What is the difference between a Racist and a Segregationists?

Racist – a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

Segregationists – a person who believes in or practices segregation especially of races.

When people speak of the late Senator Strom Thurmond from my home state of South Carolina he is referred to, by his supporters, as segregationist rather than a racist. Now for most sane and rational people the difference between the two terms is a matter of nuance. Honestly the two terms would seem to be synonymous with each other. But a person that believes in segregation may not consider themselves a racist and for a racist, segregation simply isn’t enough.

The man who your President has chosen to be our next Attorney General, a nomination that has Steve Bannon’s fingerprints all over it, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III certainly has the name, the origin-South Alabama, and the pedigree to be either a racist or segregationist. But rather than applying the duck rule on Senator Sessions, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck it is probably worth debating some of the known actions and thoughts of others about Sen. Sessions and his past. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to do that last night on the senate floor and was censured from making any further comments or debates about Sen. Sessions.

In 1986, Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter to Sen. Strom Thurmond criticizing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. Sen. Warren attempted to read part of that letter last night, a letter that appears Sen. Thurmond tried to bury many years ago. Republicans disallowed her attempts to read the letter charging Sen. Warren with violating the Senate rules against impugning another senator.

If you would like to read Mrs. King’s letter: Coretta Scott King Letter.

Sessions has lamented that some people have accused him of being racist because of where he’s from and because of his formal name; “You have a Southern name. You come from south Alabama. That sounds worse to some people, south Alabama.” I don’t know if Sen. Sessions is, has been, or ever was a racist or segregationist. For me, it is enough that there is the slightest hint of doubt or, if using the duck rule, quacking. If you oppose his nomination email your senators TODAY!

“I’m often loose with my tongue. I may have said something about the NAACP being un-American or Communist, but I meant no harm by it.” –  Jeff Sessions


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5 Responses to What is the difference between a Racist and a Segregationists?

  1. William Tell says:

    I have not followed the Sessions nomination closely, but I cannot oppose him based on either of those labels.
    As per previous conversations, the term “racist” in my world does not fit the definition you provided. If I were to attach that meaning to that word, nothing would result but confusion. The definition provided fits, instead, to me, the word “bigot.”
    Malcolm X advocated complete separation of the races. Particularly among the age cohort of current college students, many young blacks have vocally made clear, in the past few years, their desire to have no parts of white people whatsoever.

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  2. Nan says:

    What was done to Senator Warren was disgusting, prejudicial, appalling, and downright childish. It was also alarming … that one person could have so much control over another. (Sidenote: would he have done this had it been a male dissenter?)

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