The self proclaimed far Right media watchdog blog Newsbusters has found yet another SHOCKING story, FCC’s Diversity Czar: ‘White People’ Need to be Forced to ‘Step Down’ ‘So Someone Else Can Have Power’ in which they do provide the full quote. Which does not support the headline unless one is inclined to discombobulate what someone says into partisan spin,
This… there’s nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions. And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem.
We’re in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power.
The question as to who should be in power is one that is constantly debated and at regular intervals we have elections. Those elections determine to some extent the answer to who should govern. Newsbusters implies that a middling ranked appointee (Mark Lloyd) at the FCC, in voicing such opinions has abridged some social convention where it was agreed we as a nation would not express such sordid opinions. Someone might want to tell the entire right-wing noise machine from The Heritage Foundation to Sean Hannity.
As to the race of those in power there have been occasions on which the Conservative movement has been candid about its opinions on the race of our leaders in the public and private sectors,
Bill O’Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have.
O’Reilly one of the highest ranking members of the rightie pundit chain of command says that Mr. Lloyd is correct, there is a white power structure. Pat Buchanan has been a voice for conservatism for so long when he first started he wrote his columns and did his radio broadcast from a cave wearing mammoth skin PJs. Buchanan thinks the United States popped fully formed out of the white male power structure and no one else made a contribution or should be allowed to,
“White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks, who were 90% of the nation in 1960 when I was growing up and the other 10% were African-Americans who had been discriminated against. That’s why. (Buchanan)
Damn straight! And what were all those black people doing at the time when heroic white people were setting about the important business of founding this great nation of ours? You guessed it! Hanging around fields, picking cotton, like bone idle jerks! None of that ever contributed anything to the common weal, of course! I mean, what is “cotton?” Not exactly THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES, right?
Sure, at that time, their presence in the New World was based upon the economic need for a cheap and readily available supply of ambulatory chattel, and yeah, the consensus opinion was that they weren’t even really members of the human race, but as Pat Buchanan has, in the past, endeavored to explain to black America, being dragged to this continent in leg irons was the best and most generous thing that anyone has ever done for them! Surely, out of pure gratitude they could have ponied up a decent amendment to the Constitution or inscribed three-fifths of their signature on the Declaration of Independence.
Did you know that only twenty-percent of the people killed in 1770’s Boston Massacre were black? It’s true! One guy, named Crispus Attucks, who was obviously an affirmative action slaying!
How many blacks fought in the Union Army during the Civil War? A paltry 163 units! And it’s not like any of them had to risk life and limb, fleeing bondage to join up and fight to preserve the Union? No, no! Black people had it totally easy! ( More on Pat’s ignorance of American history here)
Unfortunately we cannot get a redo on our history, but it doesn’t strain the imagination to wonder about all the contributions that various non-white Anglo-Saxons could have been made if they would have been allowed to participate. The Confederacy was so determined not to deny African Americans freedom, not to be allowed full partnership in our democracy, they betrayed the Republic. Then between deeply ingrained racism and resentment, Black Americans had a defacto seat at the back of the social and economic bus until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One tends to think that even the shallow likes of the Newsbuster sycophants can see a pattern here. Americans of color have had to struggle against Bill O’Reilly’ and Pat Buchanan’s “White” “male” power structure for over 200 years. It is also no secret that the mere election of a person of color caused a wave of paranoia among those that still think like plantation owners, White Supremacists Report an Increase in Visits to Their Web Sites
Neo-Nazi, skinhead and segregationist groups have reported gains in numbers of visitors to their Web sites and in membership since the senator from Illinois secured the Democratic nomination June 3. His success has aroused a community of racists, experts said, concerned by the possibility of the country’s first black president.
“I haven’t seen this much anger in a long, long time,” said Billy Roper, a 36-year-old who runs a group called White Revolution in Russellville, Ark. “Nothing has awakened normally complacent white Americans more than the prospect of America having an overtly nonwhite president.”
[ ]…”The truth is, we’re finding an explosion in these kinds of hateful sentiments on the Net, and it’s a growing problem,” said Deborah Lauter, civil rights director for the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate group activity. “There are probably thousands of Web sites that do this now. I couldn’t even tell you how many are out there because it’s growing so fast.”
Some of Mr. Lloyds phrasing might be a little terse, but in relation to our history and our current social climate he has a way to go before he reaches the heights of hyperbolic nonsense expressed by the likes of Newsbusters or what are considered mainstream conservative opinion makers.
CANTOR: First of all I guess I would ask what the situation is in terms of income eligibility and the existing programs that are out there. Because if we look at the uninsured that are out there right now, there is probably 23, 24% of the uninsured that is already eligible for an existing government program […] Beyond that, I know that there are programs, there are charitable organizations, there are hospitals here who do provide charity care if there’s an instance of indigency and the individual is not eligible for existing programs that there can be some cooperative effort. No one in this country, given who we are, should be sitting without an option to be addressed.
Cantor is opposed to any health-care reform that includes a public option, but clearly states that some government program somewhere is the answer to his constituent’s problem. Eric is supposed to be one of the brighter lights of social Darwinism’s conservatism’s future. In that case he should learn how to pass the buck more artfully. As to what “No one in this country, given who we are, should be sitting without an option to be addressed.” means, I’ll let everyone know as soon as I get my right-wing secret decoder ring.