I submit to you, Sir, that EVERY political belief has its racists on board.
We've disagreed often, but not here ó unless you'd say that the belief that racism needs to be exposed and dealt with can be spoken of as political. It might be possible to be racist about that one, but pretty difficult.
Yet, I don't think that L.R. was saying that Republicans have a lock on the biz. My understanding is that he was saying that an awful lot of them are attracted to the extreme right. In this, I'd have to agree.
I won't say that you can't find some racists on the left, and I find your example of Louis Farakand to be reasonably close to what I consider to be the mark. But if you've read Malcolm X, you'll have some understanding that folks on that side of things don't have to be or stay racists, and some folks, like Malcolm X at the end of his life came quite a way away from that position.
You know, the problem isn't so much with what you think in the country as it is with what you actually do, and there again L.R. seems to have a point worthy of attention.
You may feel sick and tired of claims by non-white folks for treatment of equality, and a lot of folks makes statements close to that, suggesting that while the White folks may once have oppressed black folks or other minority folks, that doesn't mean that minorities have any rights beyond what white folks now.
But the fact remains that the Left has not attempted to throw entire classes of voters off the voter rolls based on Racial profiles. And the Right actually has done so. It is the fact that 30,000 black voters were purged from the ranks of Florida voters that may well have cost the Democrats the Presidential Election in 2000. The Republicans did much the same during the 2004 election cycle in Ohio, again directed at Black voters.
The Right, I am sorry to say, is not only racist, but uses its race based tactics as a method of winning elections by trying to have race specific voters targeted for elimination from the voter rolls in swing states. Their methods for doing so have been found to have been illegal. As a party, their actions have been racist in at least these few past election cycles. I'm sorry to have to say so about any American, but it is true. Comments by Mr. Melman (a spelling correction would be appreciated here), and Mr. Steele have acknowledged the racist nature of "The Southern Strategy" used by The Republican party since Mr. Nixon's time as President.
Are the Democrats sinless?
You bet they're not.
But the comparison between left and Right since at least the first Nixon Administration does not make the Republicans look good.
I suggest, of course, that you not take my word for any of this, and that you research any and all of my statements yourselves. I've done my best to be accurate, but there's nothing quite like a nice clear steady destructive criticism to show up any flaws in a presentation, and any of you Right wing folks out there can do me only good by showing me where I'm weak, so I can get some more solid details in for you.