Then there’s race. For decades, Republicans have used coded racial appeals on issues such as school busing, crime, and welfare. It was no accident that Ronald Reagan launched his general election campaign in 1980 with a speech about “states’ rights” near Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers had been murdered in 1964. In 2005 the chairman of the Republican National Committee formally apologized for what’s been called the southern strategy. But in 2016 it was back with a vengeance.This is a blood libel against Ronald Reagan and the Mississippi Republicans, which the Left has been repeating for years without any foundation. In “They'll Think You're Signaling”! Dog-Whistles From Goldwater To Reagan To Palin [January 28, 2011] I explained that neither the murder nor the speech took place in Philadelphia, MS.
Then there was Ronald Reagan's speech at the Neshoba County Fair in August, 1980. You will hear, over and over again, that Reagan went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, (partly at the behest of then-Congressman Trent Lott, another guy who said something that turned out to be “racist” after liberals and neoconservatives had interpreted it )and spoke about “States Rights” near the site of the murders of three civil rights workers, who had been murdered sixteen years earlier. In so doing, he was supposed to be sending a message to White Supremacists.One of them is Hillary Clinton. The Neshoba County Fair is a big deal in Mississippi, and a good place to announce a political candidacy, that's all there is to it. The other obvious point is "Who would do that?" Who would use the memory of criminal violence for political purposes? Certainly not Reagan! But Hillary did. You may remember that Hillary, at the convention, brought a group of black women on the stage, who Black Lives Matter and the press call "The Mothers of The Movement"—I wrote about them before the convention:
For a recent example, see Righting Reagan's Wrongs?, By Bob Herbert, NYT, November 13, 2007. For a fairly despicable example, see WALTER FIELDS: No tears for Reagan, BlackAmericaToday.com, June 8, 2004. (Reagan had died on June 5th.) And white liberals, are, if anything, even worse.
It happens that neither the speech nor the murders took place in the town of Philadelphia—the murders took place on the side of a road between Philadelphia and Meridian, because that's where murders take place—on back roads.
The Neshoba County Fair, where Reagan spoke, doesn't take place in Philadelphia, MS, either—there isn't room. Philadelphia is the county seat, and has about 7,000 inhabitants. The fairgrounds, in the hills seven miles from town, cover sixty acres.
The connection is entirely imaginary.
The speech Reagan made was not a “racist” speech, because Reagan wasn't a “racist”—he was as likely to make a “racist” speech as Goldwater, an American WWII veteran, was to pal around with German Nazis. (You can listen to Reagan's speech in MP3 form, or read the transcript.)
The reason that they say it's racist is because it mentioned “States' Rights” . And States' Rights is a phrase that makes liberals crazy. Recently the New York Times wrote “In the Tea Party's talk of states' rights, critics say they hear an echo of slavery, Jim Crow and George Wallace.”[Where Dr. King Stood, Tea Party Claims His Mantle, By Kate Zernike, New York Times, August 27, 2010], inspiring me to write “There's a name for people who hear echoes like that–schizophrenic. How many of those people can get their echoes in the New York Times?”
Here's NPR on What To Expect At The Democratic Convention .[by Daniel Kurtzleben, July 15, 2016]Reagan wouldn't use racist violence to push an agenda, but Hillary did—see Ann Coulter's BLM At The DNC: When Do “The Mothers Of ISIS” Speak? And it looks like I was right about the white Democrats.Tuesday will feature the roll call vote and how Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career working to make a difference for children, families and our country. The Mothers of the Movement participating include Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.The "Mothers of the Movement" hadn't really registered with me, but I know all those names.
- Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner—who was a massively overweight thug who died of exertion while trying to fight half a dozen police trying to wrestle him into handcuffs for selling illegal cigarettes to teenagers.
- Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin— who was a teenage thug (suspended from school for possession of stolen property) who died during his assault on neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. His next-to-last words, as he tried to grab Zimmerman’s gun were “You’re gonna die tonight, mother—er.”(His last words were “You got me.”)
- Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton— who was a maniac (literally: paranoid schizophrenic) who grabbed an officer’s baton and tried to beat him to death with it.
- Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis—who was a teenager, who cursed and uttered racist insults at a white man (civilian Michael Dunn) when Dunn asked him not to blast rap music from his car. Dunn shot Davis, claiming self-defense, on the grounds that he’d seen Davis point a shotgun at him. However, since police failed to find a shotgun, and Davis’s companions swore there wasn’t one, Dunn was sentenced to life without parole.
- Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown— who was the Ferguson thug who assaulted and robbed a storekeeper, and when stopped by police officer Darren Wilson smashed Wilson in the face and tried to take his gun.
- Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton— who was a teenage girl in Chicago. An outlier on this list, 15-year old Hadiya was innocent of anything but standing around in a Chicago park when she was shot for no particular reason by (allegedly) these two guys.
The Narrative on the Hadiya Pendleton shooting is that it was “gun violence.”
With the exception of Hadiya—whose mother, if she wants justice, should be looking to Trump and the Republicans—these are people that only a mother could love.
- Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland—another outlier, since Bland wasn’t killed by anyone at all, but hanged herself in her cell when none of her relatives (including her mother) would bail her out. She’d been arrested for kicking a police officer who stopped her car—an act apparently motivated by the racial resentment all blacks seem to feel when pulled over by the police, no matter how bad their driving is.
How hard does Hillary think she can push this BLM stuff without alienating all the remaining white Democrats?