Presidential Campaign Needs To Be About What’s Best for America, Not Race

Allan C. Brownfeld, Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, August 21, 2012

As the presidential campaign gets under way, it is in the interest of all Americans that it be about what is the best path to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for our country. Unfortunately, early indications suggest that appeals on the basis of race will be a key ingredient in the contest.

In May, House Democrats were tutored by a George Soros-funded pressure group, the Center for Social Inclusion, to “address the issue of race to defend government progress,” reported the Washington Examiner.

According to the Examiner, “The prepared content of a… presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being tinged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.”

Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion told the lawmakers that “conservative messages” are “racially coded” and suggested ways to combat them. In Ms. Wiley’s estimation, the facts of matters in question are not important. Rather, she said, “It’s emotional connection, nor rational connection, that we need.”

She argued, for example, that Newt Gingrich’s labeling of President Obama as a “food stamp president” cannot be “a race neutral statement, even if Newt Gingrich did not intend racism.” Thus, even though the food stamp program has grown dramatically in recent years, and despite the fact that most recipients are white, to discuss the question is somehow to engage in “racism.”

This same line of argument has been promoted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus for some time. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana) has said that members of the Tea Party movement “would love to see us (black Americans) as second class citizens…. Some of them would love to see us hanging on a tree.”

Sadly, it is black spokesmen who bring race into the presidential campaign far more than anyone else. Washington Timescolumnist Wesley Pruden notes, “The most pronounced… race-based voting, in fact, was (in the 2008 presidential election) in predominantly black precincts. One such precinct voted 100 per cent for Mr. Obama, percentages in the high 90s were commonplace in black neighborhoods…. Maybe these voters just can’t vote for someone of another race. Or, maybe they’re just taking pride in helping a black man do well. Maybe the white vote against Mr. Obama isn’t about race, but reflects rage against… [a] president who promised to change the old ways and now reveals himself to be just another pol… with a scheme to divide and conquer with the race card. We’ve heard this sad song before.”

One need not share Mr. Pruden’s assessment of the record of the Obama administration to lament the injection of a racial component to the current campaign.

The campaign team of Mitt Romney, it has been reported, is laying plans for an outreach effort to black voters. According toThe Washington Post, “That plan, still in the early stages, ran into the harsh political realities on the ground in Philadelphia… when Romney was treated to a hostile welcome on his first campaign swing through a poor black neighborhood this year. A few dozen protestors met him with chants of ‘Get out, Romney, get out.’”

The Post reports that during Romney’s late-May visit, one Philadelphia resident, Madaline G. Dunn, 78, told reporters that she has lived there for 50 years and she is “personally offended” that he would visit her neighborhood. “It is not appreciated here,” she said. “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come here and speak his garbage.”

Among those heckling Romney from a distance were some of Philadelphia’s most prominent officials, all of the Democrats. Mayor Michael Nutter quipped that Romney had “suddenly somehow found west Philadelphia…. I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of west Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America.”

Tara Wall, a former Bush administration official, is a senior Romney communications adviser and the most senior African-American on his team. Recently, she said, “Yes, it’s a bit harder this time. We have a black president. But we can’t go in with the mindset that we aren’t going to win any people over to our side. From a messaging standpoint, we need to be able to communicate and relate to these communities about how they are being impacted by Obama’s policies…. It’s not a ploy, it’s not a tactic, it’s part of who we are. We have to show up.”

The latest Post-ABC News poll shows Romney receiving 5 percent of the African-American vote to Obama’s 92 percent. ThePost reports that, “… there are signs that some of the support may have eroded, as blacks have faced record high unemployment — according to the Quinnipiac poll in Florida, Obama gets 85 percent of the black vote, down from 95 percent in 2008.”

President Obama’s decision to back same-sex marriage has reframed some of the conversation with the black community, especially among pastors. Tara Wall says that Obama’s position on same-sex marriage could give African-Americans with strong religious beliefs a reason to look at Romney or to stay home. But Romney’s core message, she said, will be about black businesses and the 13 percent unemployment rate among blacks.

“The biggest factor is the economic situation that we, as black folks, find ourselves in. It’s been horrendous,” Wall said. “All we’re asking is that people at least give Romney a listen.”

Conservative commentator Star Parker, who is black, notes that, “It’s not hard to understand why black Americans were happy that a black man was elected president of the United States. It was kind of a final and most grand announcement that racism has finally been purged from America. But for the highly politicized parts of black America, this was certainly not the only message. Because for the highly politicized parts of black America, the point has always been to keep race in American politics…. the point was not just equal treatment under the law, but special treatment under the law…. The post-civil rights movement black political culture embraced an agenda exactly the opposite of what the civil rights movement was about.”

In her view, “Its agenda was to get laws and policies that were not neutral but racially slanted and to put individuals in power based on their race and not on their character and capability.”

Identity politics — voting for candidates for public office on the basis of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity rather than on the basis of their individual merit as candidates and the programs they advocate for the country’s future — is a challenge both to the very idea of representative democracy and to the goal of men and women of good will for a genuinely color-blind society. It is unfortunate that just as white Americans have shown their willingness to vote for black candidates, many black spokesmen reject the same color-blind approach to politics.

In the end, when voters decide whether to vote for Barack Obama or his opponent, that choice should be made on the basis of whom the individual voter believes would be best for our country — not on the basis of the race, religion, or ethnicity of the candidate. Black Americans want white Americans to adhere to that standard. They are right to do so — but it is important that they adhere as well.

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  • Rocky Bass,

    What if getting rid of a certain race WAS what was best for America?

    • Its already being done.  Whites are being disposed of.  Go to a shopping mall on the weekend and see with your eyes how many mixed race families are shopping.  If white women want to have a family with kids they have to marry a black man.  White men are not being hired, are not being admitted to college and are ending up with dead end jobs or none.  Family members with four year college degrees have given up going to job fairs and interviews and have gone on welfare, food stamps, and free medical care.  Companies now have two job faires; one in he morning for white applicants that is advertise in the papers and one in the afternoon that blacks are invited though outreach offices.  The white males are not hired.  

      • Rocky Bass,

         Yes, what you have said is largely true, but there will always remain a certain percentage of jobs that have to  be done competently. You can AA feather-bed a company’s “diversity department”, it’s human resources, and other “sub-critical” areas, yet still there is a point where the rubber meets the road. You cannot AA yourself out of engineering problems. AA’s DO NOT devise new chemical processes or procedures, AA’s do not further the field of process automation. I see the folks who represent Siemens, Alstom, Rockwell, etc and while you see a diverse face now and again, they are usually VERY intelligent, and do belong there. These folks are definitely rare, far right outliers on the bell curve and in no way represent a tectonic shift in the automation field. White and Asian (mostly white) are still absolutely required for these firms to function!  This is not going to change, not ever.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          A white person may invent something, but an AA will get the credit, the bonus, the raise, and the promotion. Been there – done that.

          The most competent white will usually be at the bottom getting treated like dung.

          • Rocky Bass,

             That only carries so far, in the end when whites are pissed enough to go Galt, the whole edifice of AA is TOAST! Everyone with more that a couple functional neurons knows that AA’s are worthless. 

          • Rocky Bass,

             In the petro-chemical and manufacturing sectors AA’s don’t get positions that matter. Like airline pilots, you can desire all the diversity in the world, that don’t feed the bulldog! In critical fields, they may create, do nothing departments to plug these dregs into, where they can do the least harm.

      • Imthatbull69

        You exaggerate. I am 19 years old and in college. I like to talk about these types of issues with friends/new friends (Amren topics) and I have met PLENTY of white college girls who will say (not openly because they don’t want to be called a racist but they will say it around other whites) that they are just NOT sexually attracted to black men. One girl said “I just can’t feel attraction to black men. Sure, Will Smith looks good but I would still prefer an equally attractive white man any/every day. I prefer the features that white men have”. 

        • Rocky Bass,

           Yes, especially when “those features” include fidelity, keeping a job, taking care of resultant offspring etc…

  • currahee1911

    This thing will be shaped by events.  Wonder what it will take.  An Obama defeat could trigger such an event (especially if close and fanned by media accounts of black exclusion). 

    Whites are going to have to be dragged into this: too much brainwashing and Christian nonsense out there.  When they finally do feel threatened, further events will happen in quick succession.  (the hockey stick on the graph)

    • Rocky Bass,

       It’s to us to make sure the “hockey stick” points up.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Our own language is being redefined by the mulitcult elite.

    Diversity-  fewer Whites, and those left must embrace Diversity and surrender their White privilegeEquity- Diversity given preference over Whites, and remaining Whites must surrender their White privilegeFairness- preferred Diversity given top jobs over Whites who must continually surrender their White privilegeClimate- increasing quantity of Diversity (never quality) is improvement, but “still more work to do” if any remaining Whites aren’t surrendering their White privilegeUndocumented- the new kind of Diversity that White elites prefer because the blacks are intolerable

    • ed91

       we’ve been sold out by white women……….

      many are in charge now and they don’t want white husbands, and many do not want white men to succeed or even be around.

      • Church_of_Jed

        Does anyone go out in public and see White women with their hideous Diversity and say “nasty f’ning white girls” as often as I do?

  • libertarian1234

    “Presidential Campaign needs to be about what is best for America, not race.”

    Oh sure.

    With every third world import holding on to his loyalty to the country he left, which includes second, third and fourth generations who do the same, that should be easy to bring about, shouldn’t it?

    Add to that disarray the black population who put blacks and all things black over and above the concerns of the country and their countrymen, and unity seems a bit farther off,  doesn’t it?

    And interject the overall blanket of resentment and hate the vast majority of these people, especially blacks….. have for the country and white  citizens……. into the mix,  and factor in the constant disunity among fighting tribal factions……. it is just a matter of deciding we should all pull for “our” country, eh?

    Somehow I’m concluding we’re so far from having a unified population that break up, secession and civil conflict have far better chances of coming about than expecting the tumultuous tribal entities to pull together for a common cause.

  • Ed_NY

    Let’s just talk about the benefits of diversity and especially black americans.  If there were no black americans our crime rate would be drastically reduced.  Our national debt would be much less.  Our Social Security Administration would be strong and solvent.  The future of Medicare would not be in question.  We would have more taxpayers and fewer tax users-consumers, thus we would pay less  in taxes.  Our former major cities such as Detroit would not be in decline.  We would have less jails and prisons.  As a nation we would be among the safest, most productive and best educated on the planet.  Our White children would be safer and learn more in our public schools.  In education, government, business and industry, the best and brightest would rise to the top.   I just woke up, I guess I was dreaming!

    • Rocky Bass,

       Das isst verboten!
       I have a dream as well, and mine does not in any way plagiarize Mike King’s.

      • whiteuncleruckus

        heres my dream. one day a black person will call a white person racist and no white people will care.

    • potato78

       You don’t have to find a job.
      A job will find you and for you.

  • potato78

    Very good topic. 
    Rule #1:  Pure White American with 3 generations was born in the U. S.
    Rule #2:

  • Obama is not about America and when are Americans going to realize this.  The Democrat party and Obama are going to create a Communist State in America.  We are almost there now.  Nothing in America is free of Government regulation and control.  No company or business can manufacture, make, or doing anything without Government approval.  Homes cannot be build, sold or purchased without Government permission.  The Government now owns the medical industry, transpertation, education, banking and auto industry.  They cannot take over mineral and farming industry so they regulate them out of existence.  When you are under control then the Communist transformation is complete.  

  • Global Minority

    “Presidential Campaign needs to be about what is best for America, not race.” And diversity is somehow our strength? Get real. It’s always about race when non-whites are involed. They care nothing for the other just their race. It’s genetic all the way around. This is why multicult societies never work in reality. Only through propaganda education and laws that retaliate against anyone who disagrees and then when the latter does not work it will be through the barrel of a gun! What do you think DHS purchased millions of hollow point round for? It’s not for military needs overseas.

  • TomIron361

    One of the most importnt things that’s never spoken about is experience. For many years now, our prseidents for the most part have been inexperienced men. I’d guess that all started in the sixties with the anti-war demonstrators. But what wasn’t written about was those demonstrators didn’t give a rat’s behind about Vietnam, other than the point that they themselves didn’t want to get drafted. All these years later, we see the results of that whole charade. People like bill clinton, bush and now this present bum, o’bama. Voters vote for people who most resemble themselves. For example, why would they vote for Sen. Bob Dole, who lost the use of a hand/arm while fighting in WW2? He would be like a sharp stick poke in the eye to those “anti-war” baby boomers. So, of course, they voted for someone like themselves, bill clinton. This is why these rats get elected, because that’s what people want, people like themselves, sorry to say.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    Yeah, and the Titanic’s first trip shouldn’t have been about the ice berg, but there it was. 

    This country is coming apart over the issue of race.  Why shouldn’t the elections be about them? 

    By background, parentage and beliefs, Obama is no more “black” than Hillary Clinton.  He has little (if any) understanding of what it means to be a black American.  But American blacks couldn’t care less. 

    When 9 out of 10 blacks votes for Obama because of the amount of melanin in his skin, purple lips and burry hair, it’s a little late to complain about the race factor in politics, isn’t it?

    American politics has been about “looks” since Kennedy beat Nixon in 1960.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      You’re absolutely right. Race will be the deciding issue of this election yet it’s the one issue about which no one wants to speak so we’ll keep pretending that it’s about the economy and gas prices etc. when it’s really about the violence, irresponsible rutting and the drain on our resources to care for its results, destruction of our educational system and the ongoing fundamental transformation of America into a shoddy, ugly, degraded, morally bereft and extremely dangerous place.
       Obama struts on the stage with that arrogance and basks in the glow of the devotion of these mind numbed smiling, adoring Whites gazing upon him as if he were  standing on Mount Tabor awaiting his transfiguration. I sometimes think that he has nothing but disdain for them mechanically spouting his  rhetoric without a scintilla of sincerity.  These people remind me of the screaming, tearfully emotional tween girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Bob Grant said  ” This used to be my country. Now it’s just where I live”.
      The racial situation is the truth that been buried underground  and to make a reference to Emil Zola “it (the truth) will but grow and gather to itself such explosive power, that they day it bursts forth, it will blow up everything in it’s path.”  This government of the people, by the people and for the people is on the brink of perishing from the earth.

  • hey guys this is not related to the article but i have a question and didnt know where to ask so here it goes

    are there any college/university organizations that openly share the views of amren

    i am considering starting one at my school during my sophomore year  (freshman this year) and am curious

    i know it would be a very hard thing to do  as i go to a very liberal    large public university in the midwest  

    • I don’t know of any.

      You may want to look into these two groups:

      http://yrnf.com/

      http://www.yaf.org/defaultpb.aspx

      By participating in either one of these groups, you might pick up on some pointers about establishing your own unique group and talking to individuals you might find people who share your views and who might want to start a new group with you.

    • Shawn_thefemale

       I appreciate your interest and your values, but seriously, what college do any whites get admitted to with the level of grammar/writing skills shown in your post? Contrary to many young people’s opinions, yes, it actually DOES matter. Occasional typos and minor errors aside, which happen to everyone, it’s very difficult to take people seriously when they can’t spell or punctuate beyond elementary school level. It’s frightening to realize that if this world or this country survive much longer, there are generations of people who will be put in important positions who cannot put a single coherent sentence in writing.

      • I wrote that post with little care for grammar         
        I don’t think its very important in an online comment section 

        got a 34 on  my ACT  so i think i’m more than qualified to “put a single coherent sentence in writing”  

         you seem like a very unpleasant person

        • GravitonX

           English is not my first language, and even I can see the low effort.

          I highly doubt you “got” a 34 on your ACT.  If so, it’s likel that you

          • GravitonX

            If so, it’s likely that you didn’t earn it by normal means.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          “I don’t think its very important in an online comment section ”

          This is where you are wrong.  Credibility and articulation ARE related.

           “got a 34 on  my ACT  so i think i’m more than qualified to “put a single coherent sentence in writing” 

          Why don’t you do it then?  Don’t you understand that one becomes what they practice?

      • on second thought I can see how that looks like a child wrote it

        fair enough

        I blame my years of online gaming

    • ed91

       no

    • whiteuncleruckus

      i seriously doubt there are any amren-like groups on any college campus in this country. diversity is their religion. not to discourage you, but what you are talking about is like setting up a bible study class in a mosque. if you do decide to do it, i hope you succeed. but you have to know the risks involved. you WILL be called racist and you have to be ready for that.

      • o yes I know      

        this is something I am just considering at the moment    
        I need a lot of time to think about it

  • LaSantaHermandad

    The detriment of the country is their ultimate goal and in fact I think that goal has been achieved already. 

  • Testing

  • Rocky Bass,

     I have used that, “Pissed off your folks didn’t ya?”

  • I have come to the conclusion that the discourse of “racism” has one and only one meaning, to keep Whites in line,  morally anxious and compliant with the liberal agenda of dispossessing us in every possible manner. That’s it. Nothing more or less. 

  • IstvanIN

    I have been waiting and am surprised no one said the obvious: what is good for white people is good for America.  What is good for America is also good for blacks and non-whites.  Period.  We are the creators of modern industrial civilization and no one else.  Outside of the Japanese and possibly Koreans and Chinese, no one else is capable of mainlining it.

    Look at Rhodesia and South Africa.  What was good for white people was clearly good for blacks.  Now that blacks have what they thought was best for them has turned those nations into cesspools.

    Good for whites, good for everyone.  Simple.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Multiracial Absurdity:

    Local afternoon newscast is headlined by two female anchors, one is fully n’gro afrovoodoo with huge, dangerous teeth, and the other is one of the most authentically beautiful last standing Ayran Nordic beauties you’ve ever seen.They just reported on the newly discovered MLK interview. 

    The White girl gave the report and smiled at the end to show just how overcome with glee she was that we get to be blessed by new MLK wisdom.  I watch her all the time, because I can’t resist, and she’s NEVER given such a happy smile over any other feel good story in the past.

    Nasty f’king white women, as I’m forced to say every day, more and more, and you are too…

  • Rocky Bass,

     “circumlocution”, now that’s a vocabulary word for the times, as descriptive as it is unwieldy!

  • FGF used to publish Joe Sobran.  And Sobran spoke at an Amren conference, did he not?

  • Well people need to overcome those frivolous designs and start voting on what the economic/social self-interest and survival for all. Read Thomas Frank’s book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas” !! TGIF!!