Systemic Racism In Two Quotes

By Leo Gura - August 11, 2020

“The whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognized this, while not appearing to.”

— Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman

“You start out in 1954 by saying niger, niger, niger. By 1968 you can’t say niger. That hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing’, ‘states rights’, and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now, you’re talking about cutting taxes. And all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and the byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites.”

— Republican strategist, Lee Atwater

I would be interested to hear how conservatives mental-gymnastics their way out of this one.

The reason I love to study the conservative mind so much is that conservativism is a feat of such audacious denial, ignorance, selfishness, and self-deception that it rises to the level of performance art. It’s like watching an exotic tropical bird performing an elaborate mating dance without a conscious clue of what he’s actually doing and why. But he does it with such self-righteous confidence that it blinds him to how ridiculous he looks to onlookers.

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