“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”
— Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Charlie Rangel is by no means a good person. He is an immoral criminal who has gotten away with his behavior simply because he is a powerful man in a corrupt system. However, because he holds a position of power, he also has a platform from which he is heard and believed. There are quite a number of Americans who will hear what Rangel has said and simply believe that their fellow citizens are racists.
There are a couple of Scriptures that I think are good rules of thumb in situations like these. While they apply primarily in a spiritual sense to Christians at the Day of Judgment, I believe that there is a practical worldly value to these admonitions as well. (Verses taken from the English Standard Version)
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. James 3:1
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:36, 37
See, Mr. Rangel, even on this earth, people in positions of authority are judged more harshly than those of us who are primarily followers. You have a platform from which to spout your hatred, and the whole world will get to hear and judge your heinous conversation. When your time has come, and the history books record your life’s work, they won’t remember the smatterings of good you may have done. What the history books will record are the evil words you have uttered about your fellow man. In this case you have lied maliciously, intending to bring harm to a movement that is your political antithesis, by bringing odious (and false) accusations of moral turpitude against them.
Fortunately, the Tea Party is not without an eloquent voice to respond to these malevolent attacks. Niger Innis, the chief strategist for TheTeaParty.net and spokesman for Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), responded to Rangel’s comments for the Tea Party.
“It is not surprising that lazy, shiftless politicians who have an abysmal record for their community would want to diffuse the issue of what they are doing for their communities by dropping the race card… What Charlie Rangel should be talking about is the level of performance of kids in the public schools in his district, what he should be talking about are the lack of jobs and the record high unemployment rate in his district and among black Americans all across his country… What he should be talking about is the black-on-black genocide that is taking place in the urban center… But unfortunately leaders like Charlie Rangel and the leaders that have run Detroit for the last 50 years have nothing but a record of failure and want to change the issue.”
When Innis (who is African-American) was asked what it was like to be compared to a “white cracker”, he responded lightly. “I can tell Charlie that many racial epitaphs have been used against me, particularly with the spelling of my name, but I have never been called a ‘white cracker’ so he’s made history.”
Thankfully the tea party has an intelligent and eloquent leader like Innis, but far more people will hear Rangel’s attack than will hear Innis’s defense. The tea party is a majority white organization, but that does not make it inherently race driven. Conservatives of every race, creed and color can find common ground in the work that the tea party is doing. For conservatives who don’t identify with the tea party, it is still incumbent upon you to take up their defense against small minded liberal hacks like Charlie Rangel. We must present a united front if we hope to stand against the liberal wave of vilification.
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