Here’s an example of why the GOP has a racism problem

“Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism. It is because of our silence when things like this are said.”–Tim Scott, black Republican senator, on Rep. Steven King

After years of ignoring his racist comments, House Republicans have finally had enough of Rep. Steven King of Iowa.

Republican leaders in the House stripped King of his committee assignments and Rep. Liz Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, suggested he resign his seat. A resolution condemning his comments had bi-partisan support in the House.

The GOP leadership apparently had enough of King when he told the New York Times:  “White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization–how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Here in western Nevada County, conservatives expressed confusion and hostility toward the House GOP’s action, apparently either oblivious to, or in agreement with, King’s long history of racist comments.

“What exactly did he say (as opposed to what his detractors claim he said) that caused the furor and the Republican leadership to censure him,” asked George Rebane, proprietor of Rebane’s Ruminations, a blog that’s a gathering place for the local conservative intelligentsia.

This apparent ignorance is hard to accept. Rebane is obviously well read, and it stretches credibility to suggest that he is unaware of King’s long history of racist comments. Perhaps he just reads conservative publications that don’t find King’s comments objectionable or worthy of criticism, or maybe Rebane just agrees with him.

He has drawn criticism locally for contending that people want to be with their own kind, and suggesting the U.S. would be better off if it was organized into a “confederacy of like-minded regions.” How you would accomplish this in the country with the world’s more diverse population is hard to fathom, but a lot of people see racism in the proposal. I’ll call it segregation and leave it at that.

Rebane’s bewilderment over the King dust-up was quickly dismissed by two of his regulars. “fish,” the only one of Rebane’s regulars who appears to have a sense of humor, responded: “Oh that hardly matters George…they’re running with the narrative…Mittens Romney wants him primaried. Even McConnell is wobbly! GOPe…craven cowards to the man.”

Todd Juvinall, who’s rude, crude and claims to have never witnessed racial discrimination in Nevada County, chimed in with this: “Yeah the lefty snowflakes can’t deal with that so they have to ban it. God help America.”

Rebane’s fellow travelers seem to be fearful of the encroachment of “those people” into California’s second whitest county. They were particularly aroused recently when some blacks tried to rip-off a local pot dealer, and two groups of blacks robbed the T-Mobile store in Grass Valley.

Rebane regular Walt Branson was particularly upset with this chain of events, referring to one of the invaders as a “city pavement ape” in a post on December 1. Rebane didn’t remove it, and nobody suggested it was out-of-bounds. It’s possible that nobody read the rant. The other possibility is that those who read it didn’t find it objectionable.

As Senator Scott has observed, this is why the GOP has an image problem.

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8 Responses to Here’s an example of why the GOP has a racism problem

  1. Todd Juvinall says:

    The democrat party formed the KKK and even Hitler liked what your party was doing to the blacks of our country. Mussolini was a favorite of FDR and still you democrats try to project your racist hate onto others. Shame on you.

    • You forgot the rest of the story. The Democratic Party parted ways with the southern racists in the ’60s, but the Republicans embraced them. That’s why the solid south is now solid red.

  2. Todd Juvinall says:

    Not true. The only Southern democrat/Dixiecrat to come over to the R’s was Strom, Thurmon all the rest stayed democrat. You need to get some history lessons. And did you know not one R owned a slave before the Civil War? Your party stayed racist and the R’s tried to fix your mess. But you try and project your own racism on others. That is quite a mental condition. Tell the readers the vote for Civil Rights Act.

    • Nice try, Todd. The south started to drift away from the Democrats after Lyndon Johnson proposed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts in the ’60s, and then Nixon accelerated the party switch with his southern strategy. All those rednecks are yours now.

  3. Ken Jones says:

    Rebane’s Ruminations is a sounding board for the fringe right wing that feel comfortable in their racism. I read Walt’s clearly racist comment too and was not surprised. The attitude is shared among many including Bill Tozer, and other loud and crude commenters. It is futile to post, you are guaranteed to be attacked in force. And you can count on Todd lying, insulting and making moronic comments daily. Thankfully I think these individuals represent a very loud but vast minority of the good people in Nevada County.

    • Todd Juvinall says:

      Oh Ken you crack me up. You follow me around spreading your falsehoods when you know I am telling the truth and you are not. But that is fine. You have to live with you.

      GeorgeB, you are trying to tell people that the party that sent in the National Gurd to desegregate the south and schools became the hope of southern democrat racists? If so you really do need to bone up on your history and logic. And please name two democrats during that time you said there was a “Southern Strategy” and party switching that became Republicans.

  4. Ken Jones says:

    On cue Todd just proves my point.

    • Todd, you have your time lines confused once again. Eisenhower sent troops into the south after the Supreme Court led by Earl Warren (“The worst appointment I ever made,” according to Ike) forced his hand. That would be in the ’50s.

      In the ’60s, both Kennedy and Johnson sent troops into the south to protect the civil rights of blacks, followed by passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. Otherwise, nobody would have ever heard of George Wallace, Ross Barnett, and all those other red neck resisters to civil rights.

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