Apparently the KKK is not OK with either liberals or conservatives

December 31st, 2005

I have one observation after perusing the many blog posts inspired by All Things Beautiful’s challenge to name the 10 Worst Americans.

It seems like almost everyone on both sides of the political spectrum hates the KKK.

Nathan Bedford Forrest – Founder of the KKK – seems to have made almost everyone’s list.

You would expect the liberals to hate the KKK, generic cialis capsule but my question is what’s the explanation for so many conservative-types naming Nathan as a bad guy?

I suppose you could say that those conservatives were just trying to make themselves look enlightened.

But my own feeling is that modern conservatives get a bum rap when it comes to race.

It’s easy to dismiss conservatives’ opinions on affirmative action, find welfare, crime, and so on by calling them racists.

But I believe many on the “right” practice what I call color-blind conservatism.

They just want everyone to be given the same opportunities.

And to be held to the same standards.

Regardless of race.

I’ll go further and say if Colin Powell had been willing to run for president as a Republican, he would have been elected. (Personally, I’m hoping Ms. Rice chooses to run in 2008.)

So what do the rest of you guys think?

Am I on to something here?

Or have the bubbles from our New Year’s Eve champaign gone to my head?

Entry Filed under: Observations,Politics

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  January 1st, 2006 at 8:07 am

    I think that attitudes about race always had more to do with geography, hence upbringing, than with political party. The KKK was strongest in some states that were heavily Democrat.

    The parallel to homosexuality gets thin because the opposition is not based in one area of the country as much as the opposition to integration was.

    This week some Aryan group or another was scattering their newsletter in driveways on Madison’s west side. Their communications director in MO said it was because white people live here and they wanted to get out the word about the Jews that are running the country.

    We’ve still got a ways to go.

  • 2. Administrator  |  January 1st, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Aryans in Madison?

    Talk about barking up the wrong tree.

  • 3. scott  |  January 5th, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Counterpoint: which political party do racial bigots prefer?

  • 4. Administrator  |  January 5th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    It depends, Scott.

    I would bet white bigots vote Republican…

    …and black bigots vote Democrat.

    Or are you one of those people who think only whites can be racist?

    (That probably sounds like an insult, but I don’t mean it as one. Some people do believe only whites can be racist. But I think all of us come preprogrammed with a little prejudice. Virtue lies in resisting our prejudices, not pretending they don’t exist.)

  • 5. Bugs Bunny  |  October 11th, 2006 at 11:42 am

    I’m just a freshman in high school who really doesn’t care about the KKK, but I know people who do and are really scared. Why do they hate us? Hell, if anything we should hate theym they the ones that made us slaves because they didn’t want to get up off they lazy asses.

  • 6. Administrator  |  October 11th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    I don’t know why people hate other people because of the color of their skin, Bugs.

    I think some people are raised to hate by their parents.

    Others hate because they are afraid of things that are different from them.

    We can’t stop other people from hating, but remember, you can stop yourself from hating others.

    Good luck in high school!

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