I've had a lot of conversations with people who think that while racism certainly still exists, it's a problem that has been largely solved. For a long time I felt that way myself. It's not hard to understand why...Portland is one of the most segregated cities in the country. I can count on one hand the number of black people I've ever known, most of which were in elementary school in Gresham. Because most of us aren't around black people a lot, we don't really see racism first hand. You don't really see or hear people being discriminated against if those people aren't around you to begin with. (It should be noted that I'm not trying to hold up Portland as a bastion of racial equality. The very reason we don't see much racism in Portland is a prime example of the disparity that exists between black and white America. There's no reason to be openly racist when you can live comfortable in the knowledge that you live in the suburbs and almost all the black people are stuck in the inner city.)
So, we don't see racism around here much (at least I don't). But that doesn't mean it isn't out there. Take a look at this. It's an email that was sent to a blog that made a post about white supremacists who were on the St. Louis School Board.
If you're easily offended, stop reading now. This is hate mongering of the worst sort. The author, Earl P. Holt III, is not just some nutjob who lives in a double-wide, he actually was one of the aforementioned members of the St. Louis School Board.
Imagine my chagrin when I used a search engine to find commentary about myself, and there was your shallow, dilettante, asshole self, labeling me a "white supremacist."
Being the shallow, nigger-loving dilettante that you are, you probably DO consider niggers to be your equal (who am I to question this?): Yet, unlike you and your allies, I have an I.Q. in excess of 130, which grants me the ability to objectively evaluate the Great American Nigro (Africanus Criminalis.)
The nigro is 11.5 % of the U.S. population, yet he commits in excess of 55% of all felonies (although felonies are UNDER-represented in the nigro community, where observing the law is considered "acting White!") Moreover, he (or should I say she?)accounts for 48% of all ADC recipients in the U.S. We have spent over $7 TRILLION on "Urban Welfare Spending" since the mid-1960s, (black economists Thomas Sowell & Walter Williams) and the nigro is still as criminal, surly, lazy , violent and stupid as he/she ever was, while his illegitimacy rate is 80% nationwide, and over 90% in the "large urban areas."
By the way, those of us who tried to end forced busing in St. Louis did so because it is a colossal waste and nothing more than a symbolic gesture that has seriously deprived every school district in Missouri that doesn't benefit from a deseg program : It has cost the state of Missouri $3.5 BILLION since 1983, (another $3.5 Billion in Kansas City,) yet, the nigro "scholars" bussed to county schools under deseg "improve less academically than every other category of student in the St. Louis Public Schools," according to the Federal Court- ordered Lissitz Study.
Also, you lying asshole, in the 2003-2004 school year, St. Louis spent $11,711 per nigger -idiot in the public schools, yet, half of all students test at the 20th percentile (or lower) on nationally-standardized tests. (If I were Emperor, I would forcibly hand over you and all your commie apologists for nigro under-achievement to White, working-class parents of public school students, and let them have their way with you...)
Some day, You sanctimonious nigger-lovers will either have to live amongst them ("nothing cures an enthusiasm for integration like a good dose of niggers") or else defend yourselves against them. My guess is that you are such a cowardly and pusillanimous lot of girly-boys, they will kill fuck, kill and eat you just as they do young White males in every prison system in the U.S. That's right: When defending this savage and brutish lot, you must also consider their natural ( or should I say UN-natural) enthusiasm for buggery!
I honestly pray to God that some nigger fucks, kills and eats you and everyone you claim to love!
Earl P. Holt III
4029 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
P.S. I dare you to print this e-mail verbatim: You know as well as I do that most people know I speak the truth, and you are a liar and whore who takes to heart Lenin's dictum that "The first duty of the propagandist is to subvert the meaning of words."
Wow. Any bets on when he was on the school board? 1960's? Maybe 70's, but that's probably pushing it, right? Nope...try '89-93. And he wasn't alone, he had several like minded buddies on there with him, and they were just shy of having the majority.
These guys are members of the Council of Conservative Citizens, probably the most prominent of the White Supremacist groups with an innocent sounding name. These guys are basicly the Klan's attempt at being more PC, and they have powerful friends.
There's a simple reason politicians are in bed with these guys; it gets them votes. It's no secret, it even has a name, the Southern Strategy. The reason the Southern Strategy worked so well in '72 and continues to work today is that a significant chunk of the electorate are at least mildly racist. I wouldn't say it's anywhere near the majority, but it's a big enough group that national election strategy is molded around them. A lot of republicans have found that if they throw guys like the CofCC a wink and a nudge, but distance themselves from them publicly, they can pickup the support of the racists, while not alienating the mainstream.
This means one of two things: Either these politicians are racists themselves, or they're not, but they're willing to pander to people who are. Both possibilities are terrible, and they both mean that there is a big chunk of racists out there. Either they're a big enough group that they're being pandered to for votes, or they're a big enough group that they're getting their own elected. Either way it means they're a big group, and they pull a significant amount of weight on the national political stage. This problem is anything but solved.
Just in case there's any confusion, I'm not saying that the Republican Party is inherently racist...just that a number of prominant republicans are.