|Racial Politics 2000: 'Armies
of Compassion' in Bush's Plans (04/25/99)
"AUSTIN As he prepares for the upcoming presidential campaign, Texas Gov.
George W. Bush is a man determined to shed the hard-edged ideology of the Republican Party
but reluctant to move too rapidly to the political center.
"Three times Bush was asked whether he agreed with California's Proposition 209, the
anti-affirmative action initiative approved in 1996. Three times, he avoided answering the
"On the issue of racial preferences, Bush said he supports "affirmative
access" -- guaranteeing admission to college based on performance -- rather than
affirmative action and said government programs designed to encourage minority
participation in business often ended up rewarding the same people "over and over
"He said the 1996 Hopwood decision that eliminated the use of racial preferences in
admissions at the University of Texas "to the extent that it eliminated race was
good," but he added that the law school, the target of the lawsuit, "needs to go
out and recruit." (Washington Post, Sun. 04/25/99 page A1, by Dan Balz)
Racial Politics 2000: Trent Lott's Dilemma (04/09/99 - dead)
Washington Post - "God bless Julian Bond. Like some latter-day Diogenes, he goes
around Washington seeking the contemporary version of an honest man -- a politician who is
not a hypocrite. All he wants, he says, is for Congress to condemn the racist Council of
Conservative Citizens with the same alacrity it did that antisemite and all-around hater
Khalid Muhammad. So far, most members of Congress have ducked the lamplight.
"[The Council of Conservative Citizens - CCC] is a political force. I deduce that not
from any polls or from calling around but simply from the reluctance of Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to denounce it. He has been asked to do so by Reps. Robert
Wexler (D-Fla.) and Michael Forbes (R-N.Y.) as well as Bond.
"Lott's name was not picked out of a hat. The majority leader has spoken to the
group's national board and been pictured with its leaders. He explained that he (1) didn't
quite understand what the group stood for, (2) doesn't agree with it at all and (3) now
wants nothing more to do with it.
"Still, the proposed resolution is going nowhere. Lott would prefer a generic one
that condemns all sorts of hate groups wherever they may be -- including, one would
surmise, the Hutu and Serbian paramilitaries. As far as is known, Lott has spoken to
neither of them.
"Wexler, Bond and others note that the condemnation of Muhammad suggests a certain
amount of hypocrisy. "So I guess what it comes down to is when it's a black person
who is racist it's all right for Congress to condemn him, but when it's a white group,
Congress does nothing," Wexler told The Post's Kevin Merida.
"The Nation of Islam is no less racist than the C of CC -- just as obsessed with
racial purity and supposedly innate racial differences -- and antisemitic to boot.
Farrakhan has spoken of whites and Jews in ways that evidence a raw, visceral
bigotry." (Washington Post 04/09/99 by Richard Cohen)
Racial Politics 2000: Al Gore Speaks Spanish!?
WASHINGTON -- "Until recently, many of Al Gore's longtime aides did not even know he
can speak Spanish. True, after acquiring the language as a teenager one summer in
Mexico, Gore lost most of what he learned. But it is coming back quickly, the vice
president said. And just in time too.
"With the approach of a presidential campaign in which Latino voters will be more
influential than ever, Gore rarely passes up the opportunity to show off his proficiency
in Spanish--whether in East Los Angeles or, as he did here recently, at a black-tie gala
celebrating the 70th anniversary of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
"Felicidades, LULAC, por setenta anos de servicio. Que dios les de setenta mas!"
he told 400 delighted activists. ("Congratulations, LULAC, for 70 years of service.
May God grant 70 more!")
"Gore's undisguised pitch for Latino support foreshadows a vigorous battle for the
hearts and minds of America's more than 7 million Latino voters in next year's
presidential election." (LA Times, 03/21/99, by Edwin Chen)
Racial Politics 2000: Put the Race Card in the White Deck, Too!
(03/07/99 - dead link)
"If African Americans, Hispanics and others can use the race card to advance their
agendas, whatever the tactics, then shouldn't so-called white Americans also be able to
exercise that right for their own causes or prejudices without fear of public vilification
"In today's social melting pot, is racism always the exclusive plot of white America?
"That issue -- with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Georgia Republican
Congressman Robert Barr in the middle -- is an interesting residue of President Clinton's
impeachment trial. It's a topic which official Washington prefers to ignore as politically
incorrect except, of course, when it's self-serving.
"Yet, isn't there a bit of hypocrisy in saying we stand for something, yet seek our
own conventions while manifesting little tolerance for those who speak their convictions,
repugnant though they may be? Don't people of all genres decide with whom they want
to associate, where they want to live, whom they invite to join their clubs or where they
send their kids to school? If economics and convenience aren't always the primary factors,
then what is?" (Hispanic Link News Service, 03/07/99, by Carlos Conde)
Racial Politics 2000: Minorities Can't Afford to Buy Politicians
(02/12/99 - dead link)
"Racial minorities' influence on American politics is muted because they contribute
less to political parties than whites and have less to spend on campaigns, civil rights
leaders said Friday. 'We are at the start of a decades-long civil rights
movement,' said John C. Bonifaz, executive director of the Boston-based National
Voting Rights Institute, which sponsored the conference where the leaders gathered,
'Campaign Finance as a Civil Rights Issue.'
"The [minority-oriented National Voting Rights Institute], the NAACP and other
[so-called] civil rights organizations are seeking to portray the campaign finance issue
as a new frontier in the nation's civil rights debate. They argue that public
financing of elections would help level the playing field for candidates who might be long
on vision and ability but short on funding.
" 'We are making the argument that the lack of wealth ought not to be an obstacle to
participate fully in the (political) process,' said Willie Abrams, NAACP legislative
counsel." Really? What about the millions of poor, non-minorities who
cannot afford to 'buy' political representation? (AP, via FoxNews, 02/12/99, by Paul
Racial Politics 2000: Al Gore Panders to Black Politicians (02/10/99 -
"Vice President Al Gore appealed to black members of Congress and their guests
Wednesday night to help turn out voters next year to keep a democrat [who supports quotas]
in the White House and return control of the House to Democrats.
"[Gore] noted that a turnover of the House from Republican to Democratic control in
the 2000 election would put blacks in key committee chairmanships [and allow them to wreak
havoc on the constitution].
"The country needs 'more political maturity,' not attempts to eliminate affirmative
action programs [i.e., quotas], Gore told about 500 people at a dinner sponsored by the
Congressional Black Caucus.
" 'We don't need more division in America,' Gore said, adding that that his
vision of the nation in the new millennium is that of a place 'committed to justice as
well as prosperity.' " (FoxNews, 02/10/99)
Racial Politics 2000: Calif. Courts Geo. Bush Jr.
for 2000 (03/16/99)
California GOP Likes Bush's 'Inclusion' -- "The incoming mail at the Texas Capitol is
so crammed these days with "Dear Governor Bush" letters from around the country
that a missive from California's Republican congressional delegation to the potential
presidential contender got scant attention. But the March 4 letter to Texas Gov. George W.
Bush is worth a closer look because it shows how eager, or desperate, the state's GOP
leadership is to find a standard-bearer for Campaign 2000 who is willing and able to
compete in the polyglot, multiethnic and wildly expensive political market that California
has become." (LA Times, 03/16/99, by Nick Anderson) (0file)
Race Panel Stories (The Non-Dialogue Continues...)
"President opts for office, not permanent panel on race
relations" (dead link)
8.03 p.m. ET (104 GMT) February 4,
1999 By Sonya Ross, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - "President Clinton is establishing an office within the White House
to continue his campaign for racial reconciliation, stopping short of his advisers'
suggestion that he create a permanent commission to deal with the issue. The White House
Office on the President's Initiative for One America will be charged with keeping alive
the work begun under the year-long race campaign that ended last September. Two senior
White House officials, speaking Thursday
on condition of anonymity, said the move would be announced Friday." (0 file)
Story 2: "Clinton Race Panel Gets New Oversight"
LA Times: "The agency
created by President Clinton's initiative on race, which has operated independently for
two years, will become the White House Office on the President's Initiative for One
America, a senior administration official said. Ben Johnson, acting director of the Office
of Public Liaison, will run the office. The move reflects the evolving nature of Clinton's
efforts to conduct a national conversation on race." (0 file)
Clinton, Bill: Clinton, Democrats perfect
politics of hate (01/28/99)
"It takes Olympian shamelessness to send private detectives after your enemies, use
the artifice of law to hoodwink your friends, sew the seeds of hatred everywhere - and
then, beg, as Bill Clinton did on Dec. 18, to "stop the politics of personal
destruction ...(and) get rid of the poisonous venom of excessive partisanship, obsessive
animosity and uncontrolled anger. ..."
"President Clinton is the undisputed master of practicing everything he condemns,
whether it be the glib abuse of power in Iraq or the reduction of women to carnal
playthings. But nowhere has he explored the possibilities of cynicism more fully
than in his recent quest to portray Republicans as foaming vessels of hatred and himself
as the saintly target of their rage." (Detroit News, 12/28/98, by Tony Snow)
House Announces New Jobs Guarantee for Minorities Only!
Once again giving us less credit
than Monica, Bill Clinton thinks he can fool us into thinking his newly announced racial
preferences in government contracting is NOT about racial preferences. Read it and
weep. (Seattle Times 6/24/98)
Gov't Weasel-Words Set-Aside
Law, "Ends" Racial Set-Asides (Dead Link)
In an effort to give the appearance of a kinder, gentler racial quota system for gov't
contracts, those whacky feds announced (falsely) yesterday that there are no more gov't
racial set asides! What a crock! What the gov't really did was spread
responsibility for racial contracting around to all the gov't agencies, instead of
concentrating them all within the Small Business Administration. The result?
Racial set-asides will now be harder to pin down and sue for reverse discrimination.
Read it and weep (if you're a non-minority). (The Wichita Eagle 9/23/98; link no
Gore, Al: Gore Courts
Hispanics in Denver (01/24/99 -
"Vice President Al Gore, a leading presidential contender for 2000, cultivated the
Hispanic vote Saturday during a visit to Denver, rolling off accented Spanish sentences as
he addressed one of Colorado's most prominent Latino groups.
"Gore emphasized public education and in particular Hispanic education. He
chastised those who would send tax dollars to private schools [opposing the increasingly
popular use of vouchers and school choice] and outlined a new administration proposal to
spend nearly $500 million to improve education for Hispanic students."
Significantly absent from Gore's speech was any mention of federal efforts to improve
educational opportunities for non-minority children since there are apparently no such
"Latinos make up more than 10 percent of the nation's population and are projected to
overtake blacks as the country's largest minority group in the years following
2000." Implicit in Gore's pandering for Hispanic votes was the idea that white
children already have received more than their share of educational opportunity.
(Denver Post, 01/24/99, by Mike Soraghan)
Gore, Al: Racial
Quota Enforcement Budget to Increase by 15% (dead link)
Pandering to his worst political instincts, Al Gore attempted to co-opt the Martin Luther
King holiday to inform the nation that he (single-handedly, apparently) will increase the
federal budget for quota-enforcement by 15%, to a record $663 million spread over six
federal quota-enforcement agencies. Gore and Clinton are pandering hard to their
minority supporters, whom they also hope will get Clinton out of his impeachment bind (see
Using typical Clinton-speak, Gore said the White House is "trying to prevent
discirmination before it occurs", in other words by assuming that all non-minorities
are guilty of discrimination. Missing from Gore's speech was any mention of
due-process for accused discriminators, or any mention of the fact all of his so-called
civil rights enforcement initiatives merely devolve into counting racial heads to
establish a de facto case of discrimination without any proof of actual discrimination
much less intent.
"The additional funding would go to civil rights units in the departments of Justice,
Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture, which recently announced
a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit filed by black farmers. Gore says the funding
will help the Justice Department expand criminal investigations and prosecutions of civil
rights cases. Another recipient would be the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission" which is historically hostile to the rights of non-minorites who file
complaints of reverse discrimination. (Washington Post, 01/18/99, page A07, by
Reuters quoted Gore "These funds will help ensure that no American is denied a job, a
home, or an education because of their race, color, creed, gender, or religion [unless
they are white]. And instead we will help ensure equal opportunity for all Americans
[unless they are white]."
[similar, Reuters, (dead):
Maloney, Carolyn: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Calls Republicans 'Racist'! (Jan. 8, 1999) (dead link)
Washington DC: "In an appalling display of hate-filled partisanship, this week
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) attacked specific members of the Republican leadership of
being racists. 'I haven't heard such vicious race-baiting since the last time I heard the
Rev. Al Sharpton give a speech,' said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax
Reform. 'Through her hate-filled rhetoric, Rep. Maloney has earned the nickname the
Rev. Al Sharpton of Manhattan,' concluded Norquist." (U.S. Newswire, 01-08-99)
N-ardly Word Causes Big Trouble in DC! (02/05/99)
Not only did David Howard get pilloried for using a perfectly good, non-racist word, but
his boss, black DC Mayor Anthony Williams is taking heat from this largely black city for
"not being black enough". NOW, a University of Wisconsin student wants to
punish her literature professor for using the "N-ardly" word!
Racial Testing (Clinton):
Clinton Endorses Racial Testing, Gov't Collection of 'Anecdotal
Stories' about Bigotry (02/03/99) (dead link)
Clinton's federal budget includes $10 million to be dispersed to various federal agencies
in order to further study what bigotry does to peoples lives. One official said
"That's kind of like spending $10 million to find out why children fall off
Christopher Edley, a Harvard University law professor who is advising Clinton on racial
issues, said "federal agencies have already begun looking at how they can incorporate
the practice of "testing'' that is, sending out teams of people who are evenly
matched in virtually every aspect except their race and cataloging the reactions they get
when they seek a job or a home." (Various sources, see dead links:)
Roukema, Marge: Congresswoman Speaks Against Reverse
U.S. Representative Marge Roukema, Fifth District - New Jersey. Congresswoman
Roukema, 2469 Rayburn House Office Building/Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4465 Contact:
Release: J. Craig Shearman (202) 225-4465 June 26, 1997 Roukema: "Affirmative Action
Has Become Reverse Discrimination... Affirmative action programs for women and..."
Atty General Violates Prop 209: Gives Preferences to Minorities!
California State Attorney General Defies the Courts on Proposition 209. Says He's
Caught Between State Law for Preferences and the Constitutional Amendment of Prop.
209. Pretty thin excuse, Mr. Attorney General! By CHRIS DiEDOARDO San Diego
Daily Transcript Dec. 8, 1997...
Ohio (Cleveland): Racial Politics and the
NAACP Lose, Democracy Wins
On Jan. 12, the citizens of this city will be able to vote without racial bias for the
five members of the Cleveland Board of County Commissioners. Just like they used to do
before the NAACP pressured the commission into adopting racial-weighting strategies in the
voting process. And which they can do now, after court intervention declaring the NAACP
arrangement to be void.
In 1994, the NAACP - using threats of racial unrest and political boycotts - convinced the
Cleveland Board of County Commissioners to (a) appoint (not elect) two black commissioners
(in addition to the original five); and (b) limit the number of candidates for whom the
voters could cast their ballots so that black voters could concentrate their political
numbers in support of the black candidate(s). The citizens sued against what they
called "a race-based quota system" and their suit ultimately prevailed.
The court ruled that the Commissioners had no authority to enter into any such agreement
with NAACP, ruled the agreement void, and the two temporarily appointed black
commissioners were forced to resign (AP, via Cleveland News Observer, 01-12-99)
[ link http://www.news-observer.com/daily/1999/01/12/nc03.html
END Racial Politics 2000 - General, Older
See Also: George W. Bush
Special Collection -- Opposition to Racial Quotas