Dave Agema Finds White Supremacism ‘Enlightening’

Dave Agema is a former state legislator and now one of Michigan’s representatives on the Republican National Committee, and he has a long history of saying bigoted and inflammatory things. Now he’s in hot water after recommending a white supremacist article on his Facebook page, calling it “very enlightening.” Ken Braun, a Republican himself, has the details:

In a New Years’ Eve posting on his infamous Facebook page, disgraced Michigan GOP national committeeman Dave Agema reprinted an essay about African-Americans. Either Agema or somebody he is quoting endorses it as “very interesting” and “very enlightening” for “anyone concerned about crime in America.” The essay – since taken down by Agema – is copied from the May 9 edition of American Renaissance, a white supremacist magazine.

While more grammatically precise than most racist screeds, it is racist all the same. Wrapping up his thoughts, the author – allegedly an experienced defense attorney – says the following:

“However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.”

Agema posted that essay with the message:

Very interesting article by a public defender. We are in a cultural battle. Very enlightening for anyone who is concerned about crime in America.

It’s not the first time he’s done something like this. A couple years ago he posted a similar thing called “Everyone should know these statistics on homosexuals.” It was full of all kinds of absurd statistics and bigotry, which isn’t surprising since most of it came from a “non-practicing chiropractor” who also happened to be part of the KKK. Despite that, he continues to be a member, in apparently good standing, of the Republican National Committee as Michigan Republicans have been unwilling to do anything about him.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Despite that”? Despite? No. Because of? Yes.

  • raven

    White Supremacists prove that they are wrong by their very existence.

    They are all dumb, uneducated, violent, and unable to act civilized. They certainly have no accomplishments to their name or their cause.

    White supremacist gets life for killing spree – NY Daily News

    www. nydailynews.c om/…/white-supremacist-life-killing-spree-l…

    Jul 16, 2014 – White supremacist gets life for Oregon killing spree, apologizes for making … Grigsby, left, and David Joseph Pedersen were accused of killing four people in …

    These two from Washington are typical.

    1. They went on a killing spree targeting Jews. Killed 4 people, none of them Jews.

    2. Both were ex-cons with spotty employment histories, not educated, not smart.

    Wade Page, the guy who shot up the Sikh temple had the same sort of history.

  • DaveL

    I’ve seen that article, it reads just like a right-wing viral e-mail, with the same anonymity and a healthy does of implausibility. It purports to be from a self-identified liberal public defender. Even if it is from a real public defender and reflects that person’s actual experience, it doesn’t seem very liberal to draw general conclusions about an entire race based on a sample made up entirely of indigent criminal defendants.

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

    The essay…is copied from the May 9 edition of American Renaissance, a white supremacist magazine.

    See? There are people who read it for the articles!

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    DaveL, it’s a Real Liberal™, who secretly thinks the same things as True Conservatives™ but doesn’t dare state them openly among one’s Islamist Marxist Atheist Eco-Fascist Feminazi Liberal™ social circle – though one can state them semi-openly by writing anonymously or pseudonymously for True Conservative™ media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002686842900 ChristineRose

    “In my experience?” That’s just flat out-stupid. What kind of defense attorney doesn’t get that most of the people he meets “don’t communicate well?” Does he even try to meet black people in other contexts? Presumably not, because most black people avoid people who tell them that they are threats.

  • chilidog99

    Piyush Jindal said that without social issues, the GOP is nothing more than a bunch of “cheap democrats.” Is this what he was talking about?

  • throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble

    I like that point, ChristineRose.

    It’s like someone at tech support for a tablet manufacturer declaring that “Most of our tablets don’t work right” based on the number of calls they received about a certain issue.

    The issue isn’t necessarily one of race, as the white supremacists frame it, but it’s a combination of factors routinely disregarded by the white supremacists who are as horrible at interpreting statistics as they are at being decent human beings.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Have we heard the “My FaceBook account was hacked” defense yet? Anybody want to start a pool on that one?

  • abb3w

    A quick poke at Google Scholar shows that there is indeed at least one study (10.1017/S0033291705006161 ) showing a correlation between race and early-onset impulse control disorders.

    However, it indicates that whites tend to be more likely to have such impulse control problems. D’oh!

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Can we introduce this guy to NdGT for an evening? 😀

  • stagamancer

    a “non-practicing chiropractor” who also happened to be part of the KKK.

    Maybe we should just shorten that to “person with a broken brain”.

  • had3

    As a practicing defense attorney I see that most of my clients have poor reasoning and impulse control. Of course, 90% of them have mental health issues that are never addressed and never will be addressed because my state prefers incarceration to treatment.

  • caseloweraz

    Dave Agema: Very interesting article by a public defender. We are in a cultural battle. Very enlightening for anyone who is concerned about crime in America.

    Based on just that one sentence, I’d be willing to give Agema the benefit of the doubt as meaning “This article shows a part of the problem.”

    But given his record, as pointed out by Ed — nah.

  • tubi

    Modus @4

    See? There are people who read it for the articles!

    I have a feeling some people jerk it to the articles.

  • dingojack

    MO #4 – Nah they just buy it for the ‘Cleetus the Slack-Jawed Yokel’ colouring-in centrefold (and the non-toxic crayon).