A special kind of stupid is the breed of Conservative who still believes that Dylann Roof shooting nine black people in a Charleston S.C. church , had nothing to do with racism – even though he admitted that his motive was racial – and that the confederate battle flag represents an army that fought for “states rights.” Who believes it only represents southern heritage , or southern pride.
We live in an age where information is easily accessible via the internet. Anyone who is interested in the history of the confederate flag , and it’s connection to the civil war , would discover that it had very little to do with states rights , other than the right to own other human beings as slaves. Defenders of the flag often claim that the civil war was not fought over slavery , but states rights , or tariffs. The Confederate States of America , in the Mississippi declaration , states that the number one reason for secession from the Union was the opposition to the abolition to slavery. Every other declaration of secession makes the same argument , the importance of protecting the institution of slavery. It’s not a debatable issue.
The Center For Medical Progress , an anti-abortion group , released an edited video in 2015 that claimed to show that Planned Parenthood was involved in criminal activities. The video , which featured Senior Director of Medical Services for PP , Deborah Nucatola , talking about reimbursement costs for shipping aborted fetal tissue donated for medical research – which is legal – quickly went viral , on social and mainstream media , and Conservatives went bonkers , accusing the liberal women’s organization of harvesting fetal body parts for profit. Because everyone knows that Planned Parenthood is an evil , racist organization , aborting millions of black babies every year because it was the wish of Margret Sanger , who was herself , a racist.
Well , not everyone knows this to be the case. People with common sense know the facts and know that the video was edited by people who have an agenda , and that agenda is to discredit and destroy an organization that provides services for women , not just abortion , which is less than four percent of it’s services. But a lot of people do believe the nonsense , mostly Conservatives. They’re not really interested in facts. They’re more interested in repeating talking points and spreading misinformation via social media , and they make stupid memes like this one that show case their ignorance.
No , liberals were not outraged that black people did not riot in the wake of the Charleston shooting. They were outraged that a white supremacist by the name of Dylann Roof murdered nine people. They were outraged that the Conservative media shamelessly defended a flag that represents centuries of slavery , Jim Crow , and racism. They were outraged that the media bent over backward to deny that it had anything to do with race. They were outraged that every time an unarmed black individual is wrongfully killed by law enforcement , they are condemned by the media as thugs , criminals who got what they deserved. They were outraged that every time there is a shooting by a Muslim American , all Muslims are assumed terrorists. They were outraged that every time there is a shooting by a white supremacist , they are classified as lone wolves. They were outraged that the media portrayed the event as if the motive were a hate crime against Christians , instead of what it was really about : Racism.
I love it when the most radical and bigoted white Conservatives believe they speak not only for most white Americans , but most black Americans. It just proves how arrogant and ignorant they are. Their ignorance is reflected in the notion that institutional racism no longer exists in America , that racism ended with the civil rights act , which is bullshit. During the Obama years , they claimed that America was no longer racist ( except for liberals and Democrats , of course , because they actually care about poor people ) because it elected a black president , even as they attacked his character , calling him a Muslim , a Muslim terrorist supporter , a communist , a Nazi , a dictator , a racist , a cop hater. They attacked poor minorities as welfare queens , as lazy moochers who were somehow making a killing collecting government benefits , living high off the hog , taking extravagant vacations , owning several cars , and houses , living the lifestyle of the rich and famous , while conveniently ignoring the real moochers , the real welfare queens , the corporations that collect millions and even billions each year in subsidies. They created and perpetuated the myth that Obama was the racist plantation owner who exploited blacks and other minorities , and Democrats and liberals were his willing cohorts in a conspiracy to keep minorities down.
Racial discrimination is not a liberal myth or lie. It did not end with the civil rights act. It has been well-documented in the Ferguson , and Baltimore police departments , here , and here. Conservative media bent over backward to deny and excuse racial discrimination in Ferguson , and Baltimore , running with the laughable narrative that Obama , Democrats , and liberals were eager for a race war against white people for centuries of slavery and Jim Crow.
Racial discrimination did not end fifty years ago. To deny it would not only be foolish , but ignorant of the events of the last four decades. The ones who do deny it are Conservatives. They are the ones who are willing to trivialize the civil rights movement and its leaders , by continuing to peddle their fiction that racial discrimination is a thing of the past. The ignorant readers of these types of memes may believe this , but the evidence proves otherwise.
For decades many Conservatives have believed that the founder of Planned Parenthood was a racist whose main concern was eliminating black children , due to the constant rhetoric and propaganda fed to them by right-wing media. It became more prominent during the last eight years with the Planned Parenthood smear videos produced by the likes of James O’Keefe , and The Center For American Progress. They are so certain that a zygote , an undeveloped fetus without a nervous system , should be given the same rights as a fully developed human being , that human life begins at conception , that aborting an egg , or a mass of cells , should be considered a crime.
The radical right , which has always claimed to be for small government , has since the inception of Roe vs Wade , portrayed Planned Parenthood and its supporters as cohorts in mass genocide , and with the willing aid of their representatives in Congress , and smear campaigns , they have managed to convince a number of idiots Conservatives that PP’s sole purpose is to eradicate black children because its founder was an evil racist , and therefore should be defunded.
Their condemnation of Planned Parenthood is , at best , hypocritical , in light of their enthusiastic and radical support for the NRA , an organization which once upon a time supported reasonable gun control , but which has during the last couple of decades , and especially during the Obama years , become one of the most radical , extreme groups in America , stoking fear and racism , that a black president is coming for their guns , in order to dramatically increase profits. Even when a mass shooting occurred , they blamed everyone who wanted even the most moderate gun control – including Obama , Democrats , and liberals – but the shooter. Obama , liberals , Democrats , and gun control groups ( the real extremists according to the NRA ) became the culprits , the enemies , the threat , the danger that must be opposed , not the slaughter of innocent children. The only concern they displayed were their prayers and platitudes , all the while claiming gun control doesn’t work , that their second amendment rights were under attack , showing no concern for the slaughter of human life. Ironically , something they’ve always accused pro-choicer’s of.
So , yes , the NRA , at least it’s leadership , are indeed evil , because they’ve proven that they care more about profit , over human life. By Liberal Logic’s logic , if Planned Parenthood and their supporters are guilty of murder , then the leadership of the NRA , and its rabid supporters , must also be guilty of murder.
Many Conservatives are willfully ignorant and proud of it. This ridiculous meme is a prime example of the ignorance that so many on the far right seem all too eager to embrace. They have the freedom to follow the religion of their choice , they are free to attend church any day of the week , they are free to worship in public , they are free to worship in private , there are tens of thousands of churches all over America – tax exempt – they own their own radio and television channels – which are also tax exempt – their own publishing houses , and they are free to worship without government interference as outlined in the first amendment.
They are a privileged lot. They live in a country where the majority of its population is Christian , that allows their religious symbols , holiday displays , and television shows , to the exclusion of all other religions. And yet , with all this freedom , today’s Conservative Christians are a persecuted minority. They’re persecuted because liberal bullies and the LGBT are pushing back , not tolerating their intolerance. Liberals and LGBT groups and individuals have become the intolerant ones. Never mind that the most radical Conservatives want to outlaw what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedrooms , have used violence and intimidation in the past and present against LGBT groups and individuals , have successfully pushed and gotten religious freedom laws passed , and are using these laws based on religion to portray themselves as the real victims of discrimination. No , it’s the individuals and groups who are seeking equality , and tolerance who are the bigots , filled with hate , who are discriminating.
Not all Conservatives willingly play the victim card. Just the most extreme radicals who read this bullshit and believe it , and Liberal Logic 101 willingly caters to the most radical , bigoted , and racist individuals on the right. But there are plenty of Conservatives who know what these two flags represent. They know that the rainbow flag represents diversity among a group of individuals with diverse religious and political views , and the confederate flag represents centuries of slavery , Jim Crow , and racism. Anyone who claims otherwise , is ignorant of American history.