Where Is The Outrage From The Left?

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    Once again, the liberal meda and the "civil rights leaders" are very silent on racial remarks made by a liberal.

    It is becoming apparent, if you are a liberal, you can utter any racist comment you want without any serious penalty.

    Sen George Allen was on the front page of the Washington Post for three day in a row about a "racist" remark. but not a word on Mr Young



    Young to Quit Wal-Mart Group After Racial Remarks
    By Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
    August 18, 2006


    Andrew Young, the civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador, said Thursday that he would resign as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group, acknowledging "demagogic" remarks about Jewish, Asian and Arab business owners.

    Young, 74, has been lobbying minority groups and civic leaders to accept Wal-Mart stores in their neighborhoods, a relationship that has drawn criticism from other African American leaders. In an interview published in Thursday's Los Angeles Sentinel, he was asked about the retailer's role in displacing mom-and-pop stores.


    "Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom-and-pop' stores out of my neighborhood," he told the Sentinel, the oldest and largest black-owned weekly newspaper in the West.

    "But you see those are the people who have been overcharging us — selling us stale bread, and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs, very few black people own these stores."

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that although it did not ask for Young's resignation, it supported his decision to step down.

    "We are appalled by these comments," spokeswoman Mona Williams said. "We are also dismayed that they would come from someone who has worked so hard for so many years for equal rights in this country."

    Young, in an interview Thursday night from his Atlanta home, expressed regret.

    "I understand I've created a whole firestorm out there," Young said. "It's unfortunate and I should not have said it, and I apologize for it. It has not been my experience or my meaning."

    Community leaders condemned his remarks.

    "Paid Wal-Mart spokesman Andrew Young's racist comments are not only an affront to the religious and ethnic groups he attacked, but to the growing multiracial movement in Los Angeles and other cities that has a starkly different vision than Young and Wal-Mart's 'any job is a good job' mantra," said Danny Feingold, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

    The alliance was part of a coalition of activists that two years ago defeated Wal-Mart's bid to build a store in Inglewood.

    Amanda Susskind, regional director for the Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League, said that although she was disturbed by Young's comments, she was relieved to see his full and unequivocal apology.

    "In Los Angeles, where we're all living together in this incredibly multicultural city, it's not productive for us to categorize each other in such hateful ways," Susskind said. "Someone in his position needs to be aware of the responsibility of modeling behavior."

    The giant retailer from Bentonville, Ark., is eager to burnish its image as it tries to expand in coastal and urban markets beyond its Southern and Midwestern base. It has been under financial pressure; just this week, it reported its first quarterly decline in profit in 10 years.

    Wal-Mart scored a coup in February when it hired Young — an ordained minister and former mayor of Atlanta — to head Working Families for Wal-Mart, a group funded by the retailer to counter rising criticism by unions and community activists.

    A group of Young's fellow pastors publicly criticized him for siding with Wal-Mart, saying that the company's pay and benefits do little to help the poor entry-level workers who form the bulk of the company's 1.3 million domestic employees.

    Still, other black leaders have held out hope that the company's plans for urban expansion will revitalize poor neighborhoods by offering jobs, shopping alternatives and low prices — the reason former Los Angeles Urban League President John Mack gave four years ago for supporting the company's opening of a store in the Crenshaw district.

    Young, who was in Los Angeles last week to meet with city officials and reporters on Wal-Mart's behalf, has stood fast in his position that the company helps working people, including African Americans.

    Although Wal-Mart moved quickly Thursday to distance itself from Young's comments, the imbroglio offered critics another opportunity to jab at the company.

    "Andrew Young's statements are offensive and wrong," said Nu Wexler of Wal-Mart Watch, a union-backed group in Washington. "Wal-Mart hired Young to conduct outreach to minority communities, and he's insulting and demeaning them instead. The small, family-owned grocers that Young dismisses are the economic backbone of many urban neighborhoods, and they provide a valuable service to the communities they represent."

    On Thursday, Young said he was trying to describe the continuing generational and ethnic turnover of small local stores. Clarifying his remarks to the Sentinel, he asserted that many small stores in his neighborhood weren't shuttered because of Wal-Mart but were sold by elderly owners who retired.

    And although his own neighborhood's small stores weren't owned by gougers selling inferior goods, other urban dwellers have faced that problem, Young said — a sentiment echoed by many urban leaders. Young said he was trying to explain that Wal-Mart can solve that problem.

    "I guess I was sort of being confronted and challenged for supporting the big monster Wal-Mart, as they call it," Young said. "I was attempting to say that these large shops have been good for my community, and in this meeting I said it too quick. And instead of giving a long explanation, it was a racist shorthand, which was wrong."

    During his long career, Young has faced controversy in his life as a politician and as a businessman.

    In 1997, under contact with shoemaker Nike Inc., Young was criticized for touring factories with company interpreters and saying he found no widespread abuse of workers, an assertion challenged by many labor groups.

    Two decades earlier, he was forced to resign as President Carter's U.N. ambassador after he held an unauthorized meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

    Young on Thursday asked for forgiveness for his comments.

    "That's not how I feel and not how I am, but it is a demagogic statement," he said.

    "It's the kind of statement that I have always spoken and worked against."

    http://www.latimes.com/news/printed...8,1,1856004.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage
     
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    He is an African-American.

    He gets a free "say anything you want" pass.

    If a white conservative said it...
     
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    White liberals get a pas as well

    Do you recall the liberal media outrage over Hillary's "Gandhi ran a gas station" remark?

    Or Joe Binden commenting who runs all the 7-11's in his state?

    This is another example of the selective outrage from the PC liberal media
     
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    Here is the Joe Biden remark that was ignored by the MSM liberal media....


    Garrulous Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., has once again planted his foot firmly in his mouth, and is scrambling to spin his videotaped racial slur that denigrates his state's growing population of people who hail from India.


    But you'd never know it if your relied on the New York Times, Washington Post, or the rest of the mainstream media. Too busy betraying America's secrets to our enemies, none of them printed a word about Biden's gaffe.



    Biden's comments were captured by C-Span cameras during a June event in New Hampshire where the likely 2008 presidential candidate was once again making the rounds with voters in this important primary state.


    During a conversation with an Indian-American political activist, Biden said: "In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian-Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking."

    Biden's reference to the stereotype that the nation's convenience stores are staffed entirely by immigrants from India has angered many members of the Indian-American community.
    Slamming Biden for making "ridiculous comments" about the community, the president of the Indian American Republican Council (IARC) in Washington D.C. said in a statement: "Joe Biden has a history of making insensitive and inappropriate remarks . . ."


    Dr. Raghavendra Vijayanagar, popularly known in the Indian-American community as "Dr. Vijay," said this isn't the first time a Senate Democrat has insulted Indian-Americans.


    "In 2004, Sen. John Kerry referred to Sikhs as terrorists and Sen. Hillary Clinton jokingly referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a gas station owner," Dr. Vijay said. "A clear double-standard in the mainstream media will likely ensure Sen. Biden gets a pass over these comments that would get a Republican in deep trouble if he ever made a similar statement.”

    Only Gannett News Service - owners of USA TODAY and Biden's home-state newspaper, the Delmarva Daily Times - reported on the Senator's thoughtless comment. USA TODAY did not carry the story.

    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/7/7/115513.shtml
     
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    But Biden is mostly correct. You know, I know it, and the American People know it.

    lol :)
     
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    Let's not forget the only memeber of Congress who was a member of the KKK

    The Democrat from WV

    http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21PRByrd301.html
    Where's the Outrage Over Robert Byrd?


    Group Decries Racist Remark by Liberal Lawmaker, Asks Why Criticism is Muted


    In the wake of the racist remark made by senior Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are concerned by the lack of spirited criticism by the civil rights establishment of the senator's statement in comparison to their treatment of conservatives and then-presidential candidate George W. Bush on matters of race.

    Senator Byrd was interviewed by Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow in a segment that aired on March 4. While expanding on his comment that race relations are now "much, much better than they've been in my lifetime," Byrd made reference to whites who are still opposed to equal civil rights by saying, "There are white *******. I've seen a lot of white ******* in my time; I'm going to use that word." He later issued a statement apologizing for his remark.

    While NAACP President Kweisi Mfume denounced Byrd's comments as "repulsive," the comments have not generated the same degree of criticism previously reserved for conservatives.

    "I couldn't believe what I was reading," said Project 21 member S. Kevin Washington. "Senator Byrd's comments were first brought to my attention via voice mail from a personal friend. I had not heard it on a national news broadcast; not NPR; not outcries of disgust by well-known black faces around America. The same people who castigated Republicans - President Bush, in particular - as racist now give Byrd a pass for his using the word '******' just because he's a Democrat like them. What a bunch of nonsense."

    House Majority Leader Dick Armey recently asked to meet with the NAACP's Mfume to discuss stopping a trend Armey calls "Racial McCarthyism or reverse race-baiting." Armey wrote: "t has become an all too common practice to spread unfounded, racially charged falsehoods against Republicans for political advantage. Deliberate or not, if left unchallenged, this practice will continue to divide our nation, polarize our political parties and do untold harm in the lives of real people who are unjustly accused of conspiracy against the civil rights of African-Americans."

    Project 21 members are concerned that the NAACP, which spent millions against then-presidential candidate George W. Bush - focusing on false allegations that his decision not to sign a specific hate crimes bill (Texas already had one) led to the death of James Byrd - is doing little to criticize the intentionally offensive comments of liberal Senator Byrd. Such contrasts give the impression that the group is unfairly pulling its punches when dealing with racist behavior on the part of liberal politicians.

    "I think the way Robert Byrd's racist comments were treated is typical of our current civil rights leadership," said Project 21 member Kevin Martin. "Groups like the NAACP have become nothing more than liberal mouthpieces. They seem beholden to liberal interests and, in this case, will simply issue a statement to make it look like they're doing something. They must hold the Democrats to the same standards they've held Republicans lest it become apparent that they've sold their souls - and credibility - to the liberal cause."
     
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    How is this even a racist statement? All he is saying is that the stores have historically been owned by other ethnic groups, and seldomly by blacks. I don't know what the statistics are for "mom and pop" store ownership in predominately black areas, but it would be nice to see some stats that either refute or support the statement.
    I don't think he should have to apologize for his comments, but I understand your point that if a white christian republican had said it, all hell would break loose.
     
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    I agree. The Left typically gets its panties in a twist over nothing. However, the Left does not care as long as the Left gets the results it wants: building power through destruction - which is why they are selective in their outrage.

    We need to stop this "racial McCarthyism" by standing up to their stupid racial attacks and also by attacking them right back on all fronts. It's time for us white christian republicans to stop bowing to the mind-bending PC crap. How about we ferret out some commies and do some real McCarthyism of our own?:whip3:
     
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    I know for sure that Biden's remarks were covered by CNN and NBC news .

    And admit it, what Dunkin Donuts isn't owned by an Indian?

    Who the heck is Don Young?
     
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    They "covered" it by having an info babe bat her eyes at Mr Biden, and allow him to spin his comments.

    After he was done spinning, the info babe looking adoringly at Biden and thanked him for clearing up the "misunderstanding"
     

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