|But some things never change...|
Commentor Joey quotes conservative scholar Thomas Sowell on the evolution of 'racism' in America:
"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today."
Martin Luther King, a Republican who believed in equality under the law, would today be labeled a racist for his I Have a Dream speech:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Try judging an applicant/employee/student today by the content of their character rather than by the color of their skin and you're likely to end up in federal court or in front of the EEOC.
Liberal Democrats have so distorted our discourse that today a commitment to a merit-based color-blind society is labeled "racist", and a commitment to racial profiling is called an "affirmative defense" in court. If you abhor racism, you're a racist. If you practice explicit racism, you're not a racist. Go figure.
Democrats, as you might imagine, have always been on the racist side. To Democrat pols, "color blind" has always meant "lost votes". Democrats championed slavery, civil war (to protect slavery), the KKK, Jim Crow, segregation, race-huckstering (here and here) and affirmative action with equal fervor and without blinking an eye. To paraphrase Tom Joad, wherever there's race hate, the Democrat party will be there.
Race hate worked for Democrats in Ft. Lauderdale in 1935 and it works for Democrats in Sanford Florida in 2012. Democrats use race hate to maintain power. They ain't particular about the race.
Democrats are equal opportunity opportunists.