In this period of high racial/ethnic and theological bias, in which the level of animosity is runing at an all time high in the new century, this latest move by republicans in the state of South Carolina is beyond the ken of this reporter.
If, and I will concede, if, this story is true, the Bush led republican party can in no way ever claim a moral superiority in regards to their claims of a non-racially biased undercurrent within their political party. As a political outsider critical of both the democratic and republican parties as well as a person of colour Indigenous to this contenent, this is unforgivable on a variety of levels. As we are severely limited by the intentionally narrow duality of the American political process, we are all inclusive of myself seeking a sense of fairness and equality. But far too many Americans still cling belligerently not to the past, but the ever-present bias, ignorance and ethnocentric that has served to define the American experience for those brought to this colonialist sate constructed on Aboriginal genocide and African enforced servitude based on an unscientific, illogical and unearned sense of European entitlement to socio-political power.
The sea in which we all swin in this country has been forged in the mythological belief in the notion that "White men built this country, let White men rule" by any and all means necessary. To challenge this creed brings on charges of anti-White bigotry and ethnic hate. Some have gone on to suggest like former American Jewish communist leader now arch neo-conservative David Horowitz that to reject White supremacy is to reject civilisation as whole. This is a patent fallacy and the motive behind such attitudes is indicative of a reactionary movement, something that has been happening to some degree since the 1950's across the world. Kipling may be forgiven today as a defender of European and American colonialism and imperialism, but the ideological defense he presented for defining why White men should rule is not only false, but ignorantly devoid of the solid scientific fact that all men are biologically equal under the dermis. Why so many in the world cannot accept this fact and work tirelessly to disguise the humanity of others who do not accept the archaic ideas of a European eugenic superiority ordained by the Judeo-Christian deity Jehovah is something that shold have faded into the midsts of time and seen as the ideology of the foolish. But despite the actions of many, many people of all ethnicities, traditions and nationalities to work as a species with equal respect for all, the call for racial dominance still rings as true as the use of a lynching noose on an American school complex as a symbol of what happens to Africans who have the temerity to expect and the right to demand equal treatment in law and society.
I am dismayed, but I am not shocked by this. And while I hold the president as leader of the United States and the foremost representative of this political party responsible for allowing things to get this far, I hold America as a whole responsibly guilty for pretending that bias against African people is a figment of the imaginations of Africans themselves and the numerous Euroamericans who truly believe, at substansial risk to their own social standing and personal well-being, that all men are, and should be treated equally as human beings.
I am ashamed of this country. And the fact that it is not ashamed of itself only makes the personal pain I live with and have lived with all my life as someone marginalised not for the colour of my skin, but what my skin represents, that much more unbearably real in my heart and mind. A pain shared by many, and imposed by people and organisations who balance their internal sense of security by denying the humanity of others. If the republican party is at all serious about hating racism as much as any civilised person should, they will step up to the plate and condemn this action and all similar actions as indefensible and not consistent with American social policy.
I'm holding president Bush and his party to their own stated position. To date, they have done little to earn my, or my peoples respectin this matter. - The Angryindian
1992 -- In May, South Carolina
Republican political consultant Rod Shealy was found guilty of
violating state campaign laws in a 1990 scheme in which he hired an
unemployed black fisherman to run for lieutenant governor against
Shealy's sister. Shealy admitted he did it to scare white voters to the
polls to vote for his sister.
Republicans battling for the party’s nomination in a South Carolina State House primary stooped to unbelievable lows, even for the GOP.
Sources are telling FITSNews that a black woman calling herself “Shaniqua” has placed telephone calls to several Republican voters in Beaufort County urging them to vote for Shannon Erickson in today’s GOP State House runoff election. According to individuals who have received them, the calls say, “My name is Shaniqua, and I be voting’ for Shannon Erickson ’cause she gonna give me all the money I need sos I don’t hafta work.” Another phone caller, alleging to be Erickson herself, tells voters that she will “spend money like a drunken sailor” if elected. […]
The phoney phone calls have some Beaufort insiders pointing fingers at [primary opponent, Randy] Bates’ political consultant, Rod Shealy, particularly given their overtly racial overtones. Shealy pled guilty to election fraud years ago after hiring an unemployed black fisherman to run against his sister in an effort to frighten white voters.
Rod Shealy, Jr., who is managing Bates’ campaign, told FITSNews, “our campaign knows nothing about this, period.”
“Any campaign worth its salt would be much smarter than to send out something that transparent,” Shealy said.
Seriously! You have to conceal your dirty tricks better, Shealy knows. Shealy has a long-standing record that has earned him the title of “father of negative campaigning in the Palmetto State.”