By: Ronald Kessler
Pitching Chicago for the 2016 Summer Olympics, President Obama promised that visitors from around the world would “come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”
Obama referred to his own election as a moment when people gathered in Chicago to see the results and celebrate that “our diversity could be a source of strength.”
Obama’s emphasis on diversity is a central theme of the Democratic Party. But rather than encouraging acceptance of all races regardless of skin color, the emphasis on race actually undercuts the goal of a color blind society, setting back the cause of civil rights.
Real diversity is a good thing — diversity of opinion, of culture, of country, of origin. But promoting race as a symbol of diversity suggests that the color of one’s skin has some kind of significance.
It is akin to referring to an acquaintance as black when race has no relevance to the conversation. It is the same as referring to an individual as Jewish in a context where religion is irrelevant.
In making such a gratuitous reference, the speaker suggests that the individual is of a different class, promoting rather than discouraging prejudice.
“Obama and the Democrats know full well what they are doing when they use ‘diversity’ rhetoric,” Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, tells me. ”The Democratic Party consistently uses race-baiting for partisan political gain,” says Rice, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and lawyer. “The Democrats’ goal is to keep blacks dependent on government handouts and encourage them to see themselves as victims.”
In fact, Rice says, Republicans have done the most to help blacks.
“The socialist policies of the Democrats have turned black communities into economic and social wastelands,” she says.
Rice points out that it was Republicans who pushed through much of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation in Congress, while Southern Democrats fought it. She says most blacks are not aware that from its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party, the Republican Party has been at the “forefront of the struggle for civil rights, which is why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.”
Republicans fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, she notes.
“It was the Democrat public safety commissioner, Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, in Birmingham who let loose vicious dogs and turned the fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators,” Rice says.
Democrat Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox “brandished an ax handle to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant,” Rice adds. “Democrat Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama school house in 1963 and declared that there would be segregation forever. In 1954, it was Democrat Arkansas Gov. Orville Faubus who tried to prevent the desegregation of Little Rock public schools. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who sent the troops into the South to desegregate the schools and who appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown versus Board of Education decision.”
Now, she says, Republicans stand for empowering blacks to help those who are in poverty. The Republican philosophy is to teach a person how to fish, so he can feed himself for a lifetime, whereas the Democratic Party’s philosophy is “give a man a fish, so he can eat for a day,” Rice says.
That is the reason Condoleezza Rice switched from being a Democrat to being a Republican, she observes.
Watching the 1984 Democratic National Convention that nominated Walter Mondale for president, Condoleezza Rice became turned off by an endless refrain of appeals to “women, minorities, and the poor, which basically means helpless people and the poor,” she has said. She did not see herself as a victim in need of government help. She decided that she would “rather be ignored than patronized” and became a Republican.
“Victim-mongering is a key part of the Democratic Party’s play book,” Rice says. “That is why Obama felt quite comfortable playing the race card when seeking to attract the Olympics to Chicago.”