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He IS a Racist President

Remember one of Obama’s first move as presidents (after dismissing the Republicans, with a wave of his hand, “I won”) was to scuttle school choice in Washington DC?

If you don’t, what Juan Williams had to say at the time:

This is an outrage to me. … This is so important that you give young people a chance to have an education in America and especially in a failing public school system like you have in the District of Columbia. This voucher system is a direct threat to the unions. And so I think everybody on Capitol Hill, that’s getting money from the NEA or AFT, they should be called on the table. They should ask them, ‘where do you send your kids to school? And are you willing to say these kids getting the vouchers…and doing better than the rest of the kids, that these kids aren’t deserving of an opportunity to succeed in America?’ You just want to scream. Why Duncan and Obama aren’t in the forefront of education reform is an outrage and an insult to the very base that voted for them.

It’s five and-a-half years later now:

[Condoleezza] Rice said, “Poor black kids trapped in failing neighborhoods schools, that’s the biggest race problem of today. That’s the biggest civil rights issue of today. Anybody who isn’t in favor of school choice, anybody who isn’t in favor of educational reform, anybody who defends the status quo in the educational system, that’s racist to me.”

Obama still opposes vouchers. I don’t know whom else Ms. Rice could be talking about.


Can We Impeach the First Lady?

Cause she needs some impeaching:

[T]oday we see virtually no objection to this exchange between radio host Roland Martin and First Lady Michelle Obama:

Martin: So can we, if we go out to the polls, can we say, we have ‘souls to the polls’ on Sunday, can we do ‘soul food after we vote’?

Mrs. Obama: Absolutely, I give everyone full permission to eat some fried chicken after they vote only after—if you haven’t voted…(laughter.)

Martin: Just checking!

Mrs. Obama: You make a good point because I am, I do talk about health. But I think that a good victory for Democrats on Tuesday, you know, should be rewarded with some fried chicken.

What, no watermelon?

Beside the obvious racism, double-standard, hypocrisy, etc. this betrays, I also see the cultural insensitivity of Michelle’s whole health kick itself. Roland Martin is a black man, and he’s practically begging Michelle for her blessing to eat what every fiber of his being is craving: “soul” food. Never mind that she’s the one who jumped to fried chicken, African Americans feel disloyal to her for wanting to eat the food they grew up with, comfort food, chicken soup for their “souls”.

In the Nixon administration, Earl Butz had to resign after saying all black people wanted were (speaking euphemistically) good sex, comfortable shoes, and a warm place to go to the bathroom. (Who doesn’t?)

Given that standard, at the very least, Mrs. Obama should be suspended from the White House for two weeks.

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By Their Panic Shall Ye Know Them

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the Democrats are beginning to sweat.

Not one of them wants to be seen with Obama, much less say they voted for the oaf (except for the 99% they supported him in Congress). But as the election gets closer, and the polls turn against them, the cold terror is showing. And terror is what they sow.


WOMAN: Did you try the corner market?

MAN: Of course!

WOMAN: Grocery store?

MAN: Sold out.

WOMAN: Drugstore?

MAN: Come on.

WOMAN: So everyone’s sold out of condoms. Humph! How did this happen?

MAN: Cory Gardner banned birth control, and now it’s all on us guys, and you can’t find a condom anywhere — and the pill was just the start. The Pell Grants my little brother was counting on for college? Cory cut them. Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather? Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science.

Do you ladies have the vapors? Are you feeling faint? But I’m bothered by “Sweet Pea” most of all. That’s what I call the Bloodthirsty Puppy.

But that’s nothing to how Democrats are spooking African Americans.

Charlie Rangel:

“[T]he thing is, everything we believe in, everything we believe in they hate! They don’t disagree, they hate! They think that if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, we shouldn’t have immigration! Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and that they won the Civil War.”

No, Charlie, Republicans know the North won the Civil War and that slavery was abolished—because Republicans did it.

We told you this morning how Mary Landrieu slandered her constituents as hostile to blacks and women (her own example to the contrary). But Democrats don’t have to make sense. They have to sow fear.

Or comedy:

The week before Election Day, the lone African-American candidate for statewide office in Ohio this year accused her opponent of racism.

Nina Turner says an attack ad from her opponent, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, is “ vicious, racist and sexist.”

The comments from Turner, a state senator from Cleveland, came on Tuesday when she was asked about the ad during a debate in Cleveland. She said the use of unflattering black-and-white photographs of her is a racist “dog whistle,” according to a report from the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“I’m calling it the way that I see it. It was deliberate for him to put me in black and white and to put it in the minds of voters, to paint me as the other,” Turner said.

Of course black-and-white photography is racist; it’s right there in black and white.

But look beyond these disparate examples to what they betray about the attitudes toward their intended audience. Republicans want women barefoot and pregnant, they want blacks enslaved, or at least photographed in monochrome. Ladies, African Americans, whatever you may think Republicans think of you, could it be any lower than what Democrats think of you? The stereotype of the petrified black man is one of the ugliest in the history of racism. The timid, anxious woman defending her virtue is little better. But they’re awfully handy come election time. If that’s how you roll.

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Black Conservatives

I’ll believe it when I see it in the voting booth. But it’s a nice thought.

– Aggie


How Liberals Think

I use “think” generously—almost as generously as the Koch brothers’ charitable donations:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: [...] This is people admitting that we’re in the business of making sure minorities don’t vote. They’re saying it.

JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: [... A] pantheon of people talking about how what they’re doing is to keep basically Democrats from voting, African Americans from voting. What’s different here is they’re talking about it outloud.


CAPEHART: It used to be wink and nod and little code words. But now, yeah, it’s about helping Mitt Romney. It’s about keeping “lazy blacks” from getting up off the couch and going to vote.

I can reliably report from behind the enemy lines of conservatism that I have never heard a single Republican say anything like this. Liberals say it all the time—so often, they must really believe it. Why do they feel blacks are lazier than non-blacks? They say it, over and over, but they never defend it. They just expect us to agree (like so much of their ignorant dogma). I don’t.

But I don’t even understand this:

CAPEHART: You know, Ronald Reagan is the saviour of the Republican party, but I remember Ronald Reagan as the guy who went to Philadelphia, Mississippi — his first event after getting the Republican nomination.

MATTHEWS: And that says what?

CAPEHART: Well, Philadelphia, Mississippi, that’s where the civil rights workers were killed.


CAPEHART: In ’64. And so that sends a message to those white Dixiecrats that he’s one of us… and it says to African Americans and folks who fought really hard, not just African Americans, but folks who fought really hard for the right to vote, this guy and this party isn’t exactly for us, or thinking about us, or with us. And so now you’ve got people within the Republican party, a generation and a half, two generations later, who are actively trying to stop people from exercising the franchise.

First, I had to fix the transcript to read “Philadelphia, Mississippi” and not “Philadelphia and Mississippi”. That was confusing enough, but if you watch the clip, it’s clear they’re talking about the “Mississippi Burning” murders of 1964 which took place in that town. (Two Jews and one black man were murdered by the Klan.)

It is true that Reagan gave a speech there in August, 1980—sixteen years later—in which he said these words:

I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

Why, that racist! How dare he believe in “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Next, he’ll claim to believe in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Or even the Bill of Rights:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

President Obama appeared in Berlin, the capital of Communist East Germany in 2008—nineteen years after the wall fell—and declared himself a “citizen of the world”. Words practically lifted from the socialist anthem, “The Internationale”:

The Internationale
Will be the human race.

Does that make him a crypto-Communist? (Well, sort of. Maybe this doesn’t help my point.)

Two last points. One, Reagan’s speech was 34 years ago, and the Civil Rights Act was 50 years ago: what possible relevance does either event have to today?

Lastly, as I’ve shared with you at least a dozen times over the years, Republican supported the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts at a greater percentage than Democrats. Unlike the rest of the bilge above, it’s a fact. You can look it up.

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You Watching The Ferguson Riots Tonight? [UPDATED]

Looks like the autopsy supports the police officer’s story

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning shows the official autopsy supports Ferguson officer Darren Wilson’s claim that Michael Brown struggled with him in his patrol vehicle, and that Brown did not have his hands up when he was shot Aug. 9.
A source tells the Post-Dispatch that Wilson testified to the Grand Jury that when he tried to get out of his SUV to talk to Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson about the theft of cigarillos, Brown slammed the door shut and punched him in the face.
Wilson pulled his weapon, and Brown grabbed it. At one point, the barrel was pointed at Wilson’s hip, then a shot was fired hitting Brown’s hand.
Wilson says he then chased Brown, who turned and ran toward him. Wilson said “stop,” then fired. Brown kept coming, so Wilson fired several more shots.
The Post-Dispatch also had three experts examine the official autopsy.
St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham says the report supports claims that there was a “significant struggle” in Wilson’s patrol car, and Brown suffered a hand wound at “relatively short range.”
A forensic pathologist from San Francisco, Dr. Judy Melinek, says based on a bullet wound to Brown’s arm, Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson in the standard surrender position – with hands up and palms out – when he was shot, and Brown was falling forward or lunging when he was hit by the fatal shot to the top of his head.

Can Eric Holder demand that the Grand Jury indict the police officer anyway? Or can they just throw him in jail or execute him without a trial? Because if not, expect riots (weather permitting).

– Aggie

BTL here, adding this nugget:

Angry protesters in Ferguson, Mo., shut down CNN’s live broadcast Monday night after repeatedly heckling the reporter and cameraperson for working for an organization “run by AIPAC” and “Zionists.”

The heckling is audible in a video filmed by protester Bassem Masri, whose Twitter profile touts the Palestinian cause and reads “long live Palestine.”

“You fucking lie about Ferguson; you lie about Occupy Wall Street; you lie about Palestine. You’re all run by Zionists,” one protester said. “We’re holding y’all accountable.”

The hecklers threatened to shut down future CNN broadcasts. “They’re an AIPAC-run agency,” Masri said. “Don’t even think that we won’t.”

No wonder Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson couldn’t wait to get there.

PS: Curiously, CNN doesn’t mention any of this.


“Albatross” is a Dog Whistle

Who’s more racist—the racist DEMOCRAT politicians who don’t want to stand next to TNFBP™ (The Nation’s First Black President), or the racist DEMOCRAT voters who can’t stand anyone who has anything to do with TNFBP™?

JAKE TAPPER: What Democrats told me today is that President Obama, however much they love him, he is an albatross around their necks right now. His poll numbers are so bad, people not feeling good about the state of the economy even if there economic indicators that things are getting better. Wages are stagnant.

This after the crowing and whooping over 248,000 new jobs. Even I, who can find the bad news lurking below even the bubbliest employment numbers, conceded that this was a good jobs report (with some disturbing trends—I’m not stupid).

Obama’s got a theory on that, too:

“Frankly, the press and Washington, all it does is feed cynicism,” he insisted, despite getting six years of favorable coverage from establishment newspapers and TV shows.

“Most of you don’t know the statistics I just gave you,” Obama said, after listing a series of cherry-picked data that ignored that roughly 10 million Americans who have given up looking for work, and the $7 trillion in added debt.

“The reason you don’t know [the favorable data] is because they elicit hope. They’re good news … and that’s not what we hear about,” he declared to the roughly 250 supporters who paid up to $1,000 to attend.

To the list of racist DEMOCRAT politicians, racist DEMOCRAT voters, let us add racist reporters (almost all DEMOCRATS).


Absolute Moral Authority Watch

Regular readers know that Cindy Sheehan is our girl, and always has been. Not because we believe a word that comes out of her bat-[bleep] crazy mouth—oh no, not a syllable. But because she does. No one has posted her addled rantings more than we have; no one supported her run for governor of California more strongly.

So, you can understand our mixture of pride and jealousy to see others talking about Our Cindy:

Sheehan said the left anti war movement is being ignored by the democrats because they are “reverse racists” who are supporting Obama only because he is an African-American.

She said, “I think that there are some people on the so called left, who might say we have to circle our wagons around the first African American president, and to me that is racism in reverse because his policies are actually still the racist policies of empire.”

You know what another word for “reverse racists” is, don’t you? Racists.

Cindy Sheehan said in 2005 Nancy Pelosi and top Democrat leaders in the House and Senate said to her face that if she helped them get elected they would end the wars completely.

I don’t believe that. Not that Pelosi said it—of that I’m quite sure. But that even a moonbat like Cindy Sheehan believed Bela Pelosi? Not buying it.

Still, Cindy has believed many things in her time:

Since learning in April that their son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, had been killed in Iraq, life has been everything but normal for the Sheehan family of Vacaville.

But none of that prepared the family for the message left on their answering machine last week, inviting them to have a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush at Fort Lewis near Seattle.

“We haven’t been happy with the way the war has been handled,” Cindy said. “The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached.”

The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey’s sacrifice would make the world a safer place.

But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn’t stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.

“We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn’t have to take the time to meet with us,” Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

“I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Cindy said after their meeting. “I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”

That was Cindy ten years ago. This is Cindy today:

“We need to get over our thoughts here in the United States that there’s anything different between Democrats and Republicans,” Sheehan told Press TV in a phone interview on Friday.


An American antiwar activist says Washington does not want “its evil torture practices to get out” by trying to close a court hearing on force-feeding of a prisoner at the Guantanamo prison that is “not the only place the US tortures people.”

I don’t know, maybe she isn’t so bat-[bleep] crazy.


Waxing Brazilian

Let he who is without racism cast the first stone.

Drop the rock, Brazil:

The emergence of a black candidate in Brazil’s presidential race is highlighting a major shift in racial views in a country that was the biggest slave importer in the Americas and last to abolish the practice.

Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva —the African-descended daughter of illiterate rubber tappers in the Amazon—is running neck and neck with President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party. The latest polls show the Oct. 5 election would require a runoff between the two women, in which they would tie.

The number of Brazilians declaring themselves black or “pardo,” the Portuguese term to describe mixed-race Brazilians of African descent, has soared, part of a new black consciousness movement fueled by rising economic opportunities. Self-declared black and pardo Brazilians accounted for 53% of the population last year, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, after rising significantly between 2000 and 2010.

How can a majority of the population be a minority? Is this Brazil or apartheid-era South Africa? Rhodesia-on-Amazon?

Having fought a war to abolish slavery, America has nothing to answer for. Brazil hasn’t even been questioned.

PS: Though it should be noted that Brazil cannot be the “last to abolish the practice” when the practice is still practiced across the Muslim world.


Harry Reid’s Stand-Up Act

Don’t give up your day job, Harry (Actually, do!):

Harry Reid, who faulted his 2010 Republican opponent for making an insensitive remark to Asian-Americans, cracked two Asian-themed jokes at a Las Vegas event Thursday.

“I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” the Senate Majority Leader said to laughs from the audience at a Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce event.

Later in the video, which was sent to reporters by the Republican research group America Rising, Reid said, “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

But they’re light-skinned Asians, who speak with Asian accents when they want to!


Hey UN! What About This War Crime?

In the Democratic War on Women, that is:

A Democratic operative deleted her Twitter account Monday following a series of what some called racist remarks about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, is Asian.

Kathy Groob, who describes herself as an “advocate for women in politics,” sent a series of tweets related to Chao at a political event Saturday.

According to WKMS, Groob sent the tweets in response to comments McConnell made at the event, in which he referred to his wife as “the only Kentucky woman who served in a president’s cabinet.”

In one tweet Groob wrote, “Hey Mitch, nothing against you wife and spouses should be off limits; since you mentioned, she isn’t from KY, she is Asian.”

Groob followed that tweet with another: “Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell’s wife. No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian” Groop wrote.

Her racially-charged comments drew a firestorm on Twitter from people who questioned why Groob was pushing a narrative that someone who is Asian could not also be from Kentucky.

In Chao’s case, she and her family came to the U.S. from Taiwan when she was a child. She has been married to McConnell for more than two decades.

So that’s what passes for an “advocate for women in politics” among Democrats. I’d hate to see a critic. I also love that her comment came right after she wrote that spouses should be “off limits”.

PS: You might want to station peacekeeping groups inside the Democrat Party. They are repeat offenders:

A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads that attempted to tie Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan.

Ruth Harris, 65, of Jackson, Miss., said she and five other like-minded Democratic women pooled their resources to fund three radio spots urging voters to support Sen. Thad Cochran over McDaniel, a state senator, in Mississippi’s contentious June 24 GOP primary runoff.

“This is an Election Day alert. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When Congressman Thompson says a group of Tea Party radicals scares him, we should listen. Last week the Clarion Ledger was able to tie McDaniel’s campaign to an ally of the Ku Klux Klan. And, this supporter of McDaniel’s campaign was a Klan lawyer,” Harris says as the ad opens. “If we stand by and don’t go to the polls today, do you understand what we could lose? We could lose food stamps, housing assistance, student loans, early breakfast and lunch programs — and disaster assistance, as well as cuts to Social Security and Medicaid.

“The right-wing Tea Party people are saying we are too lazy to care or too afraid to go vote. They say we only want a hand out or something for free,” Harris says as the ad closes. “We are not going to turn back the hands of time.”

PPS: They really don’t like themselves some Elaine Chao:

You’ll recall last year when Progress Kentucky sent out a series of tweets vilifying Chao and McConnell’s “very close ties to China.”

Progress Kentucky, a Democratic super PAC with its sights on toppling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has drawn backlash for a persistent effort to suggest that the senator’s wife’s Chinese roots have led him to embrace anti-American policies.

In a Feb. 14 tweet, the group made a particularly blunt jab suggesting that Elaine Chao, former labor secretary under President George W. Bush and McConnell’s second wife, was encouraging him to support outsourcing jobs to China.

“This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress — she’s his #wife.May explain why your job moved to #China!” the tweet read.

I don’t really get racism. I guess it’s a liberal thing.


Good News, Bad News

First the bad news: you’re racist. The good news?

You don’t know it:

We white Americans all-too-seldom reflect upon the issue of racism, because we don’t have to. We don’t have to think about it, because the system is set up to benefit us, at the expense of people of color, without our ever doing anything mean or unkind, so it is very easy never to even notice how life is for someone not in our majority. [Call me a grammarist, but that's a run-on sentence. Ed.]

Racism has often been referred to as a “cancer” on and in society. But that has never struck me as terribly apt or helpful, despite its obviously negative connotation. So I began wondering what a more helpful metaphor might be for racism and its on-going effect on many of our citizens. And for some reason, it occurred to me that many of the things we say about being infected with HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, are true of racism:

Many people who are infected don’t know it. Those infected by racism are largely oblivious to it. It operates behind the scenes and barely shows itself in the early stages. It can be an important part of who we are and how we operate without our knowledge. And because the system is set up to benefit us, we can easily believe that racism is something that other people get. Understanding our being white in a racist society is akin to getting a fish in an aquarium to understand the concept of water – it is simply the medium in which we swim, the reality that supports us and in which we thrive without so much as a passing thought.

If we (white Americans) are the fish swimming in the racist medium in this simile, oblivious of our privilege, who are the schoolkids and frazzled parents on the other side of the glass pointing at the sharks and tortoises? African Americans? Do they enjoy the spectacle as much as my kids used to? Probably not.

But he’s not done with lame metaphors:

The only way to know if you’re unsuspectingly infected is to get tested. Testing is a voluntary and intentional act. It starts with realizing and admitting that I might be infected. It is painful to learn that we might be intentionally or unintentionally racist, and since we usually shy away from painful things, we avoid conversations and situations that might reveal the ugly truth. The “test” for racism is a lot less scientific than getting tested for HIV, and it involves having conversations with people of color (and other race-aware white people) about their experiences. It means listening to the words of people who have indeed experienced racism, and then believing that it is true for them – even if it is not true of our experience. And then it means searching our souls for ways in which we have colluded with a white-majority society in perpetuating such an unjust system.

Resistance to being tested comes from the fear of what changes may be in store if I’m “positive.” The scary thing about finding out if one has been infected is that if I have, then I will need to change some things about my life. If I open myself to understanding how I participate in and benefit from a racist society (even if I have no personal animosity at all toward people of color!), then I will undoubtedly have to decide if I’m going to resist the racism in myself and seek to dismantle it in the society.

Viral load can be reduced to undetectable levels, but it never goes away. And at least for now, it’s an incurable condition. Undoing racism in ourselves is a life-long process. We all acquire “default settings” in our growing up – that is, standard ways in which we tend to view the world and organize/understand our experiences. We can intentionally go in and change these default settings, but it takes our being intentional and vigilant – or else, the default setting reasserts itself, and without even thinking, becomes our standard operating procedure.

We’re all racist (we whites anyway); we don’t even know it; and there’s nothing we can do about it. Oh well, have a nice day.

But again, the metaphor fails to hold. Once a death sentence, HIV is treatable; infected people can live long, healthy lives. I observe without blame that HIV was spread through drug use and promiscuity. It was treated (if not cured) through the efforts of millions and millions of dollars and the united efforts of government and medicine. The victims of racism should be so lucky.

But all is not lost:

I am a recovering racist, and similar to a recovering alcoholic, who may not drink but who will always be an alcoholic, I must constantly monitor and manage my internal “settings” about race.

So, while you may always remain a racist, you can be a “dry” racist. Where does he come up with this nonsense?

That default setting in me was shaped in my childhood, spent in the segregated south, complete with separate drinking fountains and lunchrooms.

Wait a minute! That’s not my “default setting”. I was raised by hyperliberal, socialist, atheist, anti-racist lunatic parents. My crazy father voted for Eldridge Cleaver for president in 1968! My loopy mother left her young kids to go march in Mississippi in 196-whatever! I never drank from a segregated fountain, never rode on a segregated bus. I never called nobody n**g*r, and recoiled in horror on the rare occasions when I heard anyone else do so. And I’m hardly special. Explain to me how I, or millions raised just like me, am racist.

If I’m “guilty of being white”, can I just pay a fine and get on with my life? Actually, can I just get on with my life? Guilt is optional, and I’m opting out.

PS: If self-diagnosis involves “having conversations with people of color”, do we get to take note of their “intentional or unintentional racism”? We “typical white people” have our failings, but I think it’s more to do with our being people than with our being white. I think black people are our equals in this as in all other ways.


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