Tim Carney wrote an op-ed in the Washington Examiner about conservatism and racism, and the piece was discussed on The Morning Joe Show. Here is premise of Carney’s article:
Liberal commentators will always say conservatives are just a bunch of racists. This is a lie. But conservatives need to do a better job convincing the racists that it’s a lie.
A handful of conservatives, including quietly influential figures in important conservative institutions, were outed last week by leaked emails as participating in a pro-Hitler, nakedly anti-Semitic, and plainly racist email list.
While liberal journalists are prone to inventing racism everywhere, this was no invention. The article in Splinter by Hannah Geis was no smear. It was serious and fair reporting that ought to cause conservatives to ask what we are doing wrong.
Tim Carney may be representative of the fifteen percent of the Republican Party who don’t approve of the overt racism that Trump and the remaining eighty-five percent of the Republican Party are comfortable with. However, what people like Carney have to accept is that they have supported the same party that the eighty-five percent have supported since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Nixon’s southern strategy built the current Republican Party, and now that strategy is in conflict with what at least some of what Nixon’s grandchildren and
Liberals don’t promote that conservatives are racists. They promote that the Republican Party is racist, and conservatives who are not racist should leave that party. There are conservatives in the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party and other political parties who are not racists. If the crux of conservatism is that the government should not circumvent the freedom of Americans by intruding in their private lives, I don’t believe liberals would have a problem with that, and in fact liberals would agree with that. The problem is conservatives usually want the government to be involved when they want the government’s help, but they don’t want the government to be involved when they don’t want the government’s help.
Take the example of school choice. Conservatives promote the notion that they support any ethnicity, regardless of income, to be able to attend the school of their choice, and if their choice is a private school, the government should fund that choice, just as the government funds public schools.
The truth is that before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, the only private schools in existence were parochial schools that were funded by churches. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, and to this day, many if not most private schools were established for the expressed purpose of not having white children attend schools with black children.
If a public school in a black neighborhood does not measure up to standard of and excellent school, rather than establishing an all-black private school that only accepts exceptional students, we should fix the public school that accepts all students, regardless of their ability to learn. That point as well as privatizing public schools for the purpose of making profits from providing a basic education for all children is what separates liberals and conservatives on school choice. However, conservatives also support private schools that are established solely to prevent white children from attending schools with black children. THAT is racist, and the Republican Party supports that and some conservatives who claim not be racists continue to support the Republican Party that supports that.