Republican Racism Scandal Grows As Steve Scalise Tried To Kill Bill Apologizing For Slavery

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The Republican racism scandal continues to grow as it was revealed that the third ranking Republican in the House tried to kill a bill that apologized for slavery.

According to The Hill:

Six years before he spoke to a white supremacist group, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted as a state lawmaker against a resolution apologizing for slavery, according to a 1996 article from the Times-Picayune.

Scalise later backed a watered-down version that expressed “regret” for slavery. But the article identifies him as one of two lawmakers on the Louisiana House Governmental Affairs Committee who tried to kill the original resolution, which apologized to African Americans for the state’s role “in the establishment and maintenance of the institution of slavery.”

According to the paper, Scalise argued that there was no reason to apologize for something that had been done more than a century ago, before he was born.
“Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn’t do and had no part of?” Scalise is quoted as saying in the newspaper. “I am not going to apologize for what somebody else did.”

House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, made a big show out of supporting Scalise when the new Congress came into session, but it is clear that there is even more to the scandal than Scalise speaking to David Duke’s white supremacist group, and twice voting against the MLK day holiday. At a time when House Republicans are poised to pass a bill that will not only undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but could also trigger the deportation of immigrants, the last thing that the Republican Party needed to remind the American people of is the fact that one of their leaders tried to kill a bill that apologized for slavery.

Scalise can’t defend his efforts to kill the entire bill on the basis that he didn’t think he should have to apologize. Killing the bill suggests that Scalise didn’t think that America had anything to apologize for. Republicans can talk about what is in Steve Scalise’s heart and that they think that he is a good man, but as the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. The third ranking Republican in the House is acting like a racist.

Boehner and company have turned what was a Steve Scalise scandal into a Republican Party scandal. Scalise’s racism will continue to define and dog Republicans for as long as he is in the House. The Republicans’ Steve Scalise problem isn’t going away. If anything, Rep. Scalise is exposing the politics that the Republican Party has embraced for the entire country to see.

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35 Replies to “Republican Racism Scandal Grows As Steve Scalise Tried To Kill Bill Apologizing For Slavery”

  1. I wonder if he was wearing his traditional KKK membership sheet when he was saying there was no need to apologize for slavery?

  2. It obvious to most people that even if Scalise would hold a press conference and appear with a black man or woman dressed in tattered rags complete with chains and lead them on to the stage the Reich Wing would swallow completely Scalise’s excuse that they were only “assistants”. Fox News would back him to the hilt and claim “Liberal bias” or even a “Liberal conspiracy” or label it a “minority employment program” They will NEVER admit that racism and bigotry are part of the Conservative DNA.

  3. As these creeps are exposed, their strength on the right will only grow. America will show itself to be among the most racist countries as the reichs will embrace racism and do what they can to eliminate all traces of the New Society.

    They want their old yesmassa, nomassa plantation lifestyle back and they’re not slowing down in their quest.

  4. ‘Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn’t do and had no part of?’

    Did he forget that as an elected official, that he is ‘representing’ the state and constituents. It’s not just about him personally. Illustrates a self-centered mind-set.

  5. I was hoping that this issue didn’t fall below the radar screen. He needs to answer for his actions and be held accountable.

  6. While I do not agree with this man it just might be important to think about the ACTIONS of the democratic party, especially the southern democratic party which created the KKK, enacted and enforced Jim Crow law, created poll taxes to prevent black votes among hundreds of other racially negative actions.
    To go back just a little later in history it only took the republican party 6 years after forming to make slavery illegal, which really upset all the democrat slave owners. So really who should be apologizing?

  7. You people amuse me. When was the KKK formed? The 1870’s. When did you white racist leave the Democratic party because of Civil rights? 50 years ago. The republican party are the racist party of TODAY. DEAL WITH IT

  8. Correct me if I am wrong, but the article is about republicans not apologizing for slavery…….republican abolished it, so who should be apologizing? Are you?

  9. Yes, it was the civil war, due to the democratic slave owners wanting their “property” and their fortunes to move west. Which was blocked by the now in charge evil republican party.
    But still have you apologized for your ancestors role?

  10. I will correct you since you have some memory lost
    Congress Apologizes for Slavery, Jim Crow
    On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the institution of slavery, and the subsequent Jim Crow laws that for years discriminated against blacks as second-class citizens in American society.

    Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, drafted the resolution. Cohen explains the apology’s long journey for Congressional approval and the significance of its timing.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93059465

    Critics of Clinton’s apology for slavery show true colors
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-04-02/news/1998092168_1_slavery-clinton-apology-africa

    Do you need a lifeline and try again?

  11. Tim you IDIOT! the KKK has been around since the late 1870’s and they have raised their cowardly be-sheeted heads every time some one fights for their rights. Face it tim your party OWNS this! and as far as correcting you when you’re wrong well that is going to be a full time job! djchefron is correct you people are amusing in a sad way but what is even sadder is that there are so many Americans who have the same lack of education as it pertains to REAL American HISTORY as opposed to the conservative brand of re-written history that makes it all better for creeps like you and Scalise and his entire cabal of bigoted reprobates.

  12. djchefron, you may as well give up on tim, tim and his ilk will never understand or admit any responsibility for their lack of education or cognition. To tim and his ilk Slavery is really a “Minority Employment Program” and they are just pissed off because they can’t own people..it makes them feel all christiany and white and superior..

  13. Didnt the scallywag party decide they would pass no bills that add to the debt? It will cost between 7 & 12 billion to have an inquisition and deport everyone.

    Not to mention the riots it will cause and the injury to ICE officers

    What? You expected to see the gop down in the trenches helping?

  14. We need to stop referencing political parties and start using ideologies as the differing criteria.

    Conservatives supported slavery, Progressives opposed it.

    For time immemorial, Conservatives have tried to stop social progress.

  15. Tim and his ilk believe in the magic power of words.
    In his world view, the word ‘Democrat’ is welded to late 20th century liberal views. No nuance, no historical narrative, just an unchanging group of labels used to insist that white men be treated as superior beings.

    Humpty-Dumpty thinking.

    This is typical of superstitious, rural populations deprived of a modern, competent public education. Louisiana is full of them.

    Which is shameful, but it is the government they demand for their children.

  16. Those were southern republicans who switched and became “dixie” crats after the civil war to go against republican Lincoln.
    They all swiched back to republicans after LBJ signed the civil rights bill.
    Nixon’s “southern statagy”

    Did you go to civics class??

  17. Did you not read and understand what happend just after the civil war?
    southern conservatives became “dixie” crats and then flipped back to being conservatives after progressive LBJ signed the civil rights act. Nixon used this as his “southern stratigy” to win the election in ’68.

  18. As Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out in his show, the only way America will change is when they’re shamed into changing. That’s how we got real Civil Rights through, and not because it was the right thing to do.

    America had to be shamed into doing the good thing. Unless and until corporate media begin shaming the Republicans with Scalise’s racist background – and not dismiss it as they’re doing right now – the Republican Party will stand behind the man. Republicans will only do the correct thing after they’ve exhausted all other alternatives. Because they know, when they finally have to say “uncle”, corporate media won’t shame them for taking so long to do so. Their actions rarely attract negative consequences.

    Just look at the government shutdown that cost the American economy upwards of $25 billion. What happened in 2014, one year later? They gained even MORE power in our government.

  19. Yep. Tim and his rightwing ilk believe that taking personal responsibility is for everyone else but them. They’re privileged, don’t you know. [WINK]

  20. Evidently you are ignoring not only the Nixonian Southern Strategy, but the “Lily White Movement” of roughly half a century before, when the GOP ethnically cleansed itself of both politicians and policies that might cause it to be labelled “The [Black People’s ] Party”, in order to attract white voters from the Copperhead lower Midwest and border South. Though some liberal Republicans lingered into the Eighties, they pretty much ceased to be a factor after the Eisenhower era.

    In Florida, we pretty much knew the real political battle was in the primaries, between the New Dealers and the Dixiecrats. The latter went over to the Republicans at the end of the Burns administration.

  21. You sound like one of those faux christians who claims to believe in the Bible, all of the Bible, except for the parts he doesn’t like.

    Like the historical fact that, in the 19th century, the Democratic Party were the conservatives and the Republican Party were the liberals. Their switch in ideology was a long time coming as Democrats embraced Civil Rights and the racist Dixiecrats fled to the GOP.

  22. Agreed. It’s a waste of time trying to reason with mindless lemmings who have no interest in little things like facts, and only believe what their masters tell them to believe.

    Which is the main reason why Republicans are against education. People with cognitive thinking skills, able to think for themselves, tend not to vote Republican.

  23. I was riding the CA gov D-Pat Brown ’59-’67’ wave of education funding in the late 1970’s when I took civics. This was just before ’67-’75 gov Reagan’s trickle down scheme finally hit CA.

  24. Think of something terribly bad that you did to another child in your youth, something you were really ashamed of and for which you apologized at the time. Now that all those years have passed, both of you have matured and moved on with your lives, and whatever happened has been forgotten, does it make sense for you to reopen a wound that that is so healed that even the scab disappeared from it years ago by looking up that person and, out of the clear blue, needlessly apologizing yet again for something that has been over and done with, not to mention being forgotten, for years?

    I know what you’re going to say so don’t even bother getting ONTO your high-horse! Mankind has been, is, and will continue to be filled with unjustified hatred and unnecessary discrimination, both being just as prevalent throughout all societies as are lies and thievery, and both will remain within man’s nature for just as long as those other two sins!

    These two sins, hatred and discrimination,…

  25. All the rethugs actions are gearing up for the vote in 2016. Racism is alive and well in the Republican Party and it drives votes to the polls. With their voter ID laws keeping away and intimidating POC away from the polls, they really could care less about POC except to demonize and drive more people to their hate and fear mentality!
    I just hope people are registering to vote NOW, and are active in communities making sure everyone has the tools (ID) they need when Tuesday, November 8th 2016 is here.
    3 Governor races in 2015, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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