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Comment of the Day: LBJ and Racism


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Somehow Don the Con denied using the word “shithole” in a bipartisan meeting to discuss immigration policy.  He did not deny wishing that more Norwegians would immigrate here.  He denied saying “Take them out” about Haitian immigrants, but forgot to deny that he said “they all have AIDS” at a previous meeting.  In general, Don the Con’s immigration policy, as he expressed it at the meeting, was to exclude people from majority black nations and people from south of the US border, and encourage people from places like Norway.  They all had a laugh about that, over in Norway, but there were no takers on his offer to come to the US.  Don’s behavior and use of the word “shithole”, even if the Republicans there didn’t hear it, has set back negotiations on immigration policy and destroyed what was left of US credibility in the world.  Even equivocators now find it hard to deny that Don is a racist, and that all his policies are tainted by racism– which was the point of the Charles Blow op-ed to which this comment was attached.

In this comment, Socrates gives us a history lesson:


is a trusted commenter Downtown Verona. NJ 14 hours ago

“I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” said LBJ to his young aide Bill Moyers in 1960.

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

And four years later, after LBJ signed The Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, LBJ was euphoric, but late that very night the same aide Moyers found him in a melancholy mood as he lay in bed reading the early edition of The Washington Post with headlines celebrating the day, and Moyers asked him what was troubling him.

“I think we just delivered the South to the Republican party for a long time to come,” said LBJ.

Here we sit 50-plus years later – certainly a much better and more evolved country – but still deeply cursed by LBJ’s prescience and the wretched fumes of white privilege, white supremacy and the radical rich right-wing that foments racism for political power and economic pillaging and plundering.

Trump perfectly personifies the conjoining of Republican evil – psychopathic greed hiding strategically behind the wall of psychopathic racism, fear and loathing that has served its 0.1% Randian overlords grotesquely well since 1968 to divide, conquer and shatter America into a shoddy, fake democracy of rural rubes cheering for 18th century coal as rest of the world ramps up on solar, wind, a better education and better job skills.

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