Tamara Chabe: Voters tire of the anti-Trump mob endlessly playing the race card

Local leaders of the Alabama branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) have been arrested after staging protests outside the offices of Senator Jeff Sessions who is President-elect Trump’s nominee for the office of Attorney General.

The NAACP are inferring that Senator Sessions is racist, and point to his role as lead prosecutor in a high profile voter fraud case in 1985 as evidence of his poor track record on civil liberties and unsuitability for the post of Attorney General.

The defendants in the case were all African American officials, and the initiators of the voter fraud compliant were also African American.

Despite the fact that the defendants were found not guilty, the Alabama NAACP continues to argue that the true intention of the action was voter suppression, and infer racism against the prosecution team.

A rising backlash against the inappropriate use of the word “racist” is brewing in the US and Europe, and the accusations of racism against Senator Sessions in the absence of any discernible evidence is causing anger.

Writing in an article entitled, “Leftist lawmakers who ignore his record — and their own former praise of him — will only anger voters tired of the race card”, Quin Hillyer argues that the spurious nature of the accusations place Democrat senators in Alabama in a tough position given Trump’s high margin of victory in the state, which has a high proportion of blue collar workers. Hillyer says: “Every time voters see their home-state senator smear Sessions as a racist, they might well recall Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of Trump voters as deplorables.”

Albert Turner Jr, the son of one of the defendants in the voter fraud case has spoken out against the accusations of racism levelled against Senator Sessions.

Albert Turner Jr is quoted as saying: “I have known Senator Sessions for many years, beginning with the voter fraud case in Perry County in which my parents were defendants. My differences in policy and ideology with him do not translate to personal malice. He is not a racist. As I have said before, at no time then or now has Jeff Sessions said anything derogatory about my family. He was a prosecutor at the Federal level with a job to do. He was presented with evidence by a local District Attorney that he relied on, and his office presented the case. That’s what a prosecutor does. I believe him when he says that he was simply doing his job. I believe that he is someone with whom I, and others in the civil rights community, can work if given the opportunity.”

Sessions has received support from many Democrats including Obama’s former general surgeon Regina Benjamin, a black Democrat, who said in response to his nomination: “I think he’ll be fine. I consider him a friend”.

Among a growing number of voters, there is suspicion that accusations of racism levelled against elected officials by some social justice groups are being used for political reasons not connected to the fight against racism.

A consequence of the overuse of the word “racist” is also a growing concern that a discrimination is taking place - simply being a white person who has centre right views, is opposed to open borders and bloated supranational structures and prefers nation state democracy is now deemed to be indicative of racism by some social justice groups.

The spurious nature of the allegations against Sessions is only adding to the weariness and increasing levels of cynicism. Frequent accusations of racism by social justice groups where there is no actual discernible evidence of racism is trivialising the word racism, which is harmful for the real victims of racism and bad for the fight against it.

(Image: Gage Skidmore)

Tamara Chabe

  • James Chilton

    The “race card” is an ace in the hole. It will never be given up by those who benefit from playing it.

    • Owen_Morgan

      When people finally realise that the left generally has fifty-two race cards in every pack, they may start to be more sceptical.

    • Bosanova

      They may never give it up, true. But, as the writer says, its overuse has been trivialised to the extent that it carries less and less weight. People have wised up, and can see through the smoke screen. Thankfully the cries of islamophobia (the only trump card higher than race – because, in people’s minds, it (erroneously) conflates both race and religion) are also losing force. The grand irony is that those that are quickest to cry racist/islamophobe are probably predominantly white lefty SJWs.
      As written elsewhere, Trump’s win (and I’m not a natural fan of him, but more of what his win represents) is showing that the leftwing domination of the political narrative, via the media and the public sector, is on the wane. We should be looking forward to a period where the left will have to engage with debate if they want to win hearts and minds – it is no longer possible to just shame the opposition into silence. That is why the World needed a shameless Trump to face down the professional offence takers.

    • weirdvisions

      It’s only benefit is to silence opposition to the lefty narrative. It is only effective if it is allowed to be, The racist label didn’t stop Brexiteers or Trump supporters because they see it for what it is. A huge con.

  • Owen_Morgan

    Jeff Sessions was one of the more vocal critics of President Obama on Capitol Hill. Contrary to the claims made by Valerie Jarrett and others, or to the impression conveyed by CNN, or WaPo, Obama’s two terms were littered with scandals, several of them individually worse than Watergate. Criticism of Obama was routinely dismissed as “racist”. Once the allegation of “racism” had been raised, there was supposedly no need to analyse the news story any further.

    When Senator Sessions became one of the most recognisable names in President-Elect Trump’s intended cabinet, the accusations of racism were painfully predictable. The Democrats haven’t the slightest sense of irony, when they associate the Republicans with slavery, segregation and the KKK. They want to be as obstructive as they can to the forthcoming administration and are praying to gain a high-profile scalp as early as possible. Preventing the appointment of Jeff Sessions to the Justice Department would have been ideal for them, but “racism” inflation has (shall we say?) blown up in their faces.

    • Yes, all of them policies of the Democratic Party, at some (or many) point. I grew up in Indiana, and it’s essentially a Republican state, except a few cities. But it wasn’t always, in the 1920s it was run by a Democratic machine completely interchangeable with the KKK.

  • Uusikaupunki

    “The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.” – Tom Foley, Democrat, Former Speaker of the House.

    • klm

      Certainly applicable here. I couldn’t believe it when Foley actually said that.

  • I made a video a few years ago, in which I admitted I was a racist (as per the left-wing accusation) and outlined just why I was so. The fear induced by this false label needs to be resisted and mocked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2kKnzW4d8w

    • weirdvisions

      It doesns’t frighten me. Never has. It just tells me that the person screaming the epithet is a control freak moron.

      • I’m glad to hear it doesn’t bother you, but it does frighten all our mainstream politicians though.

        • weirdvisions

          Which tells us all we need to know about our prokaryotic, micro-short termist, Westminster Village idiots.

          • North Angle

            My God. I had to look up what “prokaryotic” means. I love learning new words. An apt description ;o)

  • Bik Byro

    I believe a lot of the current state of affairs (Brexit, Trump, Labour party in the mire etc etc) is a reaction to the population suffering the last straw seeing the r word along with other left-wing epithets trotted out for the millionth time.
    That’s not to say racism does not exist – but every time the word is used inappropriately, it devalues and ridicules it until eventually, decent honest folk get fed up to the back teeth.

    • Groan

      I think its not appreciated how powerfully symbolic Brown’s “bigot” moment was to traditional labour voters. People round here remember it and that the lady herself was a life-long Labour supporter. In a sense the response to “Brexit” continues to remind people how much of the british political left despise the people they claim to represent. So keep it coming I say. The more “deplorable” people are proclaimed to be the more they question.

  • North Angle

    The word “racist” has completely lost its power; when black people talk about killing white people, that’s somehow not racist, because you can’t be racist against white people; lefties announce that half the population is racist because they voted to leave a corrupt EU and end immigration.

    “Racist” means nothing these days, because it’s no longer defined properly, nor any definitions of it accepted.

  • WFC

    The defendants in the case were all African American officials, and the initiators of the voter fraud compliant were also African American.

    Despite the fact that the defendants were found not guilty, the Alabama NAACP continues to argue that the true intention of the action was voter suppression, and infer racism against the prosecution team.

    The allegation was that the Defendants had changed the votes of the (African American) complainants, so as to favour one African American candidate over a different African American candidate.

    How this can possibly equate to “voter suppression” is beyond me.

    • klm

      It doesn’t, but it doesn’t have to. They’ll just go with it to see how far they can get with that narrative. Fortunately, the left seems to be getting less traction from this type of thing these days.

  • andrew dock

    I think there is nothing worse than the left”s reaction to Trump winning; it has shone a light on the Left and it is shocking to the working classes in the U.S.A.

  • I’m apparently racist because I expressed the view that I would prefer to have neighbours who were of the same ethnicity as myself and who had a similar outlook on the world. This only applies to white people as most of those from ethnic minorities prefer to live in ghettos with their own kind. I’m also racist because I told a joke about an Irishman which was ‘demeaning’ although it had been told to me only a few days earlier by an Irish friend. But my joke about a Jewish Grandmother is apparently OK!
    I am clearly beyond reform

    • klm

      My father grew up in a Canadian city that had many different nationalities represented among its citizens. He routinely used racial epithets to refer to others – all of his friends/family/associates did. It was not meant to offend, it was just the way they talked (very similar to the movie Gran Torino, if you’ve ever seen it). He even used the slang when referring to his own ethnic group. I don’t know what one would have had to do to actually offend someone back then, but it must have been nice to not have to worry about every single thing you said.

    • weirdvisions

      Me too. And a lot more people besides, I suspect. :0)

    • Welcome to our deplorable basket, my friend. The race card is expired, revoked, and overdrawn. Its use simply means the user has lost.

    • Bik Byro

      Was it the one involving a grandson and a hat?

      • What’s the difference between a Terrorist and a Jewish Grandmother?
        You can negotiate with a terrorist.

        • Bik Byro

          Ah, when I heard the joke it was a terrorist and your wife during PMT week.

  • David

    The article makes a very fair point, so thank you for it.
    The “R” word is being degraded by the intolerant, who try to smear anyone with views they oppose as “racist”. I think that soon the same thing will happen to that other word, the “H” word, that is simply used by the intolerant to bully and control, to prevent reasoned, respectful debate, which is “homophobic”.
    This is what elements of the left do, to turn everything into a spiteful, divisive war of identity politics. They take words, and distort their meanings to use them, not in fair debate, but as blunt weapons, cudgels, to beat anyone who disagrees into submission. Out of the window goes reason and respect. Yes people are becoming tired of these bullies and their intolerant controlling ways, very tired.

    • klm

      Yes, we’re all getting so very tired of this. That’s one of the great things about the election of Donald Trump. Unlike so many other Republicans either in office or trying to get into office, he did not back down when the left spouted the usual. Instead, he called them out, mocked them, and doubled down on his positions. In this way, he has provided a blueprint for others to follow – one which will allow candidates to run a campaign without having to constantly bow at the altar of PC.

      • David

        Spot on !
        It has taken someone as “big and ugly” as Trump to look the smears and lies in the eye, and not blink. As you say it helps the rest of us, not so big and not so tough, to follow that brave path.

  • weirdvisions

    The accusation is, indeed, being overused. Someone calls me a racist (I’m a Brexiteer) to shut me down I just shrug, say “whatever,” and carry on saying what I was saying. I learned to deal with the “sticks and stones” scenario when I was in primary school. Shame the lesson passed the lefties by.

    • Groan

      But of course it is a “hate crime” and so lefties can hope that using the label may just get “old bill” to come and tell you off. There are now “stones” that can be thrown at people with “inappropriate views”

      • weirdvisions

        Which will only make me shout my message louder.

        • Groan

          Good

  • Alicia Sinclair

    The racist meme has lost all value, all meaning.
    Has no effect whatsoever-except in Snowflake Country or the BBC studios.
    Out here-we`re all soon going to be proud even when the BBC or Russell Brands mob call us “racist”-they are so diametrically opposed to the truth, that it`ll soon be a compliment.

    • weirdvisions

      It indicates to me that they have no argument because they have already lost the argument.

      • Groan

        But the law is on their “side” . There is no need to mount an argument if something is “perceived” to be a hate crime. Fortunately I’m sure the police have better things to do. But they have been and can be goaded into at least “having a word” with miscreants mouthing or writing a “hate crime”.

        • weirdvisions

          Voting isn’t a hate crime. At least not yet.

  • Colkitto03

    Bringing in tens of thousands of Foreigners to do our menial jobs is racist.
    Stealing health professionals from Africa is racist.
    MOBO awards are racist.

    Okay I don’t necessarily believe these three statements BUT….
    The key here to call every leftie a racist before they call you it.
    The look on their faces……….lol

  • Major Tom

    In their frenzied quest to root out and expose all the ‘bad people’ in society the sanctimonious liberal/left have failed to heed Nietzsche’s warning: “whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”