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“Following a too-long incarceration for his foolish transgressions, personal and financial, former Second District Congressman Mel Reynolds is back on the street again — thanks to a special dispensation from President Clinton, hours before he left the presidency Saturday night that released Reynolds from prison. Reynolds — who now seeks to make amends to his family, as well as his former constituents — should be welcomed back into the community.”
Those are the rules of the game, and they have nothing to do with right or wrong, black or white. The same people who will ride their high horses all over Cain have framed photos of Bill Clinton hanging on their walls. They speak at women’s rights seminars and then turn on conservative women like Palin or Bachmann using the very tools of sexism which they condemn. They denounce racism and then exploit racial stereotypes to bring down black conservatives.
The Democratic Party’s history of suppressing black Republicans goes back to the Reconstruction period after the Civil War.
Joseph Rainey, the first black congressman, and a Republican from South Carolina, was forced out of office by Democrats through voter fraud. (John Menard, the first black Republican to win a congressional election was not even seated.) Senator Hiram Revels, the first black senator and a Republican from Mississippi, was nearly kept out of office by Democrats who claimed that even a free black man could not have been considered an American citizen.
Over a century later they are still at it. The words have changed, but the tactics haven’t and neither has the goal: to keep minorities as a plantation vote and to create the perception that this plantation vote proves that their opponents are racist. The Democratic Party’s old racism didn’t die, it was reborn in a more cynical and manipulative form. The old stereotypes are there waiting to be called on when the time is right.
The media has turned the accusations against Cain into a three-ring circus, not because it believes that sexual harassment is wrong, but because it believes that being a conservative is wrong. And being a black conservative, a runaway slave, is the gravest wrong of all. The dusty closet of their party is still stocked with the old posters warning that Republicans will loose sex-crazed slaves on the population and promote miscegenation. And when they’re done lynching another runaway slave, it will be time to run a piece accusing anyone who opposes Obama of being a racist.
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