Maybe, as some have suggested, I am wasting my time exposing the over the top postings on that blog, but I think it’s important it not go unchallenged. In this instance, jmelli attempts to smear Republicans and Alabamans as racists by distorting two completely unrelated news stories. He writes:
Yesterday, Trenton mayoral candidate Wiley Fuller Jr. - a Republican who's entire platform is based on racial segregation - received 40 votes - just 0.3% of all votes cast.Either jmelli didn’t bother to read the article or he hopes his readers are too lazy to verify his spin. Fuller is a black separatist who has taken a page from Lewis Farrakhan’s book. And the political party the mayoral candidate supposedly represents – Fuller calls it the African Republican Party. Fuller explains:
It’s amazing how the complexion of the story changes with the facts. Fuller does not represent the Republican Party or anything the party stands for. Anyone who bothered to read the article would have realized it.
"Blacks in this country made a major mistake when they fought for integration. Integration ruined the black community in terms of economics, education, everything."
"Blacks would have had their own commerce and schools. Think of all the money that goes outside of the black community? Man, blacks should be boogeying right now. We could have been billionaires."
"I don’t necessarily want to be mayor of Trenton. I want my political party -- the African Republican Party -- to gain recognition."
Fuller alleges that his self-created party includes 300 documented members.
The second half of jmelli's posting doesn't get any better. To further his race baiting he tries to tie the Fuller as a Republican nonsense to his next distortion:
By now you have caught on that there’s more to this story than jmelli would lead you to believe. First as you know, that antiquated language in Alabama's constitution has long since been trumped by federal law and practice in the state.
In November, 2004, the voters of Alabama were offered a chance to remove antiquated language requiring segregated schools from their state constitution. 50.07% of voters - or about 691,000 residents, voted AGAINST it.
I'll take the funny cancer-causing water and marginally breathable air over racist rednecks any day.
Second, the amendment before the voters had had two main parts: the removal of the separate but equal school language and the removal of a passage that said Alabama's constitution does not guarantee a right to a public education.
Opponents of the amendment said they had no problem with removing the separate-schools language, but feared court ordered tax increases would result with the removal of the second passage in the amendment. The writer of the linked article, Manuel Roig-Franzia, dismisses the opponents reasoning and says the fear of tax increases was “ridiculed by the state's newspapers and by legions of legal experts”.
Manuel Roig-Franzia and jmelli would rather pin the amendment’s defeat on racism. Others might question why the removal of the odious separate schools language was purposely tied to removal of the language dealing with a right to a public education, especially in light of public concern over the tax implications.
I believe the proponents of the amendment had hoped by playing the racism card that they could achieve their real objective – opening the door for court ordered tax increases for school funding – just as opponents feared. I’d bet the amendment would have passed by a wide margin if the measure had been limited to removing the separate but equal passage. I also have no doubt the same newspapers and legions of legal experts would be signing a different tune had the constitutional amendment been approved.
I offer as exhibit ‘A’ New Jersey’s court rulings that led first to an income tax and more recently to the highest property taxes in the country based on the innocuous "thorough and efficient" education language in New Jersey’s constitution. As exhibit ‘B’ I offer the fact Alabamans have not subsequently been asked to vote on an amendment removing the separate but equal language from their constitution.
So I’ll answer jmelli’s question - What's the difference between Alabama and New Jersey? The people in Alabama, unlike those in New Jersey, were smart enough to keep tax and spending decisions out of the courts and before voters. They were also smart enough to see through race baiters and legions of legal experts with an axe to grind and an ulterior motive.
People that cry racism and play the race card for their own political ends trivialize and undermine the struggle for racial equality. Legitimate cases of racial discrimination become lost in a cacophony of baseless charges of racism and people begin to tune out real problems. Blue Jersey’s jmelli should be ashamed for his distortions, smears and blatant bigotry. He adds to ignorance, works to divide Americans and hurts us all.