Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory and Harry Belafonte put on quite a show in Atlanta a few days ago. It was the 60s all over the again. Unfortunately, the march had nothing to do with civil rights or the truth.
CNSNews.com reports that:
"A leading Holocaust Studies institute wants entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, and Woody Allen to retract their recent statements comparing the Bush administration, Israelis, and black conservatives to Nazis.
As Cybercast News Service reported, Belafonte over the weekend used a Hitler analogy when asked what impact prominent blacks such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had on the Bush administration's relations with minorities.
"Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich.
Color does not necessarily denote quality, content or value," Belafonte said in an exclusive interview with Cybercast News Service.
That's incorrect, said Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which describes itself as a research and education institute focusing on America's response to the Holocaust.
"Some entertainers simply don't know much about history," said Medoff.
"The fact is that there were no Jews in Hitler's hierarchy; the policies of America and Israel are not similar to those of Hitler; and African-American conservatives are not comparable to Nazis."
The Wyman Institute (located at Gratz College in suburban Philadelphia) is urging the three entertainers to publicly retract their "inaccurate and hurtful" remarks about Hitler and the Holocaust.
"Such analogies pollute public discourse by trivializing the brutal horrors committed by the Nazis," Medoff said.
"Hitler was a maniacal dictator whose regime systematically annihilated six million Jews, and launched a world war that caused the deaths of more than forty million people.
How can any reasonable person put Hitler and the Nazis in the same sentence as American or Israeli leaders, or black conservatives?"
The Rev. ML King would have been ashamed of this march. Every decent liberal should stand up and tell Jackson et al to apologize.
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The demonstration predictably turned into another "Bush hate" festival with wild allegations about vote fraud in 2000.
Let's refresh everyone's memory. CNN had an article back on April 4, 2001:
"If a recount of Florida's disputed votes in last year's close presidential election had been allowed to proceed by the U.S. Supreme Court, Republican George W. Bush still would have won the White House, two newspapers reported Wednesday.
The Miami Herald and USA Today conducted a comprehensive review of 64,248 "undercounted" ballots in Florida's 67 counties that ended last month.
Their count showed that Bush's razor-thin margin of 537 votes -- certified in December by the Florida Secretary of State's office -- would have tripled to 1,665 votes if counted according to standards advocated by his Democratic rival, former Vice President Al Gore.
"In the end, I think we probably confirmed that President Bush should have been president of the United States," said Mark Seibel, the paper's managing editor.
"I think that it was worthwhile because so many people had questions about how the ballots had been handled and how the process had worked."
Peter Kirsanow is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This is what he wrote earlier this year (http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/kirsanow200501100742.asp):
"The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducted a six-month investigation of the charges and found absolutely no evidence of systematic disenfranchisement of black voters.
The civil-rights division of the Department of Justice also found no credible evidence that any Floridians were intentionally denied the right to vote.
These findings did little to dispel the myth of massive disenfranchisement."
So why are Jesse Jackson and Harry Belafonte still beating the drum of Florida 2000 today?
What new information do they have?
What's making Jesse Jackson and other liberal blacks so nervous?
The answer is simple. They are losing their monopoly over the black vote.
For weeks, I've seen articles about Republicans targeting the black vote. RNC Chairman Mellman is actively courting the black vote by preaching economic freedom, an end to dependency and a return to family values.
Lately, Rev. Shrapton said that Democrats take "blacks for granted".
Larry Elder, a black conservative outlines the Democrats' problems:
"The Republicans, after all, long advocated vouchers, at least on a limited basis, for failing inner-city schools.
A 1999 Harvard University study on the Cleveland, Ohio, voucher program found voucher parents more satisfied with their kids' education than public school parents.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- home of the nation's oldest and largest urban voucher program -- students involved must come from low-income families, with many minority students coming from broken homes.
In Milwaukee, 64 percent of students using a voucher to enter ninth grade in 1999 graduated in 2003, compared to 36 percent of Milwaukee public school students.
The six Milwaukee public high schools that have academic admission requirements -- as do many private schools -- only had a 41 percent graduation rate."
Public schools are a sore point for most black parents. Yet, Democrats can't say no to the teachers' union money. So they defend a broken public school system in exchange for union money.
The second biggest concern for most blacks is crime. Again, let's read Elder:
"Blacks living in the inner city disproportionately suffer from crime."
Why is Jesse in such panic? Because blacks are not listening to him anymore.
It won't happen overnight but it is happening. More and more, you will see blacks fleeing the tired promises of Michael Moore's party and embracing the forward looking optimism of the Republicans.
Slowly but surely, Republicans are winning this battle and Jesse Jackson knows it.
P.S. Kay S. Hymowitz just wrote an article: "The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies". You can read the full article by going to: http://www.city-journal.org/html/15_3_black_family.html.
The black family is in bad shape and Jesse Jackson is quiet about this real problem. Read this:
"Almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers.
The truth is that we are now a two-family nation, separate and unequal—one thriving and intact, and the other struggling, broken, and far too often African-American."
Why isn't Jesse Jackson marching in Atlanta calling on black men to assume their responsibilities as fathers?
Where are responsible liberals? Why are responsible liberals afraid to stand up to Jesse Jackson?
Some Democrat needs to stand up and tell Jesse Jackson to cut it out.