Newt Gingrich expressed surprise over the weekend at the ugly feedback he received over his praise of Nelson Mandela. Gingrich apparently still doesn’t understand the monster he helped to create. James Antle at The American Conservative has a great summary of Gingrich’s position and what it says about the conservative movement:
The right tends to have one of two responses to figures like Mandela abroad or Martin Luther King, Jr. at home: suggest their radicalism is more important than the struggles of the people they championed or to try to claim them as conservatives. Neither approach will do.
The lack of empathy many white conservatives feel toward communities of color may not be the only barrier between the right and minorities. But it is an important barrier.
The GOP has big problems when it comes to dealing with race relations. The comments towards MLK and Mandela are proof that the party has shaped its identity at the polar opposite of how the demographics of the nation are shaping.
Parties must remember that they need to appeal to the majority of Americans for success on the national stage.
The GOP held a started a minority outreach campaign in Detroit. When your guest speaker is a man that believes in segregated lunch counters then pretty much wasting your time.
The pictures are very telling.
Are you kidding TR? Does he actually support segregated lunch counters? If so how does he really expect to woo AA voters? LOL….
To be honest he claims to abhor segregation but feels a greater injustice was carried out by forcing business owners to desegregate. So my belief is that to him segregated lunch counters are preferable to forcing business owners to desegregate because it denies their liberties. My language was too inflammatory
Hmm, sounds like the same argument Cappy would put out.
Interesting TR. I’m over on the Chron and who shows up but Cappy and, of course, he starts in on abortion, his pet bugaboo. Lo and behold, my one of my comments is “disabled” for no reason at all. Funny how that seems to happen when he shows up.
The lack of nuance we ask for in our politics can’t be good. The Daily Show had a wonderful piece of talking heads on CNN observing a story or asking guests- “Good or bad?”