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A Brief History of Racism: The Clyburn Files

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As you know, if you disagree with a black person about Obamacare, you’re a racist. But did you know all the other reasons you’re a racist? Just ask House Majority Whip James Clyburn!

Here’s Rep. Clyburn in April 2008, talking to Wolf Blitzer about Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to call a vote on the Colombian free trade agreement, and President Bush’s criticism of her:

Well, I think Nancy Pelosi was absolutely right to do what she did. The fact of the matter is she and the president spoke two or three days before he sent the agreement over. However, she asked him to give her time to work with her caucus.

We have a very diverse caucus, Wolf — 42 African-Americans in our caucus. The president is used to working with the Republican conference, where there are no African-Americans. We have 22 Latinos, 48 Blue Dogs. We have around 39 so-called New Dems, who are the trade people.

She wanted time to work with all of these elements to try to create a climate to do what the president would like to see done. However, he ignored all of that, sent the document up, and tried to set our agenda for us. And Nancy was right to push back.

That’s right: George Bush only wanted to make a trade deal with the Colombians because James Clyburn is black.

About a week later, Clyburn added another U.S. President to the Racist Club. Here’s his response to Bill Clinton comparing Obama’s victory in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson winning the state during the 1988 election:

In an interview with The New York Times late Thursday, Mr. Clyburn said Mr. Clinton’s conduct in this campaign had caused what might be an irreparable breach between Mr. Clinton and an African-American constituency that once revered him. “When he was going through his impeachment problems, it was the black community that bellied up to the bar,” Mr. Clyburn said. “I think black folks feel strongly that that this is a strange way for President Clinton to show his appreciation.”

Mr. Clyburn added that there appeared to be an almost “unanimous” view among African-Americans that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were “committed to doing everything they possibly can to damage Obama to a point that he could never win.”

Reminder: James Clyburn is black. If you’re black too, that means you think the same way he does.

Are you at all skeptical about global warming? Then guess what? Business & Media Institute, 7/29/2008:

Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

The launch came on the heels of a separate report by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), which claims African-Americans are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. EJCC describes itself as a “climate justice” advocacy group.

“Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites,” the report says. “Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability.”

I can’t help but notice that Mother Nature hasn’t even tried to deny she’s a racist.

In October 2008, John McCain — a white guy! — said this during one of the debates:

OMG! Jason Horowitz at the New York Observer asked Clyburn what the heck that was about, and you may be surprised by his answer:

Clyburn refused to speculate about the intentions behind the McCain campaign’s language that several of his colleagues said was intended to appeal to racism, though he suggested the McCain people were, purposely or not, leaving a lot of room for interpretation.

“People could be hearing words differently,” Clyburn said. “I don’t know what McCain meant last night when he pointed to Barack and said ‘that one.’ I don’t know what the hell that means. He is a United States senator.”

Remember a minute ago, when I said you might be surprised? I didn’t mean to insult your intelligence.

Here’s another good one from March of last year, courtesy of Politico’s Glenn Thrush:

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told me he thinks S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s quip comparing President Obama’s stimulus package to Zimbabwe’s economic policies are “beyond the pale” — and suggested they might carry a racial subtext.

“For him to compare the president of this country to Mugabe. … It’s just beyond the pale,” said Clyburn, who has sparred with Sanford over the Republican’s refusal to accept all the state’s stimulus funding.

Asked if his “beyond the pale” comment implied a racial overtone to Sanford’s remarks, Clyburn replied:

“I’m sure he would not say that, but how did he get to Zimbabwe? What took the man to Zimbabwe? Someone should ask him if that’s really the best comparison. … How can he compare this country’s situation to Zimbabwe?”

I do believe it is because the gentleman is a cracka-ass cracka.

And, last but arguably least, here’s Maureen Dowd adding her considerable brainpower to the topic. She didn’t like that Joe Wilson yelled out “You lie!” during Obama’s Sept. ’09 address to a joint session of Congress, just because Obama, y’know, lied. If you have to ask what Dowd believed was motivating Wilson, you just haven’t been paying attention. But Clyburn has. He led the drive to have Wilson reprimanded by the House for his outburst, and Dowd asked him about it:

”When you look at the various incidents of misbehavior all across the spectrum,” Representative James Clyburn, the highest ranking black lawmaker in Congress who had pushed for the reprimand, told me afterward, ”the one place we ought to be able to say that such conduct is not acceptable and just cannot be tolerated is in America’s classroom, as I call Congress. Students are looking at us, and they ought not to be able to ever feel that such bad behavior would be condoned…”

”Joe Wilson has worked very hard to cultivate a sort of choir-boy image, but I think that most people realize that there’s something else going on with him,” Clyburn said.

See, that incident turned out to be a black and white thing. As opposed to a yellow thing, which was the color of the rainwater that Obama was directing into Wilson’s ear.

So there you have it, you racist. No matter the issue, James Clyburn has got your number. Maybe instead of being a racist, you should try not being a racist. And there’s no better way to start than to agree with whatever Clyburn says.

Or better yet, just shut up. Racist.

Jim Treacher