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On Nikki Haley and BLM

Interesting article over at Slate by  claiming that Governor Nikki Haley’s SOTU speech included barbs against BLM. I think that is a faulty analysis. Specifically Bouie has problems about the part of her speech where she discusses Haley’s description of South Carolina’s response to the Charleston Massacre, and compares that to the rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson. That’s false equivalency on multiple levels..Here are two:.

First, the bad actors in Ferguson and Baltimore were representatives of Law Enforcement and the Judicial in the states. Dylaan Root was not. Nor did the State of South Carolina in any way sanction or support Root’s actions, unlike in Ferguson. Black folks in this country riot in frustration of powerlessness which is state sanctioned. White folks may riot simply because they have run out of beer.

So far from being “noble”, the simple fact is – black folks are likely to respond to heinous acts by a lone individual for exactly what it is…Murder and domestic terrorism.

Second, BLM had nothing to do with starting, formulating, or participating in either the Baltimore or Ferguson “riots”. Claiming they are somehow “responsible” is a stretch, unless you buy into the old racist axiom that “three black people on a street corner is a riot”. Bouie’s piece facilitates, instead of exposes that sort f thinking for what it is.

Nikki Haley’s Family

A little on Haley’s background

Yet Haley’s approach to South Carolina has not been simply an empty deployment of stale rhetoric. She opened her first inaugural address, in 2011, by remarking on South Carolina’s contributions to the Revolutionary War, but then offered a notable departure from that theme. “Of course, when talking about our past, it would be wrong to mention our greatness during the revolutionary period without noting the ugliness of much that followed. The horrors of slavery and discrimination need not be retold here. They, too, remain a part of our history and a part of the fabric of our lives.”

It was an exceptional moment. Haley, the first Indian-American and first female governor of South Carolina, had begun her first official address to the state—about sixty-eight per cent white—with a reference to the historical fact of slavery and its contemporary significance. Haley has also spoken about the prejudices she encountered as part of the only Sikh family in Bamberg, South Carolina, which was “not white enough to be white, not black enough to be black.” Three months after the shooting in Charleston, Haley, addressing the National Press Club, described seeing her father, a botany professor at a historically black college, racially profiled at a farmers’ market when she was ten years old.

So…While Haley is undoubtedly a Republican, and has been seduced by the false and corrupted canards of conservatism…Nikki doesn’t buy in to the racist memes of those elements of her Party. Ergo – Simply believing in “smaller government”…Doesn’t make you a bigot. I’m sure of you that have read Sun Tsu…There is a part in there about picking the right enemy along with the know your enemy part. Nikki isn’t your friend from a policy and politic standpoint, but unlike some of the black conservative blowmonkey Lawn Jockeys who prostitute their race…She isn’t entirely your enemy.

Which isn’t to say she didn’t take a shot at BLM as being responsible for the now thoroughly discredited “Ferguson Effect”

To an even greater extent than Obama, Haley, as a Republican, is dependent upon the narrative of apparent progress. Obama’s first Presidential campaign was derided early on as a vehicle for white liberals’ absolution, but conservatives often ask their nonwhite candidates to help them forget that there was ever anything to be absolved. This is why, when speaking of Sandra Bland, for instance, Ben Carson objected to the tendency to “inject” race into situations where it does not belong. Haley deployed a version of this thinking at the Press Club, when she spoke of the swift indictment of the officer who shot Walter Scott in the back multiple times, in North Charleston, South Carolina, but then implied that the Black Lives Matter movement was responsible for intimidating police officers to the point that black lives are now in further jeopardy. Haley said:

You know what? Black lives do matter. Most of the people killed or injured in the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were black. Think about it. Most of the small businesses or social-service institutions that were destroyed and looted in Ferguson and Baltimore were either black-owned or served heavily black populations. Most of the people who now live in terror because local police are too intimidated to do their jobs are black. Black lives do matter, and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore.

This awkward logic is part of a larger idea that Haley articulates frequently: that discord is potentially as destructive as injustice. Haley has noted time and again that in the aftermath of the Emanuel A.M.E. shooting, last summer, South Carolina did not erupt into violence. In that respect, however, South Carolina is not exceptional: there was not violence after the decision not to indict Officer Timothy Loehmann in Tamir Rice’s death, in Cleveland, or after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, in the death of Trayvon Martin. The explosions in Ferguson and Baltimore have been the exceptions. Resignation, resentment, and despair are the rules.

Nikki Haley’s State of the Union Rebuttal Was Anti–Black Lives Matter

The South Carolina governor’s pleasant-sounding speech hid an ugly message.

On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley lived up to the hype. Tasked with giving the Republican Party’s response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address, Haley excelled, besting predecessors in a difficult format.

Besides her skill and comfort in giving a televised address, the secret to her success isn’t hard to parse. Instead of rebutting Obama, she aimed her fire—and by extension, the Republican Party’s—at its chief threat: Donald Trump.

“My story is really not much different from millions of other Americans. Immigrants have been coming to our shores for generations to live the dream that is America,” said Haley, introducing herself to American public for the first time, before going on the offensive against the Republican presidential front-runner. “Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.”

Most coverage—and most praise—of Haley’s address focused on this passage and others that signaled a clear attack on Trump from the Republican establishment. “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country,” she said.

But missing in the analysis was a detailed look at the next part of her speech, where she contrasted Trump and anti-immigration voices on the right with protest movements on the left. After voicing conservative Republican positions on border security, she pivoted to the defining event of her tenure in South Carolina—the racist killings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

“What happened after the tragedy is worth pausing to think about,” she said. ”Our state was struck with shock, pain, and fear. But our people would not allow hate to win. We didn’t have violence, we had vigils. We didn’t have riots, we had hugs.”

Haley continued with this: “We removed a symbol that was being used to divide us, and we found a strength that united us against a domestic terrorist and the hate that filled him.”

On the surface, this is a simple retelling of the story of last summer, where—after protests and pressure from community activists—Haley removed the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol building in Columbia (albeit, a retelling that threads the needle about what the Confederate flag actually means). At the same time, you don’t have to read closely to see it’s also a barely coded rebuke to movements like Black Lives Matter.

“We didn’t have riots, we had hugs,” for example, is a clear reference to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, where police killings of unarmed black men unleashed a torrent of pent-up anger and frustration around police violence and harassment.

“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference,” she said. “That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.”

This sounds pleasant enough. But underneath is something ugly: the idea that, if you face oppression or horrific violence, the only legitimate response is reflexive quiet and forgiveness. Good victims, Haley seems to say, don’t make noise. The people who do—they’re the real problem. In this formulation, traditional Republican conservatism is a moderating force, that exists between the noise of Trump and of Black Lives Matter.

This turn only holds, however, if you equate Trump—an opportunistic demagogue leading a nativist movement—with a movement whose name affirms the value of human life, and whose aim is less violence in the conduct of policing. Equating the two is sophistry….Read the rest here

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Black Conservatives, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Governor Nikki Haley Does the Unthinkable

As remarkable as President Obama’s speech last night was, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s speech was an unexpected breath of fresh air. No, she didn’t stray from failed conservative policies and beliefs in terms of taxes, opposition to Obamacare, and virtual slavery by the rich. But what she did do was two very important things. First admit Republican culpability for the gridlock and failure of Government at the National level. And second, denounce the bloviating voices of the far right advancing hate against immigrants and minorities.

For that heresy, she is being excoriated in the conservative press. Because bigots have to be bigots, a lot of the vitriol aimed at her is based on the fact that she is the child of immigrants from a brown country.

Right-wing backlash to Nikki Haley’s GOP State of the Union response grows to reveal ugly racial undertones

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley finds herself in the unenviable position of having the just delivered the dreaded (and perhaps cursed?) Republican response to President Obama’s seventh, and final State of the Union address. While by nearly all measures she outperformed her predecessors, Haley has come under withering criticism from the most conservative voices in her party the morning after — voices like commentator Ann Coulter’s who demanded the rising GOP star and daughter of Indian immigrants be deported.

Coulter, who dismissed Haley’s move to remove the confederate flag from the capitol state grounds last summer, arguing that “she’s an immigrant and does not understand America’s history,” continued her attacks on the Republican governor and her heritage after Haley aimed significant portions of her response speech at criticizing growing anti-immigrant sentiments within the GOP base.

When Haley recited lines like, “during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” she was implicitly taking a swipe at GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, as she confirmed to NBC News this morning: “Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I believe is irresponsible talk.”

Trump enthusiasts and right-wing conservatives, of course, were none too pleased with Haley’s pile-on after President Obama devoted significant portions of his final address to push-back against Trump’s brand of xenophobia:

Nikki Haley says “welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of religion.” Translation: let in all the Muslims.

Trump should deport Nikki Haley.

I for one am shocked Nimrata Randhawa Haley has no clue about America’s heritage & dissed it for political points.

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Kiss and Tell

Wow! As if the 2010 Republican candidates could even get more freaky! You got your garden variety Witch, a yard Nazi, latex lugerManchurian whores, and Porno plasterers

No wonder there is so little press about a conservative accusing a Gubernatorial candidate of getting her freak on in the backseat of her Escalade!

A little “backseat Mamba” with somebody you’re not married to…

Just can’t compete!

No idea whether any of the accusations against candidate Haley are true – or just your typical nasty right-wing campaign smear turned against one of their own. What is inherently consistent here is the conservative violent and puerile reaction to a person of (in Haley’s case, dubious) color winning a major political seat – much in the same way the right has reacted to the Obama Presidency. Now, Haley is no heroine – in that she chose to politically sleep with these conservative racist scumbags in the first place. But the campaign against her, by other conservatives seems more than a bit over the top…

And consistent.

Blogger offers affidavit with details about alleged affair with married SC gov. nominee Haley

In an affidavit to a group of Republican activists critical of Haley, Will Folks states he had “romantic encounters” with the state representative in her Cadillac SUV, his apartment and her Statehouse office. He said the physical relationship ended in June 2007, when he began dating the woman who is now his wife.

“Rep. Haley specifically requested that I notify her in the event this relationship was getting serious so that she could ‘back off,'” the statement reads.

Haley’s campaign again denied all of Folks’ claims, which were made without any proof.

“There is something about the days just before an election that make certain people want to get back in the newspapers,” said Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson. “These accusations weren’t true in June, they aren’t true now, and those who continue to be fixated on this nonsense really should look into getting some professional help.”

Folks, 36, provided the three-page affidavit to the two-week-old group calling itself Conservatives for Truth in Politics, which is questioning Haley on various issues. It was sworn before a South Carolina notary public and signed by both but is not filed in any court.

The conservative group is clearly critical of Haley but says it will not endorse either her or her opponent, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. Lobbyist Larry Marchant, who came forward to say he had a one-night stand with Haley in 2007, told The Associated Press he, too, will provide an affidavit to the group.

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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State GOP Deserts Semi-White GOP Candidate in South Carolina

Seems to be a lot of heartburn in South Caroliana Republican circles that a “Sikharoon” could soon become their Governor…

Less than two weeks ago, on Republican legislator called her a “Raghead”.

Several others have suddenly discovered they had sexual relations with her despite her being married – although such recollections seem seriously questionable at this late date.

Mrs Haley, trying to follow the Bobby Jindal path to Republican power grew up as a Sikh, her parents from India. Like Jindal, she converted to christianity and apparently found fun and fortune being a semi-white person in the Republican Party.

It would appear that at least some South Carolina Republicans aren’t real excited about her tan – although not enough to keep her from nearly winning the Republican primary.

In true South Carolina Republican form – the dirt is now really going to fly!

SC Governor Candidate (R) Nikki Haley and Family

South Carolina GOP breaks ranks on Nikki Haley

While national Republicans are busy advancing state Rep. Nikki Haley’s bid for governor of South Carolina, much of the state GOP establishment is working furiously to torpedo her chances in the June 22 runoff.

Gresham Barrett, the GOP congressman backed by a high-priced team of veteran consultants, has launched a two-week, take-no-prisoners assault to defeat her. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who came in a distant fourth in the Republican primary, has endorsed Barrett. So has the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. And some of her statehouse colleagues, after eight tumultuous years of Gov. Mark Sanford, are determined to stop Haley — a Sanford protégé — from taking the top job.

It’s an unusual spectacle: a rare instance in which state and national GOP interests are utterly divergent and at odds.

National Republicans — including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Republican Governors Association — have pushed hard for Haley, pointing to her as a rising star, a potential leader in a party that’s long struggled to bring diversity into its ranks.

Both Palin and Romney endorsed her during the primary, and Romney will campaign for her again on Friday. The RGA — which claimed on primary election night that voters made a “clear choice in Nikki Haley” in spite of the looming runoff — has assisted with money and messaging. Prominent national conservative voices have jumped in to defend her. Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer, a leading social conservative, have condemned Barrett’s campaign for advancing stories suggesting Haley is not a true Christian and still attends Sikh services, as do her Indian-American parents. Bauer has even called for Barrett to fire the campaign consultant responsible.

Barrett’s having none of it, attacking Haley as “the Sanford candidate,” which for many voters conjures up the outgoing South Carolina governor’s embarrassing jaunt to Argentina to visit his mistress. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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SC Republican Senator Calls President Obama, Nikki Haley “Ragheads”

Nikki Haley, Republican candidate for Governor in South Carolina has been the object of a number of accusations, including two fellow Republicans stepping up to say they had affairs with Haley, a married woman.

So what has the normally lock step redneck good ol’ boys up in an uproar about Haley? I mean, she isn’t the first woman to run for office in South Carolina.

Turns out the issue is… this reputedly unfaithful Mrs.  is only semi-white.

South Carolina State Republican Senator, Jahn M. "Jake" Knotts

SC Senator Calls Haley, President ‘Ragheads’

South Carolina GOP state senator Jake Knotts is under fire from his own party after using a racial slur to describe Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Obama. “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” Knotts said during an online political talk show, people present at the broadcast tell the State. Haley, currently the front-runner, is a Christian convert of Indian descent. The chairwoman of South Carolina’s Republican Party urged Knotts to apologize, and Haley’s campaign condemned the remarks. “Jake Knotts represents all that is wrong with South Carolina politics,” said a Haley spokesman. “He’s an embarrassment to our state and to the Republican Party. South Carolina is so much better than this, and the people of our state will make that quite clear next Tuesday.”

This comment was followed by the usual backpedal

The South Carolina politician who used the term “raghead” to describe Nikki Haley and President Obama says his comment has been—wait for it—taken out of context. “My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest,” state Senator Jake Knotts tells the State. He said he was speaking during a “freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub.” And “since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize,” said Knotts, who couldn’t resist one more dig at the gubernatorial candidate. “I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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More “Nekked Hiking” in South Carolina

What’s up with the Republican Governors and Republican Governor wannabes in South Carolina?

Current SC (R) Gov. Mark Sanford, disappeared on "Nekked Hiking Day" on the Appalachian Trail to Visit Argentine Hottie

SC (R) Gov Wannabe Nikki Haley - Reputed to Have Been "Nekked Hiking" More than Once With Several Fellow Republicans

Nikki Haley Denies Claim of 2nd Affair

Here we go again: A South Carolina lobbyist resigned from a rival political campaign yesterday and then became the second man to claim he had a tryst with Nikki Haley. Lobbyist Larry Marchant says he and Haley, who’s running for governor, had a “one night indiscretion” in a Salt Lake City hotel room in June 2008, but admitted he had no proof to back up his allegation. “You can’t have any evidence on a one night affair,” he says. “It never happened,” Haley responds, attributing the charges as a response to her surging popularity. “A couple weeks ago we started going double digits up in the polls and now we have had everything thrown at us.” Marchant said he felt he had to go public after old rumors about a liaison were rekindled by blogger Will Folks’ claims, and he started getting calls from a reporter. Part of the reason he came forward, he added, was Haley’s categorical denial last week of being unfaithful to her husband.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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