Star Parker

Atlantic Magazine journalist and blogger Jeffrey Goldberg is trying to understand why blacks are such “very forgiving people.”

Why does he think they are?

Well, how could any black American be, or even think about being, a Republican when, according to Goldberg, Republican “party officials…venerate the Confederacy.”

Translation: When it’s clear, at least to Goldberg, that the Republican Party is a party of racists, how can they get, or expect to get, black votes?

Goldberg presented this ponderous dilemma to Mississippi governor, and chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, Haley Barbour.

Barbour explained that Confederate Memorial Day in his state is a statutory precedent long preceding his tenure as governor and the state legislature in Mississippi is, and always has been, controlled by Democrats.

In other words, Mr. Goldberg, feel free to try and understand why Southerners choose to remember the Confederacy. But appreciate that this has nothing to do with partisan politics. Southern states that celebrate Confederate Memorial Day have had Democrat as well as Republican governors and two of them today, North Carolina and Tennessee, have Democrat governors.

Perhaps Barbour’s heavily Southern drawled English was hard for a Northeastern liberal to understand. Or, perhaps more likely, he didn’t want to understand because he didn’t hear what he wanted to hear.

Goldberg, in his blog, dismissed Barbour’s answer as “endless noise, signifying nothing.”

Thirty-two black Republicans ran in primaries this year. Fourteen are now running for House seats and the prospects are excellent that there will be the largest number of black Republicans serving together next year in the House since seven served during Reconstruction. Several with excellent prospects are running in Southern states that celebrate Confederate Memorial Day.

Liberals can’t seem to grasp that black Americans are waking up to the fact that the welfare state plantation is not in the interest of black or white Americans. And that, regarding the unique problems that many blacks face, the best approach is an agenda of freedom, of limited government, of traditional values, of personal responsibility.

Perverse liberal logic seems to be that if you don’t advocate government dependence, you must be a racist. And if you are black and see things this way, you probably need therapy.

Of course American history has sin. The personal history of every individual American has sin.

The point is to recognize what is right, to fix what is broken, and move on.

But Goldberg refuses to get it. He blogs, “I’m so interested in this issue, I’m going to pursue it…..”


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.