The Washington Gadfly
Ralph Nader: I Felt Like A Nigger

Mary Frances Berry: What Have You Done For Us Negroes Lately?
The Democratic party has one of the most blatant quota systems in the country in place for its selection of presidnetial convention delegates. It has embraced Al Sharpton. And now, per the exclusive to the mainstrream media report on Chimpstein.com, even Louis Farrakhan.

Except for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch it's hard to think of another promient Democrat who has uttered any critical words about the racial preference policies the once venerable party of FDR and Truman has enforced on the country.

But none of this is good enough for reactionary liberal Mary Frances Berry. In an interview with the Washington correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade group for black media outlets, the former United States Civil Rights Commission chairman urges blacks to essentially succeed from the Democratic Party and sell their votes to the highest bidder.

"Everybody knows that Blacks are the most loyal folk to the Democratic Party. We have been loyal. And what do we get for our loyalty?

"African Americans should form an independent political movement; not a party, but a movement and say, ?This is what our issues are and any candidate who supports these issues we will support. And if you don't support them, we won?t support you.?'

Notice the group-think mentality. Which blacks? Which issues? Do all blacks think alike? And vote alike? Is anybody who doesn't follow her particular policy prescriptions

Berry, who gets $7500 for speaking engagements, did not respond to requests for comment.

Berry's call to arms drew strong support from former Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile. In exclusive comments to Chimpstein.com, she said "As a active Democrat, I firmly support Dr. Berry's call for a new movement to empower African Americans in the electoral arena. This is not about partisanship, but how to wisely invest our political power in future elections."

Political correctness today is synonymous with the left-side of the political spectrum.

But the plain reality is that both conservatives and liberals, albeit in different ways, hew to certain orthodoxies in service of the particular political agenda they are determined to advance.

The same conservatives, for example, who decry "politically correct" speech codes that ban certain words deemed objectionable by left-leaning advocaes for women or minorities have no problem with the blanket speech code of the New York Times that prohibits publication of profanities, and leaves correspondents forced to write around four-letter-words, perhaps most famously of the "barnyard epithet" that Timesman J. Anthony Lukas used in lieu of the more common variety when he covered the racous Chicago Eight trial for the paper of record.

At times, speech codes, left and right converge. For example, these days its de rigeur to use "the n-word" in lieu of "nigger."

This allows liberals to avoid the plain reality that it's the rap music many of them excuse as some kind of spirited manifestation of race where the word "nigger" is used most often. And allow conservatives such as David Horowitz to feign racial sensitivity even though he regularly employs grotesque double standards in castigating his black liberal opponents for the same kind of stuff, or less serious, that he excuses on the part of his crucial white Christian allies in the war against homosexuals at home and purveyors of WMDs missing in action abroad.

In any event the refusal to even quote someone who says "nigger" and refer only to the n-word is an abnegation of history. Nigger is not a curse that should not be spelled out in polite society. It's something else, a hateful word--in contradistinction to curses that are often used casually--that is redolent of violence and lynchings.

It's a safe bet that nobody ever yelled "hey, asshole" right before they hung black men from trees.

Now, Ralph Nader, who previously proved himself both oblivious and even outright disdainful towards feminists and gays, who he famously derided as practioners of gonadal politics has casually blurted out the word that others dare not even spell in print, let alone say.

At a post-campaign fundraiser in Washington, DC earlier this evening, Nader told a small nearly all-white crowd of about 60 that during his last independent run for president in the Deep South where the police and the Democratic party acted in tandem to impede his candidacy that, "I felt like a nigger."

It was like the Jim Crow South, he argued citing instances of the police chasing his campaign out of public parks and the Democratic party trying to intimidate his campaign supporters.

Nobody in the otherwise attentive audience, including three black men, seemd to much notice or care.

Rodney Golden, who has deep melifluous voice of a black preacher straight from central casting but a rather typical sounding Jewish surname probably shared by many Hollywood executives, during the question and answer period that followed the speech asked about what he called the movement for "tort deform."

New York Sun Reporter Josh Gerstein Emboldens The ADL's Black Lie If He's Not A Paid Spokesman For Foxman He's Being Cheated Out Of A Salary
Gerstein's story about the Clinton endrosement, which followed up on the exclusive to the mainstream media Chimpstein scoop days earlier quoted, without any sign of skepticism, the ADL's materially false statements about the Clinton endorsement

Again, Clinton made no such distinction between the man and the message that the ADL attributed to him. The Amsterdam News quoted extensively his unequivocal support for the march.

If Gerstein actually read the entire interview how could he reasonably believe what the ADL said was correct?

After the speech, Golden prevailingwinds@verizon.net told this reporter he found Nader's comment very "direct" and appropriate in fact and context.

Nader's Ich bin ein Nigger moment was not his only iconoclastic musing for the evening.

In the course of making the point that the courts are the best means to control abusive presidents he remarked that it was "a tort" which made Bill Clinton legally accountable for his actions, a reference to Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. It's rare for someone on the left, of course, to concede wrongdoing on Clinton's part.

And even Nader's ode to Ramsey Clark did not mince words about countries others on the left try to excuse. "He believes so much in the right to legal representation that he'll represent some of the worst dictators in the world."

After the speech Ralph Nader told this reporter that "Georgia" was the state where he felt like a nigger.

The quote is likely to enrage stalwart Democrats who already loathe Nader because they blame him for Gore's loss in 2000, but it might be very well be welcomed by the Rev. C. Herbert Oliver.

Oliver was pitted against Al Shanker during the 1968 school strike, but nobody needs to worry if he gets control of the bomb. He speaks slowly and deliberatly, displays at times a sly wit and his quite diplomatic. Asked if Jesus was black--his comrade Laurence Lucas famously painted the white Jesus black at Ressurection Church in Harlem when he became pastor there in 1969--Oliver says diplomatically that he was "dark-skinned." (Sounds almost like a compromise.) Anyway, the other month, Oliver was asked by the journalist son of his doctor when was the last time a white person called him a nigger.

He couldn't remember.

What would he do if a patient at the VA hospital where has worked as a clergyman for decades called him "a nigger?"

"I would laugh. Because I would realize he has a problem."

Indeed. Today, anybody white who directs the word at blacks invites legal problems; lawsuits, boycotts, etc, dismissal. (The rap matter is a whole seprate story.)

Nader should be celebrated for his usage.

Although the word is not generally considered upbeat, Nader's employment of the term was actually very pro-American.

He was making the point that the oppressive racism and violence that once existed in the South is largely gone, and that its unusual for the political structure to so shamelessly abuse anyone the way he claims he was mistreated.

And, hey, as far as racial cross-dressing goes, isn't this much preferable to Bill Clinton making the Black Hall of Fame?

Deja Jew: Abe Foxman Has Another Marc Rich Moment
Abe Foxman was considered largely responsible for the much-derided decsion by Bill Clinton to pardon crooked financier Marc Rich, a big ADL donor, during his last days in office.

Now, Foxman has returned the favor--by keeping his otherwise big mouth clamped shut about Bill Clinton's endorsement of Louis Farrakhan's march even as he bludgeons far less powerful blacks for their support of the former Louis Walcott's recently announced "Millions More March" on Washington, scheduled for this October to mark the 10 year anniversary of the last Farrakhan march for which the Nation of Islam leader schlepped all the way from Chicago so he could dazzle the crowds with his trenchant insights about Numerology.

The free-ride accorded Clinton contrasts sharply with the ADL leaders' loud and impassioned denunciations of far less influentional blacks for their support of the rally and should make any suggestions that he's guilty of racist double standards hard to refute.

Foxman, considered a shameless publicity monger by some fellow Jewish communal leaders, hit pay dirt when both the Forward and Washington Jewish Week reported his exchange of letters with rap mogul Russell Simmons, one of many prominent blacks who have endorsed the march. Now, Farrakhan has fired back with comments made during an exclusive interview with Amsterdam News editor Jamal Watson, insisting he?s no anti-Semite, contrary to accusations from the ADL, which he contends, hamper black progress. The Farrkahan broadside undoubtedly gives Foxman the opportunity for a reply with which he can pleasure himself immensely.

But it's the fight which Foxman is deliberately ignoring that raises discomfiting questions about his sensibility and priorities. His silence about the Bill Clinton endorsement in an interview with the Amsterdam News first reported in the was first reported in the mainstream media by Chimpstein.com and then picked up by the New York Sun, is quite pecuilar. And one of his his spokesmen even tried to downplay the significance of the endorsement in an interview with the New York Sun.

ADL mouthpiee Todd Gujtnick told the Sun that that Clitnon's comments were "a little disturbing."

A little?

The nation's most powerful and influential Democrat gives an unprecedented endorsement of Farrakhan, providing him just the mainstream credibility he craves, and all the ADL can muster is that it's "a little disturbing?"

When was the last time Foxman called anything just "a little disturbing."

Even this quote was qualified.

"However, Mr. Gutnick said he interpreted the former president's comments as primarily an endorsement of the idea behind the march and not necessarily the organizers."

Actually, Clinton made no such distinction. And the above formulation is precisely the distinction which Farrakhan's allies often make to justify their support for his marches.

Foxman, of course, doesn't tolerate such a distinction when made by blacks.

Why not? Is Foxman just a bully who goes after unpopular targets like Pat Robertson, Louis Farrakhan and Mel Gibson? But shies away from any kind of squabble with the first twice-elected Democrat since FDR?

It certainly seems this way.

The ADL has a history of bludgeoning Farrakhan but going easy on the far more influential and powerful Bill Clinton when he plays the Nation of Islam leader's enabler.

In the early 1990s, federal contracts for the Nation of Islam security guards to patrol public housing projects were the subject of much controversy, some of it sparked by my exclusive investigative opinion pieces for the Washington Times and the New York Post.

The ADL reserved most of its wrath for the Nation of Islam but treated the Clinton Administration, which for months stonewalled in the face of inquiries about the contracts, with kid gloves. They were eventually canceled after Senator Bob Dole alerted to the matter by the New York Post piece mentioned above made inquiries and Congressional hearings were finally held.

And during the current Contretemps, the ADL Washington office denounced DC Mayor Anthony Williams for endorsing the Farrakhan march, the Washington Jewish Week reporters, but, if database searches are correct, kept quiet about Bill Clinton. Foxman and his underlings did not respond to repeated phone calls for this article.

It's well to note that the ADL has a history of bludgeoning Farrakhan rather than take on the far more influential and powerful Bill Clinton when he plays the Nation of Islam leader's enabler.

In the early 1990s, federal contracts for the Nation of Islam security guards to patrol public housing projects were the subject of much controversy, some of it sparked by my exclusive investigative opinion pieces for the Washington Times and the New York Post.

The ADL reserved most of its wrath for the Nation of Islam but treated the Clinton Administration, which for months stonewalled in the face of inquiries about the contracts, with kid gloves. They were eventually canceled after Senator Bob Dole alerted to the matter by the New York Post piece mentioned above made inquiries and Congressional hearings were finally held.

And during the current Contretemps, the ADL Washington office denounced DC Mayor Anthony Williams for endorsing the Farrakhan march, the Washington Jewish Week reporters, but kept quiet about Bill Clinton.

It's also well to note that People for the American Way president Ralph Neas, who decries religious extremism on the right, has kept quiet about Clinton.

But Neas has the decent excuse that he's never claimed to be non-partisan.

Foxman does.

Regardless of the reason, Foxman's unwillingness to condemn Clinton for an endorsement of the Farrakhan march, which by virtue of his power and prestige, is far more inimical to Jewish interests than the cheerleading from special rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, is another reason to conclude that his priorities are quite skewed.

After all this is the Defender of the Jewish people who went undercover to sneak into the pre-release showing of pre-Vatican II Catholic Mel Gibson's cinematic ode to the Deicide charge, the Passion of Chirst?

But now he's too timid to show his face to Bill Clinton?

   Evan Gahr EvanGahr@aol.com, a former press critic for the late New York Post editorial page editor Eric Breindel, recently broke the story of a race discrimination lawsuit against the Washington Post. He has written for almost every major conservative publication.