Editor,

Every senator who protects the filibuster is guilty of protecting a Jim Crow relic that was used to block civil rights legislation for decades. There’s simply no way to get around its sinister legacy.

In the 20th century, the filibuster was used to block over 200 anti-lynching bills and held up the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 60 days. Over and over again, it’s been a weapon wielded by segregationists and white supremacists. We can’t let the filibuster continue to block the voting and civil rights of Black and Brown Americans in the year 2021 — which it’s currently poised to do unless we get rid of it.

I hope senators like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are acutely aware of this history as they continue to express support for the filibuster. I am urging them and the rest of the Senate to have courage and get rid of the filibuster as soon as possible. A minority of senators shouldn’t be allowed to stop the progress the majority of Americans voted for.

Judith Kramp

Redwood City

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Terence Y

Ms. Kramp, since Democrats are the party of segregationists and white supremacists, in addition to blocking civil rights, are you saying Manchin and Sinema should be penalized for acting as the Democrats-of-old who were so fond of the filibuster when it suited them? Or are you saying most Democrats-of-new want to get rid of the filibuster because their scheme backfired on them and the filibuster no longer suits them? Similar to how Harry Reid’s nuclear option backfired on Democrats?

jbeckner

I would like to point out an inaccuracy in your post. Instead of "...since Democrats are the party of segregationists..." It should say "since Democrats were the party of segregationists..." The preferred political party for segregationists and white supremacists is now the Republican Party.

Dirk van Ulden

jbeckner - you missed the point that he is making. Those bills were blocked by the Democrats who were then the racists and bigots. You need to read the history of LBJ's administration to understand that. To call the Republicans racists and segragationists is a lie that you cannot even begin to substantiate. Of course Ms Kramp does not know history either and is just another victim of our woke pandemic. She does not know that the filibuster was, and has been, used by both parties hundreds of times. To identify those two hundred blocked bills is taken out of context, a projection that liberals are very good at.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Mr. Beckner...

Qualifying Terence's use of the word "since" may just be an exercise in semantics. Maybe. When it comes to segregation, the Democratic Party... most notably Democratic Senator Robert Byrd... used a filibuster in an attempt to derail a vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Republicans, the minority party at the time, supplied the votes needed to bring a vote on this historic legislation to the Senate floor.

According to the Senate's current website: The Civil Rights Act provided protection of voting rights; banned discrimination in public facilities—including private businesses offering public services—such as lunch counters, hotels, and theaters; and established equal employment opportunity as the law of the land.

BTW... higher percentages of Republicans in the House and Senate voted to approve the Civil Rights Act. But that's ancient history to some...

"Since" then... decades of corruption and neglect under Democratic Party rule has destroyed Black communities in our most populous cities. The resulting violence, gang activity, drug dealing, lack of job opportunities, lack of educational opportunities, and a genocidal abortion program have created segregation... a segregation of the soul. Next, the Democrats' open border has has led to chaos, death, abandonment and a false promise of better lives. The border crisis has created segregation for Hispanic peoples... a segregation from humanity. Asian-Americans are being brutalized, not in Republican enclaves, but in Democratic Party controlled coastal cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. False fanfare from progressives... not all Democrats... but the haters on the left has created segregation for Asian-Americans, too... a segregation wrought by violence.

In your view, the Republican Party is the party of white supremacists. If you really believe that, then explain how they are ruining Black communities, endangering Hispanic emigrants, and creating a fear of attack in the hearts and minds of Asian-Americans?

Terence Y

Mr. Beckner - thanks for your inaccurate post. Let me add a few more facts. Democrats are currently accepting of, and even encouraging, violence and destruction wrought by idiot BLM and Antifa goons, to the tune of over $1 billion in damages. Pandering to black militant groups and alienating their much larger white demographic might be a bit short-sighted. And let’s not forget Democrats demonizing law enforcement, leading to increased violent crime rates in major metropolitan Democrat-controlled cities across the US. Of course, this short-sightedness has led to increased crime rates and more citizens owning firearms (a good Biden-bucks investment).

Ray Fowler

Hi, Terence

To be sure, there are haters and extremists at both ends of the political spectrum. While Republican leaders were quick to condemn right wingers invading the Capitol on January 6, you don't see the same condemnation of leftist militants from Democratic Party leadership. There is violence of the fist and violence of the tongue that is simply ignored by the Democrats' leadership.

Robert Kennedy said, “What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”

Now, check out Aruna Khilanani and what she says about her opponents.

Terence Y

Hi Ray - thanks for the lead. What I find surprising is that she’s supposedly a psychiatrist. One has to wonder if she sees patients with similar fantasies who have acted upon them. Fortunately, Ms. Khilanani’s 15 minutes of fame remarks will last forever. Woe to any patients, new or existing, as after a few sessions they may become as unhinged as her. And giving this speech to a Yale audience? The same Yale who illegally discriminates against Asians and Whites in admissions. I wonder how many Asians and Whites still contribute to Yale. Maybe change the name to Fail U? After all, wasn’t Elihu Yale a slave trader and should be canceled?

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I missed something along the way. The topic was Jim Crow and racism and civil rights and related info. Out of the blue you drop in Aruna Khilanani. I couldn't find anywhere that said she was a Democrat or a Republican or an any other. It is obvious she is cut from a different piece of cloth and other than you got some brownie points from Terence for bringing up someone that deals in fantasies, which are his specialty, I am not sure about the connection, unless it is killing white people.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Tafhdyd

The LTE writer introduced segregationists and white supremacists almost as if they are synonyms. A like-minded reader asserted that Republicans are the party of segregation. I disagree.

The point in history where I started my response was the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At that time, the Dems in Congress were clearly trying to preserve segregation. "Since" that time, the progressive left wing has perpetuated segregation IMO. That current brand of segregation claims to support voting rights and opportunities while at that same time isolating disenfranchised peoples and ruining Black communities, endangering Hispanic emigrants and blaming violent attacks against Asian-Americans on right wing extremists.

Painting the Republican Party with the broad brush of segregation and extremism is wrongheaded. My second posting is a condemnation of extremism... on both ends of the political spectrum. So, let the progressive left rattle on about systemic racism, climate change or whatever happens to be their cause du jour... but the real danger is how they describe their opposition. Aruna Khilanani is a great example of left wing extremism verbally attacking the left's opposition.

Circling back... if such rhetoric from the progressive fringe is not condemned by the Democratic Party leadership, it's not much of a leap to say we could start to see more of the same in the MSM. Republicans will pine for the days when they were just called segregationists instead of hearing how left wing extremists want to empty a revolver's cylinder into their heads.

Ray Fowler

Tafhdyd... it's never "out of the blue."

Tafhdyd

Good morning Ray,

I reread the LTE and the comments and your explanation makes more sense. I admit I only gave things a quick read yesterday. As usual you have good points with background rather than just something to fill the pages. I am short on time so I won't go into my disagreement with some of the fine points of your comment but you can probably guess. In this land of peace and love and equality for all, I have no idea why, but I think this topic will make its way back again.

Ray Fowler

Tafhdyd! No worries, buddy. I appreciate your point of view and the questions you ask... those questions bring focus to the discussion. Plus, I am not immune to making a typo or a circumbendibus argument...

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