LINDA CHAVEZ: "Black Leaders Celebrate Anniversary of Voting Rights Act with Hate Speech," joined by U.S. House of Reps Democrats doing the same....
The hate-speech and demogoguery of prominent black members of the group at the celebration is compounded by hate-speech rants by Democrats Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee---all of whom are members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Their vile, dishonest and anti-American hate-speech rhetoric was caught on camera and documents the hard-left extremist views of these leaders. I saw it broadcast on Fox News Channel last night and again this morning.
What the hate-speech spewers left out, however, is that it was Southern Democrats in Congress that vigorously fought against and voted against the Voting Rights Act---including still serving Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of W. Virginia, who was also a Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan.
See more info below and at above link. Related article, "Castro Lovers Bash Bush as 'Tyrant'" at humaneventsonline. Another related article, "'White Boy' Comment Draws Ire of Black Conservatives," at http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=\Nation\archive\200508\NAT20050810c.html includes the following: "Mychal Massie, a radio talk show host and member of the black conservative group Project 21, agreed with Peterson, telling Cybercast News Service that Gregory's remarks provided "an unambiguous display of overt black racism."
"Passage of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965 was a proud moment in U.S. history. For the first time, millions of African Americans living in the Deep South, who had been excluded from fully participating in the political process for 200 years, were finally enfranchised. The battle to secure those rights cost many lives of both blacks and whites.
So why is it that some black leaders have taken the occasion of the 40th anniversary of this seminal event to engage in hate speech? On Saturday, thousands of activists gathered in Atlanta to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
Speakers at the rally included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; and entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory and Greg Mathis, a Michigan Superior Court judge who stars in his own TV series.
But instead of celebrating the triumph of this great law, many -- if not most -- of the speakers used the occasion to try to scare African Americans into thinking the Republicans in Congress and President Bush were about to rescind the protections the Act guarantees.
There was much talk of "stolen" elections. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said, "The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy, and this is what today is all about." Judge Mathis referred to the 2000 elections as "the biggest election crime in history." He told the enthusiastic crowd that the "thieves" in the Republican Party "need to be locked up."
Harry Belafonte warned, "We must stand vigilant, as there are those among us who would steal our liberty and steal our souls." Belafonte referred to blacks serving in the Bush administration as "black tyrants," and went even farther in an interview with Marc Morano of CNSNews.com. "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich," Belafonte told Morano, an anti-Semitic canard meant to smear as neo-Nazi both the Bush administration and the African Americans who serve in it.
You'd think by the vicious rhetoric at the march that President Bush was trying to revoke the Act. Nothing of the sort is true. Most sections of the landmark legislation are permanent, including the ban on literacy tests, once a favorite method to keep qualified black voters from exercising their right to vote. Certain provisions of the Act.... will expire in 2007, but they were always meant to be temporary. Indeed, these provisions might have been declared unconstitutional, despite the incredible recalcitrance of Southern politicians in 1965, but for the promise that they would expire after a time.....
The irony is that no prominent Republican politician is even suggesting that Section 5 or the bilingual ballot provisions of the Voting Rights Act not be extended when they expire in 2007. To the contrary, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom Delay and Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner want these provisions extended another 25 years. But that won't stop some demagogues from spewing hate and spreading lies....."