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Racism: our nation’s original sin

July 20, 2013

I have decided to come out of retirement for an occasional column. I figured if players like Michael Jordan could do it in basketball and Brett Favre in football, so could I....

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Jul-21-13 3:05 AM

I'd like changes to the voting laws too. If you don't pay income tax, you don't vote. Why should someone not putting into the system have the right to vote themselves anything they want?

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Jul-21-13 3:07 AM

And if you want a class or two on racism in America study the last thirty years of the "Reverends Jackson's and Sharpton's bodies of work. Now there is blatant racisim.

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Jul-21-13 8:30 AM

MikeDavis..would you allow people who hide their money by putting it in foreign account also be determined not to have the right to vote? If you cheat the people of our do not have the right to vote.

Same logic...

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Jul-21-13 9:26 AM

Thank You Dan for coming out of retirement to address a most important issue plaguing our Country...RACISM.

Anyone who doubts racism is still alive in our Country..I suggest you look at data to see exactly the impact that racism has had on such things as employment, income, arrests and incarcerations, and education.

THE reason I just made plans to join in the 50th Anniversary MLK march in DC. To take a stand against racism..and how it affects so many of our citizens..and how we must work for true equality and justice for all.

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Jul-21-13 9:50 AM

HE'S BACK! Once again O'Rourke makes my blood boil. And what really irks me is his bio at the end of each column, which, in my opinion, is intended to say "trust me, I'm a priest". While you will be hard pressed to find anyone with more respect for the clergy than me, I do not extend that respect to this guy. For that reason, and to avoid writing something I later regret, I will refrain from commenting on most of his column until I have a chance to cool down. One thing I will comment on, though, is his misrepresentation of the Three-Fifthes Compromise. The Three-Fifthes Compromise was an effort by the founding fathers to put an end to slavery. Because the total representation in the House of Representatives is based on the population of each district, the districts with high slave populations (the south) would have had so many votes in the House that it would have been much harder to end slavery. It was not a perfect solution, but a "compromise".

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Jul-21-13 9:52 AM

(continued) Someone as enlightened as Mr. O'Rourke should have known that, but then, the facts do not help to further his agenda, do they?

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Jul-21-13 10:03 AM

Judeye, nobody would have to cheat an honest system. That's my point. Someone with nothing has a vote. A vote they use to take from people who have worked their whole lives to be able to retire confortably. But the leeches stand in line to take more and more. Eventually the system will fail, your "saviour" is doing everything he can to bring that about. You can't say enough good about the POS that currently occupies the Oval Office. That is my first clue you are deluded. And next you will want Hillary...LOL. Maybe you should do a little research as to how many people have died comiing into contact with the toxic twins. Vince Foster ring a bell? You know, the guy who commited suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head....twice...without getting any gunpowder residue on his hands. The road to H.E.L.L. and your liberal utopia you keep dreaming can happen are both paved with good intentions Judeye. The problem is the leeches in this society always want more...

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Jul-21-13 10:18 AM

Commited suicide - which was investigated by the park police. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ???

Nothing to see here folks, move along.

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Jul-21-13 3:18 PM

Thank you Dan for coming out of retirement to discuss this important issue. I suggest many readers go back and read "Black Like Me." Not much has changed. Regarding the Supreme Court decision about the Voting Rights Act, they ignored the facts.It was passed unanimously by congress. House Committee on the Judiciary held 10 oversight hearings before the Subcommittee on the Constitution examining the effectiveness of the temporary provisions of the VRA over the last 25 years. During these oversight hearings, the Subcommittee heard oral testimony from 39 witnesses, including State and local elected officials, scholars, attorneys, and other representatives from the voting and civil rights community. The Committee also received additional written testimony from the Department of Justice, other interested governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens. In all, the Committee assembled over 12,000 pages of testimony. Congress knew what they were doing.

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Jul-21-13 3:20 PM

How funny that you talk about one death 20 years ago, but ignore the hundreds of thousands killed by the war's Bush started.

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Jul-21-13 4:46 PM

How about all those killed by Obamas wars or are they different Marcia. You are blinded to the fact he is no better then bush because he's black and therefore can do no wrong. You say "How funny that you talk about one death 20 years ago" and yet all the left does is cry about one death last year and say nothing about those killed in obamas wars. Or those killed in his hometown. Bush has been gone for 6 years quit trying to lay obamas failures on him. Take off the rose colored glasses people.

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Jul-21-13 8:37 PM

Are you just stupid Marcia? I said there are hundreds of suspicious deaths that can be laid at the Clintons feet. Not one of them done in a war zone, you complete and utter dumb B! And "Black Like Me"? Why? The black community has had every opportunity that I have had in my life. Starting with school and going forward. Maybe you should read a little of Bill Cosby's statement on the condition of the black community. It's spot on and has NO room for your white guilt and rediculous bleeding heart BS. Men stand, beggers beg. Your answer is laws to take from the men and give more and more to the beggars, until all are beggars. Start making people stand up, rather then put their hand out. Now flipping grow up little girl, it's time for adulthood.

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Jul-21-13 9:16 PM

Yes there certainly is racism in America because liberals hammer on it and hammer that belief into people,forge their minds to believe racism is rampart to garner votes thru the Sharptons,Jacksons,the holywood elite and others and now the President,the great uniter,author of "change you can believe in"! What a sick bunch and now a priest who reminds me of the other one called pfleuger who must somehow be related to jerimiah wright.

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Jul-21-13 10:32 PM

If you want to learn the truth about racism just google the websites providing black commedian Bill Cosby's views on the subject. There are a handful of people promoting racism for their own financial benefits and they are dividing the country in the process. It is sad that we have alot of gullible people in this country who believe everything they see in the national media. Among those gullible people are several contributors to this column.

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Jul-22-13 12:29 AM

Yeah, it's not like slavery ever existed in any society before the Thirteen Colonies were established. So glad to make that fact known before those wacky Europeans, Egyptians, Asians, etc. had a chance to chime in....

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Jul-22-13 12:45 AM

"Thank you Dan for coming out of retirement to discuss this important issue." Now go back into retirement until you can write about a real one. Or at least be fair and realize it's not just whites against blacks showing it but blacks, Hispanics, Chinese etc against whites or any and all other skin colors. Some of the idiots in here think it can only be white against black. Those are the ones with their heads buried up their err in the sand and never see real life.

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Jul-22-13 8:22 AM

MikeDavis... "But the leeches stand in line to take more and more. "

Oh..I see...all those corporations who make huge profits and yet pay NO federal taxes? Or those super wealthy rich folk, like Romney, who pay a LOWER tax rate than most working people, including those of us who after working our entire lives are now retired.

Yep those leeches have got to go. Glad to see we are on the same page

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Jul-22-13 8:28 AM

MikeDavis..."The black community has had every opportunity that I have had in my life."

Well I do not know about you..but I can say without a doubt that I had many..multiple..opportunities that were not given to those in the Black community. I was never followed just because of the color of my skin. My parents were able to live where ever they wished (yes there was a time when discrimination in housing was rampant in this country...why do you think we now have laws making this illegal?) I was able to go to the best schools with the newest modern equipment, unlike the Black only segregated schools that many attended.

I could go on and think that there is no discrimination or racism in our country..then and just plan ignorant.

Not that you are ignorant, but the facts prove you wrong in this area.

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Jul-22-13 8:43 AM

Fact: A homeowner used to be allowed to refuse to sell to someone..based on their race.

Fact: Black youths arrested for drug possession are 48 times more likely to wind up in prison than white youths arrested for the same crime under the same circumstances.

Fact: Black and Latino men are three times more likely than white men to be stopped by the police and have their cars searched – even though white men are four times more likely to have weapons or drugs.

Fact: White men with a criminal record are more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men with no record, even when their education and experience are the same.

Fact: My own brother in law graduated from an all White high school.

I could go on...but all you need to do is Google racism facts in the USA. It is immoral to ignore FACTS that have an adverse impact on our fellow citizens.

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Jul-22-13 8:46 AM

Fact: all those facts judeye posted are no longer legal. Fact: so they are part of history. Fact: Get over history and move on.

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Jul-22-13 9:12 AM

Judeye, please give a factual list of the opportunities YOU had that weren't available to Blacks?

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Jul-22-13 9:12 AM

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the ***** race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the ***** to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs." Now, I do not know the agenda of Ms. Weinger. However, as I watch the destruction of the black community in America, I have had it with the politics of race baiters who use iambic pentameter sing-song speech to anesthetize blacks from the reality of their demise.

Booker T. Washington

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Jul-22-13 9:45 AM

Alright Judeye lets play your silly game. How much did Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, and Hillary pay? As far as racism in America? I think I already covered that. And why is 13% of the population responsible for 50% (or more) of the crime? Because they are responsible for it. That isn't racist, that is just the truth.

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Jul-22-13 10:09 AM

I have to wonder if the left-wingers blame bush for the so called racism they talk about. Or blame Bush for what happened to the gangsta Martin? I mean msnbc has blamed Bush for the IRS scandal now.

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Jul-22-13 12:34 PM

MikeDavis Jul-21-13 8:37 PM "Are you just stupid Marcia? complete and utter dumb B! Now flipping grow up little girl, it's time for adulthood." What does the B stand for? When you have no argument you descend to misogyny and name calling. I should grow up? You can't even have a civil discussion. No wonder you support stand your ground.

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