Was David Duke right in calling the Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele a "racist"?
When David Duke made the comment about Steele being a racist, I was pretty confused at what he could have possibly meant. As I was going about my day, Duke's comment nagged at me like a mystery I couldn't solve. It would have been easy for me to just have dismissed Duke as an irrelevant out of touch fool and anti Semite and left it at that. I couldn't do it. Even though David Duke is a moron on too many levels to count, I had this gutt feeling that there was some validity to what he was saying, but I didn't know why. I just didn't know why I felt that way. As I was scrolling through the blog to respond to some of the comments posters left, I discovered the answer right under my nose. I came across the story I wrote last week about Obama's economic advisory Robert Reich wanting to use affirmative action to discriminate against construction workers based on race if the pork bill passes. I know Michael Steele better then most people do that don't live in Maryland. Many people believe that Michael is a pure paleo conservative, he's not. Michael has an ideology of center to right. On the issue of Affirmative Action, Michael Steele supports it. He shares the position of Colin Powell and Condalezza Rice. Steele's position in supporting Affirmative Action is what David Duke was referring to when he called Steele a "racist" and "Obama Jr.". So is David Duke right? Is Michael Steele a "racist" or merely supports "a racist policy"? I don't mean that Michael a racist in the "traditional" sense. People that support Affirmative Action believe they are championing a just and necessary agenda in trying to "level" the playing field among racial groups when it comes to "equal treatment" in employment practices. When I wrote the Robert Reich story, I also reviewed the Jesse Helm's "hands" video again. I believe Michael Steele supports a racist policy that really goes against one of the core principals of the Republican Party and more importantly conservatism in general. Republicans and conservatives try to promote the concept that people of different ethnic groups in our country aren't "victims" that need "protection" or "looking out for". Liberals in the Democrat Party are known for having the opposite mindset. They thrive on racial strife among ethnic groups against whites. Conservatism isn't about "pandering to this ethnic vote or that ethnic vote. It's about attracting people of a shared vision regardless of race. That is why I am conservative. I don't like Michael Steele's position on Affirmative Action, but I do accept it. The Republican Party is known for being the "big tent" party for a reason. I supported Ken Blackwell for the job but Michael Steele won it instead. That's water under the bridge, and I will support Michael in his new role. Still I wonder is Duke right or not.