Hey, Rep. Rangel, ‘I Ain’t No Cracker’
When liberals can’t make a factual case, they resort to personal attacks: racist, homophobe, war on women, hate the poor, anti-science, global warming deniers, absolutists, right wing, etc. These are liberal talking points that are almost never challenged. Liberals can say the nastiest things against conservatives with hardly any push back from media pundits.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) claimed that those who identify with the Tea Party are the “same group” that fought for segregation during the Civil Rights era.
“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. . . . It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”
Rangel’s extremism shows that he has lost the fact battle by resorting to “hate speech.” As you and I know, there is no such thing as liberal hate speech. A liberal can’t be a racist or charged with hate speech. The “hate speech” (thought crime) law was only designed to be used against conservatives to protect liberal causes.
If “Cracker” is the white equivalent to the ‘N’-Word, then Charlie Rangel just called me and millions of other Americans n****** by claiming that we are no different from the people who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
Let’s understand what a “cracker” is. It’s not an “unsweetened biscuit” like a Saltine. It’s the sound a whip makes. It “cracks” as the sound barrier is broken. The whip that was used to keep cattle in line was also used on recalcitrant slaves.
Neil Young’s song Southern Man includes the line “I heard screamin’ and bullwhips cracking.”
Southern Man was an indiscriminate indictment of the south that was answered by Ronnie Van Zandt and his southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd with Sweet Home Alabama (1974). The south had its racists and so did the north. The north may be more segregated today than the south.
Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow
The views and actions of the few should not be used as an indictment on the many. “We thought Neil was shooting all the ducks in order to kill one or two,” Van Zant said.
In time, Neil Young came to agree with Van Zant’s assessment:
“In his 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace Neil Young commented on the controversy writing “I don’t like my words when I listen to it. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue.”
Rangel would object to the notion that black-on-black crime and black crime in general should be used to indict the entire black race. It’s called stereotyping and prejudging.
Ever since the Tea Party made its impact on conservative politics, liberals like Rangel have tried to indict the group as racist but with no evidence to make their case.
Liberals know that if they keep saying “racist,” low information voters will believe it and keep voting Democrat.