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A rebuttal

Dear Editor:

Responding to Andy Hanson’s letter of 16 July referring to Taylor Branch’s “seminal work” supporting his contention that the “extreme right wing” are on the “wrong side of history” when calling the president and the NAACP racist, I submit the following:

Taylor Branch’s third, and final, book in the series, “At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68” was published in 2006, which was before Obama took office and before the emergence of the Tea Party movement. Since then, our post-racial, post-Bush, post-sexist, post-homophobic, post-American exceptionalism, post-free market, post-immigration enforcement, post-Islamic terrorism fighting, post-world’s best health care, post-Toasties President has done more to set race relations back than Orval Faubus, George Wallace and Eugene “Bull” Connor.

Were it not for the fact that he is half-black, we wouldn’t even know who he is. Only the Great White Guilt of American Liberals and the color of his skin put him in office. It certainly couldn’t be the content of his character because that’s an empty vessel. Had an unknown white man with Obama’s lack of credentials decided to run, he wouldn’t have gotten on the ballot. When the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character … With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood,” he wasn’t talking about the election and subsequent administration of Barack Obama!

The results of firing up a search engine and entering the lines highlighted by asterisks should provide adequate rebuttal:

*”To Justify Its Own Existence, NAACP Condemns Tea Party for ‘Racism'”

A concise history of civil rights in America listing Republican and Democratic efforts, pro and con, tells a different story than what Mr. Hanson implies:

*”Obama and the Lessons of History”

“lil[l]y-white”TEA Party?:

*”Black Tea Party Spokesperson Lloyd Marcus, Rebukes NAACP Resolution Against Tea Parties”

The two videos below of members of the NBBP, one of whom, King Shamir Shabazz, engaged in the worst case of voter intimidation Bartle Bull had ever seen:

*”The Obama Administration Protected Black Panther Who Advocates Killing White Babies”

*”Black Power ‘Eat this Tea Party for Breakfast,’ the Video”

Interviews with Bartle Bull and ex-DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams:

*”Bartle Bull reacts to former DOJ attorney on Black Panther case ‘Obama is a hustler'”

*”Megyn Kelly Interviews DOJ Attorney On Black Panther Case! (Part.2)”

Last, but not least; another hate-filled, racist, Tea Party extremist:

*”Katrina Pierson – Dallas Tea Party – April 15, 2009″

OK, walks like a duck. Check! Quacks like a duck. Check! It’s Kermit the Frog!

If Mr. Hanson wishes to continue this discussion, he must state to whom he was referring when he said, “… If you tell a lie often enough some might believe it.” Who exactly is the liar, Mr. Hanson?

Neal Pollack


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