Congressional Black Caucus Member Says Requiring Black Candidates to Win 50% of the Vote is Racist

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And it is racist. Expecting them to win a full majority is almost as racist as Voter ID or expecting them to have a platform or to campaign. And if you disagree, you’re racist too.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC6) has the unfortunate affliction of speech. In a recent article in The State newspaper, the 73 year old, seven-term congressman claims there are “barriers” in South Carolina that prevent black candidates from winning statewide office;

One of them, he said, is the state law that requires a candidate to win 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in a primary election. Often, that requirement forces black candidates into runoff elections that are harder to win, he said.

“That 50-percent-plus-one rule was put in in order to negate or minimize opportunity for African-Americans to win the primary,” he said. “It’s a very slick way to dilute the impact of the black vote.”

Clyburn said he wants S.C. law changed so a candidate only needs to get 40 percent of the vote when there are three or more candidates in a primary to win the nomination.

So a 50 percent requirement was invented to keep Black Democrats down. Who knew? Math was racist all along.

  • TylerNull of YouTube

    If we allow such lunacy to continue for long enough, there may come a day when Blind Justice is killed; when unique privileges are legislated to their voting blocs, even calling it something Orwellian like Protected Class law. Thereby judicially relegating, to lesser unprotected sub-classes, those individuals who oppose their toxic rainbow of wrong.

    Oops, too late!

  • laura r

    why not just have black people run things & forbid whites to be in office. see? wast that easy? thats the direction its going it.

    • truebearing

      That would be too truthful. They think they are being clever and hiding their real racist scheme.

    • Bill #2

      I believe this is already being implemented in Zimbabwe and well on the way to becoming so in South Africa. Of course just look at the wonderful outcomes of such policies. Zimbabwe was supposed to have been the bread basket of southern Africa, now it seems to be the basket case. South Africa seems to working as hard as it can to spiral down faster than Zimbabwe, limited as it is without the dictatorial skills of Mugabe.

      • mendezjb


        Making observations is racist

    • Drakken

      Yeah what a great idea, lets turn the US into an African nightmare, that’ll fix us real good won’t it?

  • Jonathan

    Jim Clyburn is the true racist. And he only gets away with it because he is black. If a white man said that in favor of white people he’d be gone in no time.

    • uptownsteve

      The SC white folks did more than just say it. The enacted the racism into law.

      • Omar

        Yeah. During the 19th century. Today, however, the country is a different place from when it used to be. Contemporary America is an inclusive society, contrary to what you think, you loon.

        • uptownsteve

          Not today’s Republican party. It’s white and right…wing.

          • Spike Cohen

            That’s funny because it is Dems who started the civil war to preserve slavery, started the kkk, enacted jim crow laws, and to this day push for segregation and racial quotas.

          • rmwayne

            Now the Democrats hate anybody who’s white, Christian, heterosexual and/or conservative.

          • Spike Cohen

            Dems still reserve their worst hatred for blacks (abortion programs targeted at black neighborhoods, welfare programs that encourage fatherless black households, segregation of black congressional districts, etc.). Being “anti-white” is a front used in those segregated districts to foment black racism (which hurts and alienates blacks from the rest of US society) but Dems truly, truly hate black people. They have suffered worse under Obama than any other racial demographic.

          • TexasOlTimer

            The forerunner to Planned Parenthood was started by Margaret Sanger (a Dem) who wanted abortion to “control the black problem” as she worded it.

          • bob machaffy

            Blacks are not racist, since they like to abort their own race.

          • TexasOlTimer

            LBJ was probably one of the (if not the) racist President we’ve had. The Civil Rights Act was brought up time after time by the Republicans but the Dems voted it down. When LBJ was told by advisers that if it were to pass and he signed it, the Dems would have the black vote from then on. He did and his advisers were right.

          • rmwayne

            We white southerners have been backstabbed by both parties. The old time yankee Repukes under Lincoln and the modern day DemoRATs, especially since the early ’60s. Like George Wallace once said, “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between those two parties”, and after the way the GOP has been attacking the Tea Party lately, it’s obvious that Wallace was absolutely right.

          • Omar

            No, you loon. The GOP, like the Democrats, are inclusive. Fact-check.

          • mike anthony
      • Michael Walsh

        Yep–now that there are more Yankees in the South than when that arsonist Sherman came through (kudos to L. Grizzard). James Clyburn is a clueless dupe for the Democrats and their go to guy for racially incendiary comments reasonable people are afraid to rebuke for fear of being labeled :racist”. Clyburn is too witless to see he is useful to the Dems only as a pathetic mouthpiece for their plantation mentality. What’s next, Jimmy? If a white politician gets 40% of the vote, then will you complain that a black politician who receives 30% in the same primary should be declared the winner because that is only fair–otherwise, it’s racist? Spare me any more of your racially charged bromides, Clyburn!!

        • bob machaffy

          The yankee carpetbaggers raped the south after the civil war, and continued to keep slaves on the democratic plantations, took away the 40 acres of land that the republicans gave the blacks, “Genocide in America”
          the abortin of the black generation “The Pivot of Civilization” published in 1922 16,000 million + black babies have been aborted since 1973.

          • rmwayne

            Back in the old days of the yankee invaders, they were all Republican trash like their leader, Lincoln. At that time the Democrats were the party for white southerners. Then in the 1960s everything changed. All those left wing Yankees and their black pets became commiecrats. We white southerners started voting Republican because it became the lesser of two evils, but I’ve never really trusted them. They’re still the party of Lincoln, especially since they’ve sided with Obama against the Tea Party. There are a few good Republicans out there like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. But way too many of them, like Boehner and Christie are nothing more than neocon phonies.

  • truebearing

    Clyburn is a moron, so we have to take that into account, but he is parroting the strategy of using victimhood to leverage power. It is pure Black Liberation Theology, ie.Black Racist Marxism.

    The irony of Clyburn’s racist brainstorm is that he is in effect calling white Democrats racists. And he’s right. Democrats invented the tactic of using accusations of racial victimization as a fulcrum to leverage power, and now it is being used on them. Obama did it to Hillary in their primary. According to white liberals, blacks need special consideration because liberals believe — or want us and blacks to believe — that they are incapable of earning money, getting an education, or competing in the workplace without affirmative action, reparations, etc., so while Clyburn’s reasoning is as straightline as a corkscrew, he is right that white democrats are racists.

    • kasandra

      Just as an aside, he is the father of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who commissioned the “Critical Information Needs” study of broadcast, cable, and print media news judgements. The apple….

      • Minicapt

        … whom he named after his favourite piece of beef.


      • truebearing

        That figures. The apple didn’t fall far from that tree.

  • dukestreet

    There was a time when I was to go to kid for every new non-English speaking kid in school. Regardless of their grade, every one of them spent time learning English from me. I treated them all the same and never knew what racism was.

    I am seriously beginning to think that blacks have a real problem. Look at the state of the countries they have run. Now look at what’s happening to the US. I see a pattern emerging. If blacks cannot compete on a level playing field, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    I guess I’m a racist because I believe in true equality. We are all born with the same potential, unless one is born with a specific disability that means they cannot function in normal life. People of color who believe that they should have special privileges due to skin color, are the true racists, since they are saying by their words and actions, “We are not equal to you.”

    • truebearing

      We could call it “self-racism.” Simply establish your race as inferior in some respect, then reap the benefits of inadequacy. Of course there will have to be an oppressor. I’m thinking it will most likely be white people. They’ve played the role to some acclaim.

  • VHG1

    Why aren’t they all moving to Liberia?

  • wreed22

    Democrats are throwing everything against the wall to see if it sticks. Anything to get away from ObamaCare. ObamaCare is the target. It will provide the mortal wound for the Democrats. Everything else is transparent BS.
    ObamaCare today, ObamaCare tomorrow. ObamaCare in every pot.

    • wreed22

      ObamaCare in November. All day long. 24/7. Run the tape.

  • William Green

    This man is the real racist because he believes that black people are inferior an incapable of meeting the dame standards as whites. We should not be surprised since it is coming from the party that gave us the Klan. The only thing different now is that the black Democrat leaders are now running things.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Very true

    • uptownsteve

      Are you really this stupid? This is a tactic to dilute the black vote that will always favor whites who are 75% of the SC populace.

      • William Green

        Are you really this racist? Policies should not be based on race. It should be based on what is good for everyone. We once had policies based on race and it got us slavery and Jim Crow. Also, are you so stupid to not see that this gives any white racist ammunition to say, “See, even they know they are inferior and cannot compete”. A great man once said that we should judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. If 75% of your constituents are white, then you need to make your case to ALL of your constituents. Only addressing the 25% is a strategy of failure. Anyone ignoring 75% of any the voters is going to loose regardless of what color they are. As a black man, I am just as capable of winning the same way a white man can. I do not need the bar lowered. If black people could not appeal to white people, then how come everywhere Dr Ben Carson goes, it is standing room only full of white people? A black man can win anywhere if his policies are in line with his constituents. A policy of racism and attacks will always cause the race that is being attacked to not vote for you regardless of what race you are.

        • uptownsteve

          You aren’t capable of winning against a white man in a state like SC where blacks are 25% of the population and the white conservative base will line up against any black statewide candidate. Don’t believe me? Watch when Uncle Tim Scott runs for the Senate on his own. Remember what happended to Ken Blackwell, Lynn Swann and Michael Steele. These white conservatives will pat you on the head, tell you how independent and off the plantation you are. But they won’t vote for you.

          • William Green

            Here is what the situation you have in SC sounds like to me. You have a group of people, both black and white, that only votes on skin color. So basically, it does not matter about your voting record, your performance while in office, whether or not your policies are helping your constituents. The only thing that matters is skin color. That attitude is destroying this country. This congressman’s approach is not the answer. We thought that with the election of the first black president that this would solve the racism. Instead this country is even further divided. If there are white racists that will only vote for a white man and black racists that will only vote for a black man, then you get the government you deserve in SC. The fact that this is the reality in SC means that you need to address the source of the problem, racism. Lowering the bar for one race to unfairly punish another race simply because they are the majority is not the answer. As a Christian, I know that God would not have me hate my brother just because he is white even if he hates me because I am black. Love covers a multitude of sins. That is where MLK started. Look at how far it got us then. We have lost our first love, Jesus Christ, and replaced it with hatred for our white brother. The Civil Rights Act never would have gotten passed if it was based on hatred. How do you expect to get anything today based on hate (racism). My original point is that this man is a racist against blacks and whites. You are simply re-enforcing that fact that politicians in SC only see their constituents by skin color. We may never get a colorblind society but seeing nothing but color is not what MLK sacrificed his life for. It is not what Jesus died on the cross for.

          • uptownsteve

            So you’re saying that blacks will not vote for white Democrats? I KNOW that’s a lie. Your remarks about the election of the first black President “solving racism” is totally absurd. As you see from evidence everyday, the white right is absolutely enraged that a black man is President and are openly talking obstruction or in extreme cases, armed insurrection. You black conservatives are certifiable in your slavish attempts to excuse or apologize for the white racism that is right in front of your face. Wake up fool.

          • William Green

            The right (black and white) is upset with Obama because of policies. 71% said that they regret voting for him. That is his voters and not the “white right”. People are upset with his attack on the constitution, his spending and his social policies. So, do not blame the “white right”. Go as the 71% of his supporters that would not vote for him again. You cannot blame that on racism, or can you? By the way, I like how you use slavish when people like you slavishly vote for Klan members like Robert Byrd, George Wallace and Al Gore senior without even batting an eye. You will not find one black conservative even considering one of those people. So who is on the plantation now; Frederick Douglas, MLK, Booker T. Washington or you black Democrats that continue to vote for politicians that tell you everyday that you are less than white people? You are even worse. You have the audacity of defending this congressman’s position without even seeing that he is insulting your own race. And you call independent thinkers like me that stand up proudly and say that I am less than no man slavish. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. The funny thing is that the people that are reading this back and forth between you and I can tell who’s enslaved and who is free, It was Harriet Tubman that said “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves”. Shake the chains loose brother. I have.

          • uptownsteve

            Oh please. 99% of the white southern segregationists became Republicans after the 60s. That’s why you frauds have to talk about the parties from 60 years ago. What about TODAY? Why is the Democratic party racially diverse with blacks and hispanics elected from all over the nation and the GOP is damn near all white with a few handpicked black fools like you? Where do you get this 71% figure from? Your white rightwing Massas, that’s who. Obama got reelected with a majority vote from a diversity of America. Clowns like you would make excuses for guys in hoods who had a noose around your silly neck and were leading you to a pine tree.

          • William Green

            Ok Mr. “uptownsteve”. I will let you have the last word. My name is William A. Green, Jr (USMC). I stand behind everything I say and not some anonymous pseudonym. I am not ashamed of being a conservative Christian. A little bit of advice, your words carry more weight when you put your REAL name behind it. Have a nice day.

          • geddys_uncle

            Semper Fidelis, WG. Uptownsteve demonstrated the difference between a debate and a blatherfest quite well. You debated. He blathered. He’s unlikely to have read the Constitution, and if he has, he read it through the eyes of a bitter guy who’s offended that the writers were white. You’ve got to wonder what the hell happened to our once-great nation.

          • Lisa Brewer Watkins

            Thank you for your service Mr. Green…

          • Stryder51

            Thank you for your service, William.

          • William Green

            Here is the link to the report in the Washington Examiner that stated that 71% of his voters “regret” voting for him. Enjoy. Peace.

          • uptownsteve

            The rightwing rag Examinier? C’mon man.

          • William Green

            You have the last word brethren. Peace to you and your family. It’s been fun. Have a nice day sir.

          • Stryder51

            Those damn pesky facts. Liberals just hate them.

          • Omar

            That is completely wrong. Most of the Southern segregationists in the ’60s formed their own party, the American Independence Party, which doesn’t exist anymore. The Democrats became much more to the left because of the New Left movement takeover of that party around the same time. Learn from history, you loon.

          • uptownsteve

            Answer this question. Why do you think the only states with runoff elections are in the Deep Red South? Use your brain.

          • Drakken

            Here is a novel idea, why don’t you leave if whitey is so oppressive to you? Oh that is right, you have it too good to leave.

          • Omar

            Actually, Obama is a mixed-race president. He is half-black and half-white. Race-obsessed loons like uptownsteve don’t like to admit that. Uptownsteve and other like-minded loons also don’t like to admit that Obama is not directly related to the historical African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere, as the president’s father is from Kenya, which is located in East Africa, while the ancestors of most black people in the Western Hemisphere came from West Africa. But of course, uptownsteve doesn’t care about facts because they undermine his view on American politics.

          • uptownsteve

            I don’t understand this point you keep attempting make. With the exception of JFK, prior to Obama all the US Presidents were white Protestants. Yet Catholics, Jews, Italians, Poles, Greeks, French..etc..had not problem identifying with them as white. What is your point? Do you even know?

          • Omar

            My point is that the president is mixed-race. You have a problem in the sense that you identify someone who is mixed-race as only one of the races just because one of their parents is of that particular race. In the end, however, it doesn’t matter.

          • Gwen

            William, I am a Christian also and agree that Jesus died for all of us; as such we should not judge a person by his skin color. Thank you for your great comments and service.

          • William Green

            By the way, both Lynn Swann and Ken Blackwell got the Republican nomination. They lost in the general election against a Democrat. If the “Uncle Tom” blacks had supported the black man as you seem to believe that all people do, they would have run. It seems to me that the people that this proves that in the end, people will vote based on ideology instead of skin color. You behave as if black and white people will not vote for people of opposite races. In these cases, the blacks voted for the white opponent against the black opponent and vice versa. So, I do not see your point. Are you saying that just because a black man that was nominated by white people proves that white people will abandon him when it counts. The only race that votes nearly 100% for one party is blacks. Maybe if blacks were not so devoted to one party, the black man would have won. White people are evenly split. So blacks held the deciding vote in each election. Your point is invalid.

          • uptownsteve

            Swann and Blackwell won primaries with extremely low voter turnout and enthusiasm. In the case of Steele, 25% of polled white Maryland Republicans admitted crossing party lines and supporting Cardin than voting for a black. Why should blacks support a party that won’t even ask for their vote? Black Republicans won’t even court their own people. When do you EVER see Tim Scott around other blacks?

          • William Green

            When do you see Obama around other blacks other than the super rich blacks like Jay-Z and Beyonce? Every time you see him, he is hanging with rich white people. He only uses black people like all Democrats to get votes. Talk about the Republicans ignoring blacks, look at how the Democrat party ignore blacks. Look at what voting all Democrat has gotten DC, Detroit and New Orleans. Go and hold the people that you put in office accountable. They are the ones that owe the black community not the Republicans. Start there first before you start accusing Republicans. Besides, whenever they do nominate a black, the blacks attack him and will not vote for him.

          • uptownsteve

            You don’t know what you’re talking about. My family and I met the President and the First Lady at a public high school in Washington, DC. But keep on grinnin and dancing for those white racists boy. They may even let you in the front door one day.

          • Drakken

            Keep hating on whitey shortbus, I am sure that will work out in the end. What a dumbazz.

          • Omar

            Where did you even get this so-called “information” (if you can even call it that)? I bet you pulled those numbers out of your behind. Cardin won over Steele because of a smear campaign directed against the latter by people who share your hate mentality. Anyway, here is a question for you: why did Tim Scott win the GOP primary over Paul Thurmond for a South Carolina district seat in the House of Representatives? Why did he win the general election over his Democrat opponent? Facts prevail over your race-obsessed fantasies, you loon. Fact-check.

          • Stryder51

            Tim Scott blows his argument out of the water.

          • Gwen

            William, you are absolutely right. Thank you for serving.

          • Iceman00767

            Oh really? Didn’t a black man get more than 50% of the vote TWICE in a country where non-blacks represent more than 80% of the population? And why would you use that “Uncle” prefix? Such a typical racist liberal. If a black politician doesn’t fall in lock step with your belief system then he MUST be an uncle tom. You make me sick.

          • uptownsteve

            Obama only got 42% of the white vote. The demographics of this nation are changing to the point that you no longer need a white majority to win with latinos, blacks and Asians who vote overwhelmingly Democratic nationally. That’s why the Deep South RED states require the runoff. To neutralize the minority vote and maintain white supremacy.

          • Stryder51

            Well said, Iceman.

          • Stryder51

            Don’t tell that to Tim Scott. Junior Senator from South Carolina. And a black REPUBLICAN. Are you ignorant or just stupid?

          • Scott Zwew

            Sc black pop is roughly 29% compared to the national avg of 13%. So what should other states require?

          • SickofPoliticks

            If a black man or woman isn’t capable of winning in a state like SC, it’s more likely than not that they aren’t “capable,” period.

      • Scott Zwew

        1) I believe SC is more than 25% Black.. 2) where does this leave most other states whos black population is far less? How can a black candidate possibly win in a state with 10% or less black population?

  • Seek

    So the majority rule principle doesn’t apply to blacks? Brilliant. Of course, it’s black voters, with their tribal instinct, who keep voting for this clown. By the way, Rep. Clyburn’s daughter, Mignon Clyburn, is a commissioner with the FCC. So if you’re wondering why black investors these days are getting favored treatment in applying for radio station licenses, there’s a good reason.

    • mharper42

      I knew there was a racial agenda behind that “CIN” nonsense. I saw a list of the questions for that “study”, and many were just race headcount at the station.

  • Shel_Zahav

    Black people should be electable just by saying they want to be elected. Everybody else is racist.

  • nopeacenow

    If it is good for minorities perhaps the same “affirmative action” on voting would work for women. White males would still need 50% plus one.

  • naed5048

    what can be said…..low informational, misguided, but, it’s not his fault, it’s the color of his skin….

  • uptownsteve

    Notice that all states with primary runoff elections are in the Deep Red South. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas. Clyburn is exactly right. It’s about keeping the blacks in their place.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      New York City has primary runoff elections. We almost had one for the black candidate that came in behind Red Bill.

      • uptownsteve

        But NYC only 40% is the threshold required to win primaries. Nice try, though.

  • George Burch

    When America put some of these idiots in Washington the country started a downward spiral…

  • mikke

    Oh my. And they are suspending concealed carry permits of people in SC for “mental health” reasons?

    “The two-round system (TRS) is a majority voting system. Majority systems are currently used less commonly than plurality systems. They require candidates in single-member district elections to garner a majority of the votes to win legislative office. TRS requires a runoff election between the two top candidates if no candidate wins a majority of the votes in the general election. This system is designed to solve one of the obvious problems of plurality voting: the possibility of electing a candidate that was supported only by a minority of the electorate in the district.

    “TRS is used rarely worldwide. Only two countries in Western Europe use TRS for legislative elections, France and Monaco. Several developing countries that came under French influence also use this system, including Mali, Togo, Chad, Gabon, and Haiti.”

  • Carl Stevenson

    They’ll never stop whining. A thousand years from now, there will still be dome who whine and complain and agitate.

  • camdenme2

    Poor Jim,he’s lost his mind !!! I’m tired of the continued whining from the Blacks ! Voter I’D is NOT racist ! It’s all about the integrity of elections !

  • Annette Rose Giesbrecht

    The 50% plus one rule made it easier to win a close election. It has nothing to do with those 50% having to be black as Mr. Clyburn wishes. If he required that, that would be racist.

  • icemancold

    WELL: So according to this BLACK moron all a Black should have to do is say I want that OFFICE and the BLACK automaticaly gets the OFFICE. HMM BULLSHIT just because the person is BLACK or GAY does not automaticaly make them the right person for the position. .I do however believe that there should be no Republican or Democratic Parties I feel that the people should run and be elected on their merits and accomplishments not who has raised the most money and bought the most ELECTORIAL COLLEGE VOTES. In fact the ELECTORIAL COLLEGE should be disbanned and outlawed along with the EPA and LABOR UNIONS.


    Requiring a voter I.D. is not to keep Blacks, Mexican, Asian or any race from voting. It’s only for one reason. To prove you are an American citizen, period. Oh, and one other reason. To keep dishonest people from going through the voter line more than once, or dead people from voting. Voting is a sacred right in America. It’s not meant to be abused for the demanding leeches we have in this country. You can treat the above statement as being “politically correct”.

  • bandit

    Stupid people that vote for stupid people is the big problem ! :><:

  • grumpybill

    It’s time for this maggot to retire!!!

  • Larry

    Most of these comments seem to miss the point. Every election, primary or otherwise, should require a 50+% to win. This is why third party candidates don’t have a chance, and we need more options in our elections than the same two parties. Nobody should win an election without a majority of the vote. Presidential elections are an obvious exception, because there it is the states who elect the President and not individuals.

  • DonRS

    Blacks are so accustomed to affirmative action they now feel entitled to advantages in every category, except brain power! Clyburn is the poster boy of true ignorance and chutzpah!

  • SickofPoliticks

    From Vision to America: “U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC6) has the unfortunate affliction of speech.” No truer words have been spoken. What an idiot.

    Maybe if they’d stop aborting so many black babies, they’d have the 50% plus one.

  • Chief47

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, everything in this country that doesn’t go the way of the liberals is racist. Calling a spade a spade is racist; talking about generations of of families being on welfare or food stamps is racist; talking about voter fraud is racist; wanting to keep your right to bear arms is racist; and on and on and on. Racism is alive and well in this country because we have liberals who keep it alive and well.

  • Lummi

    If the SC system is so racist, how has a black racist idiot like Clyburn managed to get eleced seven times? I seem to recall that his daughter is one of five FCC commissioners, and was the prime instigator in the plan to install “monitors” in all the newsrooms to make sure that only the right “news” was forthcoming. Care to guess who would select the monitors”?

  • HongryHawg

    Dang it! Where’s that voter fraud when you need it?

  • Bill_S

    It’s racist to expect a person actually win?????

  • Joanne

    What has happened to the democrat party, why are they represented by those who can no longer think clearly?

    • OleDad48

      IMHO Democrat power is based on victimhood, and victims are focused on self, not problems. They emote. They do not think. Democrat power is derived from convincing one “victim” group after another than “the Man” is against them and that Democrats “really care.”

      If victims begin to think, they will put their victimhood aside and overcome, achieving for themselves not only material benefits, but dignity and purpose. That scenario is frightening to Democrats, who need to be needed.

  • Roy Mallmann

    No! What is racist is when a black person thinks that they represent more of the population than they actually represent. Black people need to realize that they are not more equal than anybody else and that they are not any more important than anyone else in this country. They were given breaks and more representation in the past to right the wrongs on Democrat sponsored segregation, but fifty years have gone by and it is time to restore equalibrium. If fifty years of set-a-sides and affirmative action haven’t solved the past inequalities, what will?

  • Skitz00

    “That 50-percent-plus-one rule was put in in order to negate or minimize
    opportunity for African-Americans to win the primary,” he said. “It’s a
    very slick way to dilute the impact of the black vote.”

    The competition is pretty tough in this category but that is a leading candidate for the stupidest ever said by anybody (statements by Sheila Jackson Lee are off the board, she’s in a different league).

  • wlee

    Why don’t he just move to Africa and then he won’t have that problem.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It might actually be unfair to everyone but it’s not clear that it’s racist. In many countries where there are 3 or more candidates the threshold is lower than 50% but that’s generally in systems that form coalition governments. First past the post is, after all, exactly what it means in a winner take all system.

  • Bonk

    This is the guy that thought placing too many military personnel on an island would cause the island to sink! – scary-not only does he vote, but he makes laws with which we have to abide. We certainly need not only voter ID, but a test to determine mental competence for anyone who vote or wants to hold office. I work with an Alzheimers group, and believe many of them have superior mental competence to Clyburn.

  • Tom Natoli

    What a swell idea! Affirmative action for voting ……. but wait if what you say is true
    how did Obama win two elections? ………. Oh! I forgot the dead vote and individuals voting 3and 4 times with the new voter ID laws. OK, I got it now. All we have to do is cheat a little more & play with the rules a little