Lars Larson: Racial Behavior Standards

There should only be one standard for racial misbehavior in this country.

Harry Reid really stuck his foot in it. Funny thing is it happened about a year and a half ago during the ’08 Presidential campaign. Harry Reid was telling people he thought Barack Obama was electable. And why? Because Barack Obama was “light skinned” and he didn’t have a “negro dialect” that was thick enough to bother voters.

Well, here’s the problem with that.

It was a stupid thing to say. It was Harry Reid judging a man by the skin color instead of by the content of his character, the way Dr. King would have advised.

The fact is Harry Reid, like an awful lot of limousine liberals out there, trying to suggest that everyone else is racist. Harry Reid deserves to be treated by the same standard the Democrats required of Senator Trent Lott.

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  • retired UO science prof

    Oh, come off it. Harry Reid is correct. America is not about to elect someone like Harry Reid described. Any more than they’re going to elect a Hasidic Jew, or maybe even a really mainstream type like Joe Lieberman, and probably not too evangelical a Protestant. (George Bush probably pushed the limit for a long time, especially given his record.) Any more than they’re likely to elect a Mormon like Harry Reid, for that matter. (I think Lieberman would have a better shot, actually.)

    It doesn’t even have much to do with “racism”. People like to vote for people they feel comfortable with, people like themselves. How many Catholic Presidents have there been? One, JFK, and those who were around will remember what an issue that was, and how close the election was. (For a lot of reasons.) All kinds of things make people comfortable or not. Wasn’t Obama’s Muslim background a factor for a lot of people? Does that make them “Islamophobes”? Not in my book.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    It was a stupid thing to say.

    Was it surprising? Not really. Did it establish Reid as out of touch? Sure, its impossible to sound anything but archaic using phrases such as “Negro Dialect”. It was almost as if he were a comical Simpsons character with the way he phrased what he did.

    Does it mean he is a racist? Nope, not a bit.

    Would the Democrats have gone ballistic if a Republican had said it? Of course. No one in their right mind doubts this and this is why the Democrats can at times be so ridiculous on racial issues. They simply have a use for them as a political tool more than any moral commitment. That at times makes them laughable, such as here.

    This wont change any time soon.

    Did anything change after Dodd’s remarks after the Lott incident? Nope, Dodd’s remarks were virtually identical to Lott’s and happened within a couple of months of the Lott incident.

    There will be nothing forthcoming from the Democrats as a result of this incident and Republicans should expect nothing from them or the press. What Republicans should do is learn to stand up for themselves when this sort of nonsense is pointed their way. Republicans need to stop cowering and acting like they have something to apologize for. They have done that for decades and it has gotten them no where. Democrats have been unapologetic for any racist statements from any of their ranks and it has only helped them.

    Republicans could learn a lot from Democrats on this issue. Being craven and folding, asking for forgiveness when the hypocritical racial harpies descend does nothing but invite picking at the bones.

    • Tom Cox

      @Rupert –

      You’re old enough to differentiate between “good-vs-bad” and “surprising-vs-unsurprising”. Try to be mature enough to do so.

      You leave your keys in the ignition and the car gets stolen — that’s both bad and unsurprising. Your mistake (leaving the keys in the ignition) do make the crime less surprising and more easy. It does not make the crime any less a crime.

      It’s not your duty to make bad acts difficult. (It is wise to try to do that, and to be consistent about it.) It is everyone’s duty to refrain from bad acts like stealing cars.

      Reid’s quasi-racist comment just highlights the naked mis-use of the political correctness standard by Democrats as a club to advance their partisan interests.

      Our goal should be to appeal to the good hearted people who really want racial equality (rather than a racial spoils system) and split them off from the Democrats who use them as tools for partisan advantage. Our slogan should be “one standard for all and true equality for all.”

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >You’re old enough to differentiate between “good-vs-bad” and “surprising-vs-unsurprising”. Try to be mature enough to do so.

        OK – I have to read through your entire reply to know what the you are talking about in the opening sentence. I therefore conclude that since your comments seem directed at my maturity level in regard to some point I wasn’t making, that your reading of my comment was of a similar opacity to the writing shown here.

        My comment did not have a whole lot to do with saying good thing bad thing or surprising unsurprising. My comment was about the fact that none of this is surprising and perhaps the Republicans should change their strategy when the vastly different, but equally unsurprising media response is directed at them in a reverse situation.

        Your conclusion that my statements to that effect indicates a lack of understanding between a good vs bad situation and a surprising vs. unsurprising one seems hardly well founded, but quite ill expressed.

        >You leave your keys in the ignition and the car gets stolen — that’s both bad and unsurprising. Your mistake (leaving the keys in the ignition) do make the crime less surprising and more easy. It does not make the crime any less a crime.

        What are you talking about here? Are you saying that Reid or Dodd’s comments were bad, but it was unsurprising that they were greeted as a non story and Lott’s stopped all business on the hill?

        Congratulations man! You have stumbled upon the obvious!

        To us a car key analogy you have just started the car and rammed it into the back wall of the garage

        >It’s not your duty to make bad acts difficult. (It is wise to try to do that, and to be consistent about it.) It is everyone’s duty to refrain from bad acts like stealing cars.

        Ok, this is lucid to some degree, took a while to get here. Sure, I would agree Reid has more of a duty not to make such inane comments in the first place that Republicans have to criticize him for it.

        That’s fairly obvious and you would get no argument from me on that.

        >Reid’s quasi-racist comment just highlights the naked mis-use of the political correctness standard by Democrats as a club to advance their partisan interests.

        Again, this is really obvious and not in contention at all.

        No one, probably not even most liberals, would argue with you on this. I certainly wouldn’t,

        In fact dealing with this obvious double standard was the main thrust of my comment. Not whether or not it exists.

        >Our goal should be to appeal to the good hearted people who really want racial equality (rather than a racial spoils system) and split them off from the Democrats who use them as tools for partisan advantage. Our slogan should be “one standard for all and true equality for all.”

        Yep, I agree with that. However you aren’t going to split anyone off from anything if you constantly lay down and act like a craven whipping boy every time the Democrats prance up with their stupid “Mommy, Senator Lott said this and it was a bad thing” line.

        To give you an analogy using car keys that actually has some bearing – The next time the some racial freight train is coming down the tracks and the Democrats start their usual whining, speed through the junction and run them over. Don’t just sit there on the tracks and wait to get hit.

        • v person

          “every time the Democrats prance up with their stupid “Mommy, Senator Lott said this and it was a bad thing” line.”

          Rupert, it was the republicans, and particularly Bush, who threw Lott under the bus. If I recall correctly Democrats did not say much of anything. They just enjoyed the wreckage.

          The idea of splitting racial minorities off from the Democrats is pretty funny. Particularly given that the current Republican obsession with illegals from south of the border (and the idiocy of calling Sonyamayor a racist) is driving Latin Americans to the Democrats in the same way that Republican opposition to civil rights legislation and court decisions (i.e. Brown) did to African Americans in the 50s and 60s. Lesson: once driven away, it will take a while to lure them back.

          Now its your cue to call me a racist.

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  • gjdagis

    I agree that was a poor choice of words. It’s quite outdated. A better phrase would have probably been, “Ghetto Dialect”.

  • v person

    As the official Catalyst token liberal, I welcome Lars Larson to the world of hyper sensitive politically correct speakology. What took you so long Lars?

    And are you voting yes on 66 and 67?

  • Bob Tiernan

    *v person:*

    Rupert, it was the republicans, and particularly Bush, who threw Lott under the bus. If I recall correctly Democrats did not say much of anything. They just enjoyed the wreckage.

    *Bob T:*

    That is correct. In fact, they have a better record of jettisoning their scalawags than the Dems do.
    But anyway, don’t forget that at the time Lott was being pushed out he claimed that people in his party had it in for him, and observers (Dems included) didn’t believe him.

    *v person:*

    …is driving Latin Americans to the Democrats in the same way that Republican opposition to civil rights legislation and court decisions (i.e. Brown) did to African Americans in the 50s and 60s. Lesson: once driven away, it will take a while to lure them back.

    *Bob T:*

    Particularly when they are held my various welfare/entitlement programs. I’m not at all interested in seeing any group “bought off” with tax dollars. Why are you?

    Besides, you have misrepresented the history. The Repubs had just as good a record on civil rights as northern and mid-western Democrats, and the votes on these bills reveal that. The big mistake was made by one man – Barry Goldwater – when he foolishly opposed a national law. He was not representing a majority of his party. Many Dems got away with it, sometimes by false history, such as when Al Gore reminds people that his father voted for the Civil Rights Act in the US Senate when in fact he voted against it, as did Clinton’s mentor, Sen Fulbright.

    The Repubs have had people who could have changed the dynamic in recent decades, such as Jack Kemp, but they were pushed aside by idiots like GHW Bush who made him Sec of HUD and then used his chief of staff to keep him and his ideas man Jim Pinkerton out of the Oval Office. In 1980 Reagan should have picked Kemp as his VP for Kemp would have been elected to two terms and made a fatal dent in the Dems’ lock on minority voters. But we can’t change history — Bush Sr thought he knew better and he flushed the Reagan legacy down the toilet, and his son was even worse. But make no mistake about tyhe Dems — they don’t win them over with ideas, but with money. Like any other interest group as they see it.

    By the way, when Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Steel ran in state-wide elections in their respective states (Ohio and Maryland). just who was it who provided most of their votes? Democrats? I don’t think so.

    Bob Tiernan
    Portland

    • v person

      “Particularly when they are held my various welfare/entitlement programs. I’m not at all interested in seeing any group “bought off” with tax dollars. Why are you?”

      A minority of minorities are on welfare or other entitlements. So why would support for entitlements “buy off” an entire racial group? I’m not interested in buying anyone off with financial support. I’m for financial support for both practical (less social strife) and humanitarian reasons (its the right thing to do up to a point).

      “The big mistake was made by one man – Barry Goldwater – when he foolishly opposed a national law.”

      As did Reagan. As did Buckley. And Nixon was the beneficiary with his southern strategy where racism was thinly masked as “law and order.” Later Reagan opened his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia Mississippi and talked about state’s rights and “welfare queens.” I wonder who he had in mind?. I agree with you that prior to the early 60s the Republicans could have stepped forward and taken the civil rights mantle. That they did not, given the solid Democratic south at the time, is a mystery to me since they had little to lose and a lot to gain. But look at an electoral map today and you see the south is now nearly solid Republican, so I guess they got what they wanted.

      “make no mistake about tyhe Dems — they don’t win them over with ideas, but with money. Like any other interest group as they see it.”

      The “ideas” that they won them over with was (a) they stood up for them on civil rights, belatedly for sure, but better late than never. And (b) Democrats have a share the wealth political philosophy, and that involves a certain amount of Robin Hood that benefits society’s outs. We don’t need 2 parties looking out for the rich do we?

      “By the way, when Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Steel ran in state-wide elections in their respective states (Ohio and Maryland). just who was it who provided most of their votes? Democrats? I don’t think so.”

      I guess that proves 2 things. First, that Democrats, even black democrats, don’t vote based on racial identification alone. The second thing it proves is that most Republicans no longer do either. I’d say that represents a lot of progress, wouldn’t you agree?

  • matthew vantress

    hey lars if a republican had done the same thing you would not have raised the same fit you are now.you are a real arrogant hypocrite.

  • Moe

    This Harry guy is a complete buffoon. I hope he loses.

    • Jane

      PERS Employee-Of-The-Month: Lars Larson

      Who says irony’s dead?

      From Willy Week’s “Murmurs” column, we find, much to our surprise, that Alpha Broadcasting – the company that now owns once-listenable KXL 750 AM, home to the self-ordained Mouth of the Columbia, Lars Larson – acquired KXL with money from Endeavor Capital, which is partially funded by – are you sitting down – PERS.

      Thats PERS, as in Lars Larson’s Public Enemy Number 1.

      Once again: PERS indirectly funded Lars Larson, a man who’d probably be thrilled if Oregon’s public employees lived on a bowl of gruel a day. Yeah. That guy.

      https://www.preemptivekarma.com/archives/2010/01/pers_employeeof.html

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