. Oddly, they don’t wear Hoodies.

    You see, Klausewitz, most of America and the rest of the civilized world still behave on the age old principles of human decency. That is what we expect of our neighbor. Actually, that is what I expect of you, but I’m not holding my breath.

    I’m going to cut this short and continue it in another post. Time restraints, you know.

  23. Mitch says:

    Thank you Sister. I just found out all I needed to know about your site.

  24. Mitch says:

    Just so the rest of you are not left in the dark, I made a post that never appeared on the big screen. Could be an anomaly, of course. Time will tell. I bid you goodnight. Keep the Faith.

  25. Mitch says:

    It would appear that this is not the conservative site it purports to be. Don’t know who the Moderator is, but for sure he is here with us this evening. You might consider this. There is no real safe site in America. Because you don’t know who controls them.

  26. Carlos says:

    @Mitch: Just to let you know, I fully expect to be “detained” by Mr. Zero’s version of brownshirts when he declares martial law, mostly because of comments I’ve made on this site and others.

    BTW, your “after dinner” experiment suggested (#21)? Your implication is that it should be to a “black” neighborhood.

    My contention is that, unless it’s to a gated community (not too many of those near inner city neighborhoods), it’s at least a 50/50 chance the car won’t be there no matter what the demographics are, and probably close to 1/4 that you’ll be detained or attacked.

  27. Mitch says:

    Carlos, it is certainly true what you say. This world we live in has indeed become a dangerous place where a man’s life could be worth no more than twenty dollars to the right person. Obviously, no one in their right mind would carry out the experiment I suggested. I only made the comment because of all the people in our society who call you a racist the very moment you point out the reality of the criminal element that exists in certain minority populations. Most notably, Blacks and Hispanics. It’s the very first tool that Liberals pull from their handy little kit of tricks, because they know it works. As I have often stated, I am a self-admitted racist, but my racism is not based so much on skin color as behavior. I treat people the way they behave. It’s just that simple. I know white people who I would sooner spit on than enjoin in conversation. On the other hand, I have many black and hispanic friends who are like family to me. In fact, my first wife was Mexican. Three of my children are half Mexican. My current wife is Chinese and we have one son. He’s what we call ABC. American Born Chinese. Folks, race is not the issue. It never was. You could be a Martian and still live peacefully in this country, side by side with all the other strange people from all over this world. It’s not about race. It’s about behavior.

  28. Mitch says:

    By the way Klausenwitz, I took the time to go through your list of the accomplishments of black people in this country. My guess is you’re a Liberal here having a little fun. Because Liberals have a singular affinity for distorting the truth and rewriting History. It’s what they do best. As an exercise, I went through about the first fifteen of your supposed listings of Black accomplishments. I found about half of them to be untrue. There is no question whatsoever, that the remaining fifty per cent of inventions or accomplishments by black Americans you listed should be a celebration by all of us, that a people who originally came here as slaves, would grow out of slavery and by the shear force of human dignity and the inventive nature of human beings should rise to be the equal of their former masters. I applaud anyone who by the pure strength of his being, achieves what no one thought possible of him. It is what feeds the dreams of this Republic. It is what our Founders thought us capable of. It is why they argued and fought over the exact wording of The Constitution. It was nothing more than a Boy Scout Handbook on Freedom. And this current President and this current Supreme Court and millions of Americans who would rather watch television, have no idea of the turning point this nation is about to endure. We are two ticks away from becoming a Communist Nation. And here we are arguing with each other on the difference in our personalities and whether you are more conservative than me. We’re really spending our time well, aren’t we?

  29. Mitch says:

    My most sincere apologies. I misspelled your name. It was not intentional. It won’t happen again.