In the end, it’s not about race, it’s about people

MLK ARRESTED IN ALBANY

Race is a complicated topic. Race in the South is more complicated still. And race in the South in the 1960s had more layers of complexity than Lance Armstrong has lies.

Take, for example, the photograph above, in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being arrested by Laurie Pritchett, the big, blustery police chief of Albany, Ga. It was a scene repeated many times during the civil rights movement, in towns all over the South, as King led the crusade to end segregation. But there’s a lot more going on in that photograph than first impressions and stereotypes might lead you to believe.

Beginning in November of 1961, Albany had become the national focus of civil rights protests. Led by King, who had been invited down to Albany from Atlanta by the town’s black leadership, black citizens used an endless string of non-violent mass protests and sit-ins to demand their constitutional rights and an end to segregation. The on-going movement attracted reporters from around the world to the southwest Georgia town to witness what was sure to become a confrontation between good and evil.

Pritchett, however, knew the role that he was expected to play in King’s system, and he refused to play it. He too had studied non-violence. To respond to non-violent protests, Pritchett trained his officers in non-violent law enforcement. On the occasions when King was arrested, Pritchett ensured that his jail cell was immaculate, and well-supplied with books, paper and a radio. The interplay continued for months, tension building as King and his followers pushed and tested and attempted to provoke through civil disobedience, and as Pritchett and his men defended a cruel, oppressive system with what passed for kindness under the circumstances.

In her autobiography, Coretta Scott King describes Pritchett almost fondly:

“One redeeming aspect of that period was that Police Chief Laurie Pritchett was not at all typical of southern law enforcement. He was not brutal, although some of his officers engaged in brutality. He tried to be decent, and as a person, he displayed kindness…. Our people were given fair warning. Often they would refuse to disperse and drop to their knees and pray. Chief Pritchett would bow his head with them while they prayed. Then, of course, he would arrest them and the people would go to jail singing.”

All that led to one of my favorite “little moments” of the entire civil rights movement, when … well, I think I’ll let Chief Pritchett tell the story, as captured in 1976 in an oral history project now stored at the University of North Carolina:

I remember one night Dr. King came to my office. It was about five o’clock, and my secretary come in with a telegram. I opened it up, and it was from my wife. It was in July; it was our anniversary. And I read it, and then Dr. King says, “Did something disturb you, Chief Pritchett?” I said, “Well yes, in a way. This telegram’s from my wife. It’s our anniversary, and I haven’t been home in two or three weeks.”

Dr. King looked at me and he says, “All right. You go home tonight, enjoy your anniversary, do anything you want to. There’ll be nothing happening in this town tonight.” And he said, “In the morning, we’ll take up where we left off.”

So I said, “Do you mean this?” He said, “You have my word.” So I got in my truck and went home. We went out to dinner. When we came back to my house after we left the Victory Club (a steak house) there was a bunch of cars out in front, and I thought something had happened.

And it was the news media. … They’d went and got my wife a gift certificate and brought it back to the house to us. And we sat there and had a few drinks and talked. And then the next morning we took up where we left off.”

Pritchett also understood the danger of violence perpetrated by others. As he told interviewers in 1976, he and King had developed a system to ensure the safety of the civil rights leader.

“… as soon as he’d leave Atlanta, he’d tell me approximately what time he’d be coming into Americus, which was forty miles north of Albany. We’d meet him. One of my men would get in the car, he’d get in our car, and then they’d come in by two cars. And we took him everywhere. There was a plot down there to kidnap him, and we found out about this and got it stopped. But there was a close friendship, you know.”

Again, the wily Pritchett was using decency and kindness as weapons to defend a morally indefensible system. He claimed later to have opposed segregation personally, but said that as long as it was the law, he was required as a professional to enforce that law.

And in 1964, when President Johnson signed the Public Accommodations Act outlawing segregation, Pritchett fell back upon that professionalism:

“I not only went to all the (Albany) businesses and met with them at the Chamber of Commerce, I said, “If this bill is passed then it’s all over. They’re going to come in, they’re going to eat, they’re going to sleep in the motels. The law is the law, and I’ve been enforcing it because we had our laws. Now if this is passed we’re going to enforce that one. I’m going to force you to open up, and it’s going to be non-violent.’

“And that night they went in. They went … and some of them went to the Holiday Inn. They went right in, had their dinner. Some of them raced it and went all over. You know, nothing happened. And so this is what I say: when it became a law that the people in the businesses and things of this nature had to do it by law, they did it.”

I doubt desegregation occurred as smoothly in Albany as that might imply. But on a day when we celebrate Dr. King’s life and career, the story of his chess game and friendship with Chief Pritchett serves as a reminder that in the end, it all comes down to people seeing each other as people.

– Jay Bookman

302 comments Add your comment

Welcome to the Occupation

January 21st, 2013
8:51 am

No, actually it’s as much about class as it is about race.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
8:57 am

BRACE YOURSELVES

The “Jay pulled the race card” posts are coming….

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
8:58 am

“No, actually it’s as much about class as it is about race”

No, it wasn’t. There weren’t signs that said: Poor Entrance and Rich Entrance.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:02 am

JAY

Great column. I mentioned in other column that MLK of all people, would be vocal about the plight of the African American under the BO tenure. I’m sure it can be spun, as all other issues, as the fault of Bush or whatever.

This is a great holiday. If only we could get rid of Columbus day…

Lord Help Us

January 21st, 2013
9:02 am

‘an end to desegregation’

Third Paragraph…typo.

Nice article. I sometimes forget that the establishment in the South during the Civil Rights movement was not totally homogeneous.

There were also those that exhibited both extreme prejudice at times and humanity at others. These people, such as my own parents, to this day can be oblivious to their racism and, simultaneously, gracious and caring about the welfare of those they disparage. It’s weird…

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:03 am

ADAM

What would you expect? Which will come first? GOP are racists or Jay pulled race card?

Better hurry..I’m betting former..You?

Well, what else would you expect...

January 21st, 2013
9:04 am

…from a male police chief named “Laurie”… good stuff here, Jay – thanks…

Gale

January 21st, 2013
9:05 am

I am always amazed this was going on when I was a child in the north and I was completely oblivious to it.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:05 am

He claimed later to have opposed segregation personally, but said that as long as it was the law, he was required as a professional to enforce that law.

This is the unfortunate circumstance of many in law enforcement. While we can easily look back and say it should not have been enforced, sometimes it’s just not that easy.

Pritchett was wrong to defend the system in the way he did, but as far as evils go, his was the least of them. He did not do as Americans for Prosperity has done recently and set up tents for the opposition only to knock them down on their own and blame the protesters. He did not plant people in the crowds who would start violence. He did not allow violence to occur.

As much as this may seem a defense of him, it isn’t. It was wrong to even enforce laws like this. I have no doubt, however, that had he not done any enforcement that he would not have been part of history – he would have been replaced by someone who was brutal instead, and this whole thing might have turned out differently.

jconservative

January 21st, 2013
9:06 am

Race based on skin color is artificial. We could have divided along hair color or eye color. But skin is more apparent. There is one race, the human race. If individuals can procreate together regardless of skin color, they are of the same race.

Quira

January 21st, 2013
9:06 am

Part of Dr. Kiings brilliance was that he made the crusade for civil rights about people. His inheitors have made it alwyas about race. Never more so than in the black community. Wander through the AJC. Everyone who disagrees with stnadard liberal ideology is branded a racist.

Dr. King’s legacy is in shambles. Not because of evil white people. Not becaue of people of good will who remain silent. Dr. King’s legacy has been tarnished by the very people who most benefitted from his leadership.

Finally, Jay...

January 21st, 2013
9:07 am

…something you and I see “eye to eye” on – it is about people and not color…

Now, if only we could get you to do something about your penchant to take from the rich to GIVE to the poor who are NOT helping themselves then you and I may really have something on which we can see “eye to eye”…

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:07 am

Stevie Ray: No mention of GOP in the column at all. If someone is going to make such a statement, they would be off base. But the right are more than ready to jump on any mention of race as though it is all “crying wolf,” that somehow the days of racism are really over. I can promise you that’s not true.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:08 am

Quira: Everyone who disagrees with stnadard liberal ideology is branded a racist.

Stevie Ray, you were saying?

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 21st, 2013
9:09 am

.” To respond to non-violent protests, Pritchett trained his officers in non-violent law enforcement.”
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Indeed……….King and Prichett were Giants of Basic decency.
Today…………a Pritchett type would be steroided out of his mind, dressed in a cyborg suit, and begging to use that trigger figure………….King wouldn’t have had a chance.
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The progressives on the left AND right are ruining our society…There is even a progressive Federalie on this board who laughes at what a police dog does to suspects.
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sad

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:10 am

ADAM

I’m talking about posts in response to column not the column itself. I bet the ubiquitous comment about GOP “racists” will surface before Jay playing race card.

Jay

January 21st, 2013
9:10 am

Thanks, LHU. Typo fixed.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:11 am

Thomas Heyward Jr: How you get from paragraph 2 to paragraph 3 is extremely baffling. Are they completely separate thoughts? (benefit of the doubt here)

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:11 am

ADAM

BOOM! My calculation of the odds was spot on…

Jm

January 21st, 2013
9:13 am

At least inauguration day is warmer this year…..

I wonder what king would think of Obama

Given the amount of drone attacks Obama is using, king may have had concerns though he presumably would be a supporter

RB from Gwinnett

January 21st, 2013
9:13 am

“No, it wasn’t. There weren’t signs that said: Poor Entrance and Rich Entrance.”

Not a surprising reply…. (everybody else knows what I mean…)

TBS

January 21st, 2013
9:13 am

Good morning

Great man.

While we have progress to make, we have certainly made much progress.

Today, think about that progress and how much better the country is because of MLK and many others made sacrifices to push us forward when countless forces were pulling them back.

JF McNamara

January 21st, 2013
9:14 am

This was a really nicely written article. Thanks Jay.

It’s MLK Day. I think Jay can use the card if he wants.

indigo

January 21st, 2013
9:15 am

I think Chief Pritchett found himself in an impossible position.

If he enforced the law, he was branded a racist.

If he did the right thing, in that town and in that time period, he would have been called a ni**er lover and his life wouldn’t have been worth two cents.

I lived thru those days and the danger from the KKK was all too real, to black and white alike.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:16 am

Stevie Ray: Quira has already indicated that the talk of racism is a smokescreen perpetuated by the left, which is basically the same thing I am getting at. This kind of rhetoric is, in reality, a smokescreen set up by the right in order to shut down conversation on a key topic that still exists in our culture. It’s like “working the refs.”

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:19 am

Stevie Ray: Not a single post so far has mentioned racism being tied to the GOP. It wasn’t mentioned in the article, and most who post on here aren’t that reactionary from the left side of the aisle.

ad

January 21st, 2013
9:19 am

It’s not about race? You mean I can’t have a quick and lazy way to decide if people are good, hardworking and honest?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:19 am

RB from Gwinnett

January 21st, 2013
9:13 am

I’m certain King would be all over BO about the downward plight of the african americans under this regime. Of course BO can’t play favorites but…

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

January 21st, 2013
9:20 am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man for the times. He was flawed, but he was dedicated to seeing to the rights of his race. It would have been better if the phrase, “that all people are created equal”, had really meant ALL. Then Dr. King would have lived his life out as a preacher and probably lived a good, peaceful, long life. Happy birthday, Dr. King, and rest in peace knowing you had fought the good fight.

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:21 am

Stevie Ray: You mean King would advocate for more help for the poor in general? Such as extending unemployment insurance, making sure food stamps don’t get cut, increasing access to health care, stuff like that?

You mean stuff Obama has already done?

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:21 am

Great storytelling, Jay–I’d not heard that one before.

emz

January 21st, 2013
9:21 am

Good column. I don’t remember ever hearing about Albany and Chief Pritchett.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:21 am

ADAM

Stevie Ray: Not a single post so far has mentioned racism being tied to the GOP. It wasn’t mentioned in the article, and most who post on here aren’t that reactionary from the left side of the aisle.

You have got to be joking. I know it wasn’t mentioned in the article but many Libs on this blog are quite reactionary same a gop’ers.

Stay tuned….

TBS

January 21st, 2013
9:22 am

Adam and Stevie ray

I think both sides are various times use racially charged language. Personally I think it is done for impact more so than we have a bunch of racists on the blog, however we probably have a few.

There are some lefties here who throw it out regularly as well as some on the right.

Mick

January 21st, 2013
9:23 am

jay

Now, that was a good read, thanks for the story. I’ve long tried to just look at each other as human beings which can be quite illuminating. Unfortunately, there are far too many stuck in their own gear, wearing out their engine and others…

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:24 am

TBS: I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen anyone declare racism on the part of some poster from a simple disagreement of policy. I admit I haven’t read every single blog post ever, but…. I have seen what posts like that look like on Facebook. Haven’t seen it here.

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 21st, 2013
9:24 am

Adam

January 21st, 2013
9:11 am

Thomas Heyward Jr: How you get from paragraph 2 to paragraph 3 is extremely baffling. Are they completely separate thoughts? (benefit of the doubt here)
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Because I just recently read a good article dealing with our dead souless society at the hands of progressives.Its all about MALUM PROHIBIDUM.
This guy nails it.
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“Yet, I doubt that one Progressive, Right or Left, that one outraged lawyer in Massachusetts, the Great Greenwald, or even any member of Aaron Swartz’s grieving family can recognize the real problem: Malum Prohibitum. Yes, Malum Prohibitum is the very core, the very essence of Progressive law, and it is that legal doctrine that has turned U.S. law into the horror story it has become, but because most Americans have come to believe that Malum Prohibitum is the very essence of justice itself, we are doomed well into the future to live its awful results.
The Aaron Swartz case was not a legal outlier any more than Michael Nifong was a “rogue” prosecutor. Aaron Swartz faced what thousands upon thousands of Americans face every day from a system of laws that empowers the State and crushes liberty and replaces the light of a free society with the darkness of tyranny. Most of the victims of American “justice” choose to experience the horror and remain alive, even though in reality, unbridled State power has sucked the life out of them just as it drained the life out of Aaron Swartz.”…William Anderson.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:26 am

ADAM

How have those enablers assisted with the maintainance of a “dream” by those (white, black and purple) to move up a station? There exists a point of diminishing returns when entitlements become enablers…

He did what any president would do…unfortunately I don’t see that any of this has improved the lagging unemployment of african americans. I also feel that MLK would have expanding his platform to include other downtrodden folks..

I shouldn’t suggest that the situation is on the hands of BO..its been on the hands of every president in recent past.

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 21st, 2013
9:28 am

Sung to the tune of Hey,Hey, LBJ——————–
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Hey Obama ..can you say?
How many brown chillun have you red-misted today?
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Ya’ll may use this where or when ever approprite.
Thank you………..and God Bless you Dr. King.
You got out lucky.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:28 am

TBS

January 21st, 2013
9:22 am

Can’t disagree with that.

TBS

January 21st, 2013
9:30 am

Adam

No speaking directly about policy, but I have read some incendiary comments on this blog.

Oh well, off that subject

Great day, great column and again great man

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:36 am

I also feel that MLK would have expanding his platform to include other downtrodden folks..

Huh? He already had. This, from a speech from August 31, 1967:

We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad…the way to end poverty is to end the exploitation of the poor. Insure them a fair share of the government’s services and the nation’s resources. We must recognize that the problems of neither racial nor economic justice can be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:37 am

Great point from Glenn Greenwald this morning..

The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I’ve noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are). By King’s own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central – indispensable – to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered…

JamVet

January 21st, 2013
9:37 am

Long live the legacy of liberal agitators!

We see injustice and stand up to it.

And we change this country and the world for the better.

Occupy that.

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:39 am

By the way, and I don’t want to encourage anyone to play the silly “MLK was a conservative Republican” riff, but in case anyone does, I’ll just post this link pre-emptively without further comment.

http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/jamesedwards/martin-luther-king-was-a-conservative-republican/

[whence that speech pull-quote @ 9.36 came, just to give full credit where it's due.]

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:40 am

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:36 am

Good point unfortunately in his day, most of the downtrodden whites et al were the most vehemently opposed to his message and most couldn’t see past the color thing..culture is difficult to kill

Much progress made since then thankfully…

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:44 am

how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life

here’s a link to Glennzilla’s fine piece.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/king-obama-drones-militarism-sanctions-iran

Read it.

Road Scholar

January 21st, 2013
9:46 am

Good article today, Jay. Is Mr Prichertt still alive? If he has passed, what was his legacy?

Welcome to the Occupation

January 21st, 2013
9:48 am

Doggone/GA: “No, it wasn’t. There weren’t signs that said: Poor Entrance and Rich Entrance.”

Nothing could possibly be further from the truth.

In a capitalist, money-drenched and -obsessed society, there is nothing BUT signs that read Poor Entrance and Rich Entrance. Which is why King was a fierce critic of that society, with a message that with time was increasingly class-oriented as much as race-oriented.

Road Scholar

January 21st, 2013
9:48 am

Stevie:”Good point unfortunately in his day, most of the downtrodden whites et al were the most vehemently opposed to his message and most couldn’t see past the color thing..culture is difficult to kill

Much progress made since then thankfully…”

Yes but we still have a long way to go! Any parallel with today’s America? Think about it!

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:49 am

Road Scholar, I looked it up–he passed away in 2000. (he was only about three years older than MLK.)

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:49 am

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:44 am

I read all his columns when I can. He has altered or otherwise strengthen my views about civil rights and the utter waste of money on defense that serves only our imperialistic-like agenda..

Puppet Please

January 21st, 2013
9:51 am

Race, guns, abortion, religion, christmas….FOLKS LOOK AT THE BOTTOM LINE!! WE ARE $16+ TRILLION IN DEBT AND WE WON’T STOP SPENDING!!
We are being played for fools by the politicians and the media who take our tax money and give it to their “friends” who line their pockets to make them rich. We have given them the opportunity to not only steal OUR money but our childrens and grand childerens!!! Think of all the Chinese and Saudi kids who are benefitting from the interest we pay them for them to finance our debt! WAKE UP!! They are dividing us with pitiful little slight of hand tricks while they fleece our pockets of every dime we have!
PLEASE WAKE UP AND STOP THEM…..AND I MEAN DEM AND GOP, ALLLLLLL OF THEM!

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:53 am

Road Scholar

January 21st, 2013
9:48 am

How many do you want to hear? Chasm of have’s and have nots. Separation of church and state. Government by the cash and for the cash. Ever increasing defense spending not congruent with threats…

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
9:53 am

“Nothing could possibly be further from the truth.”

Show me the pictures of “Poor Only” and “Rich Only” entrances then.

Class of '98

January 21st, 2013
9:55 am

I look forward to the day when non-white people will decide whom to vote for based on content of character, not skin color.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:56 am

Puppet Please

January 21st, 2013
9:51 am

Amen

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:57 am

I read all his columns when I can. He has altered or otherwise strengthen my views about civil rights and the utter waste of money on defense that serves only our imperialistic-like agenda..

Agreed. Only in my case, “when I can” translates to “when I can handle his unvarnished, “don’t-care-who-I-upset” rhetoric, which is unrelenting and focused. It can be a bit much to digest at times, and I freely admit to sometimes not being up to facing it.

But I have never encountered Glenn indulging in dishonesty OR gratuitousness, which is more than I can say for just about any other pundit out there.

Class of '98

January 21st, 2013
9:58 am

And by the way, to the commenter above, saying that we are all the same race because we can pro-create is not correct. That means we are all the same species. All dogs can pro-create, that does not make them the same breed.

JamVet

January 21st, 2013
9:58 am

98, look in the mirror first.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 21st, 2013
9:58 am

Well, this Civil Rights stuff is fine as far as it goes but they have took it too far. You can’t even say the N-word without somebody jumping all over you. Not even with a “a” at the end to kind of soften it. You have to be with people you know and trust or maybe with your kin before you can use it.

And if one of Those People was to walk in to Billy Bob’s there wouldn’t be nothing we could do about it. Course, for some reason they don’t go there. There ought to be some place where a White person can go and not run into one of—Those People.

Anyways, I’m staying away from the TV today. For some reason the networks like to show Those People in church kinda throwing their win in our faces.

It’s a good thing I’m not a Rascist, is all I got to say. Have a good Monday everybody.

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
9:58 am

“I look forward to the day when non-white people will decide whom to vote for based on content of character, not skin color.”

I look forward to the day when white people will decide whom to vote for based on content of character, not skin color.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
9:58 am

How do y’all think MLK would feel about the angles played by Jesse Jackson and the like?

DownInAlbany

January 21st, 2013
9:59 am

Thanks for the commentary, Jay. Some of this story is news to me, though I’m not a native of this town. Obviously, Pritchett was a good and decent man. I understand he passed away in 2000, at the age of 73.

Road Scholar

January 21st, 2013
10:00 am

Stands: Thanks. I wonder what was written on his headstone our what was said at his funeral?

Stevie: and you could go on and on and…

St Simons - aboriginal Bootakook 2014

January 21st, 2013
10:00 am

yes, Albany is the most racist place I’ve ever been, even today.
on both sides.

yet today, in their echo chamber bubble that the cons now
permanently reside in, with their codewords & catchphrases,
those of low information, poor intellect, and less formal education
will hear these alt-reality pearls of wisdom, such jewels as –
democrats are the reeeeeal racists
plantation liberals
Robert Byrd ad nauseum

counting on the probability that they can slip the Great Realignment,
Southern Strategy, and the Great Migration of the Dixiecrats to the
Republican pahhty in the 60’s – slip those by the rubes that faithfully
drool on their a.m. radios every day, waiting for a sign…

if I was a con (shiver, upchuck) I would lay low today, knowing
I am on the wrong side of history, about everything.
Surfs Up

BuckeyeInGa

January 21st, 2013
10:01 am

I look forward to the day when non-white people will decide whom to vote for based on content of character, not skin color.

that day has already passed.

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
10:02 am

“All dogs can pro-create, that does not make them the same breed.”

All humans are the same race – the human RACE
All dogs are the same race – the canine RACE

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

January 21st, 2013
10:02 am

JAY:

As Dr. King so elequently stated:

“The acceptable year of the Lord is that year when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the name of Jesus. And everywhere men will cry out, “Hallelujah, hallelujah! The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah, hallelujah!”

It is much more important to heed his words in that regard as they are not just political but eternal.

GT

January 21st, 2013
10:02 am

They buried Rodney Cook this weekend.

Andrew Young delivered the eulogy. Cook’s funeral was held at the Millennium Gate at 2:00 pm, Saturday, on a glorious day in January.

Young had beaten Cook in a race for Congress, but mention he had gained respect for Rodney Cook for his courageous stands in the civil rights movement, where he would stand along or in vast minority as the Atlanta Alderman and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, such as to take down “Peyton Wall,” a barrier that was built to stop black citizens from moving into a white section of Atlanta.

Rodney Cook was a Republican, but first Cook was a human being. When you have your Democratic black opponent show up at a mostly rich, white, sufferablely arrogant affair to honor his life on Martin Luther King’s weekend it gives us an idea of how life could be. An arthritic and aging Young climbing painfully down a plight of very long formal stairs slowly making it to the podium with a look of determination, and resolve that this is what needs to be done.

“Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
10:03 am

STANDS

Best part of that specific column is the disappointment MLK would feel about our warmongering ways..randoming killing innocents with drones..

The one that suggested BO’s inauguration speech should be entitled “I have a drone..”

Class of '98

January 21st, 2013
10:03 am

The canine race? Oooookay, whatever you say, Einstein.

Lee

January 21st, 2013
10:04 am

“Pritchett, however, knew the role that he was expected to play in King’s system…”

King’s system wasn’t about “non-violence”. It was about antagonizing the other side until they lashed out.

But, speaking of Albany, today that city is 75%+ black and has all the accompanying problems of a majority black town. The crime index is 3 (100 is the safest) and it has a murder rate of 3.2 times the national average, rapes occur at 2 times the national average, and robberies occur at 2 times the national average.

The schools, most of which are 90%+ black, are abysmal with most white residents moving to neighboring Lee County or putting their kids in private school. Dougherty County, you know, the OTHER black school system (APS the the other) caught with widespread cheating on the CRCT exams.

Sorta ironic that most everything those “racist segregationists” said about black people turned out to be true.

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
10:04 am

Think of all the Chinese and Saudi kids who are benefitting from the interest we pay them for them to finance our debt!

Time to quote Atrios.

“The deficit scolds don’t really care about the deficit, and if it disappears they won’t declare victory. It’ll in fact be a crisis. For some, it’ll be a crisis because they’re employed the fairly lucrative (status and money) deficit scold grifter industry. For others, it’ll be a crisis because Teh Deficit is their justification for their real policy desires which are cutting taxes on rich people and kicking the olds and poors.”

Oh, and Puppet, if you’re going to go off topic and start wailing the mating cry of the Deficit Scold, at least know enough not to introduce “the interest we pay” as a discussion point. Because the interest we pay is well below the rate of inflation. People are actually,effectively, PAYING US to take their money.

Jeez. I can only imagine what kind of tart commentary Dr. King would have for the deficit scolds. I mean, after he’d stopped laughing at them.

BuckeyeInGa

January 21st, 2013
10:05 am

@Stevie Ray 9:37
It has been erased to “some” I’ve heard or read plenty of people speak about it. They just don’t get the publicity. I agree with your main point though.

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
10:05 am

“that day has already passed”

and so it has for non-whites as well

josef

January 21st, 2013
10:06 am

JAY
As you know, I can be one of your harshest critics when it comes to you and your Sharia relative to certain topics relative to the South. It was with no small amount of skepticism that I pulled up your column today. It is with the utmost respect that I say this time, a job well done, Mec.

Of course, be prepared for a fatwah from the major historians. :-)

For those of us present in the time and place observing the goings on through the eyes of children, it was not the “great events” as recorded in the history texts, memoirs and popular culture images that stand out, but the relations between the real people around and over whom the turmoil swirled.

My own image has to do with the day the civil rights workers’ bodies were found. I watched as my mother, white, and the neighbor lady, black, were talking quietly in the garden space they shared. What I did not know then was that these two women, both with houses full of little ones, were laying their plans of mutual assistance “in case trouble breaks out.” What I did know was that something bigger was at work outside, but that in two houses on different sides of the great divide, that divide was insignificant.

These two women were that “other South” that seems to have no place in the record of things and how future generations will see it. In the long run, though, it was that South which triumphed. That is something we need to remember on this day. It is Dr. King’s dream coming true.

JamVet

January 21st, 2013
10:07 am

Sorta ironic that most everything those “racist segregationists” said about black people turned out to be true.

Brilliant analysis. Absolutely brilliant.

vinny

January 21st, 2013
10:07 am

Jim Crow was a bed-wetting liberal. Just sayin’

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
10:08 am

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
9:57 am

His book titled “Liberty and Justice for a Few’ is my favorite political read of 2012.

He is one of the most unbiased writers on the scene. His columns fly at an altitude of perspective not found in typical left v right forums..

Welcome to the Occupation

January 21st, 2013
10:08 am

Well done, decibels, 9:36.

Recon 0311 2533

January 21st, 2013
10:09 am

We talk about the segregated South and forget about the de facto segregation in the North. How many on here recall the race wars in Boston, Detroit and Cleveland, Ohio. Far worse than anything that occurred in the South during desegregation.

skipper

January 21st, 2013
10:09 am

I am not a racist. I do have kin-folks in Albany, and unfortunately there is more than a little truth to what Lee said. Albany, in spite of all its bad policy before, is now a cess-pool. How do we solve a problem like this. Folks now (rightfully) have their rights and priveleges, and it has turned into a cluster. I am not being sarcastic or condescending or anything else. I know that race relations, especially in the south, have been at best strained. How, tell me, do you address a situation like Albany positively, without calling those who recognize the deterioration “racist” etc.? This is (believe it or not) a sincere question.

weetamoe

January 21st, 2013
10:09 am

They are dancing in your heads again, the big bad *racists* whose comments you anticipate. The debates you Bookman buddies have with yourselves are amazing. You imagine more vile race opinions than any I have ever heard from those whose thoughts you pretend to divine. Sure, you heard some awful old white guy make a racist comment at the next table at your neighborhood burger joint. Sure you did. One of my kids mistakenly put the garbage out for pickup this morning. Realizing what holiday the sanitation department employees are marking, he rushed to remove it from the curb and asked if he might have offended anyone by forgetting what day this is.

Doggone/GA

January 21st, 2013
10:12 am

“King’s system wasn’t about “non-violence”. It was about antagonizing the other side until they lashed out”

and they were stupid enough to fall for it ALMOST every time.

Brosephus™

January 21st, 2013
10:12 am

Stevie Ray

Black America is in the same situation under Obama as it was under every president between Dr. King’s death and today. I don’t think MLK’s outlook would be any different for Obama as it would have been for Bush. If anything, Dr. King’s attention would likely be focused on the GOP’s concerted effort to scrap the social safety net.

If it helps you to sleep at night thinking that he would be upset at Obama, then do whatever floats your boat.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
10:13 am

That was Liberty and Justice for Some…the GOP examples were rampant as expected but he really took BO to the mat on telecom and other areas where BO has cow-towed to the very folks who have been in control for decades now..

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
10:14 am

They are dancing in your heads again, the big bad *racists* whose comments you anticipate.

Well, downstairs we had Kayaker telling us “We’ve been subsidizing black America to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars/yr since 1964.” and here we have something calling itself “Lee” perverting MLK’s laudable strategy as being merely about “antagonizing the other side until they lashed out.”

I don’t think either of these guys are big or bad, though. Just mostly pathetic, really.

Jm

January 21st, 2013
10:14 am

“occupy that”

Nothing occupied

weetamoe

January 21st, 2013
10:15 am

Someone mentioned de facto segregation up north. South Boston. Bussing. Louise Day Hicks: *you
know where I stand.* Bobby Kennedy and Jackie: Let’s all sing Southie is my Home Town.*

GT

January 21st, 2013
10:15 am

Have you noticed the remorse of the south? Can there be any question what the tea party stands for when you read this blog and realize both signals come from the same camp? You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig.

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
10:15 am

he really took BO to the mat on telecom

as have I. And Glenn’s absolutely right about how horrifying it is for a President to have a “kill list.” I’m assuming the next guy (or gal) will just ramp that one up a notch.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 21st, 2013
10:16 am

Well now we have the revisionists claiming, without factual support, that “It was worse up north” as it somehow that excuses what happened in the south or the years and years of systematic race attacks. :roll:

Hey Libs, how is your paychecks looking now

January 21st, 2013
10:16 am

Hey Jay,

It’s always been about people! It’s the Dems that have made “race” an issue.

Puppet Please

January 21st, 2013
10:16 am

Stands, you are so ignorant it is astounding. Yeah, keep believing that interest rates will stay at ZERO. If you believe that you are beyond help. The fact that interest is at ZERO is forcing everybody to stay ina DANGEROUSLY over inflated stock market to get some kind of return. What happens when interest rates HAVE to go up? KA— BLOOOOOM.

Do us a favor and quit poisoning the discourse with your stupidity.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

January 21st, 2013
10:17 am

Brosephus™

January 21st, 2013
10:12 am

As I mentioned in subsequent post, my comment was not intentionally limited of suggestive that the situation is/was unique to BO, its a problem that has existed for decades. MLK would have been equally critical in prior adminstrations but the same beat continues…

As much as things have changed, they remain the same…

Welcome to the Occupation

January 21st, 2013
10:17 am

BuckeyeInGa

January 21st, 2013
10:17 am

We talk about the segregated South and forget about the de facto segregation in the North. How many on here recall the race wars in Boston, Detroit and Cleveland, Ohio. Far worse than anything that occurred in the South during desegregation.

Why do you think what happened in those cities in the north was far worse than anything that occurred in the South during desegregation? and what years did desegregation occur?

JamVet

January 21st, 2013
10:18 am

I believe that the Occupy protests – or more correctly, the irrational, venomous over-reaction by hard core fanatical Republicans – played a significant role in the neocons getting crushed yet again last November 6th.

As did their War on Sluts, Prostitutes and FemiNazis.

Keep playing it that way, Lily White Party. A few more electoral beat downs may finally wake you up to a LONG overdue change out there on the science-free fringe…

stands for decibels

January 21st, 2013
10:19 am

Stands, you are so ignorant it is astounding. Yeah, keep believing that interest rates will stay at ZERO.

Go argue this nonsense with someone who cares, Deficit Scold. You’re off topic, I’ve called you out, and Jay can clean up your mess if he’s in the mood. Meanwhile, I’ll repost this for anyone foolish enough to believe your claptrap.

http://www.alternet.org/economy/8-facts-prove-our-govt-not-going-broke?page=0%2C1&paging=off