Mike Hulett’s Oct. 26th column on racism was a typical conservatives’ nice-misdirection throughout its entirety.
In paragraph two, Hulett argues that the 1964 Civil Rights Act became law, in the main, due to Republican efforts. While it is true GOP votes helped, here are the final vote totals of the passed bill: House, in favor—Democrats 153, Republicans 136; opposed—Democrats 91, Republicans 35; Senate, in favor—Democrats 46, Republicans 27; opposed—Democrats 21, Republicans 6. Thus a total of 41 House and Senate Republicans opposed the Act. Further, Hulett gives no mention of the successful work of the Democratic leadership of both the House and Senate (both bodies being majority Democrat), nor does he address the well-documented efforts of the Democratic President Johnson. And he fails to mention that with the passage of the Act, the racists, bigots and hypocrites in the southern arm of the Democratic Party (both politicians and the general populace) all migrated to the Republican Party, where they still reside today. Thus, the Solid South of yesterday is still the Solid South of today, only under a new label.
Relative to the “old Southern statues,” Hulett does not mention that most of them were erected in the early part of the 1900s to advance the false narrative of The Lost Cause, wherein honorable Southerners seceded from the Union because of a tyrannical federal government. He has, it seems, never read any of the southern states Articles of Secession, wherein slavery is always listed as the reason for breaking the ties that bound. And the statues themselves, of course, are in the main, of military men who advocated for that slavery. Most egregious of all, he never mentions the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where an amalgam of alt-right garbage (including racists) marched to keep one of those statues.
Relative to the separation of immigrant adults from immigrant children, isn’t it odd that the vast majority—if not all—are people of color? If they were white Europeans would the same rules apply?
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Relative to those wearing MAGA hats—is it inconceivable to imagine that a number of them might, in fact, be racists?
Hulett also makes a false equivalence by suggesting Democratically controlled major urban areas are the reason for the dismal conditions of people of color within those areas, rather than addressing the major cause endemic throughout all areas of the U.S., institutional racism. In other words, the direct racism of the past has morphed into the subtle racism of today.
But Hulett’s most egregious act in his opinion piece is that he takes it upon himself to white-splain racism to the rest of us. In other words, a white male (an old one, of course), who has enjoyed the benefits of white privilege his entire life—meaning he has zero experience of what it means to suffer through racism—thinks he has both the capability and the ability, to make commentary on one of the largest—if not the largest—stains on the soul of our republic. How pathetic.