Though Joseph Lowndes is a contributor to "The Huffington Post" and thus loses credibility with me as such - I think that he does a fairly good job in providing a narrative about the politics of Conservatism and race based politics in the USA during the 20th century. I will need to investigate more of Mr Lowndes' work before I make a final opinion of his agenda. I thought that he did a good job with his narrative.
In my view, however, the "good and evil" alignment over the issue of race based politicking is not quite as distinct as people attempt to make it.
Today's Black person who enumerates the damage done to Black economic and academic interests in the wake of "Integration" is not called a "racist" as would a White person from back in the day who sought to defend his own interests by preventing "race mixing". Certainly Hobson City, AL had a greater portion of "Black firemen" than does New Haven CT - all without requiring the Supreme Court to settle the issue.
Can anyone claim that the Democratic Party, with the assistance of "Democrats Who Are Black" did NOT run "racial campaigns" during this same interval in time?
As I have noted frequently - despite the frequent rebuttal attempt in which LYNCHING is thrown in as the distinguishing attribute between the conservative vs liberal means of forging their own way forward - we only need to look at the FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENCE that is in effect today WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
- Black Students in local Atlanta counties that are Republican dominated do not fear lynching in the environment that they have settled but instead are performing better in standardized tests than their genetic peers in Progressive counties. (Per two recent reports on "College Remedial Education" on a high school by high school breakdown AND a report that the Black students in Fayette County GA, a Republican stronghold, outperformed Blacks in all other counties)
- Where as Black people have been warned about the threat from "Conservative Judges" against our interests.......today the force called "Justice Thurgood Marshall Justice" has allowed criminals to run free and take upon the role of Terrorist to the Black community away from the hooded White men that used to perform this task.
Indeed the progressive axiom that "it is better to have 10 guilty men go free than to have one innocent man imprisoned" is the abstract theory that is beating the hell out of the LAW ABIDING members of the Black community that have to deal with these "10 guilty men" that need to be locked up! The innocent, hard working people in the Black community deserve to have their interests protected as well.
Indeed as some people would have it as I debate them - the city of Philadelphia, for example is more negatively impacted by state school policies, the unwillingness of the state legislature to pass laws that will keep guns out of the hands of Black young people who are killing each other and that it was the companies that departed the area who are at fault for the economic conditions, not the forces that progressively made the labor expenses uncompetitive with other locations in America.
WHEN WILL PROGRESSIVISM GET PUT ON TRIAL?
When a people and a nation switches into a new interval in time they are often the last to know. Historians looking at the aggregate information about their time are able to draw a distinct line and color coding between these intervals.
For the Black American the interval is between one where the forces bearing down upon us required a political apparatus to fight an EXTERNAL BATTLE. The new interval in which favorable people are in power requires a new regime that builds up an INTERNAL SYSTEM that can deliver upon the requirements of the people. Enforcing the discipline, respect for law and institutions, academic development and family structures so that the STANDARD OF LIVING for the people can be expressed by their own aggregate behavior.
It is my opinion that the Black Political Establishment in particular has NOT morphed into this form. The exploitation of old "Racial Scare Crows" still has the same effect upon our people. All this despite the frequent occurrence of "Black People Crying" on the evening news, via the present actions of Domestic Pirates, rather than Klansmen from the past.
As the Black community is seeing first hand today - There is a big difference between having a FAVORABLE political machine running our community and having an EFFECTIVE political machine that can drive us closer to our PERMANENT INTERESTS.
For me - a White man who murders a Black man, having been motivated by his RACISM is no more superior to a Black man who does the same sort of murder.
Here is what I have posted on Mr Lowndes blog:
I saw you on C-SPAN. I think that on the one hand you offered the most coherent narrative about conservatism in the 20th century than I have ever heard.
At the same time I was saddened that you repeated the same ole, tired story about Ronald Reagan’s visit to Philadelphia MS, 16 years after the murder of the Civil Rights workers.
The story ONLY stands when someone seeking to craft a narrative puts together such a “ransom note” from the assorted scraps that are on the ground.
Instead of contesting your version I will instead challenge you about what we saw last year in the Democratic Primary. I saw a Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia PA in the spring. In the year prior to the Democrats coming to Philly over 360 Black men were killed in the city. None of the Democrats felt obliged to mention anything about these deaths. This despite having the Democratic Party machine controlling every major seat of power in that city.
What made Ronald Reagan’s actions 16 years hence more damnable than what the 3 or so viable Democratic candidates did in Philadelphia PA?
Then candidate Obama returned to Philly to give his “Race Speech” and again, no one mentioned anything about the dead Black men from 2007.