DeLay: Mentioning Inequality is the Real Racism

One of the things that annoys me most about partisan politics is how it allows people to utter the most inane and ridiculous things and be taken seriously by their fellow partisans. Here’s a perfect example from former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay:

Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said in an interview yesterday that First Lady Michelle Obama was promoting “racism” when she pointed out in a commencement address this weekend that there is still segregation and racial inequality in America’s schools.

After playing a clip of the first lady’s speech, Newsmax host Steve Malzberg asked DeLay, “I’m not sure what she’s pushing for. Is she looking for bussing?”

“What she’s pushing for is racism,” DeLay responded. “Michelle Obama and Barack Obama can’t do anything unless there’s a certain amount of race involved in it.”

While DeLay conceded that there are racial inequalities in some “inner cities,” he blamed that “leftist organizations” who have “have completely destroyed the education system.”

“Mostly around the country, race has no part being played in our education system,” he claimed. He speculated that the Obamas talk about racial inequality “because it keeps people motivated to see their point of view, their world view, and follow them right over the cliff.”

Only on Planet Wingnuttia could someone say something this stupid without getting laughed off the stage. The mere act of pointing out that there is still racial inequality is viewed by ideological buffoons like DeLay as the only genuine racism that exists.

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  • gshelley

    Perhaps as clear an example of “privilege” as you will ever see

  • matty1

    I don’t know, the idea of privilege to me carries an implication that it is largely unconscious, the white person who doesn’t notice racism that doesn’t affect them. I suspect DeLay does notice so this is simple dishonesty. At best he is playing to those who do have unconscious privilege, encouraging them not to check the facts. At worst his target audience are outright racists who see this inequality as a good thing.

  • raven

    Not only does racism still exist, it is making a huge comeback. It’s one of the main drivers of the GOP, Tom DeLay, Fox NoNews, and the Tea Party.

    The US is on trend to go majority nonwhite in 2043. Four states already are including Texas where Delay is.

    A lot of whites are terrified of this. They are afraid that the former minorities will treat them like they were treated.

    Fear of becoming a racial minority makes white Americans …

    www. rawstory. com/…/2014/…/fear-of-becoming-a-racial-minority-make…

    Fear of becoming a racial minority makes white Americans more conservative: study. By Scott Kaufman Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:53 EDT … triggered by exposure to the majority-minority shift, increases Whites’ endorsement of conservative …

  • John Pieret

    The mere fact that you are pointing out that there are ideological buffoons on Planet Wingnuttia is the real ideological buffoonery.

    Checkmate, thinking people!

  • Pen

    @ gshelley – that’s a pretty clear example of someone using the word ‘privilege’ without a clear understanding of how it applies to the situation at hand. Well done for the scare quotes.

    I don’t doubt DeLay may be privileged, but he’s displaying something else here. Purely on the basis of his remarks, he’s race-phobic if you like. To him racism = ‘anything (with) a certain amount of race involved in it.”. A second quote re-inforces the idea that his idea is a race-free world: “Mostly around the country, race has no part being played in our education system” — Not even in the history lessons? Right. You’ll note that I don’t support this point of view, though I’ve come across people of all races who do.

    And then again, he gives us this expression of fear and looming catastrophe: “it keeps people motivated to see their point of view, their world view, and follow them right over the cliff” The exact nature of the cliff being left to the listener’s imagination.

    It may well be that the fear is faked and that what he’s really engaging in is a hostile attack masquerading as fear. Perhaps he hopes to push other white people’s fear buttons with a vision of powerful black figures with strong racial identities? Trying to provoke the fear of black power (that’s real political and social power, not the more metaphysical version) was a common tactic in both the last elections.

    At any rate, I don’t think privilege is an adequate description of the little display he’s given here.

  • gshelley

    No, you are wrong.

    He dismisses the idea that inequality happens and that race plays any part in the education system because it is something he hasn’t experienced. The experience of people have lived through it and the huge amount of data that it exists is dismissed just because it hasn’t affected him directly. If “I’ve never seen or suffered, therefore it doesn’t happen” is not an example of privilege, the term is meaningless.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    And confirming that someone has committed theft and is corrupt is the real theft and corruption, eh, Tom?

  • leftwingfox

    We’re all in this boat together, so stop complaining about being locked in the boiler room.

  • Nemo

    Ed, Tom DeLay was never Speaker. This is the second time I’m pointing this out,

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    The first rule of Racial Inequality Club is you do not talk about Racial Inequality Club.

    The second rule of Racial Inequality Club is you do not talk about Racial Inequality Club.

  • dingojack

    According to FoAW:

    Newt Gingrich, whose approval as Speaker, both in the Congress and in the public eye, had already greatly suffered due to his polarizing political style and a formal House reprimand and $300,000 fine for political ethics violations, was widely blamed for the political failure of impeachment and the House losses by Republicans in the 1998 midterms and during the 1996 general election as well. Facing the second major attempt in as many years by House Republicans, including DeLay, to oust him as Speaker, Gingrich announced he would resign from Congress. Following Gingrich’s announcement, Appropriations Committee chairman Bob Livingston of Louisiana became the presumptive Speaker-elect until December 1998, when, during House debate over its still-ongoing impeachment proceedings, he admitted to extramarital affairs himself and withdrew his name from consideration as Speaker. Armey was out of the running after fending off a bruising challenge to his majority leader’s post from Steve Largent of Oklahoma, and DeLay, as the third-ranking House Republican, appeared to have the inside track to the Speakership. However DeLay decided that he would be “too nuclear” to lead the closely divided House that had resulted from the Republican House losses in 1996 and 1998. So instead DeLay proposed his chief vote-counter, Chief Deputy Whip Dennis Hastert, as a compromise candidate, since Hastert had very good relations on both sides of the aisle. As Congress reconvened in January 1999, Hastert was elected House Speaker, and DeLay was reelected House Majority Whip*.”

    Close, but no ceegar.

    Dingo

    ——–

    * Tenacious Tom DeLay Has Had Wild Ride, CBS News, 2006-01-07

  • D. C. Sessions

    He dismisses the idea that inequality happens and that race plays any part in the education system because it is something he hasn’t experienced.

    I might buy that for someone I met casually.

    This, however, is Tom DeLay, and he didn’t get where he is by not having a good idea of how his words play politically. And in this case, it’s a very simple picture:

    It is to his advantage politically to downplay the continuing racial bias in the USA against people of color.

    That’s it. Plain and simple. Don’t imagine anything else.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Well you have to allow for some personal inertia – there’s always the DeLay factor.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    BTW. Is real racism like a true scotsman?

    Or as the term increasing been rendered completely meaningless through inappropriate overuse and become merely a term of personal abuse as in someone disgrees with me = racist!!!!!1!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    For the record : Ithink tehword does have meaning but is chronically overuiused and wrongly applied which is avery abd thing.

    A racist by definition has to believe in race and has to judge groups of people as superior or inferior based primarily on their supposed “racial” features” such as skin colour rather than factors they can control such as cultural traditions or actions or widespread support for certain actions in any given culture.

  • dingojack

    Stevo – I’m hoping it turns out to be a DeLay fuse….

    :) Dingo

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It was easier before, back when they didn’t have to couch their speech in Atwaterisms, and they could just say “Niggers are the real racists.”

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Is Delay the convicted felon, or am I thinking of someone else?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Crimson Clupeidae “Is Delay the convicted felon, or am I thinking of someone else?”

    Overturned and aquitted. Plus, political money laundering is legal now.

  • scienceavenger

    Racism…you keep using that word…

  • anubisprime

    It is just uncomfortable irritating guilt and deep paralysing fear that they too will be found out and revealed publicly for being exactly what they are, sooner rather then later.

    So like a kiddy busted for raiding the cookie barrel they are busy pointing elsewhere, blaming and whining, and lying…it is not impressive, but the brain dead buy it, because it assuages their own guilt and fear.