THE RACIAL SPLIT THAT’S TEARING THE DEMOCRATS APART
Barack Hussein Obama's recent ridicule and rejection of Hillary Rodham Clinton's suggestion that he be her VP running-mate squashes the "dream-team" fantasy of many Democrats.
It also means the racial division within the Democrat Party between Blacks and Latinos will continue to widen into a disastrously unbridgeable abyss. What's happening in my home town of Los Angeles is instructive.
The Los Angeles Times has been documenting with Pulitzer quality reporting, the racial gang wars in the L.A. basin. The largest and oldest Latino gang, the Mexican Mafia, has ordered ethnic cleansing of formerly all-black neighborhoods. This has led to an increase in black vs Latino violence.
Close to my home, the Gateway Harbor area, several blacks have been murdered by Latino gangs in this expressed racial hate crime wave. A six year old black boy was shot in the head and is fighting for his life at Harbor UCLA Medical center — two Latino gang members were arrested for the "random" shooting. Hate crime charges may be filed.
These hate crimes help explain the growing division in the national Democrat Party. The Democrats since Tammany Hall have always embraced "identity politics". That is, voting for a person because of his skin color and/or his ethnicity. This creates a never- ending American balkanization which tears at the fabric of American unity.
These hate crimes may also help explain why Latinos were a main reason for Barack Hussein Obama's primary loss to Hillary Rodham Clinton in California – and in Texas. Most reports show that in both states, Latinos voted for Clinton by a 2/3 ratio.
This racial polarization is not good for America, nor is it good for the Democrats.
The seeds of racial polarization come direct from Democrat Identity Politics. Their caucuses must have "affirmative action" racial percentages. Naturally, this led to literal street fighting between blacks and Latinos in Texas caucuses on March 4.
The animus between Latinos and blacks may endure for years in the Democrat party.
The racial alienation is growing daily between the Clinton and Obama camps. They naturally deny any such phenomena is occurring, yet both carefully measure their individual successes on promoting their racial blocks.
The latest example, of course, is the headline scandal of Geraldine Ferraro stating the obvious, that no one would consider Obama as a presidential candidate if he were white rather than black.
Yet even before the Ferraro flap, famed civil rights crusader Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) recently tossed his endorsement to Hillary aside and regrouped with identity politics by switching to Obama. The pressure on Latino and black Democrat public figures is striking. We will likely see more defections from each camp based primarily on race.
This will create huge defections for Democrats this fall. Should Obama win the nomination, many Latinos will defect. The same is true for Clinton – should she win, blacks will stay at home in historic numbers.
This civics lesson ought to teach scholars and Democrat leaders the price to pay for racial polarization. That price is discord, disharmony, and catastrophe to Democrats in November.
Shawn Steel, a Los Angeles attorney, was elected to the Republican National Committee in February. He is the immediate past chairman of the California Republican Party, founder of the California chapter of The Club for Growth, and was Jack Wheeler's colleague in Youth For Reagan during Ronald Reagan's original gubernatorial campaign in 1966.