You know hate can be pretty darn lucrative…..hate sells and when it sells it becomes really profitable….I remember the pyramid schemes from years past…you know the ones where you join and work your way up to manager, supervisor or regional director….with each step you would get money from each person you had in your plan……
The reason I bring this up is that the old stand-by for racists and bigots alike….the KKK, the Klan, you know those guys in white sheets and face covers……someone did a bit of historical perspective on the workings of the Klan back in the 1920’s……
Even during its 1920s heyday, the Ku Klux Klan wasn’t a very effective hate group, according to an analysis by Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer and Steven D. Levitt, the latter of Freakonomics fame. However, the Klan was a “wildly successful” pyramid scheme, according to a Priceonomics blog post that rehashes the pair’s 2011 study of the group. In the piece, Rosie Cima writes that KKK leaders “exploited pre-existing, popular racism to make money.” For example, during a time when most in the US made less than $700 annually, the KKK leader in Indiana made some $200,000. He and other leaders managed it through clever marketing and the invention of all kinds of ways to make money off their own members—a classic trait of a pyramid scheme. For instance, the Klan charged members a $10 initiation fee, and Fryer and Levitt provide the breakdown:
- $4 to the salesman (called a “Kleagle”) who recruited a member
- $2.50 to the PR firm the Klan had hired to boost membership (it boomed)
- $2 to the Klan’s self-declared “grand wizard,” William Simmons
- $1.50 to a regional supervisor (the “Grand Goblin”).
The result, Cima notes, “looked much like a modern multi-level marketing company—with extremely stupid titles.” And it didn’t stop with initiation fees: the Klan leaned on members to buy robes (and robe cleaning), along with Klan-branded life insurance, accessories, bibles, and even candy. The Klan petered out as a genuine national force in the 1940s (the feds got them for back taxes). But small KKK groups are still out there, and, according to Vice, some are using candy as a recruiting tool rather than as a moneymaker. Residents of Cullman City, Arkansas, recently received KKK fliers packaged with Tootsie Rolls and lollipops. Authorities there are investigating the not-so-original scheme.
Like I said…..hate can be very profitable……god bless capitalism…..
Before someone has a stroke and starts accusing me of all kinds of crap…..let me say….I am only asking a question not stated a truism. (Do I need to define truism?)
I started thinking about this question right after Trump made his now infamous Mexicans are rapists comment and the popularity of his comments after that have lead me to this question.
Other candidates have made statements that I think border on bigotry….there are lots of people pointing out that all this rhetoric has a racist tinge to it……the media is not really asking the question or reporting on the atmosphere that the Repubs are setting up for themselves…..
Is it possible that the GOP is loading itself down with racists?
A national poll would be nice.
Asking and you shall receive…….
A majority of GOPers are living in a dangerous right-wing fantasyland—and they think that’s just fine.
Source: Nationwide Poll: Majority of Republicans Have Nakedly Racist Worldview—Trump Has Found the Way to Unleash It | Alternet
To be honest Repubs are not alone…..there are those so-called independents (a generically neutral name for people that are embarrassed by their party and want to pretend to distance themselves from that embarrassment or those that are afraid of being labeled)…….
I know….I know….I do not put much faith in polls either…….Now that you have read about this poll……do any of you have an opinion on this? A silly question but I had to ask.
I wish I could say it in a clever clean way…..but I cannot….
This prick is a screaming racist asshole! And a leader in the GOP from South Carolina (do you expect more from a white bastard from the South)…….
We need citizens like him as much as we need another ass to wipe. This country cannot move forward as long as we have these racist pigs amongst us……..
It is “Christians” like this that give their religious beliefs so much grief. This douche bag is NO better than the assholes in ISIS that are embarrassing Islam.
Are you tired of this twat yet?
A final chapter can be written on the saga of the lying bigoted rancher from Nevada…….
Anyone that has half a brain, well leaves out most of the ignorant Right, can finally say that the Bundy drama is done…….this man has proven to the world just what it is and what he is all about…….one, he is a liar and two he is a racist prick!
The lying part……Bundy has stood before the nation and told it what he is all about….that he denies the US claims and that his family and cattle have been using the land since the 1870’s…..and now the rest of the story……… Bundy’s family didn’t buy that land until 1948 and didn’t start grazing their cattle on it until 1954.
If that was not big enough to shut the mumbling multitudes up….there was his latest interview…….
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Now we know what this coward is……….a freeloader…………..he is NO patriot and above all he is a screaming racist!
And then there is the little soldier boys of the the militias……..if they stand behind this guy any longer then I will employ a method of analysis used by the Right……Guilt by association………if they stand with this guy then they are NO better than him and are all racists……..
I am not a big supporter of organized religion….I find it a bloated entity that has NO real bearing on the true nature of religion….and I am NOT a supporter of anything racist, although I live in Mississippi and at times is a racist entity in itself…..but I read an article that made me hate both institutions even more…..
In order to “promote greater unity,” a Kentucky church has voted to officially ban interracial marriages and prevent mixed-race couples from becoming members after the daughter of a member brought her fiance, who is black, to sing during services.
Stella “Suzie” Harville, a 24-year-old college student in Indiana, told WYMT-TV that she often attends the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County when she’s visiting her parents at home. She grew up in that church and was baptized there but is not a member herself, her father Dean Harville told the Kentucky Herald-Leader. In June, she played the piano while her finance, 29-year-old Ticha Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe who works at Georgetown College, sang the hymn “I Surrender All.”
If she thought her hometown congregation would welcome her fiance with open arms, she was in for a shock: The chuch’s pastor, Melvin Thompson, told them that they couldn’t sing at the church again. And last weekend the congregation passed a proposal penned by Thompson, voting to refuse membership to interracial couples and prevent them from taking part in services and church functions.
It is NOT racist? No matter how you cut it…..it is RACIST! In my state until very recently it was illegal for inter-racial couples to marry……You can quote God, Jesus, Moses or Leno….it is a racist act….clear and simple!
I keep hearing a lot of pundits say that the South has come a long way from the days of segregation…..that the “New South” has become a more equal society and that most of the hate from the past is just….not there any longer. I live in the South. The “New South”. I can tell you that not much has changed in the last fifty years with the exception that the hate that was voiced so loudly is now uttered in backrooms…..I am sure if you follow the news that you have seen the stories of high school graduations that were changed as to not allow blacks to have a prominent place or that the kids square by race and fight or…just go to the internet or Google and you can find all the symptoms of a racist society…..but after all that said….this story is just sickening…….http://bit.ly/o7zWWk
I ask my readers does that sound like there is a “New South”?
From the VOMITORIUM
I always like to give my reader a little history now and then, I believe it helps them in making informed decisions about their elected officials….this time it is a little personal history thrown in…….
Back in the 1990’s when I was at my peak of political activism….I was asked by a local TV station to appear on a show to debate David Duke……for those who may be a bit young and NOT remember the name, let me help….David duke is the past or former KKK head man and back in the days I mentioned he was running for the governorship in Louisiana……I was asked because of my extreme liberal political writings and such and the TV station thought it would be a good show for two extreme political people to go at it….they were thinking ratings……I agreed but the show was cancelled when Mr. Duke and I had a run in in the hallway before the show….I will not go into the specifics but let us say it was NOT a pleasant encounter for either one of us…..my problem with this was that Duke had been on the show several times with NO rebuttal to his racists shit and I had asked the station if they were acting ass his agent……I guess they just wanted me to shut up and planned for Duke and I to duke it out (verbally, that is)….but things did not work out as well as I had hoped……anyway….you are probably asking just why do I bring all this past stuff up, right?
To answer your question…….The F*cker Is Back!
Talking Points memo is reporting……..
The current field of 2012 GOP presidential candidates is pretty boring. You’ve got several grouchy old men, a pizza magnate, and a walking anal sex joke. So why not a white supremacist? Sure, the GOP has noted xenophobes like Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but they lack the panache of an openly racist candidate. But that could soon change, as 1990s throwback David Duke prepares to embark on a tour of 26 states to feel out his chances of putting the “white” back in the White House.
The original version of the story appears here: http://gawker.com/5818023/david-duke-is-considering-a-white-house-bid
Besides Duke, several other “racial realists” — among them Neo-Confederates, Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other assorted “white nationalists” — have their eyes on government offices across the country. I seems that the so-called “nationalists” are making a comeback just as they have in Europe……
Look at the damage the Repubs are doing on the state level….can you imagine what we would have to look forward to if these racists started making head way also? The agendas at the state level smack of the prejudices of the past and of the white supremacist movement in general…….