Black conservatives unload on Barney Frank for Katrina comments

posted at 12:24 pm on January 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

They’re not “really” black, though, of course. I’m excited to see what the left will whip up by way of photoshops for this one. Niger Innis as a lawn jockey? A screencap from “Amos ‘n Andy” with his and Mychal Massie’s faces ‘shopped in?

The possibilities are endless.

“His remarks are contemptuous of real struggles black people have gone through in this country and contemptuous of genocide and real ethnic cleansing that has taken place and is taking place,” Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, told Cybercast News Service…

Had a Republican made a similar inflammatory statement, “it would have been on the front page of the New York Times, it would be Keith Olbermann’s latest outrage, and Katie Couric would do a special segment on it,” said Innis.

More attention should be shed on the statements, said Mychal Massie, national chairman for Project 21. The fact that Frank made such comments shows the black community in a demeaning light…

“Mr. Frank’s comments were intended for one reason and one reason alone. That is to incite more racial animus, more racial divisions and more racial fatigue directed at the current administration,” he added.

What did Frank’s spokesman, Steve Adamske, have to say about all this?

“I don’t write his speeches and talking points. Those are his own words,” Adamske said. “What he finds inflammatory is a policy that we are leaving people out of their homes. The conservative bloggers who are mischaracterizing his statements are equally offensive.”

Here’s Bryan’s post about Frank’s comment. Scroll down for the update in which a spokesman from Frank’s office reiterates that they stand by the use of the term “ethnic cleansing.” That spokesman? Why, Steve Adamske, of course.


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The conservative bloggers who are mischaracterizing his statements are equally offensive.”

Blame the bloggers for what comes out(and goes in) “My Boy Lollipop’s” mouth

Wade on January 9, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Black conservatives unload on Barney Frank for Katrina comments

Hmmm.

Interesting choice of headline there.

thirteen28 on January 9, 2007 at 12:38 PM

You can criticize Barney Frank. He’s in a protected class, unlike black conservatives.

JammieWearingFool on January 9, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Oops.

You can’t criticize Barney Frank.

JammieWearingFool on January 9, 2007 at 12:39 PM

what comes out(and goes in) “My Boy Lollipop’s” mouth

EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!

KelliD on January 9, 2007 at 12:46 PM

More attention should be shed on the statements, said Mychal Massie, national chairman for Project 21. The fact that Frank made such comments shows the black community in a demeaning light.

“I find Barney Frank’s comments as reprehensible and as insulting as anything he has said or done in his ‘debaucherous’ career,” Massie told Cybercast News Service.

More attention indeed!

Bailiff, wack his /

Kini on January 9, 2007 at 12:48 PM

The lefts rabid racism is disgusting. Why is it that liberals don’t think that minorities can do anything on their own?

Capitalist Infidel on January 9, 2007 at 12:48 PM

When in a corner, resort to the “I was quoted out of context” defense. It works for all occasions. Barney Frank is democrat, liberal, homosexual. He is infallible to the MSM. If only he would knock over a bank or something…

Mallard T. Drake on January 9, 2007 at 12:49 PM

…mischaracterizing his statements…

litterally weasles.

i was reading around the other day and ended up on a dkos thread dedicated to debunking dave koppel’s debunking of the michael moore movie, f911. (all such efforts at “debunking” koppel’s “59 deciets…” document were abandoned at 4 0r 5.) one diarist said this…

“Someone needs to tell Kopel that images speak louder than words. Average Americans enjoy movies a hell of a lot more than reading… His piece will have zero impact.”

so they know that the films assertions are false and can be defeated with fact. in other words they lie knowingly. yet they feel triumphant about the presentation of the material anyway because, in their view, the “peons” are incapable of dealing with moving images critically and are unlikely to read.

well, “mwa-ha-ha-ha” i guess.

and these are the people who coined “truthiness” to describe the other guy’s mentality. i guess it would have to be a soft assertion like that. if truthiness connotes a certian amount of self-deception, and what characterizes them is militant, shameless lying.

no one should ever confuse a progressive for a decent person.

jummy on January 9, 2007 at 12:49 PM

One of the greatest lies ever told: Democrats care about the black community.

natesnake on January 9, 2007 at 12:55 PM

One of the greatest lies ever told: Democrats care about the black community.

To be fair, they care deeply about that portion of the black community that’s in their voting district…for at least four months leading up to an election…and if they represent a large enough portion of the voting bloc…

flipflop on January 9, 2007 at 1:03 PM

They’re not “really” black, though, of course.

Exactly. In the world we live in, Barney Frank is blacker than Niger Innis (sell out). It makes me wonder why people like Innis go through the torment they go through. For principles?

Pffft, what good does having principles ever do for anyone?

Enrique on January 9, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Scroll down for the update in which a spokesman from Frank’s office reiterates that they stand by the use of the term “ethnic cleansing.” That spokesman? Why, Steve Adamske, of course.

Those Darn Bloggers! That’s gonna leave a mark, Stevie.

Pablo on January 9, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Is it OK if I crack a joke about “man-skirts” yet?

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GT on January 9, 2007 at 1:13 PM

The lefts rabid racism is disgusting. Why is it that liberals don’t think that minorities can do anything on their own?

Capitalist Infidel on January 9, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Because that will mean that liberals will have nothing to fight for. The truth is, liberals don’t want equality – there must always be a minority or “little guy” to fight for in this country only - because all the oppression taking place in the rest of the world is based on different cultures that must be respected by us. However, if there does happen to be an actual finding of oppression somewhere else in the world, rest assured that America’s policies are to blame most of the time.

Rick on January 9, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Maybe Frank’s comments were a botched joke?

BohicaTwentyTwo on January 9, 2007 at 1:21 PM

Exactly. In the world we live in, Barney Frank is blacker than Niger Innis (sell out). It makes me wonder why people like Innis go through the torment they go through. For principles?

Pffft, what good does having principles ever do for anyone?

Enrique on January 9, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Heh. My aunt and mother were on the phone the other day lamenting the fact that ALL of their children vote Republican. Blacks becoming middle calss and the Democrats dumping Blacks for Hispanics will eventually take its toll on the Black voting block.

Theworldisnotenough on January 9, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Niger Innis has already suffered enough from the rage of liberals:

http://www.8bm.com/diatribes/volume01/014/274.htm

Ian on January 9, 2007 at 2:04 PM

Ran across this article the other day. Another eye-opener relataing to the misunderhandling of Katrina by Bush …..

Denver News

This was written by a County Emergency Manager out in the western part of Jefferson County after the snowstorm.

WEATHER BULLETIN

Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic event; may I even say a “Weather Event” of Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 44″ inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10′s of thousands.

FYI:
George Bush did not come.
FEMA did nothing…no one howled for the government.
No one blamed the government.
No one even uttered an expletive on TV.
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.
Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.
CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit – or report on this category 5 snowstorm.

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.
No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.
No one looted.
Nobody – I mean NOBODY demanded the government do something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.
No Larry King, No Bill O’Reilly, No Oprah, No Chris Matthews and No Geraldo Rivera.
No Sean Penn, No Barbra Streisand, No Hollywood types to be found.
Nope, we just melted the snow for water.
We sent out caravans of SUV’s to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.
The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn’t ask for a penny.
Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.
Families took in the stranded people – total strangers.
We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.
We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is “Work or Die”.
We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for ‘sittin at home’ checks.
Even though a Category “5″ blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.
In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 40 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world’s social problems evaporates.

It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on.
Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does NOT owe you a living!

fogw on January 9, 2007 at 2:07 PM

fogw,

I truly hate to share this with you, but better now than later. The Denver Post story is an adaptation of some internet bs that floats around for no apparent reason…

Jaibones on January 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Maybe Frank’s comments were a botched joke?

BohicaTwentyTwo on January 9, 2007 at 1:21 PM

lol!

jummy on January 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM

fogw,

I truly hate to share this with you, but better now than later. The Denver Post story is an adaptation of some internet bs that floats around for no apparent reason…

Jaibones on January 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Fake but accurate, works for me.

Theworldisnotenough on January 9, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Allegory is a form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas as charity, greed, or envy.
Thus an allegory is a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning.

fogw, it’s still a good allegory even if it’s not describing an actual event. Good catch, Jaibones.

RushBaby on January 9, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Jaibones and RushBaby, Thanks. My bad, I should have researched it myself before tossing it out there.

fogw on January 9, 2007 at 3:02 PM

But they’re Black Conservatives … that automatically negates any moral authority. You could be a blind, disabled, black/hispanic, female gay war veteran but as soon as you mention you’re a dreaded Conservative, everything goes out the window.

darwin on January 9, 2007 at 3:13 PM

He is infallible to the MSM. If only he would knock over a bank or something…

Mallard T. Drake on January 9, 2007 at 12:49 PM

He would be called a “Robin Hood” and re-elected.

right2bright on January 9, 2007 at 4:23 PM

fogw,

I truly hate to share this with you, but better now than later. The Denver Post story is an adaptation of some internet bs that floats around for no apparent reason…

Jaibones on January 9, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Fake but accurate, works for me.

Theworldisnotenough on January 9, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Courage

brtex on January 9, 2007 at 4:29 PM

fogw, that’s a great post. It’s not real, but the principles are. I’ve seen welfare families that couldn’t get by even with government assistance while people in my family got by on just about dirt alone.

Ya know why? Individual responsibility. If you’re not responsible for yourself no matter how much the politicians buy you off with you’ll always want more because you didn’t apprecaite what you had to begin with.

Kinda makes me nausious.

One Angry Christian on January 9, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Barney Frank should worry about colon cleansing, not imaginary ethnic cleansing.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2007 at 7:26 PM

A majority of the black people I know would agree with Barney Frank’s comments. And no matter how hard bloggers try to change that or win more blacks over to the Republican Party it just won’t happen. It isn’t due to some liberal ploy to trick black people, it’s just that a majority of black people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives.

Nonfactor on January 9, 2007 at 8:11 PM

Just to repeat what I always have to point out…. White’s died at a disproportionately high rate in New Orleans (not in “Katrina” because as anyone paying attention knows, only category 1 to 2 conditions struck NOLA, it was just at poorly set-up city, with pathetic state and local officials, and an emergency team awaiting trial over a missing $65 million in federal funds as the storm approached…. I just tire of hearing “Katrina” was the worst “natural” disaster. What happened in NOLA was NOT NATURAL). That all said, again, the point is that whites died at a disproportionately high rate…. where’s that coverage?

RightWinged on January 9, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Nobody – I mean NOBODY demanded the government do something.

fogw on January 9, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Sorry, fogw, but we DID demand that the (local) government do something — clear the major streets with snowplows. Other than that, though…

rmgraha on January 9, 2007 at 9:20 PM

Just to repeat what I always have to point out…. White’s died at a disproportionately high rate in New Orleans (not in “Katrina” because as anyone paying attention knows, only category 1 to 2 conditions struck NOLA, it was just at poorly set-up city, with pathetic state and local officials, and an emergency team awaiting trial over a missing $65 million in federal funds as the storm approached…. I just tire of hearing “Katrina” was the worst “natural” disaster. What happened in NOLA was NOT NATURAL). That all said, again, the point is that whites died at a disproportionately high rate…. where’s that coverage?

RightWinged on January 9, 2007 at 8:58 PM

It doesn’t make for a good story because: Spike Lee wouldn’t be able to make a documentary about it; “prominent” lefty African-American leaders like Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton wouldn’t be able to improve their position within the African-American community with that news; and best of all, it would make it harder to blame Bush for all of it.

Rick on January 10, 2007 at 12:26 AM

This story will be buried in a week. The leftist media refuses to show democrats in a racial light for long. The media will maintain their rictus grins and remind people of how many have died in Iraq for lies and oil.

Hy.Po.Crites.

Black Adam on January 10, 2007 at 2:13 AM

Black conservatives unload on Barney Frank for Katrina comments
Hmmm.

Interesting choice of headline there.

thirteen28 on January 9, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Barney bukkake?

Ali-Bubba on January 10, 2007 at 2:16 AM

A majority of the black people I know would agree with Barney Frank’s comments. And no matter how hard bloggers try to change that or win more blacks over to the Republican Party it just won’t happen. It isn’t due to some liberal ploy to trick black people, it’s just that a majority of black people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives.

Nonfactor on January 9, 2007 at 8:11 PM
To borrow a phrase, Republicans who write off the black vote are guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

It’s like you’re saying: “Black people too stupid to be persuaded by the conservative arguments that persuade other people to vote Republican.”

I simply refuse to believe that. I think the time is coming, and perhaps soon enough to shock people, when Republicans permanently break past the point where they’re stuck with just 10% of the black vote. Part of the reason I believe that is that (a) Democrats have been taking the black vote for granted, and (b) the rise of the “ownership society” means that more and more black people are now home-owning, middle-class taxpayers, and therefore have the same basic economic interests as other middle-class taxpayers. And middle-class taxpayers tend to vote Republican.

Ali-Bubba on January 10, 2007 at 2:26 AM

FORGOT THE BLOCKQUOTE CODE:

A majority of the black people I know would agree with Barney Frank’s comments. And no matter how hard bloggers try to change that or win more blacks over to the Republican Party it just won’t happen. It isn’t due to some liberal ploy to trick black people, it’s just that a majority of black people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives.

Nonfactor on January 9, 2007 at 8:11 PM

To borrow a phrase, Republicans who write off the black vote are guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

It’s like you’re saying: “Black people too stupid to be persuaded by the conservative arguments that persuade other people to vote Republican.”

I simply refuse to believe that. I think the time is coming, and perhaps soon enough to shock people, when Republicans permanently break past the point where they’re stuck with just 10% of the black vote. Part of the reason I believe that is that (a) Democrats have been taking the black vote for granted, and (b) the rise of the “ownership society” means that more and more black people are now home-owning, middle-class taxpayers, and therefore have the same basic economic interests as other middle-class taxpayers. And middle-class taxpayers tend to vote Republican.

Ali-Bubba on January 10, 2007 at 2:28 AM

A majority of the black people I know would agree with Barney Frank’s comments. And no matter how hard bloggers try to change that or win more blacks over to the Republican Party it just won’t happen. It isn’t due to some liberal ploy to trick black people, it’s just that a majority of black people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives.

Nonfactor on January 9, 2007 at 8:11 PM

Traditionally, blacks have been pro-church, pro-life, and a strong national defense; hardly liberal.

Now, take color out of it.

A majority of lazy people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives. People of all color who believe in the nanny-state of socialized medicine and welfare prefer the liberal side of the house.

Black Adam on January 10, 2007 at 6:09 AM

It’s like you’re saying: “Black people too stupid to be persuaded by the conservative arguments that persuade other people to vote Republican.”

No, that’s not like what I’m saying. I’m saying that a majority of black people don’t agree with conservatives and no matter how much posturing is done it won’t be changed. For conservatives to get the black vote or at least compete for it with Democrats they need to revamp their positions on many different issues.

Democrats have been taking the black vote for granted

True. I do think the Democrats could fight for black issues a bit more, but I think Republicans are even worse when it comes to race relations.

And middle-class taxpayers tend to vote Republican.

Ali-Bubba on January 10, 2007 at 2:28 AM

Don’t know how many black people you know, but if you talk to them money isn’t the biggest issue in persuading them to vote for one party over another.

Traditionally, blacks have been pro-church, pro-life, and a strong national defense; hardly liberal.

Yet 9 out of 10 of them vote Democrat. Some pro-life Democrats I know (who are black) vote Democrat because they believe in the majority of Democratic issues or don’t believe a religious view should be implemented by the government. Some pro-life Republicans (who are black) that I know vote Republican because they believe religious issues are more important than all others. Until you can make black people put religious issues above all others you won’t have them voting as a majority for Republicans.

A majority of lazy people simply agree with liberals more than they do conservatives.

Black Adam on January 10, 2007 at 6:09 AM

Ahh, ad hominem with no factual support. A staple of a great argument.

Nonfactor on January 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM