The Institutional Racism of the Democratic Party
It's the most persistent hate group in human history.
There is an institutional racism problem in the United States. The institution is the Democrat Party. No, there was no cross-partisan, musical chairs switcheroo in the late ’60s. Of the racist “Dixiecrats” who did leave, all but three rejoined the Democrat Party; not until the ’80s did more white Southerners join the GOP, and not until the mid-’90s did Republicans pick up southern congressional and state legislature seats.
The Democrat Party, since its youth, has been anti-American in its very nature. They literally fought to preserve slavery—a practice inherently antithetical to the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism which define the American way of life. Like practical Communism, chattel slavery was a practice of stealing other people’s labor to subsidize a work-free lifestyle.
The Democrats lost the 1860s battle against the United States. Then they retrenched and introduced new strategies. For decades, they deployed the Ku Klux Klan to harass, murder, terrorize and fearmonger blacks out of voting Republican. Today they pursue the same goals, but have traded their white hoods for newspaper columns, microphones, and TV cameras—and they’ve rebranded themselves advocates for Black America.
In 1964, when signing the welfare programs of the Great Society into law, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.” Black scholars Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele, as well as Harvard Professor Paul Peterson, credit the Great Society with “actively discouraging marriage” and surrogating the federal government for black fathers, driving black birth illegitimacy rates from 20% in 1960 to 77% by 2017. (Between 1890 and 1950, black women were married at a higher rate than white women. From 1930-1950, the rates were equal.)
Fatherlessness has doubled high school dropout rates. In 1998, the Department of Justice published a report showing that 63% of youth suicides and 70% of youths in state institutions are from fatherless homes. This is not mere right-wing revisionism. I refer here to studies by the DOJ, New York Times, and NPR.
A year after the Great Society, President Johnson signed the Hart-Cellar Act, opening the floodgates of mass immigration into the low-skilled job market. Since then, adult black men have participated in the labor force at lower and lower rates, from 79% in 1973 to 68% in 2018. No less a leftist than Bernie Sanders has been saying this for decades: “There is no more defining issue in our nation today than stopping illegal immigration,” he said when George Bush was pushing his temporary worker program. “When you have 36% of Hispanic kids in this country who can’t find jobs, and you bring a lot of unskilled workers into this country, what do you think happens to that 36% of kids who are today unemployed? Fifty-one percent of African-American kids?” Somehow Sanders dodged the “white nationalist” charge.
For years, Democrat organizers such as political consultant Robert Creamer have sought to sandbag the economy into collapse using an overwhelmed entitlement state. They mau-maued banks into setting black subprime mortgage borrowers up for certain mass foreclosure in a long-term blackmail scheme against the free market. They exploited poverty for political expediency and pioneered the race war profiteering industry.
Democrats have also injected the German Marxist Frankfurt School’s “critical theory” into every level of academia to splinter American culture into factionalized “identity” groups. In 1967, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, The Daily Worker, announced “a new Communist Party line regarding Negroes and rioting.” The previous position of “supporting full integration and rejecting violence” had alienated potentially useful allies among the most violent racialist groups. Thus “if the Communist Party were to capitalize on the riots, it had no choice but to reverse its official position on the question of ‘civil rights.’”
Infiltrating still deeper into black American life, the Democrats went for the churches, converting them to the “social justice gospel” and the Frankfurtian doctrine of “critical race theory.” Jim Jones, a white Democrat organizer (though he claimed to be part Cherokee) transplanted his mostly black congregation to a “socialist utopia”-turned-gulag in Guyana with the support of Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown. Under the pretense of rescuing them from “Ameri-KKK-a,” Jones ended up killing every one of his congregants in the single greatest mass murder of black Americans in U.S. history. (CNN’s one-hour documentary on Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre of 1978 conveniently forgot to mention the movement’s dogmatic commitment to socialism.)
The New Jim Crow
In the decades that followed, Democrats presided municipally over the most impoverished urban populations, assuring plummeting literacy rates and a deteriorating status quo. They promoted minimum wage laws and priced blacks out of the workforce. The liberal Economic Policy Institute found that for every 10% increase in the minimum wage, minority unemployment increases by 3.9%. And now they’ve stepped it up to “The Fight for 15!”
To sow further disunity, Democrats push fake hate-crime stories (Kentucky State Assistant Professor Wilfred Reilly found that over two thirds of reported hate crimes are hoaxes) and media circuses over police murders of unarmed blacks. They spread cherry-picked or fallacious statistics about police shootings (the National Academy of Sciences found “no significant evidence of antiblack disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by police”).
On the basis of these lies, Democrats encourage masked domestic terrorist mobs to “protest” in black neighborhoods, reducing them to rubble in the process. They inexplicably turned what could have been a rare opportunity for national unity in the tragic death of George Floyd—of which not a single American disputed the injustice—into a deadly, apocalyptic showdown, demanding “justice for George Floyd.” (The officer was arrested and charged with murder. Justice prevails. The riots continue notwithstanding.)
The Democratic data firm Civis Analytics has shown that black voters are just as likely as white ones to support hiring more police rather than less. The Minority Rights and Relations survey by Gallup reported that “[m]ore blacks (38 percent) say they want a greater police presence in their local communities than do whites (18 percent) or Americans more broadly (23 percent).”
It stands to reason, then, that calls to “defund” the police will be most devastating for underprivileged areas—which, of course, are disproportionately black. And yet, inexplicably, Democrats blame President Trump and “racist conservatives” for high-profile incidents of alleged brutality—both real and falsified—despite the fact that every single one of them has taken place in blue cities with police departments staffed by Democrat-appointed police commissioners.
To further break the black American spirit, Democrats invoke racial disparities in prison populations and the mandatory minimum sentences for drug abuse—in particular, they cite the different sentences for using crack and powdered cocaine. Conveniently, they leave out key details—some of which are available in Bureau of Justice Statistics—including that: a) Meth distribution (for which white inmates represent 53% of sentences versus blacks’ 2%) carries the same five-year minimum as crack; b) Crack convictions account for only 0.8% of black inmates; c) Drug sentences generally account for only 0.5% of black inmates; d) The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, in which many of these sentences were delineated, was overwhelmingly supported by the Congressional Black Caucus; e) Black Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) spearheaded the federal response to the crack epidemic in the first place; and f) Racial disparities in the prison population have decreased 25% since 2000, with white inmates up 4% and blacks down 22%.
On the strength of all these fallacies, the Democrat Party has created a money-laundering front in the form of Black Lives Matter (a name straight out of the “Patriot Act” playbook—what, are you not patriotic?) whose online mission statement is “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure”—again, the very catalyst of black underprivilege according to Sowell, Steele and countless other black scholars.
Desperate for more bogeymen to justify their demagoguery, they roll out red carpets for actual white nationalists like Richard Spencer (whom roughly zero Trump supporters had ever heard of, let alone embraced, before CNN, NPR, The Atlantic, and so forth turned him into America’s Next Top Nazi) and his retinue of 20 or so basement-dwelling, Hitler-Heiling nobodies. They fabricated allegations of the president’s “refusals to condemn” another prior nobody-turned-CNN-celeb, David Duke, when not only had Trump unmistakably disavowed Duke the first time the endorsement was brought to his attention (well before the Jake Tapper interview) but had done so on numerous occasions over the preceding decades.
All this despite President Trump’s having signed historic criminal justice reform into law; released over 1200 nonviolent offenders, 91% of them black, from prison; increased funding for historically black colleges and universities by 25% (more than any president ever) and waived an additional $322 million of their federal debt (compare President Obama’s “failing grades” from “leaders of the nation’s 100-plus historically black colleges and universities” reported in Politico); urged Congress to expand school choice to inner-city districts; signed the Hispanic Prosperity Executive Order to “promote public-private partnerships in Hispanic-American communities”; created Opportunity Zones for 1.4 million minority households; and presided over record-low black and Hispanic unemployment rates and a 400% increase in black homeownership.
Meanwhile, the Democrat Party nominee in 2016 was a sycophantic protege of KKK Grand Kleagle Robert Byrd (a decades-long serving senator). The current nominee, Joe Biden, a white male, stares black America in the eye and reminds them that they are the property of the Democrat Party—that their whole identity is conditioned on supporting him and as such, they “ain’t black” if they’re undecided on voting for him.
The Democrat Party today is built on the most insidious and cowardly form of racial bullying. Its M.O. is to intimidate the black community into feeling endangered, ostracized, and unwanted in the nation that their ancestors helped build; a nation which fought a Civil War to free those in bondage; and which celebrates and encourages their contributions to arts, sciences, civics, business, and culture like no other nation in the world. Democrats shame black dissidents as “Uncle Toms,” “race traitors,” and “minstrel shows” in a desperate effort to keep them afraid and under control.
Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have.” He was right. There is systemic racism in America: Democrats run that system, in partnership with their high-tech, crypto-Klan media apparatus. Their Stalinist show trials, cancel-culture guillotine purges, and cyber-lynch-mob-incitements have created a hyper-conformist, empty-eyed zombie mob whose neurolinguistically programmed reactions to Pavlovian mass media cues are triggered at the slightest provocation. One simply cannot profess to be “anti-racist” without acknowledging the donkey in the room, arguably the best-funded hate group, with the most extensive human resources and the most tirelessly reinventive pathology of racial animus, in human history.
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