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TACOMA: Mayor doesn’t need to apologize

Letter by William F. Johnston, Tacoma on Dec. 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | 21 Comments »
December 6, 2011 2:57 pm

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland owes no one an apology over her remarks on race – especially not the Republican Party.

Richard Nixon developed the “Southern Strategy” for his 1968 run for president. It was designed to do nothing but use white resentment against blacks to win votes for Republicans. In the 1964 elections, the Republicans had won only the anti-civil rights states in the south, but Republicans learned how to use racism against the Democrats.

The “solid” Republican South today is built by Republican politicians who have campaigned against any further progress in civil rights. Today, that campaign is obviously being pushed by Republicans not only against blacks but Hispanics as well.

Since the 2010 election Republican governors and legislatures across the country have introduced “mini-Jim Crow” legislation designed to make it more difficult for minorities to register and vote.

The Republican Party cannot ignore or deny its history and today it is no longer “the party of Lincoln.” Republicans protest, saying ”We are not a racist party.” But, if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s a duck!

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