Pelosi was right about hate speech

Conservatives are fuming (surprise, surprise) about Nancy Pelosi’s warning, but she was absolutely right. Threatening and hateful rhetoric can lead to violence. Yesterday, the Speaker said:

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco, this kin(d) of rhetoric. … It created a climate in which violence took place. … I wish we would all curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements and understand that some of the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statements may assume.”

Pelosi, according to her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, was referring to Supervisor Dan White’s murder of Milk and Moscone, the basis for last year’s film “Milk.”

The commentators and politicians who are stoking the fringe always take umbrage when their tactics are criticized; they hide behind the First Amendment and the all-American right of dissent. But their feigned outrage can’t be taken seriously.

When he called out the respectable fomenters of violence back in the ’60s, Eugene Patterson, a distinguished former editor of The Atlanta Constitution, was more eloquent than Pelosi but he made the same point. This is what he wrote in a September 1963 column after madmen put a bomb into a Birmingham church and killed four little black girls:

A Negro mother wept in the street Sunday morning in front of a Baptist Church in Birmingham. In her hand she held a shoe, one shoe, from the foot of her dead child. We hold that shoe with her.
Every one of us in the white South holds that small shoe in his hand.
It is too late to blame the sick criminals who handled the dynamite. The FBI and the police can deal with that kind. The charge against them is simple. They killed four children.
Only we can trace the truth, Southerner — you and I. We broke those children’s bodies.
We watched the stage set without staying it. We listened to the prologue unbestirred. We saw the curtain opening with disinterest. We have heard the play.
We — who go on electing politicians who heat the kettles of hate.
We — who raise no hand to silence the mean and little men who have their nigger jokes.
We — who stand aside in imagined rectitude and let the mad dogs that run in every society slide their leashes from our hand, and spring.

Amen.

186 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

September 18th, 2009
7:58 am

Democrats hating on Bush the past 8 years = good.
Conservatives hating on Obama = bad.

Did I get the jist of it?

jt

September 18th, 2009
8:03 am

“they hide behind the First Amendment and the all-American right of dissent. ”

I HIDE from no one. Especially looters.

Jimmy62

September 18th, 2009
8:03 am

Pelosi named two people who were assasinated by an upset city employee (who was registered as a Democrat!). I fail to see how that has anything to do with hate speech.

Also, did you happen to look at a single one of the many anti-Bush protests over the last 8 years? Those were full of even worse incendiary rhetoric and signs calling for Bush’s assasination. Interesting how that never bothered you. Maybe because you agreed?

jt

September 18th, 2009
8:21 am

Futhermore, I believe the POLITICIANS are the ones that HIDE behind their “racist” and “hate speech” charges when Americans object to their corruption and looting of the treasury.

If ya can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, Pelosi.

Rev Al Sharptongue

September 18th, 2009
8:23 am

Do you think these vile racist people care about someone getting killed?
That is their goal. the media is trying to stir the pot for that one psycho to do something.
Right wing conservatives have a history of this type of violence. yet they call themselves christians.

Thats why they stockpile so many guns and go crazy about the NRA.
They are violent people and it stems from their days living in the caves of europe having to fight for food and shelter as a way a life.. thats why they are so violently possesive

righty

September 18th, 2009
8:29 am

“Conservatives are fuming (surprise, surprise)”

Why should this come as a surprise, Cynthia? Conservatives are fuming because statists in Washington are systematically trying to ruin this country, all while yelling at those of us who call them out as “hateful” and “racists”. And just as bad is the media pundits like you who continue to grovel at their feet.

Taking the slaying of one city official in one of the fruitiest cities in the world does not serve as a justification for silencing people for “hate speech”. After all, hate speech has now become classified as anything that would “hurt someone’s feelings” or “make someone feel threatened” (unless of course they’re white, Christian, or conservative, and then you can threaten to kill them without a peep from the media or politicians). The hypocrisy from the left is so sick, but they won’t accept the medicine of common sense from anyone lest they stop pandering to the real intolerant groups.

Tall

September 18th, 2009
8:31 am

Enter your comments here
“Thats why they stockpile so many guns and go crazy about the NRA.
They are violent people and it stems from their days living in the caves of europe having to fight for food and shelter as a way a life.. thats why they are so violently possesive”

….everytime I read this newspaper, I learn something about myself. I need to go out and buy a gun – maybe two or three – and join the NRA.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Agnes Scott Prof.

September 18th, 2009
8:35 am

Pelosi is one of congress’ best and brightest lawmakers. She shows exceptional even-handed prescience with her warning about ugly and dangerous republican hate-speech.

For those who are unfamiliar with Pelosi’s historical reference, I recommend seeing Milk, staring one of the most electrifying actors of our age, Sean Penn.

Bob

September 18th, 2009
8:36 am

Nancy Pelosi says the protestors “are all wearing swasticas” and then wants others to tone down the retoric ?

Call it like it is.

September 18th, 2009
8:39 am

“Rev Al Sharptongue”

“They are violent people and it stems from their days living in the caves of europe having to fight for food and shelter as a way a life.. thats why they are so violently possesive”

Oh man thats good, But please don’t leave us hanging please tell us where the Lib’s are from and what were they doing while we were out gathering food and making shelter.

You know what never mind, I answered my own question. They were doing the same thing thing as they do now. NOTHING!

So were food stamps made out of rocks back then?

Clifford Davis

September 18th, 2009
8:42 am

Absolutely right…but few people really hate Obama. They simply detest the Left-Wing politics…like taking over the country and the planed redistribution of wealth. This is the kind of stuff that is dangerous. Just ask the British what happened back in 1776.

frank gale

September 18th, 2009
8:46 am

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September 18th, 2009
8:48 am

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frank gale

September 18th, 2009
8:49 am

Ohhh then why did Nancy basically start this whole thing by calling those opposed to Big Government “Nazis”? Seems my dog is smarter than this woman.

corruptDC

September 18th, 2009
8:50 am

frank, the gum I accidentally stepped on this morning that stuck to the bottom of my shoe is smarter than this woman.

Turd Ferguson

September 18th, 2009
8:51 am

Agnes Scott Prof.

September 18th, 2009
8:35 am

Must be Professor of Propoganda.

Jack

September 18th, 2009
8:51 am

Hillary tried tearing up to get sympathy. Now the hateful little crow Pelosi is trying it. It didn’t work then & it’s not going to work now. Using Pelosi to make a point tells us all we need to know about Tucker.

Turd Ferguson

September 18th, 2009
8:52 am

Ms Pelosi *PUKE* reminds me of the dried up ole windbag tom daschle. She is even more unappealing, illogical, out of touch, deceitful,than he was.

Pelosi *PUKE* is however dangerous and must be monitored.

ctucker

September 18th, 2009
8:53 am

Jack, please. Hateful little crow? I think you can do better. I hope you’d think about how your mother or your wife or your daughters (if you have any) would feel about being characterized that way if they were in a public position.

Joan

September 18th, 2009
9:00 am

What is going on here, is that conservatives (translate “taxpayers”) are getting fed up with having to clothe and feed entitlement classes that are seemingly mushrooming. Even an oak tree will die if it its strength is sapped by clinging vines. Everyone in this country has a chance at an education. Why should people who don’t work live in the same type housing, and eat the same food as those who do? I don’t get it.

A Omega

September 18th, 2009
9:00 am

No everything is alright here until someone gets hurt. We’re all entitled to our First Amendment Right to Free Speech and our Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms, however, when these rights are used to stoke the hateful flames of bigotry, based in fear, we’re asking, begging for something catastrophic to happen. I’m sure that plenty of people like JT, Peadawg and Turd will cheer that outcome while the other 98% of us will mourn in dismay.

Joey

September 18th, 2009
9:01 am

Couldn’t you at least have the integrity to mention that Pelosi is one of the practitioners of Hate Speech.

Or is you perspective so narrow, so focussed, that you believe it is not the words spoken but the political position of the speaker that determines hate.

FredGSanford

September 18th, 2009
9:02 am

Turd, it’s not Pelosi, it’s Peloser.

chris k

September 18th, 2009
9:03 am

If the Dems consider our right to assembly and the tradition of vocal dissent to be “hate speech”, I think they might consider moving to Cuba… nobody vocally disagrees with the Castro Bros, and health care is FREE!!! (leave your forwarding addresses, tho….. all indications are that you will STILL owe a few trillion American dollars in taxes….)

Shawny

September 18th, 2009
9:04 am

Pelosi is concerned about hate speech. Ok. Who isn’t? What is the point?

Intolerance is bad. Sure, I agree. Ok. Point again? I think I missed it. No race or party is immune to intolerance.

Call it like it is.

September 18th, 2009
9:04 am

“JOAN”

Way to go. Don’t think it could have been said better.

FredGSanford

September 18th, 2009
9:05 am

Agnes Scott Prof.

September 18th, 2009
8:35 am

Your moniker says it all.

Joey

September 18th, 2009
9:06 am

I support what Joan posted at 9:00.
And not one hateful word was used.

FredGSanford

September 18th, 2009
9:09 am

Kudos to Joan. She is a better woman than I am.

Color-blind

September 18th, 2009
9:09 am

I have so much respect for President Obama in the gracious way he handled Mr. Wilson’s loose mouth. Unfortunately, I have said disrespectful and hurtful things to family and friends as well (and vice versa) and am deeply grateful for their forgiveness (as I have forgiven too).And yet,I have heard Speaker Nancy Pelosi say undeniable insults and name-calling to her non-supporters but she has yet to apologize for anything. Yes, we do have freedom of speech, and the right to peacefully protest. And everyone says things they regret. Bottom line we also have the responsibility to think before speaking, and the right to peacefully disagree. There are hate crimes on all people: little girls and little boys of all ages and races, adultss of all ages and races, and more prevalent in the world now….all religions. Anyone can single out one situation and try to make it the poster example for justifying vengeful behavior.

FredGSanford

September 18th, 2009
9:13 am

Color Blind – I agree with most everything except the hate crime thing. There is no such thing as hate crime. There is only crime.

Juan

September 18th, 2009
9:14 am

Cynthia – I think you are a racist. Evident by your mounting attacks against every white person who holds a position that differs from yours.
So calling someone a racist may serve your short term propoganda objectives but you loose all credability.
Perhaps starting a race war is your intent. I dont know. But what we all know is the blood will be on your hands as all violence in the debates thus far has come from left wing extreemists.

Jackie

September 18th, 2009
9:15 am

The so-called conservatives STILL believe they are they only ones that pay taxes and are not lazy or predators.

What rock does these people live under?

Patrick

September 18th, 2009
9:19 am

The only people who comment on editorials are people that are incapable of forming their own opinions. This person’s entire job is to be “controversial” so you people will read her column and argue and fight. This so called “journalist” doesn’t care if you agree or disagree. She only cares that you read her column so she can keep her job. You people are really a very sad group.
And to clarify, I am commenting on the pathetic losers that comment on editorials, not the editorial itself. There is a difference.

hadenough

September 18th, 2009
9:21 am

How about all of you get off the race issue and try for once to report the truth and quit handing out the race card? What are you going to call all the black people that have problems with this president and his administration? I want to know the answer to that one because more and more are coming out and speaking against him and his policies. Are they also racists? If not then quit calling the whites racist, we are entitled to disagree with the president and his policies regardless of his color. Only the media, Ms Pelosi and her entourage of followers are making it an issue about color, like the carrying of guns to a rally and not bothering to show it was a black man, stating there are people showing up with swastikas and forgetting they did that also during the Bush administration too. How much more manipulation of the truth are you all going to do to try in order to try and win your side? Where was the media and Pelosi when black people where making derogatory statements and having issues with President George W. Bush? Where was the name calling then? Silent wasn’t it? Pelosi actually encouraged it and so did the media, so what is up with that? You are all talking out both sides of your face and you all look pretty stupid especially those that have had some serious plastic surgery like Pelosi. If you cannot report both sides of the issue clearly and truthfully, then you Ms Tucker need to give back your Pulitzer Prize because you sure as heck don’t deserve it especially if it is based off of accurate reporting of information. That would call for in-depth research on both sides of the issue and reporting the truth, something both parties and now you clearly don’t know how to do. Get off your soap boxes! I disagree with a lot of people both black and white so what?
Nancy Pelosi is the one clearly having issues, how many times does she have to get caught with her foot in her mouth? She has made so many statements this year that have been opposite of what she preached during the Bush administration and they have all come back and bit her in the butt. All of a sudden she forgets what she has said over the last 8 years, or what was said to her? Sounds like she has Alzheimer’s and therefore does not need to be in the position she is in. Now she is trying to make it look like to the public that she cares? Oh please!!! If you cannot see how she is lying out of both sides of her face, then you do not need to be reporting anything because apparently you cannot do your job correctly. Ms Pelosi is just scared because she knows that she has shot her mouth off too much and lied too much to the American public that now her political career is in jeopardy. I will be only one of many hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people who throw parties when she is voted out of office.

Jim

September 18th, 2009
9:23 am

well they are trying to start a race war, no doubt. But this tactic like the others, will backfire on them again. Pelosi is the one who stoked the fire by inciting hate among her mingions.

Dont forget – its the dems who supported KKK and you still have one of their leaders in office. Its the Repubs that fought for civil rights and the end of slavery. No matter how much propoganda you push, you cant change that FACT!

Nancy Moreland

September 18th, 2009
9:26 am

Nancy Pelosi is and her gang are most of the reason people’s emotions are running so high. Congress refuses to face the fact they work for the people and the majority of people don’t want the kind of “reform” the are trying to force on us. Freedom of speech is for dissenters as well as advocates of whay Nancy Pelosi wants. Her hate-speech needs to stop.

Scott

September 18th, 2009
9:28 am

Yeah, yeah. Hate speech. Racism. The left’s a broken record right now. [Yawn. Stretch.] Wake me up when the MSM is talking about an important subject, and not just resorting to baseless accusations.

Kayaker 71

September 18th, 2009
9:34 am

For all you guys out there who might be feeling sorry for yourselves…… just remember that there is a Mr. Pelosi.

Bob

September 18th, 2009
9:37 am

Jackie, 48% of people do not pay fed income taxes and actually get aid from some source. Not to many real conservatives sucking down welfare.

renuel

September 18th, 2009
9:40 am

Ms. Pelosi’s comments are exactly the rhetoric of fear and violence she is speaking of. Ms. Pelosi is using race as a basis for anyone who disagrees with the current or soon to be policy. I never once remember her saying those opposed to President Bush were just being racist and attempting to incite fear and violence. Ms. Pelosi–I live in this country and I have to live with the consequences of your inane babbling because you fear you will not get your way. Your comments are shameful to our country and shameful to our President. Yes, there are always persons who go too far with their misguided thoughts and hate–and today Ms. Pelosi, it appears you are now counted among them.

hadenough

September 18th, 2009
9:41 am

Time to wake up and see what is going on around you. This is both the Dems and Reps fault not one more than the other. Just don’t call me a racist when I disagree with something being said. That is disrespectful to me as a person and human being, and it does not matter what my party affiliation is. I expect the media to report the truth and apparently they have all forgotten how to and have all decided to pick sides. Politicians have forgotten that they work for us, not the other way around and in the process they have all forgotten how to tell the truth. They are the biggest cause of this hate and discontent that we are seeing now. Pelosi is at the top stirring the pot and then trying to look like she is crying, she better be careful, her face may melt in the process. It is now time to clean house and we will starting in 2010, unless they take our voting rights away from us. Look out that may be next on Ms. Pelosi’s agenda so that she does not get voted out…..

Ronald

September 18th, 2009
9:42 am

I am a 27 yr old black male and I have never been a victim of racism.

I attended a tea party and the only people that harrased me was union thugs and pro obomacare supporters. The first time in my life I was spit on.

So who exactly is Pelosi and Cynthia afraid of? Their own Party of corrupt, vile race baiters?

jconservative

September 18th, 2009
9:48 am

The political point, and I am a political animal, is that both Pelosi & President Carter did their cause & their leader (Obama) no favors by making these remarks.

They both know President Obama is going on 5 national interview shows this weekend. The purpose is to drum up support for his health care agenda. Now he is going to get a question on Pelosi’s remarks on every interview. He is going to get a separate question on President Carter’s remarks. That is two less chances to push his health care agenda & distracts from the agenda.

For the first 8 months of his administration some of President Obama’s
worst enemies have come from his own party. With friends like these you do not need many enemies.

Pelosi may be a good leader in the House, but when it comes to national politics she is an amateur.

paul

September 18th, 2009
9:52 am

When most people think of horrific crimes that occurred in S.F. in the 70’s, they think of the Zebra murders where at least 71 people were murdered by the Nation of Islam hate group.

The climate that cultivated that extreme hatred then, seems to be occurring again today when these hate groups witness Speaker Pelosi embracing lawmakers that are proud members of the Nation of Islam and New Black Panthers while at the same time labeling any and all “republicans and independents” that opposes her view’s and agenda as racists.

hadenough

September 18th, 2009
9:52 am

Hi Ronald, I am really sorry you had to go through that. Thank you for showing up at the tea party it is appreciated. Unions are the reason why most of our jobs are going over seas, but there will be many people that dispute that. I hope some day those people wake up and realize it before our country is destroyed completely by unions.

I hope you never go through what you did again, that is totally disrespectful and no one should have that happen to them regardless of who they are. You did not deserve that, please accept my sincere apology, not all of us are like that, we are just angry and fed up with our government not listening to us and now resorting to call us names for disagreeing with them.

Pat Phelps

September 18th, 2009
9:55 am

When President Obama had an approval rating of 70% no one thought anything about him being a black president. Now that his approval rating is at or below 50% everyone is a racist. Do you think that 20% that no longer find the Presidents job performance acceptable have just realized he was a black man. Come on get real. It is his radical policies, but once again the Dems hide behind the skirt of racism.

Rev Al Sharptongue

September 18th, 2009
10:03 am

Its funny how you can say some people opposed to Obama are racists and it somehow gets turned into ALL people who oppose Obama are racist
The racist whom there are many try to hide behind those who do not espouse racial rhetoric.

racists also deny racism at all costs unless they are talking about people dfferent from them then they are the racists.

This is the south and we know what kind of people live here, you can read the post here and see how distured they are.

they think they are the only ones who pay taxes and work for a living. even tough they probably earn less than the average american due to their low intelligence.

They always speak like their opinion is fact and not just their point of view. more delusional thoughts.

Notice the te partys consist of mostly older white people, you do not see any minorities in large numbers or any homosexuals. just good ole boys with their flag hats and shirts to show how much they love america which is a farce unto itself.
they try to hide behind the flag to cover their bigoted and racists views.

they are so full of rage now they are slapping kids in wal-marts and beating up female soldiers in Cracka Barrels (irony), disrespting the office of the president etc.

They are the rael american terrorists history has shown that, since the beginning.

RIGHT WING CHRISTIAN WHITE CONSERVATIVES ARE A BAD BUNCH OF PEOPLE, THEY ARE THE MOST FASCIST UNAMERICAN PEOPLE AROUND
.

tiff

September 18th, 2009
10:05 am

Enter your comments here This news article is a joke. Nancy is hateful and mean to anyone who doesn’t agree to her. The majority disagrees with her policies and it’s their right to let their congressmen and women know how they feel. My congressman and others who live in a state with a Republican Rep had no representation as the Democrats were excluding them from all meetings, giving them bills (1000’s of pages long) to read in 2 hours before a vote. People need to be mad because the media as you are so political the majority of the people had no other way than to speak up their selves and yes, we do have freedom of speech.

Rev Al Sharptongue

September 18th, 2009
10:08 am

these are the same people before the election calling him a muslim, they are the ones then and now asking for a birth certificate.

these are the people who brought monkey pictures to McCain rallies
these are the people who produced the young lady who carved a B in her face and said a Black Obama supporter did it.(they have used the hurt white woman charade for decades now)
They want to seced from america all of a sudden.

It was cool when bush gave us the patriot act and unwarranted phone taps, but Obama cannot speak to school kids.

Yall are racists people no matter how you spin it.

I just wish one would approach me with their drivel, and he would make the news big time.