The Easter Bigots

I begin to believe that the “tea partiers” and the new right bear less resemblance to the Ross Perot era of citizen anger than to the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

Klan ‘carpetbagger’ cartoon 1868

A little history. Technically, the first coming of the Klan came in the post war South of the late 1860s and early 1870s. Now, because of the ‘swift-boating’ of President Grant, it is little known that Grant squashed the Klan. He also passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which was ruled unconstitutional in 1883, in yet another shameful Supreme Court decision*.

[* The Supreme Court, alas, has known more disrepute than repute, in its long and checkered history. Our current SCOTUS is more the rule than the exception.]

The racism in the South was allowed to fester after the stolen election of 1876 and becomes another issue that I won’t get into here.

1925 Klan Document

The Second Coming of the Klan was far more ‘catholic‘ in its hatred, and included not merely Blacks, but immigrants — especially “papists” — and on the West Coast, Chinese and Asians. It was free-form hatred, spread from coast to coast:

… supplementing its original anti-black ideology with a new anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic,  prohibitionist and antisemitic agenda.

It was a “nativist” movement, noted for its twisted rallying cry of “Americanism.” In other words, White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant ‘Americanism.’ And it became huge in several states not normally associated with Southern racial bigotry. One good example is Oregon, where I live. Wikipedia:

Klan March in Ashland, Oregon, 1920s

In 1921, the Klan arrived in Oregon from central California and established the state’s first klavern in Medford. In a state with one of the country’s highest percentages of white residents, the Klan attracted up to 14,000 members and established 58 klaverns by the end of 1922. Given the small population of non-white minorities outside Portland, the Oregon Klan directed attention almost exclusively against Catholics, who numbered about 8% of the population. In 1922, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon sponsored a bill to require all school-age children to attend public schools. With support of the Klan and Democratic Governor Walter M. Pierce, endorsed by the Klan, the Compulsory Education Law was passed with a majority of votes. Its primary purpose was to shut down Catholic schools in Oregon, but it also affected other private and military schools. A number of states passed Blaine Amendments, which forbid direct government aid to religious schools. [emphasis added]

Ironically, the same bigots today support the use of “vouchers” as a means of destroying public schools and funding the “private” and “religious” schools that have been used to create greater segregation in American schools than existed before Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, DEsegregating American public schools:

… old patterns of segregation persist. A survey of enrollment statistics reveals that, in several important ways, the school segregation Brown was enacted to end more than two generations ago remains a fact of life today, in some parts of the country worse now than it was at the time of the decisions.

This second Klan made common cause with prohibitionists, whose legacy, Prohibition, created the virulent organized crime that has remained an American institution to this very day.

The second Klan was about intolerance: religious intolerance, racial intolerance, ethnic intolerance, and even intolerance of things, like alcohol.

[See the excellent Indiana Historical Research Foundation website for much, much more.]

Listen to the top “news stories” of today, Jesus’ day off, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday:

Kathy Shaidle / five feet of fury.:
Toronto Muslim: ‘We need another Holocaust!’ (UPDATED) — Today Arnie and I attended that protest outside (tax payer funded) Palestine House, where a genocidal Muslim VIP will be speaking tomorrow night. — Speaking of genocide: we have video of one Muslim guy in the Palestine House parking lot …

Josephine / Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy: Today’s protest against Palestine House – Pics – 3
» All Related Discussion
Josephine / Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy:
“We love jihad. We love killing you… We love killing dogs.” — Video taken at today’s protest against government funding of Palestine House. — Partial transcript — JDL Guy: “No more jihad.” — Palestine House Guy: “We love jihad. We love killing you.” — JDL Guy: “Peace, education, not jihad.
Carl / Israel Matzav: The ‘Palestinians’ show their true face
Blazing Cat Fur: Bumped – Our MSM at Work: Racist Jews Protest Against Palestine …
Donald Douglas / American Power: Racist Jews?
Blazing Cat Fur:
Palestine House Thugs Screams “You need another Holocaust”
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online: Genocidal Welfare Queens — By: Mark Steyn
Josephine / Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy: “You monkeys!” — One Palestine House guy acts like a monkey …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit: Toronto Muslims Scream “We Want Another Holocaust” at Jewish Protesters (Video)
Robert / Jihad Watch: Canada Muslims: “We love jihad. …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers: Canada: Palestine House Thugs Tell Jewish Protesters “You Need Another Holocaust”…
Donald Douglas / American Power: Jihadi Thugs at Palestine House — ‘You Need Another Holocaust’
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs: “We Need Another Holocaust”
Paul / Power Line: More proof that Canada is slipping over the edge

You’ll have to go to the Memeorandum page to click on the links. But one thing is crystal clear, all these blogs are right wing, virulently hate-filled blogs. And, of course, there’s nothing like masking YOUR bigotry by screaming about somebody else’s.

Yeah, a speaker probably went over the line.

(If you were a Palestinian, given their treatment since 1948, you might be pissed off and over the line, too. In fact, if you’re a good American, you probably have very little idea of what the Palestinian side is, because it is almost never presented in American media.)

They hate these kids, evidently

If you try to save the ‘five feet of fury’ page you get the title:

  • five feet of fury. (‘we need another crusade.’).htm

Er, how is that better than “we love jihad”?

It’s about the hate. Mark Steyn (who, seemingly, left Canada to lecture Americans on “Americanism”)  preaches on Irrational, er, National Review Online:

Genocidal Welfare Queens [Mark Steyn]

The Jewish Defence League held a demonstration today in Toronto at Palestine House, one of the many jihadist front organizations without which no sophisticated multicultural western city is complete….

Do I really need to ANALYZE all the hatespeak encapsulated in those thirty-two words? It’s bigotry, pure and simple, hatred of Muslims, hatred of “welfare queens,” hatred of tolerance and those who do not agree with the ever disagreeable Steyn.

Let’s be frank about Steyn: he’s a monster. Any society NOT as liberal and tolerant as ours would squash him like a bug as a potential threat to public order and with good cause. But Steyns are the price we pay for free speech, and that’s a good thing. Ironic that he uses free speech to inveigh against it with the implicit message that these “jihadists” OUGHT to be put down.

Never understanding that, were we to adopt that kind of hate and paranoia, he’d be in the queue to the gallows right behind them.

But that doesn’t excuse these Klannish haters and their little festival of universalizing the rash statements of a few to ALL Muslims and ALL Palestinians. (And, finally, anyone with whom they disagree.)

Which is the technique that the haters love to use. (See Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic yesterday).

What we are talking about is Klannish intolerance and hatred, all “justified” by the unsupportable comments of a few legitimately angry Palestinians. Racism is merely a part of their poisonous bigotry.

And we have seen this over and over again this past year: rage at the slaves for slavery (see “Confessions of a Second Class Citizen” for more), open hatred of the Muslim religion, all Arabs, all Democrats, all “liberals” and its new, toxic formulation, “leftists” — a term formerly reserved for “communist guerillas” like, say, Ché Guevara, or Shining Path in Columbia.

Or the hatred of gays. Or the hatred of athiests.

It’s about the hate.

So, as we listen to the bigotry — against undocumented workers that WASP businesses hire, against American and Canadian Muslims, against Arab-American immigrants –don’t you doubt that the second Klan would have been right there with the teabaggers and the reichties.

Foremost among the matters of moment which concern our national welfare is a laxity in devotion to the Godly ideals which once coursed vigorously through our national endeavor. If civilization is to continue to progress; if America is to continue to be a nation purposed by Almighty God to hold aloft the beacon light of truth and liberty, men and women of America must know that the fundamental thing is to recognize divine authority and human responsibility thereto for every action. We would return to the simple but sublime principles instituted by Christ for guidance of man’s relation to his God, his country, his neighbor and himself.

… We have been a homogeneous people in the main, thinking and acting alike, obeying constitutional authority in the interests of the common welfare.

Today, our unity is threatened by hordes of immigrants who have sought shelter under our flag. They bring foreign ideas and ideals into our land threatening our unity through a foreign propaganda that is pouring into the hard fibers of our national character. This must be counteracted if we are to remain a united nation of Americans rather than a polyglot mob.

— Dr. Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, c. 1930

And THAT was the hallmark of the second Klan.

KKK March in Washington 1925

It’s no coincidence that tea party crowds and rightie blogosmearing are overwhelmingly white. Even when they trot out a lone ‘token’ to “prove” that it’s not, as O’Reilly did on Faux Nooz (note the unintended irony of the  date):

Well, there were BLACK Klansmen, too:

… Even more strangely, the Klan tried to organize an order of Black Protestants, a Klan “Colored division” in Indiana and other states. Despite promises that the new order would have “all the rights of membership” of the White Klan, much preparation went into ensuring that the values of white supremacy would be preserved as the Klan expanded its racial base …

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It’s about the hate.

And they couldn’t even take a break between Good Friday and Easter.

Because bigotry never sleeps.




UPDATE Easter Morning: It gets even WORSE

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6 Responses to The Easter Bigots

  1. Rocky Lore says:

    Apparently, Democrats flunked history, because it was Democrats who founded the Klan. It’s Democrats who worship a Klansman. Look up Robert Byrd.

  2. In case you missed it, the “Democrats” you’re talking about all became Republicans. Times change. Parties change. Mere spelling does not prove your point.

    As regards Byrd, if you are intellectually honest, and not merely snarking, you’ll find the answer to your charge HERE.

  3. Brian says:

    This kind of post is really a masturbatory exercise – or an exercise in group masturbation by like-minded Leftists – because there’s zero chance that anyone outside the far Left would believe it. I doubt the author believes it, actually. It just feels good to say it.

    The Tea Party is a mass movement now. Millions have attended the rallies or otherwise participated, and millions more are Tea Partiers’ friends and family, and will accept the testimony of those they know over the reactionary spin of Democrat/Leftist/Media complex. Plus the proliferation of fantastically cheap video cameras makes it very difficult for the reactionaries to lie about the conduct and words of the Tea Partiers, and get away with it.

    You’re on the wrong side of History, my Leftist friend.

    But like I said before, you’re not actually trying to create true propositions. You just want to feel good. So I hope you enjoyed your fiery indignation-gasm.

  4. What is truly sad, my Klansman friend, is that you have not attempted to refute or dispute a single fact or conclusion in the article. Because “facts” don’t seem to matter to you people anymore.

    You merely spew (paranoid*) talking points, and patronizingly accuse me of “mental masturbation” and being on the “wrong side of history.”

    [* “the reactionary spin of Democrat/Leftist/Media complex.” A charge made laughable in the face of THIS. If you are intellectually honest, you’ll take a moment to read it before making wild accusations.]

    Who’s engaging in mental masturbation here?

    And, presuming that you are either a “conservative” or a “Republican,” WHO has been consistently on the wrong side of history for nearly a century?

    A little actual thought might have made for a conversation. As it stands, your disparagement and personal attack merely serve to underline my point.

  5. Brian says:

    I’m not a Klansman because I don’t want to lynch or otherwise harm black people, immigrants, or people of any other ethnicity or nationality. Now I understand that you think you possess a sophisticated argument that justifies calling those with whom you disagree Klansmen, but you do not. That pejorative is a substitute for argument; one need not consider the views of monsters (At least on ethical or political matters. We should probably take seriously the views of Ted Kaczynski on some topics in Mathematics.)

    Now I did call you a name, too – Leftist. But “leftist” is what leftists called themselves before that school of thought came into general disrepute in America; now you all call yourselves Progressives (as in the past.) You likely call yourself a Progressive too, so I don’t think that my calling you a Leftist is below the belt. You’re right that I’m a species of Rightist; I’m a libertarian who usually votes Republican.

    On the topic of your link: I’m happy that CNN – the network whose anchor Anderson Cooper derided Tea Partiers as “teabaggers,” and whose reporter Susan Roesgen insulted Chicago Tea Partiers – is now taking the movement more seriously. Embedding reporters is acknowledging the fact that the Tea Party is a mass phenomenon and a genuine force in politics. It’s not an endorsement. Even if, as you seem to claim, the Tea Party is a movement of corporate dupes and shills, it’s a mass movement of such dupes and shills, affecting the political environment and particular races, and thus worthy of coverage. I still think that coverage tilts to the left, as evidenced by the fact that Congressmen used the media to lie and they got away with it (in the short term), when they claimed – contrary to extensive video evidence – that Tea Partiers called them “nigger” and spat on them (although there was an inadvertent “say it, don’t spray it” offense.)

    I don’t doubt that there’s corporate involvement in the Tea Parties. But it’s not possible to astroturf a decentralized mass movement that has millions attending rallies on weekdays, organizing politics on the local level of precincts and school boards, attending town meetings, etc. MoveOn and Organizing for America tried it, and failed. That kind of enthusiasm cannot be faked, and there are not enough checks to go around to convince millions to fake it. Now, if you really mean that we are all idiots who suffer from false consciousness – and are thus easily manipulable by our corporate overlords at Koch Industries and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. – that, to me, is another way of avoiding the political argument by delegitimizing the opposition. If we’re all Klansmen or idiots, no argument is necessary.

    And since I’m playing Miss Manners here – there was no point for me to make masturbation jokes; that doesn’t advance the argument either. My more serious response is in the 1st paragraph of this post.

    Finally, Republicans did morally bad things in the past, such as the explicit appeal to racists in Nixon’s southern strategy. The Democratic Party is the historic home of racist eugenics and the actual Ku Klux Klan. We have broad coalition politics in America, with just 2 major parties, so if we’re all somehow responsible for those parties’ past sins, then we’re pretty much all evil.

    But I think we’re all just terrific.

  6. No, Brian, you clearly didn’t read the article in question.

    The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s is NOT the straw man that you knee-jerk declare to be pejorative, and then proceed with your own stereotype that was not contained in my piece. Bringing in Ted Kaczynski (are you on familiar terms with him? because “Ted” seems an odd stretch) is a pointless iteration of Godwin’s Law.

    Then, after agreeing that “leftist” is a pejorative, you decide to “deconstruct” it as NOT a pejorative. Is/Is Not again. If you insist on standing on both sides of the argument, you cannot lose, you seem to feel, but you cannot win, either. It is a fundamentally schizophrenic argument.

    Thence the dodge that you’re a “libertarian” who votes Republican. Which seems to be having it both ways in two successive arguments. It is/isn’t a pejorative and you are/are not a Republican. Are you feeling well/not well?

    Then, after decrying CNN for a pejorative (note that “teabaggers” was the self-appellation of Tea Partiers before they realized that there was another meaning, so Cooper may well have been following THEIR curve), you state that it’s wonderful that the Tea Party Express is getting coverage. Another is/is not argument: CNN is/is not a legitimate news organization.

    Or, more to the point, CNN isn’t legitimate when it buttresses your paranoia and contention that the news media is part of a grand conspiracy between the Democratic party/media/”leftists” but ARE legitimate when they embed reporters on a NON-Tea Party PR bus tour — Demonstrably so, evidenced and sourced, which you pooh-pooh because it doesn’t fit in with your narrative.

    Now, the bus tour somehow legitimizes the tea party movement when it pleases you, and becomes the source of a straw man argument when it DOESN’T.

    TPE is clearly astroturf;

    TPE spokesman has clearly pushed racist memes

    And Which Tea Party is the actual Tea Party? TPE and TPP both astroturf via different GOP shops, one in California, one in D.C.

    Tea Party Patriots decry TPE as astroturf

    But somehow you’re holding onto the idea the the TPE somehow “proves” that the “tea party” movement is legitimate. That’s a non-sequitur.

    Now, where’e your evidence, other than to say that TP-ers are being called stupid and racist and TPers feelings are hurt? Deny the racism on the signs all you want, but pictures don’t lie. and I’m not making the ‘racism’ claim. I’m making the ‘bigotry’ claim: increasingly, the TP movement is hate-driven.

    I believe that the grass roots involved are fundamentally angry. I also believe that they are being misdirected by the very people who are the CAUSE of their anger. I don’t deny that the anger is real and legitimate. I DO, however, deny that it is properly directed. Yes, you ARE being manipulated, and NOT by the phony straw man “don’t listen to them” machine. Any time someone goes out of their way to tell you that you SHOULDN’T listen to one side’s arguments, they have an agenda NOT grounded in truth. The truth can always stand questioning.

    Which brings us back to your ‘arguments.’

    Thus, having contradicted virtually everything you’ve said thus far, you dodge the fundamental thrust of the article you claim to have read (and clearly did not) since now the Tea Party Express is/is not legitimate, and CNN is/is not legitimate, and then the whopper:

    “Now, if you really mean that we are all idiots who suffer from false consciousness”

    A classic straw man, which completely misconstrues the argument. I say that the “tea party” movement is, in most particulars, parallel to the second coming of the KKK, in the 1920s, which I have clearly delineated, and which I have provided links to a wealth of ADDITIONAL information about. You can’t seem to separate your historical ignorance and YOUR stereotypes from a carefully constructed and sourced argument, and are, seemingly, left arguing with yourself and with straw men of your own construction.

    Let me know, in your endless flip-flopping, who wins your internal debate, because — at least so far — you have utterly failed to address MINE.

    It’s nice to see that you are attempting to climb down off the pejorative express, but you still seem to mistake politeness for actual argument.

    My case is clear. Refute the arguments I’ve made, or continue debating with yourself, but, thus far, you’re not addressing the actual essay that you take issue with.

    Finally, let me address this, which is outside the discussion but which needs to be addressed:

    “Finally, Republicans did morally bad things in the past, such as the explicit appeal to racists in Nixon’s southern strategy. The Democratic Party is the historic home of racist eugenics and the actual Ku Klux Klan. We have broad coalition politics in America, with just 2 major parties, so if we’re all somehow responsible for those parties’ past sins, then we’re pretty much all evil.

    But I think we’re all just terrific.”

    We are no more talking about the Nixon Republicans than the Southern Democrats of the 1860s and 1920s. There are fellows today who wear the uniforms of the Green Bay Packers. Are they the Green Bay Packers of Vince Lombardi? No. They just wear similar uniforms. They are different people. And so are we. Identity is more than spelling or uniforms.