Concerning this Ebert post making the rounds
The top map is the State Segregation breakdown in the early 1950s (which Ebert used). The red areas are states that required schools to be segregated.
The second map is the voter breakdown from 1952 (which Ebert did not use). The red is Republican voters and the blue is Democrat.
Im not sure why Ebert failed to mention that more or less up until the 1960s, nobody can deny that Democrats historically had been racist assholes. Ebert also fails to point out that the anti-slavery states in the first map were dominated by Republicans.
A group of anti-slavery Dems broke off and formed the Republican party at one point. You may have heard of a Republican named Lincoln. Maybe you have heard of the KKK, which was founded by the Democrats. Or Jim Crow Laws? I hope you get my point. Even though his post isn’t worded, it is easy to assume people will walk away with an idea. Dems have always been great and Reps have always been racist. It’s bullshit.
Ebert’s post is really misleading. OK, Democrats made a shift for the better. Awesome. That does not mean that Republicans filled those previous shoes. It isn’t opposing forces which have to be good versus evil. An idiot could throw this map in and say that black people are racist voters against themselves simply because it matches up a bit. By the way, stop thinking black voters are shallow and vote for the President solely on race. I know the numbers are high. That is because the vast majority of black voters are Democrats. If Obama was Republican, it’s almost certain that he wouldn’t have nearly the same numbers with black voters.
I think posts like Eberts are made to be smug and oversimplify things. Who did he help or really inform here? While I can only assume he is implying something about racism, I just don’t get why. How you vote doesn’t make you racist nor does the state you live in. Why clump everyone from each state together simply because some states voted slightly higher for a party/candidate which he doesn’t side with. It seems like it would have been easier and less misleading for him to just tweet “I don’t like Republicans and I think they are kunts” rather than make it look like all Dems have done nothing wrong and all Reps are racists.
Note: I am not a Republican nor a Democrat. I don’t fully side on every issue with either so there is no real reason for me to pick a team. I’m also not a fan of people thinking politics is about pointing out what the other side is doing wrong rather than focusing on what we need to do right. It’s kind of like watching an atheist fight a religious person and at no point realize that they are being an anti-theist rather than an atheist. They just want to say ‘wrong’ and immediately counter. The goal isn’t to convert a person to be like you. It is for both of you to be better. We often miss that.
Note for idiots: I am aware that historically Republicans have done a lot of bad things as well. It is sad that a person could read what I wrote and think that it is about being anti-Democrat and that I have to make a note about it. I really hate people like you. Also, none of this is as simple as all of this.
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