Republicans are fond of quoting Daniel Patrick Moynihan in their quest to blame the poor for being poor. Like Christians whose faith is rooted in Leviticus, they quote only the passages that seem to justify their prejudices. Reacting to George Will’s latest attempt to dress racism up in Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes, Chauncey Devega points this out:
Conservatives ignore how Moynihan identified white racism as one of the central problems facing black and brown communities. Moynihan also argued for robust government programs to confront urban poverty, fix failing schools, job supports, and financial subsidies for poor families. He most certainly would be aghast at the Republican Party’s campaign to destroy the social safety net, vilify the poor, and to destroy those that the 1 percent and other corporate elites have identified as “useless eaters”.
The Daniel Patrick Moynihan who stated the following would be vilified by the Republican Party and its media machine:
First, the racist virus in the American blood stream still afflicts us: Negroes will encounter serious personal prejudice for at least another generation. Second, three centuries of sometimes unimaginable mistreatment have taken their toll on the Negro people.
The real goal for Paul Ryan and his ilk is political self-aggrandizement by ginning up white racism against “those people” in order to advance policies that hurt the majority of Americans.
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