John Cornyn, Republican Senator from Texas, Michael Steele, former RNC Chairman, Nikki Haley, Republican governor of S. Carolina and other Republicans all decry the senseless murders of 9 black innocents yesterday during a Bible study meeting in South Carolina at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Republican Party, if one looks closely or not so closely, at it one will see few black faces among its ranks. There is a reason for this. The Republican Party courts the white racist vote, a vestige of our sad Anti-Bellum Civil War South this time in the state of South Carolina which has the dubious distinction of being the first to secede from the Union in that era.
The Republican Party is happy to welcome disaffected white racists who think the election of a half black president gives them license to appeal to those Confederate flag wavers north AND south to send a message that the nation is being taken over by persons of color and that something must be done to stop it. The Party of interposition and nullification then is the party of it now as they block and gum-up-the-works of everything the half black president wants to pass. The president, to his detriment, tries to play in their neighborhood but they do not want him. They have kicked dirt in his face by rejecting or stalling nearly everything he wants.
The racism they protest for the shootings and killing of innocent church goers and their minister is the protest of hypocrites. Steven Scalise, the new House majority whip of the GOP-dominated Congress, spoke at a gathering hosted by white supremacist leaders in 2002 but, no matter, he was kept on as Republican majority whip in Congress. Republicans who protest what happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church yesterday are hypocrites. White supremacy is alive and well in this nation and is given a place of honor in the larger Republican Party.
What message does this send to persons of color in our nation? It sends the message that the Republican Party does not want them in it except a few, of course, for television image. The media and others will bloviate non-stop about how this hate must change. They are the mendacious bloviations of showmen and other charlatans who do not mean a word of it.
The Republican Party salt and peppers in a few persons of color when its candidates speak in front of a TV camera but the true change of ideological systemic belief that is needed to right this morally putrefied Party would make an already compromised Party useless and that cannot happen fast enough for me.