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African-American Civil Rights Movement Is ‘Intellectually Bankrupt’ Charges Top Conservative

by David Badash on August 27, 2013

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics

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The African-American civil rights movement is “intellectually bankrupt” charges top conservative Charles Krauthammer, speaking on Fox News. Krauthammer made the attack while discussing voting rights and the attempts by Republicans to disenfranchise minorities, including blacks, college students, and younger voters in general — all of whom tend to vote for Democrats.

“Is the biggest issue in African-American life today the voter ID law?,” Krauthammer asked, dismissing one of the most important tools minorities have to right the wrongs imposed by the majority. “Is that going to alter the course of society in black America, the inner cities? The terrible standard in the schools? The breakdown of the family and all that?” Krauthammer asked.

Well, in fact, yes it will. Disenfranchising blacks and the poor — which is exactly why these stringent and laws that have been proven unnecessary, have been passed — removes the accountability from those who want to cut food stamps and other social nets, cut spending on education, cut spending on mass transit. Yes, the vote is one of the most important tools boac Americans and all minorities have to ensure equality.

“It’s nostalgia of a movement that’s intellectually bankrupt,” Krauthammer, a nationally syndicated columnist at the Washington Post and a regular Fox News contributor, declared.


Krauthammer is essentially saying to African-Americans, “Don’t worry about your right to vote. We’ll make all the decisions — we know what’s best.”

And just how, exactly, is this movement “intellectually bankrupt”?

No explanation — because it’s not; it’s vitally important.

The right has shown their hand in recent days, and their rightfully scared.

Gallup just released a startling new poll:

A month after Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of a black teen named Trayvon Martin, blacks are more likely than they were just prior to the July 13 verdict to believe new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks. An August Gallup poll finds 61% of blacks saying such laws are needed, up from 53% in a June-July poll.

Look at the trajectory — at that huge spike:


So much for that Republican rebranding. So much for attempts to reach out to minorities. So much for any hope of a future for the Republican Party.

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bndkllr2 August 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

It's like a bunch of old, angry white men are watching blacks, women and other minorities better their status in society and so they are shouting, "Wait a freakin' minute! We're going to show you who's in CHARGE, you little pip-squeaks!!!" They just can't fathom letting these folks ascend to the same level they are on.

SeanLiberty13 August 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

That's ironic coming from an ignorant piece of white Fascist trash who is not only intellectually bankrupt but morally bankrupt as well.

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