Surely, most people are aware of one of the most egregious attempts at racial pandering in perhaps decades. A couple of dozen Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maryland’s very own Steny Hoyer took a symbolic knee in the U.S Capitol.

This photo op was widely advertised displaying the left’s deep sympathy for the untimely and wrongful death of George Floyd in Minnesota. To add an exclamation point, participating panderers donned Kente cloths. Seriously? Is there anyone out there who thinks that Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer, and company just happened to have those colorful stoles hanging in their closets?

One can almost believe that these leftists have a wardrobe specialist whose closet might be the envy of Hollywood wardrobe professionals. There was, however, a fly in the ointment. The wardrobe manager, as well as the participants, apparently failed to note the history of Kente cloths. According to USA Today (June 18, 2020) “…Kente cloth was worn by the Ashanti. It’s made of silk so the affluent wore it. The Ashanti were also known as slave owners and traders. Huh?” Now we’re forced to ponder if the wardrobe choice was intentional. Certainly, all the participants are “affluent.” They are, after all, members of Congress.

After years of leftist pandering, one question keeps rising to the fore. How long will people tolerate symbolism without actions? How long will they find empty promises and actions a reason to vote for deceivers? In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson introduced what was to be a massive program. It was unofficially labeled “the War on Poverty.” Government programs were created, and existing ones expanded with much fanfare. Poverty was to become a thing of the past. Most assuredly some benefited, however the sad fact is that nationwide, the impact was minimal. What the Democrats failed to realize is that to eliminate poverty, people must change. Throwing money doesn’t create change.

Too many are reluctant to believe the age-old advice found in Matthew 26:11. Of the various Biblical versions, I’ll quote from “The Message” (The Bible in contemporary language.) “You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of your lives…” Johnson’s promise to cure poverty was as empty as Obama’s when he told us “…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow…” Leftists are good at providing feel good moments, but on following through? Not so much. And yet their Kool-Aid still sells. All sweetness, little substance.

Lately, Joe Biden (in his third try to be POTUS) has taken up the banner of global warming. Al Gore tried that. Remember? Maybe that cause will serve Biden as it did Gore. (Big smiley face here.) I fondly recall the occasion during the 2008 campaign when Biden famously remarked that Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Wow! Did that create controversy and storm. Well, it got him the #2 spot. (Another big smiley face.)

So, what is it that the Democrats actually serve up that keeps them in office? Is it clean and safe cities? Let’s take a peek. About the left coast city of San Francisco, I read, “Following the social upheavals of the 1960s, San Francisco became one of the centers of liberal activism, with Democrats, Greens, and progressives dominating city politics.” I sadly recall the San Francisco that I first visited in the early ‘60s. A great city — clean and friendly. Today we read cautions about dirty needles and stepping in stuff on the sidewalks of the City by the Bay. The stories of filth-filled sidewalks have been confirmed by residents.

Details are available elsewhere, so I won’t bore readers with the problems of life in St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. It’s widely known that Democrats run these cities. Why haven’t they done something (anything) to fix the long-existing and growing problems? Untold murders every single day and that’s just one issue. Fiscal problems abound.

I am truly mystified by the various successes that Democrats pull off. Their veracity and sincerity are all too often questionable. How many fraudulent claims have they made against President Trump with virtually all remaining unproven — some even fraudulent? How many more Pelosis, Schumers, Schiffs and Hoyers will they elect and re-elect before they see the light?

Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at rpblatch4d@comcast.net

(134) comments

des21

Great essay Rick. One of three Board of Contributors who write from a conservative perspective (out of 25) and look at the illiberal reaction among the liberals. Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.

awteam2000

Rick,

The “War on Poverty” produced Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start and other societal programs. I liked the racial sleights - the distortion of “Kente cloth ” material was a nice touch, and “ Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Outstanding! Clearly time for you to go out to pasture. I really doubt the FNP can ignore your blatant racism and lack of historical facts.

Berryman

This column is particularly articulate and fair minded for the FNP. Pleased to have a breath of fresh air on our state of political 2-party affairs. Read this article twice! Thx.

Hayduke2

Why did you change your screen name?

KellyAlzan

One stupid deranged delusional commentary, and 101 responses, with the majority of the responses being commenters bickering with one another. Sociology. Throw a stick and watch the Monkeys scream! And that’s what Ricky did.

threecents

Oh yah? Well... OK.

bosco

Button pusher[lol]

NewMarketParent

Deranged and delusional are pretty good adjectives to describe the drivel that is this article. Maybe that was the author's goal, to pour gasoline and watch it burn, but there also seems to be quite a few people who have exactly this garbage view.

awteam2000

Kente cloth is a type of cloth weaved material , a combination of silk and cotton that originated with the Akan-Ashanti kingdoms in Ghana. The fabric is used to manufacture many types of clothing from women dresses, skirts, shirts to men’s pants. The kente cloth scarf was worn as a symbol of importance, stature. I’m sure slave traders may have warn them it was very popular, in demand and expensive. But it wasn’t to identify one as a slave trader. Slave traders also wore pants, tops and sandals. American slave traders wore wigs, bloomers, powdered their faces with white powder and sniff snuff (grounded tobacco with a little spice for a extra kick). So did people who weren’t in the business. Just the fashion at the time.

Ignorance is a virtue.

gabrielshorn2013

Aw, the question wasn't what did that group have in common with others, so your response is ridiculous. Why not say all breathed air. The difference is that the Kente cloth was unique to the Asante and Ewe tribes of present day Ghana, who sold slaves to the English and Portuguese in exchange for guns that they used to wage war against their rival tribes, who were then sold into slavery, then transported to the New World. It was an example of "cultural appropriation" that backfired.

Hayduke2

Wow, all this discussion and justification about kente cloth. I suggest you all read the bbc article https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-52978780. You all need to discuss in context.

awteam2000

Sorry 😐, I meant ignorance's isn’t a virtue. I don’t want to mislead any of the commenters here who champion this blatant racist.

awteam2000

That’s not what it symbolizes at all. Not to black people, not to the diaspora across the world, but It does meet a well intended “spin“, your “myopic view“ and your “sinister illusion” of others. Do you really think Blacks wearIng Kente cloth scarves or Dashikis are to symbolize slave trade? Are you willing to tell their descendants (African American Slaves) that the scarf, the “Kente Cloth Scarf” was meant to represent black slave traders, and they are ignorant of their own history? You most know because you read it on the internet, a ‘Today News’ article that their were black slave traders that had Kente clothes scarfs 🤦‍♂️, implying status in the community. Of course it wouldn’t be “White Privilege “telling others what symbols of their culture means. Right? Shame on you.

gabrielshorn2013

Rant on aw. Fight with yourself. As for me, I'm biracial, of Creole ancestry from New Orleans. My 23&me report shows that some of my DNA came from that region. Were my ancestors vanquished foes that the Ashanti sold into slavery, then shipped to Saint Dominge (now Haiti) and their descendants sent to New Orleans? Based on information I have gleaned, it sure sounds plausible.

KellyAlzan

Amazing

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks for checking in kelly. Yep, that's my lineage.

awteam2000

So? Is that your get out of jail free card? It doesn’t justify narrow mindless. Or insulting cultures practices. And god knows half the time you don’t know what you are talking about.

gabrielshorn2013

smh...unbelievable...

NewMarketParent

If you are bi-racial, are your parents 2 different races or is that a recent discovery?

gabrielshorn2013

No, I have always known. As I have previously discussed, my great-grandmother (memaw) was a black Creole woman from New Orleans who was born during Reconstruction. She died when I was young, but we kept a picture of her in the living room. When "friends" came over and saw the picture, they asked who it was, and when I told them, they said "you mean you're part n*gger?" That hurt back then. I'm proud of her, and through 23 & me, I have connected with Creole cousins still living in the NOLA area.

bosco

Typical identity politics by NewMarket. Wants to know how to label gabriel. Thanks for continuing to confirm left wing hypocrisy and prejudice with your every post. Can't just judge a person by the content of their character can you?

Go gabriel[thumbup][ninja]

awteam2000

I’ll stop here. But before going, does your 23&me DNA test suggest you have Iberian peninsula descendants? 17 generations ago, give or take, your Europe descendent raped an African slave, many years later leading to your birth? And you square your resentment of Ashanti slave traders with wearing kente cloth scarfs? 🙇‍♂️ The scarves represents accomplishment, respect and solidarity. Not slavery.

gabrielshorn2013

aw, you have made so many (mis)assumptions it’s silly. My 23 & Me DNA test showed a mixture of West African (from the Ghana region), and French heritage, among others. This would be consistent with a Creole with a French surname, as Memaw was. I have no idea when the actual blending occurred, nor do I care, but intermarriage between different racial groups was fairly common in the Louisiana area before it became a part of the US. My ancestors, Creole and otherwise, were there before the Louisiana Purchase. Next, “resentment”? Where did I ever say I resented anything? I merely stated facts that you again extrapolated into your most recent rants. The piece of cloth that you seem to be so obsessed with was specifically associated with the Asante tribe from what is now Ghana (fact). The Asante tribe sold their vanquished foes into slavery during their conquest of the region (fact), many of them arriving in the Caribbean, North America, and South America (fact). These facts are all readily verifiable. I never made the claim that the cloth was associated with slavery only. Never. Again, another (mis)assumption by you. What I stated is the fact expressed above. Sure it was a symbol of accomplishment (fact), by a conquering civilization that enslaved their conquered foes (fact). The two facts are not mutually exclusive. Some of the vanquished remained in the region as slaves in the gold mines (hence the term “Gold Coast”), became house servants, and sometimes wives or concubines. However, a percentage of those slaves were sold to European slave traders, and ended up in the Western Hemisphere. That is all I said. Anything else is your thoughts and words.

awteam2000

Make sense, the French were the third largest slave traders, elevated to that rank by the staggering numbers of Africans delivered to Saint-Domingue (Haiti) in the late eighteenth century. Of the 1,381,000 Africans loaded onto French ships during the course of the transatlantic trade, along with other French colonies, large numbers eventually arrive in the Louisiana territory the Mississippi region . About 13 generations ago. The “middle passage“ wasn’t conducive to interracial marriages. But the Catholic Church kept good records of marriages. Even in Louisiana.

bosco

Go gabriel. That's telling 'em. [ninja]

threecents

Why do people like Rick on the ultra right and the ultra left obsess over such inconsequential things as congressmen taking a knee to acknowledge BLM? Anyone who thinks of that as a scandal needs a wakeup call.

bosco

Taking a knee with a Kente cloth associated is inconsequential when that cloth is associated with African tribes selling other Africans to Dutch slave traders?

Sheesh.

[ninja]

Hayduke2

Read about how it came about

threecents

The intent was obviously not to celebrate slavery Bosco.Sheesh yourself man. I know your thing is to twist things around from their actual intent, but at some point don't you get tired of connecting the wrong dots?

NewMarketParent

I love how many people want to draw attention and fight about a type of cloth or its meaning rather than the prospect that a Democratic politician may pander to African Americans by wearing Kente cloth while conveniently ignoring that Republicans pander to Caucasian Americans using white grievance and dog whistle racism.

Greg F

"A couple of dozen Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maryland’s very own Steny Hoyer took a symbolic knee in the U.S Capitol." So what? Does taking a knee somehow affect you personally? Is it as bad as lies about viruses that have literally killed thousands by your denier-in-chief? Hardly. Is it as bad as the tax giveaways to the bazillionaires? The payoffs to porn stars? The molestation accusations from countless women including a child? Is it as bad as peeping at nude teens at pageants? Is it as bad as being a racist nationalist ignoramus that doesn't even pay his small business contractors and employees? Is it as bad as a guy who asks foreign nations for help rig elections? Is it as bad as having an entire ring of friends that are convicted criminals he then pardons for their favors in covering up for him? Really...you think democrats need a wake up....you've been asleep for decades, obviously.

bosco

Does any of what you railed about in your post affect you personally?

[ninja]

NewMarketParent

It must've triggered you to come and answer the dog whistle and defend the honor of this garbage article.

Why does it matter to you? Why do you feel the need to personally defend this trashy article unless it validates your internal biases and makes you feel like it is speaking to you personally?

You seem to agree with everything the author states... OK... we get it. Move along.

DickD

I do not agree with Rick but there's some truth in it as anyone with more incentive will normally work harder and longer. There's also the issue of what to do with those born equal, under the law, but not able to perform due to birth, injury, or education. Should we help these unfortunates. . Our church says we should. Yes, they are all wrapped up with abortion. So, they probably do support th greedy an those taking advantage of the ones less fortunate. Sad!!

jsklinelga

DickD

The first part of your comment was good. And yes Churches do help the less fortunate. That is their charge. Their passion. And Churches are the people.

But then you postulated "they" are against abortion so they must be greedy and take advantage of the less fortunate. No words.

DickD

And you aren't Catholic, so you don't know what I mean. You state you are not even Evangelical.

phydeaux994

DickD, before you can work harder and longer you’ve got to have a decent education and a marketable skill and a job. A majority of Blacks living in the Inner Cities have never had the opportunity to have those things, for a reason. They’ve never been allowed to. Of course those that have kept them there for the last 150 years deny that. Ask CD and bosco.

bosco

[sleeping][sleeping][sleeping][sleeping][ninja]

phydeaux994

CD’s yawn with all the zzzzzzz’s is better bosco. Or was that you too?? You two are like the identical twins that finish each other’s sentences. BTW bosco, all I get is a phony thumbs up for my response to your “do you know any Black people” question?? You didn’t disagree with me directly but your comments since don’t indicate that I changed your mind. Disappointing.☹️

bosco

I gave you the thumbs up because I liked your reply and your experiences. Sorry to disappoint you with approval. [ninja]

phydeaux994

You liked my answer yet you obviously don’t agree with my premise that healing our Nation would require acceptance of that viewpoint by all. Kind of an oxymoron there. I guess I took your answer with a grain of salt as they say.

DickD

Education means a lot. Yes, Blacks in the inner city probably don't get as good of an education. Those that go to Middletown High School seem to do good, I really don't know what the inner city schools are like, but most funding is based on property taxes. I suspect ours is higher. And that doesn't consider single parents, ridicule of some that are jealous of better students, etc.

I am sure you are well aware that prior to Emancipation it was against the law to educate Blacks.

public-redux

Dick, There are plenty of Christian religions that are not antiabortion. Shop around if it matters that much to you.

DickD

My point was they have one over riding issue, abortion. Nothing else matters.

public-redux

Who do you mean by “they”?

veritas

The Rickster.. doin' his thing, swattin' the liberal hornets nest and stirring up a veritable frenzy of progressive ire. Based on the liberal responses to this column, three things stand out: 1.) Liberals can't believe anyone with a brain would ever disagree with their view of the world; 2.) Liberals can't believe the FNP would ever print such scurrilous diversity of thought; 3.) Liberals' incessant, spiteful accusations of racism in response to differing opinions -- on almost anything, no matter how unrelated -- have over many years finally lost their rhetorical sting.

jsklinelga

veritas

At first I thought Rick was a little extreme but after reading the comments I tend to agree with you. Actually it is a perfect snapshot of why people support President Trump. As the President says he is not the most liked. And he can often seem a bit brazen and coarse but compared to the opposition and the never ending stream of hyperbole, racism, falsehoods and hate he is by far a better choice.

NewMarketParent

I guess then since the Progressives are stirred... The Regressives are bothered that there are others who care about their fellow citizens. I would counter with:

1. Progressives can't believe that anyone using their brain would have such a horribly bad take on other humans 2. Opinion is opinion and if it is garbage it should be treated as such and not presented as fact. 3. Progressives have gotten wise to the dog whistles of racism and are more willing to call it out. Progressives realize that racists are more willing than ever to double-down in their racism as they feel empowered now more than ever to spew their garbage into the world and feel that their garbagey opinion is legitimate and verified fact. Seems like you have shown where you lie on the spectrum. I applaud you for basking in it.

bosco

The left's playbook is cancel and silence all opposing views. They show it every day.

[ninja]

NewMarketParent

No one has cancelled you. You are still here to spew your hate. To move from aggressor to victim must be murder on your neck. Good luck with the neck brace though. Whiplash is rough.

bosco

What have I said that was hateful or is it that you don't like other viewpoints? Please enlighten me. [ninja]

threecents

Yah, Bosco is much more into spewing unfounded innuendo than hate.

bosco

If pointing out the hypocrisy and hate spewrd by the liberals is a problem for the left, I guess there is a bigger problem than I ever be thought. [ninja]

phydeaux994

You rarely “point things out” bosco. It’s usually Left = hate Right = love BTW, do you do anything else during the day??

PurplePickles aka L&M

veritas

I wonder did you look up the meaning of scurrilous ?

Definition of scurrilous

1a: using or given to coarse language

b: vulgar and evil

scurrilous imposters who used a religious exterior to rob poor people

2: containing obscenities, abuse, or slander

See I don't know if would have described Rick's column with that particular word, just saying, because you are proving our liberal outrage is justified. Did you mean to use the word scurrilous? I would of have described it as diversity of thought and left out the word scurrilous if it was me, you need to understand the meaning of the words you use before you use them, does that make sense?

veritas

"...making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation."

PurplePickles aka L&M

Veritas which means seeker of truth, we will unpack that one later.

"2.) Liberals can't believe the FNP would ever print such scurrilous diversity of thought; " from your comment above Veritas

so you agree that Rick's column is making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation because you called it scurrilous as you can see by your above statement. Again understand the meaning of the word before you use the word. You used the word scurrilous to describe Rick's column maybe you meant to use the word scurrilous to describe something else?

What is a scurrilous diversity of thought anyway, considering the meaning of scurrilous it sounds like another way to say I can hear your racist dog whistles and I'm okay with it.

threecents

I keep asking Veri if he really talks that way.

jsklinelga

purplepickle

Highlight the word in veritas' post and search google; It will tell you the correct meaning which fits veritas comment perfectly. I am glad you are looking up words. People used to use the dictionary.

phydeaux994

Man, I have to look up your fancy words all the time trying to figure out what you said. Just say what you mean, give us Country boys a hint.

phydeaux994

“Liberals' incessant, spiteful accusations of racism in response to differing opinions -- on almost anything, no matter how unrelated”......prove that statement with a couple examples veritas. You can’t. Quit making stuff up. I accept your opinions, I don’t accept statements like this one. Untrue.

duffy5x

Ahhh...bless your heart.

Piedmontgardener

Wow. that's a toxic sea of bull manure that is being served up to obscure the greatest failure in the history of Presidential leadership. Fox News/Breitbart/QAnon have rotted out the brains of many older Americans, my Dad is a prime example.

MRS M

Can someone at the FNP PLEASE find a way to dispense the Mental Acuity Test (passed with flying colors by our fine President, I might add) to Mr. Blatchford? Since the THINKING is proven to be backward, I'm unsure I'd trust that this esteemed writer for the FNP can accurately COUNT backwards from 100.....by 7's. After all, if the brave man holding the most powerful position in the world was willing to take a simple-minded test to prove his simple-minded thinking.....so too should a man proffered by a local news organization as having the wits, common sense, and knowledge to write something not regurgitated from FoxStateNews and what he "digests" from Facebook.

des21

Can someone at the FNP please STOP printing any news/opinion with which Mrs. M. doesn't agree? Please?! She's asked several times now. Typical Democrat Stalinist.

Dwasserba

"How many fraudulent claims have they made against President Trump with virtually all remaining unproven — some even fraudulent?" Awwww. Someone can't count.

PurplePickles aka L&M

So the FNP editors and staff thought it was okay to publish this very angry (white) man racist rant?

WHY I thought to myself and then I realized you were using this column to troll us the readers, okay fine, but why did you let Rick make such a fool of himself by publishing it? It's not your job to save him from himself and at this point there is no saving him so why not you thought.

Then again you could kill two birds with one stone, troll us and allow Rick to throw himself under the bus, you guys are evil geniuses and I applaud you...[lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

Dwasserba

Pretty much. Tough times for newspapers lead to desperate acts.

bosco

Yeah. They'll even publish articles from Robert Reich. [lol][ninja]

PurplePickles aka L&M

Bosco it's odd you didn't try to defend your buddy Rick, then again it's hard to defend the indefensible isn't it?

Hayduke2

Yeah, even Jonah Goldberg and Pat Buchanan.[lol][lol] So your point is what, other than trolling just as I did.

gabrielshorn2013

I would be interested in knowing which statements in Mr. Blatchford’s column you believe are racist Pickles. His point about the Kente cloth is factual according to an article in USA Today(1) Mr. Blatchford posted some of the actual text from the article. It seems like a staffer failed to do their homework. His next issue was “How long will people tolerate symbolism without actions?” citing the war on poverty as an example. His conclusion “… to eliminate poverty, people must change. Throwing money doesn’t create change. is spot on. Those with the resources must be willing to give those without a hand, and those in poverty must be willing to use all the available resources and do whatever it takes to lift themselves out of poverty. They must learn to believe in themselves. There are a few of us here that have done exactly that. There was no mention of race in that statement, and there are poor white, brown, and black people in this country who are still poor after all these years. The remainder of the article is political commentary. We may not agree with the politics, but pointing out a demonstrably true fact is not racism.

Works Cited

1. Link, Devon. Fact check: Yes, Kente cloths were historically worn by empire involved in West African slave trade. Fact Check. [Online] 6 16, 2020. [Cited: 7 21, 2020.] https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/16/fact-check-kente-cloths-have-ties-west-african-slave-trade/5345941002/.

jsklinelga

gabe

They were good points as was bosco's about opposing views such as Robert Reich. But the political commentary was a little harsh which is not really helpful. It spurs responses like Mrs.M, Newmarket, Ppickle etc which are actually worse in terms of veracity and civility then Rick;s. It was not Rick;s best column but your assessment is absolutely correct.

NewMarketParent

And you are an expert on the helpfulness of responses how? Who died and made you the decider of what is an appropriate response or not? I do love how you appointed yourself as that though. Clutching your pearls is the type of response I expect out of people who blow dog whistles so freely.

PurplePickles aka L&M

It's full of racially coded language to get his points across

https://www.theroot.com/8-sneaky-racial-code-words-and-why-politicians-love-the-1790874941

This is a good read about dog whistle politics

https://www.ianhaneylopez.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/race_and_economic_jeopardy_framing_paper.pdf

des21

Aha, it's "coded" so that only pp and his/her fellow woke scolds can understand it Gabriel. Like "systemic racism" they can't define it but they know it when they see it. Puhlease...............[yawn]

awteam2000

“Haha I got it ”. “See they were bad too”. “Here’s the proof.” As usual, you don’t know what you are talking about. Did ‘slave traders‘ wear Kente Cloth Scarfs? Sure did... Also Kings, other merchants, agriculturalist, theologist, doctors and other people of station at the time. It was the fashion representing status. That symbolized importance not whether you were a slave trader. It really sickens me how people try demoralize ‘others’. WHY!

You probably think Aunt Jemima was a real person who made millions as a stereotyping of full face overweight blacks ‘Mammys ’happily cooking pancakes for their ‘Massa’. Right?

gabrielshorn2013

"As usual", aw? Jeez, a quick google search would yield all the evidence ce you need. Try it sometime and learn something. Fact, the Asante tribe were warriors that sold their vanquished into slavery. They also used the Kente cloth as a status symbol. Since you seem to have become unhinged, I will disengage until you gather yourself..Smh...

NewMarketParent

This article is all about white grievance and dog whistle politics. If you don't see that, maybe you find that you agree with it and are part of the problem. If you do see it and aren't actively calling it out, then maybe you need to think about why it is ok with you.

gabrielshorn2013

How in the world you are assuming that from what I wrote is beyond me NMP. I'm out.

NewMarketParent

@gabrielshorn2013.

You pointing out that you have Creole heritage (as if to say you have some sort of credibility on an article so clearly written to pander to white grievance) and and then dragging an out of context reference to the Wikipedia article you looked up 5 minutes ago to sound like an expert on Kente cloth to drag this into a debate about that. If being called on that, hurts... life is tough and you should wear a helmet. Maybe you can talk about the substance of the article rather than the finer points of whether Kente cloth is appropriate based on your 5 minutes of research on the subject. Like why? Why trot all that out? What purpose does it serve? Do you support this article's premise? If not, you sound like you do from what you wrote here. Why attempt to defend the indefensible?

Hayduke2

Rick’s World is a sad, misinformed conspiracy filled alternative to reality. Not worth the ink to print it. Bet he has a “ all you kids get off my lawn” sign.

Boyce Rensberger

Surely the FNP can find a better informed conservative columnist than Blatchford. The paper needs a conservative writer who cares about getting facts right and knows how to do the background research. Has the paper even tried? Do such people even exist any more?

MRS M

Boyce, not here, but why not just stick with George Will at the WAPO? A respected conservative unafraid to honestly discuss the tragedy of America's continuing weakness, unpreparedness, and lack of Republican leadership, as seen within our nation, and throughout the globe. Talk about sobering, frightening, and embarrassing, for our young democracy.

public-redux

I suspect Will is a good deal too expensive for the FNP whereas RB is eminently affordable.

veritas

One thing I love about Rick's columns is they always rankle Boyce sufficiently to get him to dust off his keyboard and raise Cain about the deplorable state of the universe in general and the FNP in particular. It's like reading the rantings of a liberal Archie Bunker. Although predictable, it's quite entertaining.

NewMarketParent

I guess trolls, gotta troll, huh?

des21

Outstanding comparison veritas. Grumpy old liberal, smarter than the rest. In his own mind.............

elymus43

Good LTE.

KellyAlzan

Quote:

How many more Pelosis, Schumers, Schiffs and Hoyers will they elect and re-elect before they see the light?

Response:

Trump is losing in key states. America is seeing the light. Trump is a One term’er.

KellyAlzan

FNP STAFF AND EDITORS:

Last week you’re writing about BLM and racism. And how unacceptable racism is.

And today you’re publishing a column with racial tones.

If we’re tearing down statues - then it’s only fair to cease and desist publishing anything from Rick.

jsklinelga

Rick

I am not sure many of the comments are any better than your column but I do find this column, not helpful.

You quoted the Bible (paraphrasing) We will always have the poor as if that is a rationale for not helping. The prior verse Matthew 25 tells of what God considers the worthy servant.: "5 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me."

Let us hope the majority of Americans from both sides of the aisle consider it their purpose and duty to help those less fortunate.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]!!!

bosco

My grandmother used to ask her family members "What have you done today to make the world a better place"? I've asked that here a few times when somebody goes on a rant here about the other "tribe". It's usually crickets after that.

Anyway, her question stays with me and it can be as simple as picking up trash while out for a walk, giving a wave to an oncoming driver, or paying for the order of the car behind you in line at Burger Doodle.

Think about it.

gabrielshorn2013

Our grandmothers were very similar, bosco.

shiftless88

I get the same "crickets" response when I ask people who want to cut government spending "what government spending do you currently benefit from that you are willing to give up?"

gabrielshorn2013

👍👍👍jsk!

NewMarketParent

It seems very much like you like to trot out your heritage when convenient or to gain some sort of authority on matters of color, but also at the same time seem to support the dog-whistling rhetoric that led to the hanging of others from trees.

I have people in my family that are so fair that we used to call "Passing". "Passing" is when blacks are so fair that many whites often treated them as if they were also white. There are a lot of people with Creole heritage that are "Passing" and you sound like an awful lot like them. They hold up a system that would have crush them if they knew who/what they really are because they get the benefits of that system.

gabrielshorn2013

Uh-huh...

NewMarketParent

@gabrieldshorn2013

Solid! I appreciate the well thought out and nuanced position of your reply.

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks. Your post didn't deserve any more than that...smh.

phydeaux994

You gotta choose one or the other jsk, Trump or Christianity. You cannot have both. Obadiah Plainsman had the guts(courage) to admit that. Peace.✌️

DickD

Christ was a Socialist! You quote him and fail to follow his teachings. I know you claim to help others, but you cannot support others that do not and say you are following Christ's teachings.

C.D.Reid

Great letter! And I love the way he mentions Pelosi and company posing for a photo op wearing garb worn by affluent slave traders after Trump Haters ridiculing his photo op holding up a Bible. I'd take the Bible over slave traders any day. And Wheezy still getting the no. 2 spot with Obama even after saying that Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” did nothing but illustrate very well the hypocrisy the Left is so well known for. If anyone on the right had made a comment like that, riots would have erupted nationwide. Without a doubt. And the negative comments posted here right now only serve to distract from these facts. The truth hurts, huh guys? [lol][lol][lol]

DickD

Take the bible if you like, CD, but quit cherry picking. Christ was a liberal a uniter, Following his footsteps would be good for all.

public-redux

You’re in luck, KR. Choosing the bible means you don’t have to give up slaver traders. It’s a twofer — you get both.

duffy5x

trump is his utterly ridiculous and worthless minions are done. You have done more than enough damage to America for several lifetimes. I hope you read this slowly so it is perfectly clear for even you to comprehend.

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gabrielshorn2013

Do you consider the letter writer himself disgusting, kelly, or do you disagree with what he wrote here?

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Guy T. Ashton

Whatever happened to being able to have a differing opinion and not be called "disgusting?"

armillary

Yawn. Rick could be replaced with a conservative chatbot.

olefool

Dyslexia would be an charitable description for Rick's Rants... Like Trump, he looks in his mirror and sees everything he hates about himself and his Republican cohorts but his disease takes over and he blames Democrats... So sad, and worse this tripe get's published.....

matthewboh

Wow! You have an incredible racist and misinformed person on your Board of Contributors? What is your vetting process? Does he speak for your paper? If so, I'm going to have to cancel my subscription.

NewMarketParent

This article shows how embedded the culture of white supremacy is in Frederick. It shows how that ignorance informs local politics and policies. It shows the ugly pervasive attitudes informed by the information bubbles created by Faux News and Right Wing media. It shows how we have to better educate our children to be immune to the toxic propaganda and fragility that are offered to deal with a world that is increasingly not being designed around and driven around white males.

For a normal person, a normal response would be to better understand what is happening, but for the person who wrote this article it is clear that they have had a steady diet of hate for the other to the point where they regurgitate right-wing talking points and offer nothing of substance other than to demonize people fighting for equality.

Politicians pander and if you think that the right wing isn't pandering to your racism, that's privilege at work.

Dwasserba

Lucid! HEY EDITORS this is columnist quality

shiftless88

Actually the NYC of today is a long ways better, cleaner, healthier and safer than it was in the 70's, but Rick conveniently ignores that. I used to think he at least tried to write with integrity but I guess that he has just plain given up. He has been caught lying in this column too many times to count.

shiftless88

Rick; I need to correct a mistake. The "war on poverty" was not intended to make it so everyone had a job and was not poor. That is not realistic. What it sought to do, and largely accomplished, is to provide a safety net. So we do not have people sleeping in the streets who do not want to. So we do not have people starving to death. So we do not have people who have no clothes to wear when it gets colder. So people do not die for lack of health care.

I understand that conservatives like to trot out that old lie occasionally but it is just that, a lie. A misrepresentation. Moving the goal posts. And so on.

threecents

Shiftless, Sorry, but a safety net would destroy the fabric of America... unless it helps me. How dare you not recognize the benefits that poverty provides our country.

kevandmeg

Funny hearing criticism of a photo op. It's "a bible."

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bosco

[sleeping][sleeping][sleeping][sleeping][ninja]

fjulia

Key question, Where are the verifiable sources for the assorted opinions stated as facts. One observation, when the various legislators knelt wearing kente cloth it was made clear they were provided by another representative, so obviously not hidden away for just the photo op.

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