I wrote yesterday about the need for liberals to speak up against conservative outrages, noting that whenever the conservatives do or say outrageous things and liberals respond, conservatives react with outrage, demanding an apology for alleged incivility that was theirs to begin with.
Historically, liberals have backed down and tendered the demanded apology. Not so where Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) is concerned. He stands by his words; he refuses to apologize for his evisceration of the Tea Party for Jim Crow racism.
Presto! That demand for an apology has now been made. According to OneNewsNow, “a pro-family group in Indiana is demanding [that Carson] apologize for suggesting that members of the tea party movement are racist.”
Yes, by all means, let’s apologize again for telling the truth. Evidence of Tea Party racism would make for a long series of articles at this point. I imagine if I started today, I could write about nothing else for a week, at least. Here’s a sampling just for a conversation starter:
Micah Clark, since 2001 the executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, is known to Hoosiers as the man who hates gay donuts. The AFA is an organization that takes up a lot of virtual ink here, and identified by the SPLC as a hate group that regularly transcends the bounds of decency. Clark, who embodies his parent organization’s very low standards of decency, says, “These were incendiary words to incite people, to stir up people. I think that imagery before a black audience is wildly irresponsible and reckless, as well as being totally untrue.”
So if racism is directed at blacks a black Representative has no right to speak to his black constituents about that racism? I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t make any sense to me. And take it a step farther: A black audience…because those white folks don’t like the idea of angry black folks. Micah Clark’s denial is itself racist, proving Carlson’s point.
As OneNewsNow tells it,
So Clark and his group are requesting an apology from the Democratic congressman, who so far has followed up by saying, “Well, if I’ve hurt anyone, that wasn’t my intention. But the passion was there, and the truth of what I said stands on solid ground.” But in Clark’s opinion, that only “make[s] matters worse.”
He believes “truth” is exactly what is missing from Carson’s comments and subsequent response. “That’s not really an apology; it’s simply saying that he believes what he said,” the pro-family group director decides.
The report goes on to say that
Clark reports that he has spoken to dozens of tea party groups and met with thousands of tea party activists throughout Indiana who represent all racial and socio-economic backgrounds, and he assures that he has never observed racial bigotry or hatred at what he describes as “peaceful” events.
I can’t speak to what Clark has seen in Indiana Tea Party gatherings, but surely he has a television set, or browses the news. I find it hard to believe he isn’t aware of racism. I would have to suggest that either Clark himself is racist and therefore unable to identify a problem with what he has seen, or that he refuses to see what is plainly right before his eyes. Of course, it’s well known that racists don’t think “Barack the Magic Negro” is racist, or that the use of “colored” for blacks/African Americans is racist, or that images of a watermelon patch surrounding the White House are racist.
And certainly waving the Confederate flag as Tea Partiers have been known to do, has nothing to do with racism! We’ll put that down to states rights…to own slaves. The list goes on.
OneNewsNow claims Carlson is saying his words were taken out of context but that’s not at all what Carlson or his camp have said:
As CNN reported that on Wednesday,
Jason Tomsci, a Carson aide, said the congressman’s sentiments were valid. “Members of the tea party are holding up a lot of things that the president wants to do and want to gut critical services and programs that they know are important to African Americans as well as Latinos and other minorities,” Tomsci said.
That does not sound like claiming his words were taken out of context to me. And Carlson’s own words?
“I stand on the truth of what I spoke,” he said. “My intentions weren’t to hurt anyone or any group. I wanted to speak to the issues that concern me and the philosophical issues that concern me as it relates to certain leadership within the tea party organization, not the entire tea party, but certain elements that have concerned me deeply and for quite some time that I think should really re-evaluate what it means to be an American and we shouldn’t go along the path of taking America back to the ‘good old days’ because those days were not good for everyone.”
It’s simple: there is truth and there are lies, and the AFA serves lies, and in their own terms, the Father of Lies. The truth is not in them, nor, as far as I can see, in any fundamentalist group or organization, or in any major conservative political figures as of the time of this writing. It is lies, lies, and more lies, and then lies to cover up the lies.
You can get a little background on Clark’s various stances (albeit outdated) from AdvanceIndiana here
Micah Clark photo from OnTop Magazine