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“GOP continues to gain from racial hypocrisy,” one of the editorials in the Honolulu Advertiser on Sunday 1/12/03 was confusing. First it claimed that Republicans are genuinely not racist and act and speak such but refuse to decry Deep South efforts to restore the Confederate flag. Bill Clinton is quoted as saying that such is a “strategy.” And, it is claimed that such “put Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes in the White House.” Does this mean the newspaper thinks the American voting public is gullible and stupid? If so, let’s take away their voting rights. Then only Mandarins like editorial writers would have the franchise. Is that what was meant?

Finally, speaking of racism, here are some facts straight from syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock, who happens to be Black and is a Senior Research Analyst with the Atlas Foundation:

Governor Bill Clinton was sued successfully by the NAACP (1989) for voting rights violations that minimized Black voting strength.
During his 12-year tenure, Gov. Clinton never approved a state-civil rights law. Arkansas observed Confederate Flag Day every year of the 12. He issued birthday proclamations honoring Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. He signed Act 116 in 1987, which reconfirmed that the star above the word “Arkansas” on the state flag is to commemorate the “Confederate States of America.”

Bill Clinton has lauded segregationists J. William Fulbright and Orval Faubus.
Then there is former Ku Klux Klan member Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) who along with Al Gore Sr and 19 other Democrats voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Byrd also recently used the term “white nigger” on Fox News.

That’s just some of Murdock’s litany of Democrat abuses that somehow seldom get mentioned in the media.

The Advertiser editorial writer, when evaluating hypocrisy, should look in the mirror or do a bit more research.

”’Richard O. Rowland is president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He can be reached via email at mailto:grassroot@hawaii.rr.com or by phone at (808) 487-4959. More information about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii can be found at its Web site at”’ http://www.grassrootinstitute.org

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