My wife recently handed me two dueling “Letters to the Editor” that were printed in the Rafu Shimpo, one by Joseph Shoji Lachman (11-20-19) and one by Bob Wada (11-30-19). The subject was Kurt Suzuki wearing a MAGA hat when visiting the White House recently.
Mr. Lachman says that a “Make America Great Again” hat is “a disgusting white supremacist symbol.” Who, besides Lachman, says so? Certainly not those of us who wear them (or would wear them were it not for fear of being physically attacked).
I, for instance, am a white male who is married to a Japanese national. We have four mixed-race children, each one of whom is a college graduate and an outstanding professional in his or her chosen field. We attend a Japanese Christian church, but I hardly ever take note of my fellow congregants’ Asian features. They are just people. Their race is totally irrelevant.
Martin Luther King Jr. said that we should judge people by the content of their characters, not the color of their skin, but leftists like Lachman disagree. Try discussing any subject with them and quite soon they change the subject to “who’s a racist?” The original dispute never gets resolved.
It is one of history’s greatest ironies that the people who do the most finger pointing in this regard are the Democrats, and yet the Democrats are now and always have been the real racists. For instance, Lachman says, “The question I always want to pose to these garbage Japanese Amerucans is: How can you support a guy (Trump) whose campaign and supporters have voiced support for the incarceration of Japanese Americans?”
Now, I don’t remember hearing either Trump or his supporters saying one word in favor of Japanese internment, but I do remember that the whole evil program was created and implemented by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (Even J. Edgar Hoover opposed Japanese internment, calling it “Pointless.”)
It doesn’t matter how far back you go, you will find Democrats oppressing racial minorities. How about Democrat President Andrew Jackson’s 1838 “Trail of Tears”? Sixty thousand peaceable, hard-working, successful Native Americans were robbed of their land and property and marched over five thousand miles into the wilderness. Over four thousand of them died.
Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White by David Barton tells us that, in 1860, “Southern Democrats left Congress and took their states with them, forming a nation that described itself as the ‘slaveholding’ Confederate States of America. While northern Democrats did not support this secession, they still supported slavery and opposed civil rights for black Americans.”(pg. 25)
After the Republican North defeated the Democrat South, Southern Democrats formed a secret guerrilla army called the Ku Klux Klan. Thereafter, “Democrats attacked and killed both black and white Republicans.” (pg. 49) ”The first seven black Americans elected to the U.S. Congress were all Republicans,” (pg. 61) as was Martin Luther King and Abe Lincoln.
Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (America’s longest serving senator at 51 years) was a Kleagle - recruiter - in the Ku Klux Klan and rose to the position of Exalted Cyclops. Bill Clinton delivered the eulogy at his funeral.
By 1964, Lyndon Johnson had strategized that he could harvest black votes by championing the very civil rights measures that he had fought against all his life. Thus, he created a new kind of plantation, where mothers are married to the welfare state, fathers are largely kept at arm’s length and Democrat lawmakers count on 90% of the black vote.