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Jul 21, 2015

Liberals Force Me to Play Identity Politics

I'm tired of liberals assuming I'm intolerant racist due to their ignorant prejudices. So let's play identity politics. My sister in law is black and she's the best thing that ever happened to my little brother. I go to a Protestant church once a year for Easter. My wife is not a Christian. Three of my grandparents were from three different varieties of Christianity. One of my grandfathers was Jewish. My family was always in favor of civil rights since the 1850's, when they freed all of their slaves in Virginia, bought them passage to Liberia and gave them money to buy land once they got there. It wasn't safe for freed slaves to remain in 1850's Virginia.

In Montana we were unpopular because we paid "white" wages to Indians working on our ranch. My Jewish grandfather was not able to buy real estate or rent apartments in certain areas in and around Chicago. My grandmother, a Methodist, had the deed or the lease in her name so they could live wherever they wanted. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed the restrictive covenants on deeds and leases that kept Jews from buying land in restricted areas.

Historically it's true that Republicans were more in favor of civil rights than Democrats. I think that's still true.  Today there are two black Senators, Democrat Cory Booker from New Jersey and Republican Tim Scott from South Carolina. If Republicans are all as racist as liberals assume, then they must all need new glasses down there in South Carolina. I think Mr. Scott was elected for being a Tea Party Republican. I don't think his race mattered at all. I also think his existence gives the lie to the Democrats' narrative that America has not improved since the Jim Crow Era, especially in Dixie. In 1963, Mr. Scott would not have been able to register to vote in South Carolina. Today, he's Senator Scott, the first black US Senator ever elected from South Carolina, the Cradle of the Confederacy with an electorate that's over 60% white. It's curious that the mainstream media did not think Mr. Scott's election was newsworthy. I wonder why that is?

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