At the height of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings,
Thomas denounced the "high-tech lynching" that was
being carried out by the Senate Democrats and their allies in
the media. Thomas called on cooler heads to prevail and bring
the debate back to a level worthy of the worlds most
deliberative body. The Democrats were using tried and true
racist stereotypes to paint Thomas as a black predator, his
employees at the mercy of his sexual urgings. They never could
say it outright, but that’s certainly the message they were
transmitting all along.
It was ironic that the party that fancies itself the champion
of black America would tolerate such behavior, but it was all in
support of the crusade to keep Thomas off the court.
It would seem the opportunistic racism of the Democratic
Party is alive and well and living in San Francisco in the
person of California Congressman Fortney H. "Pete"
Stark. Its latest victim is Congressman J.C. Watts (Okla.), a
to Roll Call, Stark raised questions during a
committee hearing about Watts’ children "who were all
born out of wedlock."
Never mind that Stark would drag another member’s family
into his gutter politics. Not confined by facts (he showed the
same mastery of details as Al Gore in the middle of one of his
lathered-up, alpha-male speeches) Stark didn’t consider it
relevant that only Watts’ first child was born before he was
married. He then got married and had four more children.
But the outrageous actions by Stark and his cronies didn’t
end there. When confronted by Watts’ for his behavior, Stark
was said to be shocked by his reaction! "It took Pete
aback," Roll Call reports a Democratic source said. Another
source "close to Stark" said the lawmaker believed
Watts was threatening. Well of course he was. He’s black, isn’t
Watts is no stranger to such contemptible liberal
race-baiting. In his first run for Congress in 1994, his
Democratic opponent fired the first salvo in the campaign with
an ad that featured a high school picture of the afro-wearing
Watts. Appropriately, his opponent was shown holding a pig.
Stark has said some pretty outrageous things in his long
congressional career. Roll Call reported on his
description of Congresswoman Nancy Johnson as an insurance
industry "whore." In 1991 he assaulted his
"Jewish colleagues" for their support of the Gulf War.
Other African-Americans that don’t fit Mr. Stark’s
definition of the right kind of black person have also been
subjected to his rage. In 1990, Stark declared former Health and
Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan "a disgrace to his
race" because Sullivan had the nerve to support Republican
So where was the press, those guardians of racial justice,
when Stark again launched into one of his race-baiting tirades? Roll
Call neglected to even allude to the racist sentiments
behind Stark’s remarks about Watts. The rest of the media has
Of course, this is nothing new. In just the last few months
we had former Knight of the Ku Klux Klan and current Senator
Robert Byrd use the dreaded "N-Word." California Lt.
Governor Cruz Bustamante simply apologized for his use of the
same word during a speech. These stories came and went almost
Like Clarence Thomas before him and every other
African-American that refuses to stay down on the liberal
plantation, black Republicans like J.C. Watts must continue to
But that doesn’t change one basic fact: It was a high-tech
lynching all over again, but no one seemed to notice.
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