Over in the media, Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates - a black man no less - comes to Obama’s defense on the slavery and Jim Crow issue. Typically, Coates cites Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens to make the case of the Christianity-slavery link. What does he leave out? Alexander Stephens was, but of course, a Democrat. Stephens, a longtime member of the House from Georgia, left the splintering Whig Party to join the Democrats precisely because of his views on race. After getting out of federal prison in the post-Civil War era (imprisoned for his role in the rebellion) Stephens went back to Congress as a Democrat and later was elected governor of Georgia. Thus yet again does Coates illustrate the absolute refusal of progressives to acknowledge the central role of Democrats in playing - past and present - the race card in American politics.
What President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast speech shows - yet again - is that Democrats have zero intention of taking responsibility for slavery, Jim Crow, the Klan, lynching and today’s version of all this as seen in the race and class warfare politics of Al Sharpton, Eric Holder - and, yes indeed, Barack Obama himself.
Will the leadership of the Republican Party have the guts to take on the President and his party over this appalling history and that history’s role to this very moment in American politics? Will they use the control of the House and Senate to pass a resolution calling for President Obama and the Democratic Party to apologize for its support of slavery and Jim Crow?