State Rep. Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines) included the typical information in her newsletter this week. Nearly every legislator’s newsletter is packed with similar information regarding COVID-19.
But, Anderson’s did feature something unique:
Anderson wrote that she wore the shirt at the Iowa State Fair.
While Democrats undoubtedly make their judgments on “racism” based on, let’s call it recent revisionist history, one wonders if Anderson knows:
*In 1956, 99 Democrats in Congress signed the “Southern Manifesto,” which signified opposition to Brown v. Board of Education and espoused the supporters’ commitment to segregation forever. Two Republicans signed the document.
*Sixty-one percent of House Democrats supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Eighty percent of House Republicans supported it. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats voted in favor of the legislation in the Senate. Eighty-two percent of Republicans supported it in the Senate.
*Robert Byrd was the Senate’s president pro tempore just 10 years ago. He was also a former KKK member. And, he was a Democrat.
*History, actual history, reveals the Democrat Party was the part of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan.
We could get into the real details behind the racism of the Democrat Party, including the racist intent behind Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger.
We could. But would it really matter?
Democrats have a narrative they believe regardless of facts.
President Donald J. Trump is the racist, to them. Remember when Trump was talking about that black woman and he said:
“She is a typical black person…”
Oh, wait. Nevermind. It turns out that statement was not made by President Trump, but President Barack Obama, who was describing his own grandmother.
“She is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”
Regardless of history, it’s a fair question to ask how a state representative wearing a “Make Racism Wrong Again” shirt helps anything.
It essentially implies that racism isn’t wrong.
Racism has always been wrong. Perhaps the definition of racism has changed over time as societal standards changed.
But at the end of the day, the way we understand racism today makes racism wrong.
And it was wrong in the past too, even when Democrats supported it.