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Arkansas senator revisits race-panel idea after events in Charlottesville

‘Join us,’ Elliott urges peers

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published August 19, 2017 at 4:29 a.m.

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Hot Springs sanitation workers place large trash bins around a Confederate memorial on Friday ahead of a rally today.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott, spurred on by a violent clash in Virginia last weekend, on Friday pleaded again with her legislative colleagues to figure out ways to foster discussions about race relations.

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Packman says... August 19, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

Hey Joyce - How about fostering discussions to stop the skyrocketing black on black murder rate in Little Rock? Moron.

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DoubleBlind says... August 19, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.

Oh look, it's pack posting racist hate-filled comments from inside one of the dumpsters in Hot Springs surrounding the racist, hate-filled hillbilly rally taking place there today. It's ok, pack, you can come out. HSPD put up an actual pig pen enclosure to keep the hillbillys contained. I'm sure there's room in there for you. Don't be scared of those big bad antifa types. They don't want to hurt you. They're too busy laughing their a**es off that the dumpster is now the official symbol of hillbilly confederate fascism.

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Packman says... August 19, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.

Hey DoubleBlind - There is absolutely nothing racist or hateful about about my comment. Stop being an idiot.
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Although I am in Hot Springs about to take some teenagers wakeboarding on a Lake Hamilton. For dinner my pilot and I are dining at the Back Porch. Later, she will win and I will likely lose am money in the casino. I am such a hillbilly.

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DoubleBlind says... August 19, 2017 at 12:20 p.m.

Fancy. Don't forget to wear a shirt to dinner, Jed Clampett.

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drs01 says... August 19, 2017 at 12:41 p.m.

double- it must be miserable going through life stupid. You and Joyce would make a perfect couple, that is if you don't mind being associated with someone who looks like Nelson Mandella's love child, and has only half his brains and character. She is an idiot, elected only because of her race. She has done NOTHING to help resolve the LRSD meltdown, and even less to address black on black gang banging crime. A perfect rolwe model for liberals.....form committees, have prayer meetings, and tak..talk ..talk about problems.

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Deadeye26 says... August 19, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.

Bottom line is we have a gaggle of special "snowflakes" upset that their second-place trophies documenting their defeat are finally being taken down. Never mind the fact that a good chunk of these trophies were erected during times of racial strife in this country.

Typically, the losing side in a war doesn’t get to pay public tribute to its leaders especially if they fought as a foreign country (the Confederate States of America) and their general and fighters were traders and defectors, especially when the cause is as repugnant as the subjugation and enslavement of an entire race.

Lets check a timeline of the monuments and see why their pride of the flag and statues is only part of the pain of black people, the first wave of statues and monuments were erected decades after North had won the Civil War. As the South in the 1890s and 1900s began to codify segregationist Jim Crow laws and deployed mob and state-sanctioned violence to keep African-Americans subjugated, states erected dozens of public tributes to the cause of the Confederacy. Confederate statues and monuments served as cultural expressions of white supremacy, painful reminders that the nation’s racial hierarchy survived the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery.

A second wave of monument construction coincided with massive white resistance to the nonviolent civil rights movement. From 1955 to 1965, Southern (and some non-Southern) states put up dozens of Confederate-glorifying monuments. In reality, then, the Civil Rights Act (1964), the Voting Rights Act (1965) and affirmative action, among other policies aimed at fostering racial equality, never adequately addressed the stubborn persistence of racism in the society and the subtle appeals to white supremacy in the political culture, long after the civil rights revolution had run its course.

Imagine if Germany, Italy or Japan had erected statues honoring wartime leaders Hilter, Benito Mussolini or Hideki Tojo in the decades following those countries’ defeats in World War II.

And if everyone is truly so despondent over their removal, then have a museum take up the cause to present these icons in a non-biased manner that fully explains their history.

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RBear says... August 19, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.

Hey Pack, I think she's been working on that. Maybe you should keep up with what the good senator does. Moron.

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RBear says... August 19, 2017 at 1:06 p.m.

DeadEye, good recap of how these monuments to a rebellion to protect slavery came about. Trouble is most of the right wingers get their history from other right wingers who marginally study history. Of course, you can expect your timeline to be discounted as "fake history."

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DoubleBlind says... August 19, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.

drs01 - Who am I to argue. Surely you know best of life lived stupid. Oh, btw, how do you think all the racist, pu**y-grabbing white guys like Trumptard got elected - BY RACE. You really weren't on my racetard radar until just now. It consisted mainly of that embarrassing triumtard of pack, moz and wowy, with a few others on the periphery. Congrats!

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DoubleBlind says... August 19, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

I actually disagree with Elliott. The focus shouldn't be on race. It should be on ECONOMICS and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Our ledge is far too focused on god, guns and gynecology than economic development. If AR attracted more jobs, more industry it would lift all boats. Focusing on race alone is self defeating. I just wish rather than critical, racial slurs, input would hew more to constructive feedback. It doesn't have to be a pipe dream.

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