Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Earlier, I posted a link to the Council of Conservative Citizens, an elite well-dressed version of the KKK and I dredged a quote from their website FAQ about racism. Here's what they said:

The word racism was concocted by a communist ideologue in the 1920's. The purpose of racism was to instill guilt and shame in the minds of white people and to inflame racial hostility among blacks.

And then I see this today on D Bettinelli's site (He is a Right Wing Republican hack in Catholic clothing):

You know what I think about the concept of “hate crimes;” I think it’s stupid liberalism seeking to prosecute based on what someone thinks rather than what they do.

Bettinelli thinks "hate crimes" is an empty concept, just "liberalism" [sub CCC's "communists"] seeking to "impose" [sub CCC's "instill"] their ideas. That congruity of thought process is fascinating.

What I find interesting and this has been the case for years in Catholic blogsphere, which I find to be racist, is that statements like this and worse pass by uncommented, unchallenged and even unnoticed. If and when someone spews something chillingly racist, at most you see someone say something like, "that characterization is uncharitable." "Uncharitable!"

The presence of progressive Catholic blogging has made a difference and provide a different Catholic face on the web, so that's good. It's just that when you hear stuff like this, you want to check out the rest of the iceberg and boy, does sodium pentathol sound interesting then.

I'm not asking these people to like Black folks, I'm just asking them to be honest about how they feel, so we all know were everyone stands.


Blogger Steve Bogner said...

What I've never figured out is how can a Christian be racist? It just flies in the face of that whole 'love your neighbor' thingy that Jesus seemed to think was a big deal.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How can a Christian be a sinner? Racism is a sin, regardless of who invented the term or the race of the sinner. Crimes are to be punished, but it is neither racist nor sinful to argue that one's state of mind is irrelevant to the punishment attached to a specific criminal act. The law does admit to different degrees of crime, and punishment may be more or less severe based on the degree of the crime. The degree charged is usually based on facts, not the condition of the criminal's soul.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Racism is a sin, yes. But I think there's a difference between a racist remark here or there vs. a persistent racist view of the world.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Since you seem to be a self-appointed arbiter of what is racist and what is not, please tell me if you find the following political cartoons depicting Condoleezza Rice to be racist. Two are drawn by Pat Oliphant, and the third by Ted Rall. (Rall's takes swipes at several members of the Bush Administration, but I'm just interested on your take on the cartoon panel depicting Dr. Rice.)

David B

1:53 PM  

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