The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.
Those same jeering faces could be seen gathered around the Arkansas National Guard troopers who blocked nine black children from entering Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957.
“They moved closer and closer,” recalled Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. “Somebody started yelling, ‘Lynch her! Lynch her!’ I tried to see a friendly face somewhere in the crowd — someone who maybe could help. I looked into the face of an old woman and it seemed a kind face, but when I looked at her again, she spat on me.”
Those were the faces I saw at a David Duke rally in Metairie, La., in 1991: sullen with resentment, wallowing in victimhood, then exploding with yells of excitement as the ex-Klansman and Republican gubernatorial candidate spewed vitriolic white-power rhetoric.
Anyone who believed that cries of racism would not be used by the left after Obama was elected was a fool. A foolishness that has been proven over and over again since the historic day the first black man was elected president of the United States of America.
Here’s my personal example.
The other day I had a relatively mild debate on a conservative friend’s Facebook post about Obamacare which in the course of six or so comments resulted in one of the commenters calling me a racist. The problem, of course, wasn’t that I had used any racist language or even referred to race in any way, shape, form or fashion. I had not. No, the problem was that I had used facts and logic to debate his claim that the use of the interstate highway system was the same as the individual mandate under Obamacare. Something any five year old would know was not true.
Well, he didn’t like that at all – me rationally debating and not getting angry and spewing words of hate – so he went to what he and his leftist friends know best and called for me to just admit being a racist. He then described how one of his friends from a city down South had used the “N”- word when referring to Obama before the election and said we all felt that way.
My response? I asked him why he had racist friends, because I did not. Unfortunately I never got an answer because my conservative FB friend defriended him and apologized to everyone for what he had said.
I was kind of disappointed really.
The point is we can expect a lot more of this in the coming months. Demonizing those who disagree with them is really the only tactic the left has now (really the only one they have ever had throughout history) and what with the majority of the American people turning against them they will use every despicable trick in their big bag of despicable tricks to stifle free speech.
We just have to stand fast. The accusations of racism and violence don’t carry the weight they once did. Because like Peter crying wolf, if you do it every single time people just stop caring.