[Rushtalk] Who's The Racist, Now?!?
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Nov 5 12:08:43 MST 2013
Democrat Won't Shake African-American Republican's Hand
Coca / 5 November 2013 /
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You could put this one down as the classic, What
if a Republican had done this? Imagine if you
will a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in
the great state of Virginia refusing to shake an
African-American opponents hand. What do you
think the first thing the news media might say
about the situation? Thats right, the Republican
would quickly be labeled a racist.
The non-handshake moment came on the heels of
Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, E.W.
Jackson, tying his opponent, Northam, to the
Obamacare failures and implying that the Democrat
believed that Christians had no right to oppose
Northam believes people who do
not embrace gay marriage have no place in
Virginia. (One of Northams relevant statements
Jackson adds that he believes that there is
increasing intolerance of devout Christians on
this issue and that Northams statements suggest
anti-Christian bias. Interestingly, Northam
didnt dispute the attack, but simply voiced his support for gay marriage.
While Democrats and the media may think that the
Northams refusal to shake his opponents hand
may be no big deal,
prominent civil rights leaders disagree.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the great Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, I was saddened to
learn today that Lt. Gov. candidate Ralph Northam
refused to shake the hands of his opponent E.W.
Jackson at the end of a television debate. I am
deeply burdened by the loss of civility in
politics today. Refusing to shake hands with your
opponent in front of a television audience takes
the loss of civility to a new low
I would hope
that his refusal to shake hands had nothing to do
with the color of his opponents skin
It is my
hope that in these last hours of the race, Ralph
Northam will recognize his inappropriate behavior
and offer an apology to E.W. Jackson and to all those he hopes to represent.
Ken Blackwell from the ACLU seemed to think that
this kind of behavior may disqualify Northam from
political office. People sometimes accuse
politicians of being two-faced or insincere when
they refer to bitter opponents as my good
friend and pose for smiling photos with them.
Its not deception; its basic courtesy and
respect, without which democracy cannot function.
In many countries, disagreements over policy end
in brutal government oppression or even
bloodshed. Politics can be so passionate with
people clashing over views that an essential
element of building goodwill and finding common
ground is by working overtime to be courteous and
complimentary. Unfortunately, Mr. Northams
actions fall short of that important standard.
For his part
Jackson wasnt surprised by his opponents lack
of couth. "It was insulting, but, on the other
hand, I thought it was consistent with the way he behaves.
I hate the double standard that exists in the
political media. Democrats get a pass for
insulting behavior, but Republicans are treated like monsters.
I guess we shouldnt hold our breath hoping for things to change
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