January 12, 2010

Getting Facts Wrong

Rachel patiently points out why the Republican charges of racism are so wrong.

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Her guest, Tricia Rose, pointed out that this could only come because people have so little real understanding about the real consequences of structural discrimination. And even more, it points to a problem in recognizing reality.

So how many conservatives get things wrong because they have little empathy for others and thus are out of touch with reality? Paul Krugman noted today that Roger Ailes might not be simply politically opportunistic, but also illogically paranoid. And Digby caught Sally Quinn believing that she too is the target of a vast terrorist conspiracy.

Perhaps this explains the reason Scott Lively1 wrote an entire book that says homosexuals were responsible for the Nazi totalitarianism. Lively too turns day into night, because he accuses the victims of Hitler of being the perpetrators even though there is overwhelming evidence that homosexuals were explicitly targeted for death by Hitler's regime.

It is so nice to believe the injustice and persecution of some out group is justified when one feels threatened by them for some imaginary reason.

(1) Scott Lively is an evangelical who thinks homosexuality is the root of all evil and helped convince the Ugandans that they needed to deal with the danger which led to the proposed law to put homosexuals to death.

Posted by Mary at January 12, 2010 12:41 AM | Philosophy | Technorati links |

Regarding Uganda's planned law to put homosexuality acts yo death:
Uganda has been the beneficiary of a steady stream of evangelical activists, mostly Americans. They have been responsible for encouraging the destruction of one of the most effective AIDS prevention strategies in Africa. If this bill passes watch the AIDS rate climb as the little education that is still available disappears. No doubt this will cheer the 'abstinence only' fanatics who would rather see people die of AIDS than learn how to prevent transmission.
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Posted by: hestiag at January 12, 2010 02:54 AM

Jesus Christ, stop defending Harry Reid. Have you ever met a Mormon who wasn't racist? His, Harry's is the worst form of smarmy sanctimony, pleasant and ingratiating in every public forum, but destructively manipulative at the private level. And who cares if Harry Reid loses his job? and when was the last time a Mormon like Reid openly acknowledged and embraced homosexuality?

Posted by: rich at January 13, 2010 07:37 PM

It is so nice to believe the injustice and persecution of some out group is justified when one feels threatened by them for some imaginary reason.

Has any more ever been required, really? Once upon a time, we moved hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans off to concentration camps so they wouldn't be a threat. There are people in this country now who'd do the same to Americans of Middle Eastern descent, or Muslims, if they could.

It's easier to victimize those people than to fight real enemies.

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Posted by: zukario at January 16, 2010 02:11 AM

Re: "have you ever met a Mormon who wasn't racist?" - yes. I grew up in areas of the West that had lots of Mormons, and many of them aren't racist.

Is the person who posted this statement aware of the irony at all? The statement apparently wants to attack racism against African Americans at the same time that it blatantly discriminates against another group of people.

Btw, I very much appreciated this blog entry, and RM does a good job of explaining the subtleties of the problem.

Posted by: Flo at January 16, 2010 10:01 AM

Nice video, and I agree that the charges of racism are uncalled for.

Posted by: Rakeback at January 17, 2010 09:53 AM

Harry's toast in November, let's let him have a few more months of this type of employment.

How much fun it will be seeing Scott Brown sworn in this week after his victory in Massachusetts. I tried to spell it like Ms. Coakley's staff but my browser's spell check wouldn't let me. A Republican following in the footsteps of John and Edward. Wow, just wow. The image of John Kennedy delivering that speech morphing into Scott saying the same words, very telling. He's going to have more Democrats voting for him than Republicans! A bipartisan win for Brown!

Posted by: peter at January 17, 2010 06:41 PM

Nice video, and I agree that the charges of racism are uncalled for.

Posted by: Andy at January 17, 2010 11:24 PM